The 24th of October 2015
If you are African reading this, am sure
you know that convincing your typical African mum to go to a place far north to
serve the country when you haven't been there before, has to begin with some
sort of prayer. Mine was straight to the point “Father… Help!!!” she later
But honestly, I still couldn't believe I
had been posted to Zamfara, I wanted to believe this was some form of
hallucination. I finally got a hold of myself and along with a friend we
visited the popular Balogun market. She like me was one of the many people who
didn't get the states they desired.
The thought of going to Balogun market
tickles my bones any time, any day at this market it seems the entire population
of Lagos has its shopping at the same time with a "60% discount sale. Well
it was my turn today to join that populace, but I did that with utmost care; I
knew where every penny was on me as I didn't want to be a victim of
pick-pocketing, hell No! Definitely not, now that Zamfara is involved.
The thing about going to a place where
sharia law might be in place (although, some people say it isn’t) is you can’t
leave anything to chance. I met up with my friend some minutes later and we
started walking through the streets of the market looking out for the things
that were most important on our list. We hadn't gone far sef on this walk, as
these sellers tried to shove their goods and wares in our faces, some even went
furthermore to pull us, haba!; they knew what we needed better, so it seemed.
Just a detour there is beauty in
orderliness, most importantly work can be done better in an orderly environment.
One place lacking this so much is the city of Lagos, Migration rate being quite
higher in this city, the city management have consistently made that the reason
it cannot cope with different problems including, garbage management, drinkable
water, manure system organization and drainage issues. Food, soil, air and
water contagion. But this growth in population has not stopped giving the city
an internal revenue more than any state in existence (N276.1bn to be exact as
of last year). I bet someone has not told them, to whom much is Given much is
Expected e.g. Advanced Planning
Anyway, these people (the sellers) at the
popular Balogun market of Lagos, I believe know the right thing to do which is
to stay inside the shops that have been provided for them by the state government
or maybe in front of the shops but it should not exceed that; don't get to the
road for Christ sakes. They all seemed to behave when the task force shows up,
that is only for a little while though as that is how long the task force stays,
then they probably go for their lunch, which probably never finishes until it
enters dinner. You know what I mean?
Now I begin the journey to Zamfara, Tsafe
L. G. hmm “Father... Help”
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