Showing posts with label Lagos traffic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lagos traffic. Show all posts

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Rural versus Urban

 In the Oba's palace

Sometimes I question myself on which is better-rural life or urban life? Having gone on a trip to the rural area, Apa settlement to be precise in Badagry West local council area, I was kinda confused. Seeing women twice younger my age with children. At a point, I was like which is important-  education,career or raising children. We both had something that made us envious of each other. Seriously, it appears that there is a trend that we seem to follow. It is like during adolescence  and labour years the urban centre proves attractive but at retirement there is need to return to the rural life.

So what makes urban- urban? It has many infrastructure in terms of good roads, medical facilities, better communication network, housing, recreational facilities, financial and educational facilities. It has prospects for better job opportunities. Take the case of Lagos, it has been reported that daily about 3000 people migrate to the centre of excellence daily.  What exactly are they seeking for?  Greener pastures! There is the perception that the urban centre holds possibilities for many business ventures. Surprisingly, when one persons hammers in a one industry, others follow suit e.g pure water business, make- up,event planning e.t.c. There is competition for virtually everything.

On the other hand, the rural centre is basically devoid of everything that is obtainable in the urban centre. The habitants are used to primitive ways of doing things. Well...we are in 21st century and things have taken a u-turn. Nevertheless, the rural cannot compete with the urban in all ramifications.There is a knowledge gap. Most of the populace are into blue collar jobs. The white collar jobs are being reserved for their counterparts in the city.

The good thing about rural life is that it is devoid of congestion.  They play a key role in the development of any society. Rural areas are the food basket of any society. Their focus is primarily on agricultural activities. They provide the raw materials for industries to transform to finished products for consumers.

 Urban areas tend to be overpopulated. Traffic and housing congestion is peculiar to the urban centres. There is also high rates of crime and lawlessness in the urban centers.  There is competition for who lives in  the biggest mansion, drives the poshest cars, wears the designers and works in the best organisation.The rural people are in no competition with their neighbours. Unlike the urban centres,  there is the rush to hammer. The air in the rural area is fresh doesn not constitute carbon monoxide emissions. Food stuffs are cheaper and fresher in the rural areas because it is from the source. Land full brekete but some people would prefer to buy land in the happening areas in the city. Land remains an asset and  is invariable affordable in the rural areas.

My trip to Apa settlement in Badagry West left me thinking on the subject of rural life and urban life. Would I love to live in a rural area and forfeit the strife, stress, excitement and dramas of urban areas.Back to my expedition to Apa settlement, the people were very homely and accommodating. They were willing to oblige me and my accomplice. We went there for research mission but took time to visit the Oba's palace. Trust me, it was the right thing to do. We had to remove our sandals before entering the palace. As I lady, I was told to remove my cap. Funny enough, we didn't get to see the Oba's but we were able to grab some snapshots at his palace as you see below.

Is the rural areas meant for people who have retired and want to stay away from the stress of city life? Can the youth make it in the rural area? Why does the rural area seem so underdeveloped? Why is there large influx of people into the city? All these questions are not JAMB questions but require honest evaluation and reply.

As far as I am concerned, both the rural and urban area are important. Concentration should not only focus on the urban areas at the detriment of rural areas. There is the need for the creation of prosperous cities. rural areas should also be made attractive  and developed for human capacity building.
 Pictures are below;
 In the midst of  the Oba's awards and throne


 And  a Holy Bible was on the throne and the  two  seats at the sides had the Holy Quran

 Some portraits of the past Obas
 Beside the portrait  of the current King-Oba Oyekan Ajose Ilufemiloye Possi III

Visitors shown around

More portraits

 More awards and artifacts

The king's subjects seats

Sunday, 10 January 2016

My Wishlists for ....

"If wishes were horses,beggars would fly"
So I was thinking of what to write on and I decided to work with wishes. Before then I was looking for inspiration from different places from inside the bus to bus stops to church to market to my room to the toilet but to no avail.

 It was while I was eating that it occurred to me that I had wishes.  You know there are some things you just hope would  take effect. Here is my list:

1. I wish I had gap teeth. I really don't get why I admire people with gap teeth. Probably because it makes their smile so infectious. At one point, I had succumbed to using tooth pick to create the gap by force then pulled out when it became mission impossible.

2. I wish I would stop receiving bank debit alert. I just want to have the bank credit alerts continuously. You know speaking
Spending money on things you need/want is great but when you are being debited and the money is reducing ,that is not good feeling!

3. I wish kidnapping would be a thing of the past. My heart bleeds for those missing. Imagine the trauma that families of the victims and even the victims have to suffer. I seriously hope this would stop and the culprits are brought to book. Kidnapping was unheard of in times pasts, looks like this the trend now.

4. I wish old folks would stop reminding us of how things were better in their time. How it was easy to get job,build house, marry spouse, buy cars and so on.  We know that things are not the same way they used to be  but give us hope. Please do not make us feel like a hopeless generation.

5. I wish all single women are treated with respect and get married. Then there would no room for envy and competition.

6. I wish the bar/hotel that was just completed in front of my abode would stop disturbing us with loud music every night that we can't even enjoy a good night's sleep again. I mean it is that terrible. Noise pollution of the highest order.

7. I wish Lagos traffic would fizzle out. Emphasis should shift from the key Lagos mainland areas and Lagos island areas to the less prosperous/desirous areas. These areas could also be made attractive so that the strain witnessed in the major city centers with the traffic it exhumes would be reduced.

8. I wish I had a younger brother. When I was much younger, I had always disturbed my mother for a younger sibling. The reason was to have someone that I could do "senior" for and someone to cater for. I still nurse that feeling till now.

9. I wish I did not make careless mistakes. All the job opportunities I lost because of carelessness would just come back to me in hundred folds.  If only I could turn back the hands of time.

10.  I wish I could join a dance group or something. I usually have the urge to express myself through dancing. Back then, I came tops in dancing competitions but somehow it is like I am no longer flexible .Time to start exercising.

11. I wish people would stop asking me for an English name and pronounce my name well. I have heard " Akpoi" " ApO" " Agbor" . As in I tire... Its ***A-kpo! Simple and short. Thanks

Still have more but these are my wish lists for this year but lets keep it simple and short for now. I don't really make resolutions. As a planner, I make plans to achieve goals. That's my strategy....

Friday, 8 May 2015

Can we have some quiet, please?

 # Drawing the line between intruding into people's privacy and evangelism

It was a much desired holiday. Break from waking up very early and joining in the Lagos traffic. As if that was not enough, one still faced traffic coming back and you had to wake up early again the next day when you must have gotten home pretty late.

So thankful for the Easter break.  It was a long weekend.Good Friday had gone. Saturday took me away from home, had to go to the market. It was shopping and cooking all day. Sunday was church.  My surest bet was Easter Monday.  I had special plans for Easter Monday.It would be for me and my bed only.

So happy that the day came at last.Reluctantly  I did not want to get up from bed in my pyjamas.It felt so cozy under the blanket and suddenly, I was awakened by the noise from the speakers.
"Oh my Gosh!"I screamed and the noise continued

" Good morning my brethren! I greet you in the name of the Lord..." Those were the words from the speakers
Imagine someone leaving his house and vicinity to come and disturb others in another area.Kai!

So this preacher was so loud even the blast from from earphones could not subdue it. Imagine I was forced to listen to a whole sermon. Chei!
 So this sermon lasted for up to two hours thirty minutes and I was tossing all over thinking of ways to run away for this forceful message. My privacy had been intruded. All my plans for that morning was spoiled. The frown on my face was dancing awilo.

 Reminiscing it is very funny but that very day I was grumbling. I could not understand how someone would leave his area and cause nuisance in another all under the guise of propagating the gospel. Don't get me wrong I'm a staunch believer, I believe in spreading the gospel but not at the expense of intruding into other peoples' privacy and disturbing their peace.

Daily we are faced with all forms of noise pollution and we all crave for peace away from the screeching horns, music from loudspeakers, yellings of conductors and agberos, sirens, generator sounds you name it.
Lagos is filled virtually with noise pollution. From the market to the bus stops to the roads, there is noise everywhere.

On Sundays, the churches would bring theirs, Fridays the mosque would contribute theirs. If its not music blaring from speakers on the roads, it would be conductors beckoning to their passengers forgetting, noise from engines in factories.

After the hustle and bustle of the day, one gets home to be welcomed by the sounds emanating from the generator.This has become commonplace. People are getting used to the systems. When it gets so bad, the aspirin or panadol becomes your closest paddy within your reach in your bag waiting to be swallowed.

Noise has become part of our everyday life in this part of the world. People hardly speak in low tones, they must shout when greeting or during a conversation. This is the effect of living in noise.
Noise does not allow focus. It is a distraction. It could result to partial deafness too.

The long and short of this turachi is to minimise noise to the barest minimum and respect each other privacy. I have said my own, please talk your own...