Lagos life through a nairobian’s lens

Anthony Njagi and Eddie Mbugua are ‘Kenyan boys’ living and working in Lagos.  We decided that it would be highly educative and entertaining to describe our experiences & observations of Lagos vis-a-vis Nairobi, our home. 

We do not claim that one city is better than the other or more desirable, just highlighting the differences and similarities that make us a dynamic people, and grater people.

A professional Nigerians day begins @ 4am. Depending on where you live, the CBD is on an island, Victoria Island, and its bloody expensive to live there so most opt to stay on mainland & commute daily to island; petrol is almost 60 bob so its affordable.

For those living on mainland, have to leave house at 5am to beat the notorious traffic on the 3rd Mainland bridge which if unfortunate to be caught in can last up to 2 to 3 hours. Those on island leave home around 7am to avoid traffic too.

On arrival to the office, you are meet with several greetings, Nigerians believe strongly in social etiquette- the hawkers selling credit, the guards, the lift coordinators, those you meet on corridor, those in your department, those in different departments all wish you a good morning & you reciprocate accordingly.

Once in ur deptmnt, morning salutations are exchanged and 10 mins before work begins a hymn or two are sang & then prayers are said. The deptmnt pray for boss, for work & for success daily.  This is done throughout the bank.  After prayer its work work work, depending  on ur deptmnt you either start 7:30am or 8am to either 6pm or 10pm.

Nigerian professionals are very hardworking & possess gr8 discipline, respect & value integrity.  Its so sad that a handful of pple tarnish this fact. Having been here a week I find myself happy to reporting to work daily because each member of the bank, no matter the level, is made to feel appreciated & wanted . Unlike most of the companies I’ve worked for in Kenya, Nigerians conjure the best from their employees by reward, respect & ensuring a happy atmosphere for their staff: I often freely walk into our Md’s office & he forever has a smile for those he meets.  Humility, as my sagacious Mum told me, is crucial to ones success.

Nigeria is faced with great challenges, power being a major one- we sometimes  go without power for 3 days consecutively, crazy traffic (can take you 2 hours to get from town to Yaya), insecurity BUT the people’s humility, sincerity, etiquette , joy & self worth wipes these challenges clean.

I asked a colleague why there is such contrast between Nigerians  in Nigeria & out of Nigeria & he said those who misbehave are those who couldn’t keep up with the fast pace & demand of the Nigerian market & should not be regarded as representatives of the population.  I fully agree.

Eddie

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~ by jagedin9ja on November 7, 2008.

5 Responses to “Lagos life through a nairobian’s lens”

  1. […] Lagos life through a nairobian’s lens  […]

  2. You guys actually remained in Naija to work? Am getting to like your blog. I’ve read the previous posts, about people walking around with wads of cash, hot (pepppered) food, expensive beer, 2-3 hour jams (aauuuiiii) and am liking it..

  3. I didnt follow the show well on tv because of the timing. I have however read alot about you in local magz. Your storoz here are very humorous and I’ll keep coming for more

  4. i agree. Nigerians are very comely people. They may seem aggressive but thats their nature, thats how they are. im sure that when my bro comes back home he’ll be like them.

    see u in dec.

  5. I just think they say “Oh” a lot. Kinda like kenyans with “Me, I…” lol.

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