on Friday, August 7, 2015

Hello Wonders! How are you? What’s been going on? Any good news to share with me? Well…I’ve got plenty good news oh! Will unveil ‘em per time. Now to topic of the day…  A lil’ guide on how to survive in Lagos.

This topic/gist resonates very well with me.

Y’all know Lagos State a.k.a Eko City.

Thanks to the event Social Media Week Lagos that held few months ago, I met (from afar), this Brad-Pitt lookalike gorgeous dude—–> Marek Zmyslowski from JOVAGO. I lovingly call him Marek. Anyways, we were given this super helpful handbook of living life in Lagos. I laughed so hard while reading it and so decided to share some with you. Some words have been added by Her Royal Highness.

So if you are new in town, here are a few helpful tips on how to survive in Lagos and anywhere else in Nigeria for that matter.

1. When road officials stop you:

  • Do NOT condescend or ATTEMPT to speak grammar a.k.a wonderful accent of yours. Speak slowly.
  • NEVER follow them to police station. You will not like it there.
  • Stay clear of self-appointed care-takers lurking in certain areas. Especially if your car breaks down.

2. House & Home:

You may experience communication issues with staff. They say yes to you when the question demands a “No” as the answer. So double check.

3. Markets (my favorite):

When buying, if you do not reach a favorable agreement, pretend to walk away, more often than not, they will chase you to offer your preferred price. Haha…so true!

4. Language In The City

Words and phrases in Pidgin

  • Free me – Let me be
  • Dat one sef dey – It’s acceptable
  • Nothing do you – You are alright
  • No gawk/dull yasef – Don’t be stupid / stay alert
  • You wan die? – Do you want to die? (Prelude to a fight, I suggest you run)

My favorite pidgin is this list is…”you wan die”? #Epic The translation made me LOL so much.

So People, that’s a wrap today. There are loads more of how to survive in Lagos/Warri. We gon’ make do with these for now.

Shoutout to the JOVAGO team for granting me permission to use their material. Mwah!!!

This is not a sponsored post.

Tell me my dear readers, what advice have you given or been given when crossing the paths of these cities?

Mwah!!! Thanks for stopping by!


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  • Reply Nedoux

    Hey Duchess,

    How are you doing? This post made me laugh and laugh, nice tips.

    Point 3 has now lost its effectiveness, the last few times that I’ve walked away doing this reverse-psychology tactic, the shopkeepers did NOT call me back or chase after me, I had to do a shame-faced about-turn because I really needed to purchase the items. They aint loyal o :- )

    Have a nice weekend.

    Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 7:43 AM
    • Reply EbonyDuchess

      Hiii Nedoux!

      I’m doing great. About the post, glad you laughed. :D Yeah, market sellers now know ‘our’ secret. So if they don’t call you back, gurl go back and buy your stuff. #NoTimeForPride *wink*

      Thanks for visiting!

      Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply Godfrey

    LOLS……! Very funny!

    Monday, August 10, 2015 at 1:39 PM
    • Reply EbonyDuchess

      Glad so. :) Thanks for visiting, Godfrey.

      Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 1:25 AM

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