THE LAGOS CHRONICLES: Lagos through the eyes of a stranger

First things first. Who is a stranger to Lagos? A stranger is not just a foreigner in Nigeria, a stranger in our own term means someone who has never lived in Lagos, Nigeria. They have always heard stories about Lagos, either via the media or through an acquaintance that has been there before. So wherever you are reading from, if you have never been to Lagos, you are a stranger. Truth is I know all the good and the bad things you have heard about this illustrious city, but I am here not only to debunk some and also to validate some as well.

THROUGH YOUR EYES:

Lagos is very dangerous

THE REALITY:

Where is safe? Well Lagos is as safe as the streets of London. There are some places in London I would not attempt to go. Truth is you need to be aware of your environment; moreover the government has really intensified their efforts in making it safer.

PIC 13. SOME OF THE ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS INAUGURATED BY GOV. BABATUNDE FASHOLA OF LAGOS STATE IN LAGOS ON TUESDAY (25/10/11).

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THROUGH YOUR EYES:

If you come to Lagos, you can get a job within the twinkle of an eye.

THE REALITY:

Lagos is for the smart and industrious, some of the people making it big here found their niche and didn’t wait for white-collar jobs. The chances are fairer that other states but then so are the chances in America but some people are still suffering there.

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THROUGH YOUR EYES:

Lagos is for workaholics and there is no time for relaxation

THE REALITY:

You are right on the work angle but surely there is relaxation in Lagos. Have you seen the Lagosians do nightlife (I guess not)?. The city never sleeps but certainly gets more sleep than New Yorkers. After the stressful weekday, Lagosians know how to unwind at several spots such as the beach, boat clubs and sports clubs to mention a few. And the weekends? Just stop by at an event centre next to you, you would be sure to get free entertainment at any “Owambe” (Party).

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THROUGH YOUR EYES:

Lagos is the place to get high class BAEs

THE REALITY:

You are right on that, if you are looking for high class BAE. Not that you cannot get them elsewhere but Lagos has them in abundance but then I must warn you, there are specific places to get the high class ones (I will talk about that another day).

 

Women at a fashion show in Lagos

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THROUGH YOUR EYES:

The cost of living in Lagos is too high.

THE REALITY:

Though the cost of rent in Lagos is high but then other things such as food are cheap. Just don’t enter those fancy supermarkets in VI & Co. and you will be sure to save yourself some millions 🙂

cost-of-living-in-lagosImage: howafrica

Lagos is a beautiful city and you are definitely going to love it with it’s the fast life, authentic food, vibrant entertainment and so much more.

So have I changed your perception of Lagos?

What are your other perceptions about Lagos? Tell me and I will let you know if you can bank on them or not.

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