A lot of things happen on Lagos roads.
If it is not some passengers and a conductor fighting over some little change, it would be a commercial bus driver prostrating in front of a big man whose car he has damaged.
If it is not a LASTMA official trying to tow away your vehicle for daring to stop moving on the expressway, it would be a VIO accusing you of possessing a fake driver’s license.
If it is not a case of two office men in suits and ties punching each other over a little scratch on their cars, it would be that of a woman who has caused a long vehicular traffic as she deals with a staff bus driver.
As all these happen, expect Lagosians to gather in tens to watch a free show. And as they do so, expect pick pockets to also have their way among them. If a purse is not stolen, a handset would disappear.
Lagos is for show indeed.
But you can also learn a lot on a typical Lagos road.
Look no more for any philosophy book. Just go inside your car and drive around Lagos. Or simply hop into a damfo bus and start observing.
Try to read what is written at the back of Lagos commercial vehicles, most especially the damfo buses. I can guarantee you that you will come back home a better philosopher than Aristotle.
I did just that this evening.
I read through what some Lagos people have on their vehicles – private and commercial alike. I wrote down the following as I observed:
- “Jesus is Lord”
- “Ota mi ma yo mi” (i.e. my enemy, do not rejoice over my issue)
- “I trust in God”
- “Ola Egbon” (indicating that the vehicle owner got a favour from his elder brother or sister)
- “Eda o laropin” (i.e. you should not write off anyone)
- “I am blessed”
- “Omo mummy” (i.e. mummy’s child)
- “Lagos boy”
- “No place like home.”
- “The downfall of a man is not the end of his life”
- “Don’t trust your friends”
- “I will make it in life.”
- “I’m a Winner”
A few streets away from my house, I saw three guys pushing a bus that had developed a fault. They were sweating profusely and I wondered why they didn’t look for a towing vehicle instead of punishing themselves that much.
I pitied them.
And just then did I notice that the bus actually gave them a form of encouragement.
On the sides of the bus is boldly written, “Don’t worry, it will soon pass.”
It was true for the bus pushers because their bus would start working again after some time, or they would soon push it to a desirable destination.
But isn’t that statement equally true for you and me?
As I write this piece, it is raining and thundering. The rain will soon stop, and the thunders will go calm. It will then become a thing of the past.
I will soon be done with this post, and it will become a past tense.
Truly, why should we worry too much about any vicissitude of life?
It will soon pass!
Whatever your situation may be today, it will soon pass away.
Wipe off your tears, your sadness will soon pass.
As it is for bad experiences, so it is for good things of life as well.
Is it position?
Is it enjoyment?
Is it money?
Is it fame?
Beware! It will soon pass.
Nothing, I repeat: nothing, in this life last forever! Even our existence on the surface of the earth does not last forever.
One day, the heart will stop, and the blood will stop pumping. Some guys will then lower your body down into a six feet; pour hard and soft sand on your face; leave you alone in that grave; and begin to eat, drink, and dance somewhere else – partying over your death.
Well, that’s life. Some other guys will also do the same thing to them when it’s their turn to leave.
Anyway, whatever your position may be; whatever your situation may be; whatever you may be experiencing; good or bad; happy or sad; know that it will soon pass.
It is the reality of life.