After years of living in the hustle and bustle of rush-rush New York City, I am finally learning the art of patience in Lagos. I was first told to ‘ko ni suuru’ by a staff person at WOCON when I was waiting for someone to finish talking so that we could go to lunch. Ever since I’ve had to remind myself of those simple, but compelling words at regular intervals. For example, whenever I have a long, comprehensive ‘To Do’ list and the computer wants to freeze up or NEPA strikes again and takes electricity and there’s no fuel for the generator because of the fuel shortage and price hike. Or when I want to go out to buy some bread for breakfast but the streets are flooded after the torrential morning downpour.
Or when there’s 2 hours of traffic between me and my destination. When I’m at the climax of a good movie and the lights go out. When I’m riding in a car with friends coming from a club and we’re stopped five times at police checkpoints where they ask for money. And especially when my morning commute takes a turn for the worst when the bus breaks down on the bridge in the rain and I’m forced to get out and find alternate means of transportation. Yes, I’m learning valuable lessons while trying to survive in Lagos.
Posted By Erica Williams
Posted Apr 9th, 2007