A Night Through the Eyes of a Lagos Employee

Just one trial will convince you, popular adverts always say.

Well, the same applies here. Just one night of jumping buses and over culverts will convince you that a Lagos employee is a survivor.

I am one, and in case you don’t know how a Lagos employee journeys back home, keep reading, you’re in the right place! 😁

As soon as we can leave the office, we do. We try to get every deliverable for that day done so the boss has no excuse to make us stay late. 😊 But this, of course, cannot happen everyday. I wish it did.

On those late nights at work, we prepare our mind knowing that we’ll be caught in the ‘Legendary Lagos Traffic’ (LLF). For someone like me, I barely notice the traffic as I’m either sleeping (Honestly) or eating street food like boli, akara, etc.

A real Lagos employee knows how to enjoy his/ her street food.

When we arrive at our bus stop, we are faced with the most thrilling and scariest moment of the journey – crossing busy roads. If we’re being honest, some pedestrian bridges are so off-route to where we’re going that it takes triple of the normal time to get to our destination, if we use them.

So, we cross the roads. Oshodi. Iyana-Ipaja. Very busy roads. We wait until there’s a somewhat standstill and then cut across the middle of cars. While doing this, smartness must be your middle name, if not…

I remember telling my colleague after one night’s road-crossing (it was probably due to the adrenalin rush of that moment). ‘If you can survive in Lagos, you can survive anywhere’. Do you think there’s a truth to this statement? Do share with me in the comment box. 😁

Also, once in a while, as you journey home, you could stumble on a fight, most likely between road drivers, police and agberos(street guys), etc. When you encounter such, a little peeking is okay but don’t get so engrossed in it and wait so long that your bag gets emptied by another ‘innocent fight watcher’. Seriously, it happens.

Finally, as the typical Lagos employee nears home, she thanks God the day is finally over and envisions her bed waiting for her.

Hope you enjoyed this true life rendition of my night journeys home as a Lagos employee? Is there something I didn’t add? Or your own work experiences? Do share in the comment box. 😁

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2 comments

  1. sarahadewusi · January 20

    lool you didn’t mention LASTMA and their wahala, mostly mornings though

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