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LAGOS IS A TICKING TIME-BOMB

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"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures-wrap\"\u003E\n \u003Cimg class=\"view-HD-pictures\" data-src=\"https:\u002F\u002Fres.6chcdn.feednews.com\u002Fassets\u002Fv2\u002F4de7d13b9b296aafcd83b3f9c0b88ca0?quality=uhq&resize=720\"\u003E\n \u003Cspan class=\"view-HD-pictures\"\u003EView pictures in App save up to 80% data.\u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\n \u003C\u002Fspan\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe hustle and bustle of the soon to be mega city can drive you over the edge. This is the city where hustle is real, where your sweat and blood translate to your wellbeing and ability to thrive here. Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to the city of hunger. There is a hunger and a thirst for success in this city. Our daily prayer is “we go make am” and “all way Na way”. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EEverybody is angry in Lagos. If you’re a driver and you commute regularly, you most definitely have a streak of madness. This is the city where you fight fire with fire and madness with insanity multiplied by hundred. Lagos is beautiful, but beauty can also be a catastrophe. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003ELagos is overpopulated, rickety buildings that resemble the patience lagosians possess (one tilt and they all unravel and come tumbling down) and we have witnessed structures collapse quite a number of times , more in recent times. It is scary. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003ELagos is a busty size 16 woman wearing a size 8 top, one faulty move and those buttons come flying out. The end is near. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIf you live in Lagos, never enter a public bus with a thousand naira, if not you’d haggle with the conductor for change and if you cannot shout, you’ll give in and take what you can get. Always have loose change. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EEveryone is self-opinionated in my city, Everyone has something to say about anyone and anything. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA Lagosian knows that morning sleep is a luxury you can’t afford, the morning traffic is a semblance of Israelites chasing the promise land. These are the moments where someone dozed off on your shoulder at 5am in public transport, you cannot be completely angry (unless you’re wearing a crisp white shirt), you understand the struggle. You most likely would sleep only 4 hours per day. There are days where your car is useless, especially during after work traffic. The roads are largely congested, let’s not forget the ovation of tankers and trucks parked on the road. There will be days, where you would need to park your car in your office and take Opay or Gokada (to the rescue!) to your destination. Plying Lagos roads is a game of chess and only few get to checkmate. Remember to offer prayers to your God in the morning, because if it rains, you’ll pay double the fare with interest. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003ELagos is densely populated and with this comes cramped houses and ridiculously tall structures built to compensate for limited land space. Pollution comes in, air pollution, water pollution on the island, you name it. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThere is Agitation everywhere, everyone is tense. I think it’s a ‘Nigerian thing’, we’re angry people, but we are angrier in Lagos. So upset that you have to apologize in advance before asking a question or starting a conversation “Aunty sorry o, can I-“ or “Sorry please excuse me” “no vex abeg, please shift” \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAsides the fact that those phrases are grammatically wrong, these are what we are faced with everyday. It shows the lengths you have to go to avoid trouble (you can’t be sure whose tiger is about to roar). \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EProperty in Lagos will cost you your pension and current earning with no change to spare. I have witnessed friends ‘house-hunt’ for months and the house rents were ridiculous compared to the substandard properties I was seeing. Then also, being an unmarried woman makes it worse as landlords flat out refuse to sell them houses. So one of the requirements for purchasing a house or apartment as a woman is a wedding ring to pose as a ‘spoken-for’ woman. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003ELagos is gradually becoming a home for only those with financial power. A thousand naira feels like 100 naira these days. The prices of things are going up drastically and there’s no stop button. The frustration is beginning to eat deep into the society and one day these people will fight back. They have nothing else to lose. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003ELagos will mess with your mental health, rip you apart but you will fall in love with the beauty of the nighttime, in the city that never sleeps. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cbr\u003E\u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWritten by Feranmi Okafor. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E\u003Cp\u003EPhotocredit: Pinterest. \u003C\u002Fp\u003E"
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