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Don't Go There!

DANGEROUS PLACES: Perhaps one of my least-favorite places in the world is Lagos, Nigeria. It may be the country’s richest city, but it’s crowded, it’s ugly, it’s dangerous, and it’s not a place I’d recommend anyone visit unless you’re really into adventure travel. Lagos is a city of 15 million people (and growing) crammed into a space meant for half a million. It’s got inadequate infrastructure, unimaginable poverty and an often blatantly corrupt government that’s not interested in putting any of the city’s oil wealth toward its people.

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EKO 4 Life, tell that white man that i have been to NEW york and its just as crowded, dirty, crime ridden as Lagos, perhaps even more,

and all u naija ppl abroad running down your country, u all apparently have no idea how negative headlines sell in america, if i went home to naija and played all the daily 10pm news stories of murder, shootings, molest, and killings going on daily on the streets of philadelphia and every nook and cranny of america, i swear most Nigerians will refuse to send their kids over here, nonsense,

ps, Nigeria has the 3rd largest UK expatriate community in the world, and most of them live in lagos, plus glasgow the most dangerous city in the western world is worse than eko, jo burg is worse than eko, hell even washington dc is a dangerous shithole, let the oyibo man go write about that, mumu

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The Muslim Animals says they dont want western education and I really don’t know why this genital idiotic Yar’dua is approving #14B to build versiy in caduna

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Victoria Island on Oyin Jolayemi Street, last updated 6 min(s) 44 sec(s) ago

(Karimu Kotun Street -> Akin Adesola Street = 20% congestion) (Akin Adesola Street -> Karimu Kotun Street = 100% congestion)

Victoria Island on Sanusi Fafunwa Street, last updated 8 min(s) 42 sec(s) ago

(Akin Adesola Street -> Adetokunbo Ademola Street = 100% congestion) (Adetokunbo Ademola Street -> Akin Adesola Street = 90% congestion)

Victoria Island on Ajose Adeogun Street, last updated 54 min(s) 37 sec(s) ago

(Adetokunbo Ademola Street -> Ligali Ayorinde = 20% congestion) (Ligali Ayorinde -> Adetokunbo Ademola Street = 90% congestion)

Source: http://www.xtraffix.com

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his expected goal is the same as all the other nigerian/african bashing mediums, neo liberalism,imperialism modern style all in a bid to keep nigeria in perpetual poverty,why should the westerners see anything good in lagos when fashola is running contrary to their usual expectations?if they did then fashola might be in danger of spreading that new way of doing things to nigerians and other states making us ledd dependent on the western world,knowing and fighting for our rights and leading other african countries in a united defiance of western world/values

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Fashola running contrary to their usual expectations? what expectations if i may ask?

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bros nothing do u jare.

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lol which one is my own,abeg its a free world o, dont mind me i was just making a casual observation of the eyes lol

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so you wey u no be supporters club member but dey notice say she dey predictable wetin make we come do to ur case? i no even know wetin i fit talk in response to ur claim sef. if wat i said makes u feel im taking sides. i do not know how to help u.

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kobo u see wetin ur "rotflmao" don cause. now u r predictable! stop being so predictable already! change to lol or lmaorotf

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Hey!! If your mind swallows all that gunk as valid reasons for your injecting Fashola into this and turning this into yet another PRO vs ANTI Fashola thread, good for you!!! If it keeps you sane, that is all that Matters. roflmao!!

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now that you have gotten that off your chest,calm down and dont take it so personal as if i have done more than make comments online lol.

as for fashola,im sorry to announce to you that come this time in 2011/2012 he ll still be right there,so you ll still be seeing him for a very long time

in case you have not read the article,lagos state was the focus,and even the thread heading was LAGOS,NIGERIA,DONT GO THERE, so who should be the obvious reference ill use in making my comments if not the present governor of that state?unless theres something im missing here,

lol who want the attention?r you sure it isnt you with your ever increasing posting of your trademark into every single thread?

as to the reason for injecting fashola into my comments,the above reason is more than enough to satisfy your curiousity and enquiry

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ROFLMAO!!! Oh my gosh!!! The guy now came to Lagos to attack Fashola?? ROFLMAO!!!

I guess everyone who lands and sees about the same is out against Fashola himself. WOW !!! ROFLMAO!!! This is unbeweavable!!!

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yeah right

its people like you that have congested lagos and made it ugly. please go and advise others to go too

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@B.O.S.S, You really expected that to be understood in here?? ROFLMAO!!

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The response to your opinion somewhere, and that is stated by someone you surely loes to hate but it has a lot of meaning to it. Read below:

[center]Agressive minority should not force their views and tastes on everyone [/center] !

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next it would be the fault of those HAUSAs who stole money, and the IBO's who go around 419ing everything that passes, and YORUBAs for not indulging in the alimajiri trade.

PS: those are not my words but the HERPIS i read on NL everyday.

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Roflmao!!! The trend is predictable here. First the attack was on the westerner who published his opinion on his travel site. Now it is "Attack-the-diasporans-and-all-non-diasporans" for not seeing Nigeria as we choose to see it . And we wonder where the mentality of those who rioted only a two months ago in Jos, hacking their neighbours to death for not agreeing with them, comes from .

WOOHOO!!! ROFLMAO!!

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ROFLAMO!!! See response ooo!!!

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ROFLMAO!!! Yet those like you should freely express their opinions? WOW !!! Just when you think someone is trying to say something meaningful, he goes and inserts a rotten basket of eggs into it by opening his mouth too wide,  Lol

Do you see how disconnected your reasoning is?

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it is totally unbelievable to witness how these lost boys do not know what they are missing at home. nigeria will continue to rise and i can assure you with confidence that more and more of you would be running back home. it is a matter of time.

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_ _ do i smell a big-black-Bottom-man aka GoldCircle about licking some asses of big-black-imbecilic-unserious men aka naija governors, nawah, abeg komot for road make my pikin see better climate, ojare o! ewu Wetuo obi, indeed!

The insult on the writer is quite rude and unnecessary. Take the message and disregard the messenger. Don't hate the player, hate the game. Having said that, the writer is just stating the obvious, we know that Lagos (and Nigeria in general) has lots of ills. Maybe the writer is just doing his job, and but many know already how bad things are in Lagos so why criticise him. Welcome Mr Oyibo.

" If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of Nigeria second, and only by accident”.___ Anonymous

As Chief Emeka Ojukwu would say while describing his Most Beautiful Girl jewel of a wife, Bianca Onoh, in his “Because I Am Involved”, (I am paraphrasing here) “Saying that she is beautiful is like going to the Empire State building in New York and declaring: ‘this building is very tall’”

There is no reason why life should be better in Benin, Ghana, Gambia even Burkina Faso more than Nigeria, something is wrong somewhere. And the same should apply to cleanliness of surroundings.

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I swear this article or thread does not deserve the attention it is currently getting! this is purely a matter of choice! If I (Goldcircle) believe that Lagos, Nigeria is the best place to live in the world and I have absolutely no hassles about that, it is purely my choice and I don't see why this should give another man headache! Those Nigerians that see absolutely nothing good in Nigeria,should keep their opinions to themselves and mind the business of their adopted countries, rather than waking up every day to post 1001 reasons why I shouldn't live in Nigeria on Nairaland.

it's my life! I'm loving it!Hate it or love it, this is Africa!! Motherland!!!

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isn't western bias the same argument made for Zimbabwe until everything crumbled in front of our own eyes. The media is fuelled by Negatives. I guess the US media should block news about job layoffs and foreclosures with "progressive" news. There's enough "progressive" news on NTA, why do u need the western media to do that. Controversy and bad news sells, something that is abundant in Naija.

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and where are you from? i bet ghana.

believe whatever u want to believe

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leave it to nigerians to defend the indefensible

cowards indeed **mscheww**

most of lagos is disgusting, filthy and crime-ridden

LOL at people denying that

i swear, Nigerians must really be in a league all their own

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How honest do you want us to be?  Do you want us to try to sell Nigeria to you Or do you want us to be as honest as we can be of the experience?? May I suggest that instead of comparing it to Landing in JFK, you maybe compare this to Landing in Johannesburg or something. lol

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This kind of negative publicity does not help our economy in Nigeria. The writer exaggerated a lot of things, I must say and we should try our possible best to write more rebuttals than feed him our attention.

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Just wanted you guys to help me in rating this

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 - being extremely easy I can do with my eyes closed and 10 - being as easy as a camel passing through the eye of a needle) , how easy would you all say it is for a white person who is visiting Lagos for the first time to

1. Clear the Airport Area - go through customs and all of that.

2. Arrive at their destination in Lagos - Hotel or otherwise

3. Make it through the Night comfortably in most parts of Lagos.

4. Make it back to the Airport on their way back

5. Actually enjoy the particular experience

6. Be willing to recommend visiting to other people whose upbringing, past lifestyle, other attributes, as well as level of tolerance/ endurance he/she knows nothing about.

and then Please try to compare this same scenario with a Nigerian landing in JFK, New York for the first time.

Please post your rating

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You have yet to correct anything or offer up any fact. All you have just done is attack him from a sentimental point and claim that it is cause you are a Nigerian that you feel you are right in doing so. I am sorry but that is nothing but the old, attack first, listen later approach. It does not work!

Oh! He has to explicitly state that Oshodi is not along the lagos Airport road for his article to be correct? Jeezz!!! I hope you are not a member of any debate team .ROFLAMO!!

Arrggh!!! Because robbery is not Only a Lagos thing, it should not be mentioned? You are just UNBEWEABLE!! lol

Well, what should we say of other Lagosians who live and earn a living right there in Lagos but agree with this man? Are they then not Nigerians? Are they not Lagosians? Is it not their own country as well? Again, stop being sentimental already!

Well, it is not about how many times you visit the hospital or not. The fact is your own government does not seem to agree with your take and is hence been rushing to fix up/clean up and develop the state as much as he can as a result. If he thought as you did, he would see no reason to develop things at the rate that he has been now, would he? I am not sure you understand the health aspect of things but the fact that the country has a mortality age at 49 should tell you a lot.

Anywho, I know you are just going to blow over all this and come back with your “I LOVE NIGERIA” jingle coupled with more talk on how the man is wrong because he is not Nigerian. But sometimes we need to learn not to attack people for what they see but do better so they see that you are no longer as bad as you used to be. Reading your posts, takes me back to some old episodes of “Ramsey’s Nightmare” I watched a while back. One particular restaurant owner who had fungus growing in his kitchen and rotten food in his freezer kept insulting Ramsey for pointing all that out, by claiming that he ( the chef) knew his kitchen better and had yet to contract any food poisoning from eating food from the same freezer. I am sorry, just cause you have not experienced the bad does not mean the condition is acceptable.

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is the oshodi the same as it was just a couple of months ago?

is the aswani,ladipo e.t.c the same as it was a couple of months ago?

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Arrggh!! So there is absolutely no way that you can go from the airport through Oshodi, No way whatsoever? ROFLMAO!!!

Well, I got robbed when I was 15 by the bus conductor on the very bus I was on. This man may have been robbed when he opened the door in traffic. Who are you to say it NEVER happened to him?

Look . . . I see no reason why you should get all worked up because someone pointed out to other travelers that should travel at their own risk. I mean that is what we mostly do when we go down there so why is it suddenly horrible when a man from another country writes of similar?

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All they care about is the negative things about Nigeria, I am still waiting for any western Oriented articles showcasing the progress we are making in Lagos and Nigeria and also with pictures and fact. They are always Blind to that because it won't sell or make sense to them

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I didn't know Oshodi is the whole Lagos, so because Oshodi is crowded and dirty, then the whole Lagos is dirty? He must have gotten that picture from the web or from a Nigeria, Or maybe he went asking, Please can you show me Oshodi so i can take some pictures??

When coming from the airport, you don't even get to pass through Oshodi, so how come he's showing oshodi in his illustration when driving from the airport? and mind you, The airport road is not always traffic-prone.

By the way, do you also believe that once you open your door in Traffic, you get robbed?

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while lagos state has its own ups and downs same as any cosmopolitan city,writing articles or warning prospective travellers not to go there is at best crass ignorance and stupidity on the guy's part, it is common knowledge that money and big business attracts crime in any city in the world,and most importantly the situation in lagos state is being sorted out by the government and any balanced and sensible article should have highlighted that

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Lol ,  The article was written back in january of last year. If Lagos was so clean then, why the recent actions by the Governor? Why the increased push to clean up the state? Why the people praising God that Oshodi finally moves? You sure say you are the only one who knows of Lagos and sees lagos as it really is?

Mind you, One man's Hell is another man's heaven. There are so many hells people live with in nigeria that most around the world would not even consider accepting.

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I am not against anyone giving his advice to any one who wants to listen, what i am against is feeding wrong information to the whole world just because you visited a state for maybe 2 days and claim the whole city is dangerous, dirt filled, unhealthy, hell and with the capital word "DON'T GO THERE". now tell me, should I smile to that?

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Please point out exactly what in my comment makes me an illiterate.

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@Honeric, if you read the article, it is a traveler telling other travellers of what to expect. Just as any Nigerian would tell you if you chose to visit some place like Saudi Arabia, where you may want to avoid and why. Simple!! No need to take offence cause somehow does not consider your haven as the best in the world. It is easier when we accept that not all persons will love it as much as we and move on. Easy!!

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Ok, now that we keep hearing the same music played over and over again, what do they expect we that live there should do? migrate to their country or just abandon Lagos because they said it's dangerous and not worth living?

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He may be a silly citizen from another country but that doesn't negate the fact that he is 100% correct.   As a matter fact, for the most part, Lagos is dangerous, Lagos is crowded and most parts of lagos is ugly.  Learn to accept the truth.  6 out of the 12 "Dont go there" locales he mentioned were American towns or cities.  So you cant really say he is biased.

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The statement 'Lagos is an oil-rich city' is factually incorrect.

While every part of Nigeria has benefitted from oil in some shape or form, no one would call Abeokuta an 'oil-rich city' simply because it receives a proportion of oil revenue.

Lagos being a 'centre of commerce' means exactly that - it's wealth is derived PRIMARILY from commerce, not from oil and gas as such. They do play a part, but it would hardly be said to be the dominant force in the Lagos Economy. The state generates more than TWICE it's federally received revenue and more than half the entire VAT takings in the country - virtually non-oil related income.

The author's assumptions lie in a poor understanding of the system of governance in Nigeria. The 'city' has no oil wealth of it's own, and is, for the most part, not responsible for it's depravity. The blame lies more in the central government who refuse to give the city it's due recognition and funding. In that respect, the article is not only factually misleading, it is based on wrong premises.

I'm sure no one in the world is in doubt that Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and is commercially viable - but by alluding to an incorrect source of the problems, the author brings no insight to the issues of Lagos, but creates more inconsistencies and half truths at best.

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Lagos is poo, Lagos is that, Leave Lagos alone, we that live there are humans and i was born there, still alive and even healthier than most of those born in their own Heaven.

If you don't have anything to write about

Then write about how to save the world from those who kill in the name of God and in the name of Saving the world from Terrorism.

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Nigeria is the only place where one silly citizen of another country wakes up and write junk and nonsence about Nigeria and the only thing Nigerians will do, instead of telling him to go back and write poo about his country - the only thing they do is to idolise this man who only came to Nigeria or Lagos for a few days and then makes his silly conclusion - so now - Lagos is more dangerous a place to live in than any other parts of the world or what is new in what he as said? Lagos is more dangerous than Johanessbourg, or what is he talking about - he goes to J'burg- he sees his white headed brothers, he goes online and cries J'burg is the best place to live in the world - but  he writes poo about Nigeria, and Nigerians hail him and spend their time debating all the nonsense he writes - and this man is just a nobody in his country - just like themselves.

Who cares is they come to Lagos or not, stay there, stay in your little corner of the world, where there is no crime, where there is no over population, where crime is at its lowest, stay there, who gives a damn anyway? And all what these arm chair critics do is to give accolades and push downs to a place they themselves ran away from, a place they havent been in 20 or more years, and they seek we to listed and share their opinions, how can we listen to such poo? Not all of us are fools, some of us are still reasonable to know when someone is making sense or not - like in this case- the writer made no sense and obviously - he wrote or said nothing new.

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Lucabrasi, where are you? Self appointed/annointed mouthpiece for Fashola and Yar'A-ill.

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as much as some of what the guy must have said are exagerated, i would agree with some of what he pointed out. but that doesnt mean its the worst place to visit.

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every city and every country has the ugly side, therefore it makes no sense to only focus on the ugly side of lagos. there are other beautiful sides, you just need to get out of the box and discover these areas. darling, you might not know exactly what you're missing.

lagos and abuja (nigeria) for life!

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