Life on the streets of Lagos

7 Nov 2020

Hi Folks,

Like every other week, I headed out to work as a diligent Nigerian.


Normalcy had returned and the roads were loaded with commuters, strangely, there was hardly any part of the state that didn’t have her fair share of the heavy influx of traffic.


The debate on who ordered the Lekki toll gate shootings was still lingering but more at the background now. The U.S Elections and the phenomenal figures recorded at the beginning was talk of the town.


Nigerians always have a way of dousing the tension. With different memes of President Donald Trump littering the social media corridors, there was enough for us to gist about.


I left Alausa for Opebi another part of Ikeja to have a chat at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office.


If you know the FIRS, you’d be able to imagine the kind of human traffic that mills around the place.


My business was taking time and the need to grab something to eat. I went two poles away and rounded into a corner street in search of a nice meal.

My eyes beheld a bunch of young guys pointing at something on top of local coal stove.


It was bolé, sweet potato and yam that being roasted.


Bolé is roasted Plantain, it can be consumed straight with roasted groundnut or diced and served with a pepper stew with fish, beef or ponmo.

The aroma of the stew alone will stop you in your tracks.

I fell for it and promptly branched, I placed a modest order and devoured every single piece in the bowl. I washed it down with a cold bottle of water and went back to my business.


Now you may be wondering why I am telling you about that bolé lunch, the reason is not far fetched. There are those days that hunger sets in and you don’t want to do the same old meals, boli and ponmo, beef or fish will make a great alternative.


I missed this Saturday’s owambe parties, because a fuel laden truck had busted into flames, killing 2 and burning at least 29 cars. An entire wing of the road was shut down leaving all commuters to us a single lane.

I am home having a good time with my family as I write this.


What are doing this weekend? Tell me about it in the comment box.


Covid-19 is still very much around, please observe the protocols and stay safe.


Remember to make someone smile whenever, wherever with your acts of kindness.



Ilupeju B