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Living In Lagos, Is It Worth It?

FUN AND CHALLENGES OF LIVING IN LAGOS

Lagos, Nigeria’s centre of excellence, currently rated as the 17th most populated metropolitan area in the world and 2nd in Africa with the population of over nine million people.

Like every major city of the world, Lagos too has got its own challenges. One of the toughest challenges the government is facing is how to manage the people and overcome the ever increasing congestions in the state. But notably, in spite of all efforts, there’s still no visible improvement and the situation only gets worse with more hold-ups on the road and poor living condition for a bulk of the population.

   

Most people move into Lagos seeking to improve their well-being. For some, well,  it's a dream come true, while others come face to face with array of problems which most times they never even thought of. Realities, such as joblessness, housing problems, filthy living conditions, poor power supply, air and noise pollution, poor health and nutrition all resulting to a low standard of living. The majority with no education remains mired in poverty and squalor. 

Of course, in search of a way out many people have sought out "interesting" ways of making ends meet or what else could better explain the high rise in thuggery, road side begging, child hawking, armed robbery, commercial sex workers, household burglars, and scams?

Well, the slogan “shine your eye, this is Lagos” is not merely a cliché. It is a popular saying among lagosians because in Lagos, life is highly characterized by the survival of the fittest. “Lagos is a land for the brave” they say and definitely no place for the faint hearted. For a newcomer, Lagos might just be the most horrible and unlivable place to be. For me, the moment I dread the most is getting trapped in one of the endless hold-ups and being condemned to the annoying, irritating and maddening effect of the traffic noise. That could be a nightmare especially when you have an important appointment to meet. Also being attacked and burgled in broad day light? I hate to imagine the feeling because it is definitely heart breaking. But despite all these problems associated with Lagos life, many people still flock into the state looking for greener pastures. What is it that makes Lagos so tick? Sometimes I wonder if it is because of its diversity in terms of people. Come to think of it, I am yet to learn of the existence of a race that is not represented in Lagos. Looking at the cultural heritage, the city can well qualify as a centre of culture. Visit the National Museum; there you’ll see collections in archaeology, ethnography, and traditional art. The National Theatre stages plays, dance performances, music concerts, and also houses collections of contemporary Nigerian art. The Eyo festival still remains one of the most colourful events I have attended. Well,  not forgetting Nollywood and of course sports.

The economy of Lagos is very promising. Lagos is Nigeria’s leading port, particularly for imports of motor vehicles, machinery, and industrial raw materials. It is also the western terminus for the Nigerian railway system and is linked by rail and road to Ibadan, Kano, and other major Nigerian cities. The Murtala Muhammed International Airport is also located in the city’s centre.

In education, the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State University, and Lagos State Polytechnic are located in the city, as are several major research institutes. Lagos is also the site of the National Library of Nigeria. Lagos is an important centre of Nigerian intellectual life.

In truth, people have diverse reasons why they prefer Lagos. To the young graduate, it is easiest place to get a job and also the perfect place to start out in life. To the entrepreneur, it is a strong market base. Some people perceive Lagos as the most liberal place to be; a city that encourages and supports free expression of speech, ideas and creativity.

It is no news that Lagosians are fun loving people who wouldn’t trade their recreational time for anything. Whatever your taste or social status, in Lagos there is always something for you. There are clubs and hangout joints in almost every neighbor-hood where lagosians go to after working hours to burn down the day’s stress. There they hook up with friends and relax with a plate of hot pepper soup, “Isi ewu” Goat head, or “Nkwo bi” Cow tail along with a few drinks preferably alcoholic, while they await the weekends to explore the endless social activities at their disposal. Some people might prefer family outings like going to the beach, cinema, the theatre, the stadium, church or well,  for some singles and still searching a club or a show could be the a good place to have a catch or get caught. The good thing there is that you have fun doing it all.

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like lagbaja will say eko o gba gbere o.u rily av 2 be smart to live and work in lagos.so if ure not smart stay in ur village n if u choose 2 come 2 lagos n ure not smart within 2weeks u'll wise up because u'll have been over duped.4 example there is dis malam dat use 2 sell suya around our crib.he's comin directly from d village n he's a total illiterate he cant spek or hear both pidgin n english trust my lagosians if dey discover ure naive dey'll so cheat u b4 u become wise.as i was sayin any one dat wants 2 buy suya will have 2 luk 4 a guy or gal dat hears n speaks hausa well.dey'll both conive ,if like d guy calls a stik 100 naira dey'll give him 10 naira n claim its 100 naira,d malam would be deceived because dey'll convince him dats its 100 naira n also d fact dat he doent know money.nairalanders our strret folks made dis guy go bankrupt n i started feelin 4 him.he later met some hausa guys dat tot him bout lagos.now d guy is as wise as n ibo business man so if u rily wana come 2 lagos be wise.as 4 dose ibadan,ogbomoso,ife illiterate villagers dat av lines in dia cheeks u beta count ur cost n be wise if u rily wana survive in lagos.i think its worth it anyway.as long as ure wise.

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Living in VI is worth it. Living in Lekki Is Worth is. Ikoyi and Ikeja maybe. Otherwise, no!

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i have forced myself to like this city for the past two years that i have been living there, no luck!

men! i dont like Lagos, i will jump at anything opportunity that comes my way to leave this Lagos.its a mad town.

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@Seun

You have summed it up.

Just to add, when many people say they want to live in lagos, they are subconsciously refering to these areas!

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Hahaha!!

Looking closely, I realise this post dates back to 2007!

MrPataki, pls ignore my earlier post.

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MrPataki

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Mr Pataki,

I am interested in attending your upcoming presentation on Lagos. I would like to receive specific information on date and time. Kindly send this to me@ amster_1@hotmail.com

Cheers.

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It is Worth it o.

But the thing is, try arranging your life in one particular area

if not, it will be tough o.

Its not easy, but thank God for internet, messengers, e.t.c

Its Well sha.

I have lived in Lagos for mo than 20years and no one has come to rob me in my house.

People live in Lagos and are VERY happy.

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My birthplace and hometown;How i love thee except for the hold-ups and the bathroom slippers wearing police men.Me thinks the only city i can live in nigeria though my ibadan bred hubby thinks otherwise[sub][/sub]all those ibadan people sef na jealousy dey worry them i don tell am say i fit sell am collect change cos lagosians dey always sharp.

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Lagos is the happening place jare. I can't live in any other city in Nigeria than Lagos.

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I cant live in lagos O!!

HA! Armed robbers, thieves, hustlers, traffic (both humans & vehicular), touts, dirt, flood, light, Latsma, e.t.c.

Lagos is what I call a beautiful hell.

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Its a Kind of Love Hate thing for me. I like the typical Lagos Mentality but I will choose Abuja over it any day.

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Good write up you know. lets be proud of what we have despite some shortcomings.

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well written, I like house as in 2 visit but not 2 live, man, dat place gives me headache

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Thank you all for your responses. I wish I could make it to the presentation on Lagos city but unfortunately I can't. I hope to learn more about the event though.

And Seun, you have nothing to fear, go ahead and post the article. I wrote it.

Yinka.

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Wow, Yinkz, did you write that yourself? Need to know before I promote it to front page.

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I am doing a presentation next week, about the City of Lagos. You should be there to see it. It is in the University of twente. Leeuwarden.

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Lagos is a Zoo without a Cage, All the animals are running loose

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Junk city! Glorified dumpster!

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