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LAGOS DIARIES XXXVII

When you have lived in Lagos long enough to be bruised by those ugly aspects they don’t include in the commercials that tout the city as the Centre of Excellence, there is a great possibility you’d have acquired battle scars along the way – scars that come in the form ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXXVI

Lagos has a way of reminding you that its streets are unsafe, just in case you’re getting comfortable with your waka-waka. This morning was an example. I was out and about for an early morning appointment, the 6.30am kind of early, which means I had my alarm set for 4am ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXXV

There are adaptations I’ve learned to live by as a street-savvy Lagosian, and chief among them are these three: to leave my house with either or both of these two on me – a backpack or tight trousers; and to never loiter in Oshodi. The first rule is one of ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXXIV

This episode of Lagos Diaries is not my story. It is a narration of a friend’s, culled from her Facebook update. Read and be delighted. * Living in Lagos forces you to develop several survival skills… Or should I say talents? Jumping Danfos is one of mine. Sometimes, I get ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXXIII

Previously on LAGOS DIARIES… * The driver steered the bus further and further away from any semblance of help for us, until he finally pulled up before a sad, partially-completed building in a derelict neighbourhood. The criminals – four of them – hustled us out of the bus and into the ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXXII

“You’ve been in Lagos all these years, how could you let such a thing happen to you?” That was what my uncle barked insensitively at me following this episode of my Lagos experience. “This is Lagos. You should be more careful,” he finished. Yes. This is Lagos. But one can’t ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXXI

Netflix recently debut a Marvel series titled Jessica Jones. From the smattering of intriguing characters in the show, the most intriguing of them all is the villain, Kilgrave. Kilgrave is the man whose wish is your command. Seriously, whatever he wishes for, it will be your utmost desire to make ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXX

The proliferation of tatafo and amebo aboundeth in life, long past the school study halls. – The Songs Of Humanity, Chapter 5 Verse 16b. I was studying this rare, never-before-seen chapter that King James and his fellow scribes discarded from the Bible and stumbled into that line. And, by God, ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXIX

FOREWORD: This entry of Lagos Diaries is dedicated to an MMS reader, Lola O, who recently chastised me in the comments section of one other post for not updating regular entries of the series. Seeing as this series are narrations of actual experiences of mine, I asked God to consider ...

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LAGOS DIARIES XXVIII

All passengers must come together to stand against the evil forces of drivers and conductors. – Aristotle 24 AD Now that I have apprised you with that illuminating aphorism from a wise man, let me begin my narration. That afternoon last year December was the very hot kind. And I ...

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