How-Tos: 5 tips on how to survive in Lagos

Last Updated on July 22, 2021 by MyGh.Online

More so, I travelled to Lagos a lot for visits and a ton of job interviews. How bad can it be? I thought.

Well, it is actually worse. Way worse than anything I could imagine.

Yes, there are long hours spent in traffic jams, daylight robberies, thuggery, road traffic accidents, high cost of living, flooding, and other maladies. But, I am not going to be a bearer of bad news, I would rather give you tips on how to survive Lagos.

Maybe people never learn to drive in Lagos because why are there so many reckless drivers who act like they are the only ones on the road?

When driving in Lagos take extra care.

Everyone is on edge. Even if you see a man wearing a suit and tie, don’t assume he is not an Agbero (street tout).

Another thing you can do is to get a BRT bus ticket, but that is not without its own disadvantages of waiting for the bus or long queues to enter the BRT.

Ah, I see you defied all odds and, here you are in Lagos. Money makes life bearable and easier in Lagos.

Think about your life, do you intend to be jumping into Agbero buses with wooden seats? Or pay outrageous fares for exclusive rides? I think not.

If you must sit for hours in traffic at least let it be in your own car.

As much as it depends on you, stay home. I have been working from home and, that has been bliss for me.

Going to work every day in Lagos is almost suicidal. What is even outside, if not expenses?

I personally almost got robbed but my god protected me. The Agberos only robbed the driver. Sad for him but thank God for me.

In Lagos, being soft-spoken and gentle will get you taken advantage of even worse killed. People have to understand that you are a mad person. This will save you a great deal of trouble.

Try a state like Kogi State, I am kidding, but if you have it in your power to live anywhere else, you should take it.

Lagos has the smallest landmass in this country (3,334sqkm} yet, it is the second most populated state in the country (12 million people) perhaps, because of the concentration of resources, jobs, and opportunities. However, if you had to make a choice, don’t come here.

But I do love Lagos despite everything. As Daniel Akinmade said in the book the Beauty of Lagos, “Lagos is like a sibling quite frustrating many times but, the love is unwavering.”

Sonate Princewill in the same book said, “Lagos, it builds character, it breeds strength and forges hustle.”

How-Tos is a content series at Pulse that teaches stuff to make your life easier.

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