One Friday afternoon in January, we spontaneously decided to take a walk from Lekki to Ikoyi; via the bridge of course, we aren’t completely nutters.
Usually, tales of adventures in Lagos are filled with perilous encounters, particularly with the dreaded Area Boys; the self-appointed tax collectors and unofficial rulers of the roads who have turned Street-bullying into a common affair.
To our surprise and chagrin, we realised our fidgeting was completely unnecessary. The Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge was like a portal between worlds. The scorching sun was directly proportional to the wind that whipped our faces and tossed our umbrella.
Amidst the laughs, we managed to catch our breaths enough to realise that we’d accomplished a safe, fun stroll on an afternoon in Lagos, taking pictures and enjoying the view of the water.
You probably wouldn’t get what is so remarkable or noteworthy about this except you’re used to typical Lagos streets, the harassment from Agberos and the ever-present threat of being robbed.
We are, so this was a nice change from the status quo. Lagosians don’t walk as much as they ought to, for the reasons highlighted above, but we will definitely be taking more walks regardless. Because, why not?