I’ve spent a week in Lagos and to be fair, it’s not as bad as I expected. In fact, this week has pretty much flown by! It seem’s Mr.B’s master plan of scaring me with horror stories has prepared me quite well. He told me about possible water shortages, horrendous traffic (also known as Go Slow) and the prospect of sudden, unending blackouts. He did reassure me afterwards telling me about inverters, generators, water tankers etc but all that fell on deaf ears since I was left numb with the prospect of standing in a bath tub with no water in complete and utter darkness. Fortunately such an incident hasn’t come to pass thanks to all the gadgets around us to keep the juice flowing!
That said , one thing Mr.B didn’t warn me about is the atrocious state of the roads! With the precision of a conductor guiding his orchestra, I’ve watched Mr.B juggle between the clutch, break, accelerator and gears, all the while paying attention to the traffic around him. As he navigates his delicate Korean SUV through large craters covered in pools of water, I hold my breath and shudder at the thought of what lies beneath. As the water inches up the tires and we begin to sink, I pray the ground beneath is sturdy….hell, I pray there is ground beneath! We’ve had some close calls where we honestly believed the ground was going to swallow us up whole however, here we are to tell the tale.
As a result, a 10 minute drive takes almost 30 and….wait….sh*t, that’s why time flies by! Because you’re always going somewhere and if you aren’t stuck in Go Slow, you’re distracted by hoping you don’t fall in to a gaping hole and drown in a flipping Korean car!
Marriage Tip 28:
Before entering the car in a developing country, check below the seat for a flotation device!
Welcome to our go-slow married life!
Born in Africa, Chandru grew up between Nigeria, India and the UK. With a Masters in International Business from the University of Westminster, he moved to New York where he worked as a Business Development Manager for three years. In 2002, he returned to Nigeria where he currently resides and runs a trading company. Chandru has been writing for Beyond Sindh (www.beyondsindh.com) since 2004 and has published numerous articles in the quarterly publication. His story entitled ‘The Love Letter’ won the Mirage Book short story contest and was published in an anthology titled Inner Voices in January 2009. His short story ‘Zero’ is scheduled to be published in the anthology Indian Voices towards the end of 2010.
In December 2009, Chandru’s first novel, ‘The Journey of Om’ was published in India by Cedar Books.