For many, finishing NYSC entails actively seeking employment in order to make ends meet.
I was hired after applying for numerous jobs in various economic areas and making nonstop prayers. After numerous “breakfast” emails, I eventually received a job offer to work as a graduate trainee for an organization.
I sat down to take in the information supplied to me when the elation of finally receiving a “yes” reply subsided and I realized the location was Lagos. It felt like a bucket of ice water was thrown over me. I literally had very few friends there, no relatives at all, and the stories from my university days didn’t help one bit.
A lot considerations came in and I had to make a fast decision as I barely had time. Leaving Asaba, Delta to be in Lagos the following week was a decision to make if I wanted the job. Deciding to face my fears about the place, i packed my bags to go to ‘the center of excellence’
I contacted a friend who readily agreed to accompany me which made me be at ease concerning accommodation. I got pumped up, ready for a new adventure as this was my first journey to the chief commercial city of the federation.
Booking a bus the next day heading straight for Lagos, I sat back and enjoyed the ride. It was an immense pleasure watching as the green and red sand rushed past me like a race, with me leading the pack.
Alas, the smooth journey turned sour on Lagos/Ibadan expressway. We met a huge traffic jam where the bus moved like snail along the road. At a point, we were at a total standstill.
I just couldn’t understand how a lot of vehicles of different shapes and sizes were on the road at the same time and same place. It all seemed crazy as everyone seems to be in a rush, not willing to wait for the other person. You could hear drivers shouting at the top of their voices, trying to be heard over the noise of traders trying to sell their wares and angry commuters.
The journey which I envisaged for about 8 hours took 15 hours, almost double of what I planned!!! just because of traffic within Lagos.
I arrived very late, not expecting to see people still outside but no, these people proved me wrong. They were still gallivanting around like it was just daytime but with the absence of Sunlight.
Indeed, I had truly arrived this Lagos. All I can say is OMG!