Naija, How Far Na?

If you look at the top of this article, you’ll see that it is written under the “Irewole’s Diary” category. I’ll bet no one has ever kept a “secret diary” this poorly before. Anyway, if you read my very first blog post, you’d understand by now that this is just me sharing a personal experience with you.

Before that, I want to mention a couple of things that I’m happy about. The very first is that I am not dead. Since I got back to school, especially when crossing the road in this jungle (otherwise known as Lagos), it’s like I’m one wrong step away from getting my balls (and every other part of me) grinded to a pulp by some careless driver. I am also happy that even though my lecturers are giving me assignments like cigarettes are giving people cancer, I haven’t had a breakdown under all the stress.

I however am this close to having one of those.

Reaching 160+ subscribers and getting so much love from you in my first month of blogging too is also pretty nice but what I am not happy about is the way Nigeria is going.

Story time!

After spending almost twelve hours at a stretch in school sometime last year, I headed home. I stayed off campus so it took a while to get home. That was beside the fact that I was leaving really late when most bike men had closed. I sha used strong head and walked to the point where I’d have to queue.

Yes, I had to queue after all my stress. This Lagos is just a scam.

At the point where I was to queue, there were already a number of people there and it was even about to rain. I was so tired that my brain started functioning less than usual and I started contemplating walking for about 25 minutes to get home instead of standing for about three and getting a space in the next vehicle.

This is what I actually mean by “vehicle”. I just wanted to sound tush.

I eventually decided to stand and wait. I put in my earphones and started up some nice vibes. It finally got to my turn and I saw a woman with a kid come in front of me but not directly. I knew what she was trying to do but I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt, hoping that someone else was coming to pick her up. I was not bothered because either way, my position in the keke wouldn’t change.

The keke eventually arrived and as usual, he talked about how he didn’t have change. I just ignored him and stepped in. Whether or not I had change, I was not spending another minute away from the love of my life – my bed just in case you’re wondering. As I suspected, this woman went ahead of everyone else who had been there before her with her daughter without uttering a word and sat in the keke.

Everyone there – mostly old women – spoke out against this. I was basically the youngest person at the scene so, I kept quiet, having secured my seat. They were all pissed off for obvious reasons and even more so because it was about to rain.

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At first, the woman who had cheated them all with her daughter began apologizing but the affected persons wanted her to come down so they could take their rightful place. Immediately, she switched characters and unlocked that craze craze that most Lagos dwellers have, insisting that she would not get down and ordering her daughter to stay in her seat.

The driver faint heatedly protested but eventually, the woman had her way and all the other women were left behind, possibly to get beaten by the rain. A number of things went through my head during the bumpy ride home.

As the smart boy that I am.

The major thing however that kept on ringing was the kind of message she had taught her daughter who could not have actually been more than ten years old. We keep on saying that the country is bad and that we want to move out but we forget about the things we do to contribute to the poor state of the nation.

On an unrelated note, how much is bike to Ottawa?

That woman that day taught her daughter indirectly that you can take whatever you want without any consequences even if it’s at the expense of others. The driver and I taught her that as long as you’re satisfied, everyone’s problem is not really your burden to bear. If this is the message that we are passing across to the next generation, how do we expect Nigeria to become better?

In fact, forget that last part. I’m sure you can’t be less than fifteen years old. If this is the way we are behaving, being the next generation, how exactly do we expect the country to change?


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Conclusion

As I’m sure you’ve noticed through the condemnation of my own character, I am not here as some self-righteous ass kisser who wants to start preaching to people. I definitely am not here to judge anyone either and to be honest, I don’t know what inspired this article but I did feel a strong need to talk about this. We can’t continue in our “retarded ways” and expect the country to get better. So, this message is to you and all my Nigerian youths… “Biko, have sense.”

You already know I’ll ask…

  • How has your week been? Any bit as stressful as mine?
  • What similar experience did you ever have at any point in time that just made you shake your head and wonder if Nigeria will ever get better?
  • Did you actually enjoy the article or did your lazy self just breeze through it?

Leave your replies in the comment section and don’t forget to check back. I always reply comments… ALWAYS.

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Akachi
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Akachi

Hi, okay I think I’m on the other side of the divide in this discussion ( the dark side) but I’m not sure sja. So, my sis and I went to the bank one day and this bank worker man decided that ” oh you girls shouldn’t be in this queue na it’s just too long so anytime you come just come straight to me” ( for whatever reason but yunno benefit of the doubt) and you can imagine our relief o because it’s one of these banks that is ALWAYS crowded no matter the time of day. Anyway I… Read more »

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Mosunmade

Okay…so this happened to me on a Monday morning at the junction of my hostel.I’m someone that hates being cheated on and so i do try my possible best not to cheat others. So that morning, I stopped a bike man, you know the usual bargain now, lol.So i asked if he had change, he said”YES”o.Getting to my destination, I paid him and asked for my change. Then he claimed not to have change(he was even aggressive, like wtf).I was shocked that I needed to confirm if he was talking to me or not.Cos we talked about it already that… Read more »

Angelica
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Angelica

seriously though this story is very relatable, people keep blaming the government forgetting that they themselves have to better themselves for this nation to be better..

Angelica
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Angelica

seriously though, this story is very relatable, people keep blaming the government forgetting that they themselves also have a huge responsibility in making this nation better…

Marvis
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You know,this post actually gave me ‘food for thought’ As long as I’m satisfied, I usually just butt out of everyone else’s business…we keep complaining about our leaders but fail to realise that that ‘leader’ is actually acting like an average Nigerian would. We have a long way to go mehn..it’ll take a miracle for that significant change we need to come…

Tolani
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Tolani

Wanna know the real definition of scum?…. We all have a great role to take, a huge one I repeat. The government, parents, elderly ones, youths contributes to the backwardness of Nigeria. Leadership they say is by example, what makes me feel bad is seeing our leaders, ( I’m not only talking about the government when talking of leaders) violating the rules laid down by them. I’ll say that’s the first thing we have to correct.
For real.
P.S I’ll be going to my country tomorrow. Bye.

Aria
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Aria

Lowkey though,this shit is getting annoying,someday it’ll attain the height of normalcy.Rn,the honest few of this generation and the last see it as bad but believe me posterity will see it as normal to get rid of others to achieve their desires or to bribe or coerce their way to gain benefits they require.
P.S: the article was lit,I enjoyed every moment of it yunno and I think together making a difference in our own little way will lessen this unfound attitude

Angie Baby
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Angie Baby

I enjoyed this article, as always.

I think about this often, when I see some extremely rude people, some that find it really hard to say sorry or show simple courtesy.. like what are you teaching your children?? I honestly like how that one event made you sit and think. It made me realize that even though we’re not doing bad stuff, watching it happen is equally as bad. So I guess in a way, we all need to do better.

CB
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CB

I love how naturally u express urself and drive ur point my guy!💓

CB
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CB

The change and “betterment” we always clamour for starts from us,from the little wrong things we do from time to time that have become natural to us.

Essy Dike
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Essy Dike

God bless you for this….everybody is shouting Nigeria is bad but the same people are doing shit worse than the government itself….. Nigeria won’t move forward until people change their attitudes

Bloodline
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I love this

Elishama
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Elishama

I don’t think we can change tbh, Nigerians will remain the way they are because they’re stupid (I say they and not me because I unclaimed the nationality “Nigerian” a long ass time ago, I am now a native of the hiddenleaf village

Brownie_vocal
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Meh. No one in Nigeria is bothered as long as they’re not affected. You doing what you did made you a typical Nigerian bruhh😂
But you’re right. Shit like this needs to change but Nigerians have the mind as hard as a Joseph whose owner is living out his fantasies.🚮