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#1 Apr 29, 2021 11:39 pm

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Lagos: Kingston on Steroids

Going to Nigeria is always stressful, starting with getting the visa. The Federal Republic of Nigeria does not issue visas on arrival; you have to send your passport into the nearest embassy, and it takes a week to get it back – if you’re lucky. This of course is an enormous pain for people who travel for a living; who do they think they are, America? Getting a flight to Lagos is the next hurdle: they’re always full and the first to fill up is first class. Nigerians don’t travel economy.

Then there is Lagos Airport. They’ve cleaned it up now but the overcrowding, theft and corruption at this hellhole were legendary. Unsuspecting visitors could find themselves sliced, diced and fleeced before they even left the airport compound! A colleague of mine foolishly got into an unknown taxi at the Airport because “he looked honest”. Twenty-four hours later they found him: wandering the back streets of Ikeja, bereft of everything except his underwear. Who told him to do that?

On my first trip to Lagos I was met by the driver Oladipor in the arrivals hall and shepherded to his battered old Benz. As we drove out of the car park we were joined by the police escort. I thought: this is a bit of overkill isn’t it? Talk about drawing attention to myself: here I am boys - come and get me!

But for all the crime and chaos I liked Nigeria. A lot. The place has a buzz: it’s like Kingston Jamaica – on steroids. Nigerians are a confident, aggressive, gregarious people – a lot like Jamaicans. Most of my time was spent in Abuja the new-ish Federal Capital. With its clean wide streets and sense of order I would live in Abuja in a heartbeat. Not so sure about Lagos though.

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#2 Apr 30, 2021 10:43 am

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Re: Lagos: Kingston on Steroids

Would it be hard to settle down in boring Grenada? I think you kinda answer that question, when we met, but checking to see if you had ah change of heart since we met.  Judging by your life, from what I can see it doh seems so.

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#3 Apr 30, 2021 11:02 am

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I loved having traveled so much, and I love not traveling now. When I came back to Grenada as a fresh JCB in 2008 I didn't get on a plane for two years. When things get back to the new normal I'll be happy to get back on a plane - selectively. India a big bucket item.

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