PLANNING ON SETTLING IN LAGOS STATE? - THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Emete Smart - 10:13



Only if I had not let go of the Ibadan posts I wrote, then, you would have been able to make a good comparison between Lagos and Ibadan. If you ask me, when it comes to the cost of living, I would choose Ibadan a million times. I won't even do any lengthy introduction. If I had known all these things about Lagos after my 4 years away from here, I might have worked my service back to Ibadan but adaptability is the secret to success, right? So if you're planning on settling in Lagos (especially if you're coming from Ibadan), here are a few things you should know.

1. LAGOS IS A CRAZY PLACE



...And you have to be crazy to survive in this place. Even though the road system is more organized than a few other places like Ibadan, we can't just hide the fact that Lagos is a crazy place. And the SARZ saga is REAL over here in Lagos. I witnessed it live and direct at Berger. I also witnessed the Joint TASKFORCE picking up bus drivers anyhow at Ikeja, as well as going with bunch and bunch of bikes and buses. One of the drivers took out his bus key and ran off. Now, you believe me when I say Lagos is a crazy place.

2. MOVIE TICKETS ARE SO DAMN EXPENSIVE



Unlike when I was in Ibadan and could see a movie for N600, I carried the same mindset here. When the attendant at Silverbird Galleria told me that a movie ticket goes for N2500 and N3000, I ran for my life. That explains why I haven't done any movie reviews yet. That's because I've not seen any movie yet! To see a movie, I have to do a very proper planning ahead unlike when I used to do it on impulse in Ibadan. #Sad

3. ONE SPOON OF FOOD STARTS FROM N100



There might be places where it starts from N50 but I'm yet to see or know such a place. The reverse is the case back in Ibadan

4. YABA MARKET IS A SCAM



The same clothes I would have bought for N800, N1000 in Ibadan, I was told it cost N4800. N4800 for second hand! Just because I really liked the cloth, I had to price it down to N2000 and eventually bought it. A lady I met in the bus told me that Yaba is the wrongest place to buy clothes in Lagos and next time, I should go to Lagos Island. I guess I would do a stand-alone post about my experience in Yaba.

5. HOUSES ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE



You should know that by now after all the tales you've heard about Lagos. I was very surprised when my friend told me that she got a small space in Pen Cinema for N70k. That's a rare opportunity that had to be grabbed with both hands.

6. NO CAR? GET READY TO TREK



I trekked and trekked today. Not because there aren't buses or cabs around but because of the next reason I would be stating.

7. PREFERABLY, ASK ROAD-RELATED QUESTIONS FROM LASTMA



You would see them in their cubicles at the middle of the road. They are the ones putting on a yellow(I'm not good with colors biko) and wine uniform. Because if you make mistake and ask passers-by or traders, you go trek tire. You'll hear things like "Go front", "It's after this building that you're seeing in front". If I tell you that I trekked for almost an hour today, would you believe me? And that's because people kept misleading me to "Go front". #SMH

8. UBER AND CABS ARE NOT AN OPTION



Entering an Uber or Taxify was one of the things that made me very excited when I was coming back to Lagos after 4 years. When I checked my account balance, I learn't how to enter danfo buses and struggle to enter Sienna Cars that stop by the road. You see all those men that would be asking you to enter their cabs ehn, don't try it if you're coming to Lagos to hustle. When one told me that he would carry me from Ikeja to Berger for N1500, I ran for my life. Except you're really boxed up, Uber and Cabs are not an option.

9. AJEBUTTERISM ISN'T AN OPTION ON THE MAINLAND



If you're an ajebutter, you go tey tire. I had to keep my ajebutter self one corner and learn to fight my way through whenever I want to enter a bus or sienna car with limited space. If you feel you can't struggle, you'll wait under the hot sun for hours. No one would teach you before you learn. #HecticLife

10. LEARN TO KNOW WHO IS WHO



If you don't learn how to identify who is who, you would just wake up one day and discover that you're in a kidnapper's car...it's called ONE CHANCE. Be sure you're entering the right bus or car. Be sure its not just you entering. Always be weary of hard faces. Its best to enter when its almost full if you're not good with identifying wrong and right faces.

There are so many other things to know but these 10 should be held close to your heart. I would write more about Lagos under the category of "Daily Living" as time goes. If you have any questions, let me know. If you're based in Lagos, which other thing do you think a newbie should know when settling in Lagos?

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2 comments

  1. Wow! Lagos is not for the faint hearted at all! It sounds like a real struggle!

    Madeline
    www.madelinewilsonojo.com

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  2. Lol. Its actually not for the faint hearted. Talking about the struggle, it depends on how well you can adapt and cope. If you've been in Lagos for the longest, you perhaps might be used to the hustle and bustle of the city

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