I fell in love in Lagos. I laughed. I cried and most of all, I found happiness. All this in a span of three weeks. I went to Lagos to find myself and sure enough, I found me and more. Everyday was a Saturday in Lagos and everyday was a new adventure and I revelled in it all. Lagos in December took me for a wild ride and I won’t lie- I loved the thrill of it.
In the midst of it all- I will be remiss to say that it was just all fun and games. I simply can’t glamorize it no matter how hard I try. I love Lagos with all my heart but I can’t live in Lagos anymore. Lagos in December isn’t Lagos everyday. Its cushioned and its romanticized. You can’t ignore the generator sounds ringing loud in the background because “NEPA” (the power company) did not “bring light.” You can’t forget the looks of the little children who should be in schools chasing after your car on the roads begging for money to eat. You can’t forget the daily struggle a typical Nigerian faces everyday in the country. My beloved country still faces the same problems it did years ago and some might even argue worse problems now. I think we pretend and cover up our shortcomings in December when everyone is back home and we try really hard to laugh away the problems.
The hustle and bustle in Lagos is not for the fainthearted. To all my IJGBs, I implore you to explore Lagos outside of December. Find the beauty outside of the glamour December presents to you and fall in love with the rawness of my city.I miss home already but I will also acknowledge I miss home from abroad.
Lagos, I will see you soon. I won’t wait another four years to come back home again because now I know how much I need you.
Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I also shared my vlogs with you so if you want to follow my adventures- here are my Lagos vlogs!