Jide Alakija

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Streets of Lagos #5

Let's not get started on the traffic. Afterall this is a typical scene in any country. Not quite in Lagos we have very few roads and very  many automobiles on them to the point that every bit of space is shadowed by one. This was taken from the tallest building in the city last summer (you can see my reflection on the glass). I was in that traffic jam on my way to this building and it took me 3 hours to get through it, I only had to travel 2 kilometres. That's 0.667 kph, I could have walked at that speed and got to my destination in that time. This is very typical of this part. Doesn't that now raise the case for fewer cars and more bikes? We should all walk to our respective places.

Discussion point: What's your view on the streets of Lagos? When ever I need to go into town I sometimes ask myself if it would be better to walk instead of take the car. You also have to ask the question, if this happens everyday what time do people actually get to work. I've heard that sometimes you may leave your home at 5am and not get in until 11am and by that time you are almost preparing for lunch, which can be 2 hours for a typical Nigeria civl servant. Because you want to beat the rush you leave work at 3pm, so how much work was done? You do the maths. What's your take on this?

comments (18)

  • lagbaja
  • Nigeria
  • 15 Jul 2006, 00:10
Lagos na wa!
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jul 2006, 06:46
i love this shot, it defines the chaos of Lagos streets. awesome shot
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jul 2006, 07:07
Fantastic picture - Was this taken from Stallion House? (the views from there are super). What are the misty bits at the bottom of the picture?
Re the traffic - a friend of my brother's who worked as a freelance correspondent in Lagos actually had her very own Okada with dedicated driver...she may have caused a bit of a stir (oyinbo girl on bike)...but she got around a lot more effectively!
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 15 Jul 2006, 09:28
that works really well, I find my eye follows the lines around all over the picture, it has a great sense of orderly chaos. I don't think I'd bother taking a car for 2 miles if I knew traffic was that mad, you'd cycle that in a few minutes.
  • feyi
  • enfield
  • 15 Jul 2006, 10:45
as a lagosian myself, this doesnt look so bad compared to some horror of horrors i have been unfortunate to be in. if only mudasiru hadnt scrapped plans for the lagos underground when he became governor. lagos operates on some form of chaos theory.

the city somehow finds order in absolute disorderliness. dont ask me how it works. i just know when i need to get something done, it somehow gets done.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jul 2006, 17:32
  • micki
  • United States
  • 15 Jul 2006, 20:22
I don't even know what to about this fantastic image. I will never, ever complain about the "traffic" in my small town again. Amazing!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jul 2006, 20:25
Fantastic serie about Lagos Jide!! I am enjoying it very much.
  • Craig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jul 2006, 22:53
Excellent shot, it was worth the wait in the traffic smile
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jul 2006, 23:15
Must remember not to go on a fly drive holiday there!! Nice shot, works well in b&w. The reflection in the window is slightly distracting.
  • wale
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jul 2006, 00:46
Fantastic picture. Looks like somewhere near Idumota. I've been in that kind of traffic countless times. In fact, because the traffic is so slow, those that sell items on the bridge sell almost everything to furnish your house with and all manner of electrical appliances (haven't seen any ipods for sale though, laughs). In fact once, I dozed off on the steering!!! But it brings a wonderful memories of Nigeria and couldn't help smiling when I saw the picture. Cheers Bro.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jul 2006, 14:42
That tiny area of calm on the bottom-right thirdline is great. Like the scene a lot.
  • Oz
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2006, 15:14
I love it!!
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jul 2006, 18:50
Liking this a lot! Definitely Eko.
Back then had to be out of the house by 6a at the latest to get to work before 8a. Just a few minutes afterwards could result in you not getting to work until well into 10a!
  • MaryP
  • London
  • 17 Jul 2006, 10:35
I'm sure I've told you this before but when Dad was in Lagos working he used to leave his driver and walk between meetings. He claims the driver used to arrive when the meeting was finished, they'd have a quick chat before starting the process all over again. Dad could never understand the necessity for a driver other than for travelling at night as driving was so slow and tedious. I understand things haven't changed much from when he was there, certainly your traffic pictures look no different to the ones he showed me as a kid!
  • Ngohide
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2006, 19:39
Unfortunately, it'll be very tough to ride a bicycle from say, the mainland to the island, and dont even mention the dangers that you'll automatically expose yourself to riding on a motorcycle. Factor in the heat, and you'll continue to have traffic jams and people with drivers sitting in cars, so that they can at least sleep, chat on the phone, work on a laptop, etc, while someone else gets paid to do it.

By the way, the picture does capture a certain sense of chaos.Nice job.
awesome! look great in bw, tone and detail r fantasticsmile)
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 22 Jul 2006, 09:16
Great shot and the BW suits well.

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