Wednesday, 27 February 2013

All hail the kings...of the road..

Just want to share my encounter with one of the ' damfo' drivers on my way from work this evening.
I Was driving slowly, taking my time to savour the rare pleasure of a 'trafficjam-free' evening while quietly humming to a song playing on the CD player.

Was driving on the left side of the dual service lane like we know it while on my right was this yellow mini bus, directly cruising beside me. A car was in front of the bus already 'trafficating' to turn into one of the streets off the main road we were travelling on.

All of a sudden, without any form of warning, the damfo beside me just veered onto my lane, almost taking my fender with him! Thankfully, my horn was okay and the brake was in good condition and I did put both to good use as the ocassion demanded.

Now, for those who are familiar with the city of Lagos and the intriguing damfo drivers, you would know they never have trafficators and some have actually perfected the art of making use of their hands for this function. My damfo driver friend did not have trafficators neither did he exhibit the courtesy of using his hand or 'conductor' to indicate his intention.

Despite allowing him to move in and while I was still recovering from the close shave I just had, my driver friend had the guts to shout expletives at me.

Yours truly was literally incensed, certainly wasn't going to allow that pass.

I stepped on the accelerator and pulled up beside him, had to match him venom for venom.

Driver: 'Learner osi, Oo lo gba driver' (bloody learner, better go and get a driver)
Me: 'Ode, se bi won se n drive niyen?(dunce, is that the way to drive?)

I engaged him in a war of words for the few seconds I could spare before driving off, momentarily pleased for not allowing his insults and act of recklessness to pass.

It lasted only a second before I began to ponder on the whole scenario.

What exactly did I gain from wasting my energy on someone that apparently had no sense of what is right or not. Energy that could had been put to positive use. Would had been more dignifying to just let him go and continue carefully on my journey rather than what played out.

Most of these guys are uncultured and do not posess the ability to think or act right. Some are usually 'high' before taking to the wheels and would gladly bring even the most polished individual down to their level.

They live in a world of their own, create their laws and live by their own rules, unaffected by the opinion of any other individual outside their clan. You either take it or go jump off the third mainland bridge into the lagoon.

To sum it up, they are the kings of the road here in Lagos State.


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Monday, 25 February 2013

Heart talk...(Part 1)

Stop Press Ladies....and Gents.
The media has been agog recently with the news of the sudden demise of our own Goldie, at 31. Quite young.
She has been laid to rest earlier today. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.
Cause of death: Hypertensive heart disease that triggered Intracerebral Haemorrhage. Long and nasty name for a dreadful disease, full stop.
Just read another sad news on Daily Mail a few minutes ago about a 19 year old promising woman, Charlotte Mayes who passed on late in 2012.
Very young.
Cause of death: Undetected heart ailment - hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which causes a thickening of the heart muscle forcing it to work harder to pump blood.
Both were relatively young, beautiful with dreams, shinning aspirations, lofty ambitions and their whole lives ahead of them before death came calling.
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Oscar and Reeva...

Oscar Pistorius
I have keenly followed the Oscar / Steenkamp 'case' since the avoidable tragedy occured on February 14, same day Nigeria lost Police. Murder or accident, nothing changes the fact that a father has lost his daughter in the most cruel circumstances; Réeva's siblings and friends would never again hear her talk or laugh anymore.
If you are reading about this for the first time, this happened in far away South Africa on February 14. Oscar (who is also known as the 'blade runner') is the South African Olympian/Paralympian who shot to fame / stardom during London 2012 Olympic games

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

2nd Month Already..


Bet that should be 'happy new year'. Even though its belated but like they say - better late than never.


2012 was filled with lots of blessings, joy, tragedies all around the world, stress, ups and downs, travails, gloom, boko haramic terror, insecurity within and without; but hey, we made it through and here we are today, in the second month of 2013 already.

I heartily congratulate myself and you for making it this far, more joyous years to come by His Grace.

And after my 7+ month hiatus from this page, it does feel good to be back. Missed this space a lot, more than I care to admit.

Lets do it..again..this year.

Wish you all joy, health, healthy friendship, security, favor that accompany open doors, actualized dreams, and lots more this year. Lets go work on our dream.

We will get there cos we can.