Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Why I am still in Nigeria

After my experience at passport control, we drove away from the airport and I was elated. Everything seemed alive! Maybe it’s the dusty roadsides, red soil, lizards or just the people, but everything about Nigeria is engaging. It is only in this country that your okada driver will fight you for not giving him exact change! My people, please hear: I was on my way to the bus stop last week and he asked if I had change, I said yes, afterall N50 is change to me. Apparently, he meant the exact N30 fare. My bad! But he didn’t say exact change, he said change. So, what would have happened if I had given him N200? Of course like a true Nigerian, I didn’t back down when he started flailing his arms and barking at me, saying he didn’t have any change to give me.

An idle onlooker/bus stop agbero saw that neither one of us were budging and interceded by giving me my N20 change. I took it with a scowl on my face but relief in my heart. Honestly, I’m not cut out for confrontation. It took me the rest of the morning to shake the guy’s bleached face and oversized helmet face from my psyche.
Now tell me where else can I find that kind of interaction with a complete stranger? --- Well there was that time during my recent trip; I was in Primark on Oxford street when from my spot on the check out queue, I heard a young lady in the ladies shoe section swearing, shouting, screaming at the top of her lungs to a fellow shopper who had allegedly ( and of course mistakenly) stepped on her.

Some people are just crazy I tell ya!
(The picture was taken from Ebute Metta shoulder of Third Mainland bridge. If you look, far at the right end you'll see the rest of the bridge curving to Oworonshoki)

9 comments:

  1. Where you on a jet when you took that picture? Just today, a passenger asked a conduct if he wld be getting to a bus stop and not drop us off on the way cuz of traffic jam, he took offence and was throwing words at the passenger. Imagine. I just dont know where our curtsy has disappeared to. And I am not going to blame it on poverty but on value system

    ReplyDelete
  2. Just found this blog. I love it. I'm glad you're giving naija the BOTD and sticking with it. All the best.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thats what makes Naija unique! ahhh

    ReplyDelete
  4. East, west, north or south, there's no place like home

    ReplyDelete
  5. "Honestly, I’m not cut out for confrontation. It took me the rest of the morning to shake the guy’s bleached face and oversized helmet face from my psyche."

    I love that part the most. I can't wait to visit Nigeria, later this year.

    ReplyDelete