I think it is very important to look at the positive in life, unfortunately Lagos is one of those places where you need to focus on the positive otherwise it would be very difficult for a foreigner to settle. Fortunately for Lagos I feel that there are a lot of positives.
When I speak, I speak from the heart. I have always been a person who likes a challenge, who would get bored doing the same thing every day. I feel that I get these needs from living in Nigeria. However it’s important to know that I am enjoying Lagos from all views, the view of a foreigner and the view of a local.
I often find that on most forums and websites there are lots of comments on the negative aspects of Lagos. However, I came across this lovely blog of an expatriate living in Lagos enlisting the good things about Lagos in each post (She is over her 300th item) it will take me a while to read through all of them but I was somewhat impressed with her recent 20 things and also of her willingness for adventure and experience. Check it out below:
I also aim to do the same and list my top 5 things I love about Lagos.
1. Enthusiasm of the Locals
Although there is a huge divide between the rich and the poor in Lagos, although the poorer don’t have much they have great enthusiasm towards life. I find this a very rare quality and something that would be difficult to find in the UK these days.
2. Meeting New People
I came from a small town in Scotland and majority of the people were Scottish so we didn’t grow up with many other nationalities. In Lagos, I have friends from every continent in the world and I feel that my life is enriched because of that and I am thankful for that every day.
3. Making your own Fun
In Scotland we rely on having countless things to do, in Lagos we don’t have a great amount. Some people might see this as a negative but I like to look at it as a positive as we get more involved in our community by organising Bazaar’s or being involved in Local Group’s and making a difference to the less fortunate.
4. Beautiful Colours in Fabrics
I love the different beautiful colours, fabrics and textures of the material available in Nigeria. I must admit I had to be weaned in carefully due to my previous obsession with black colours but now I find that when I go back home I actually pick colours and patterns that are more vibrant. I also love that the UK’s style is somewhat turning a little more African.
5. Being Able to Give Back
When you are in the UK we don’t get as much opportunity to help people directly. We can do our marathon run’s to help raise money and we can watch adverts on the tv that moves our hearts to pick up the phone and donate portions of our salary a month. However being in Nigeria I feel I can help the people in need directly. I can go on hospital and orphanage visits, I can participate in back to school programs, I can also see the production of Braille Books. For me all of this is possible through two very special charities that are close to my heart which is United for Kids Foundation and Nigerwives Braille Book Production.
Details of these two charities can be found below;
I put the question out to Twitter and my facebook followers “Why do you love Lagos” and I got some lovely responses.
Ali Said “I love the people, the madness, the fact that Lagos never sleeps, it is a hive of activity, people living, earning a living, busy busy busy…”
Kingsley Said “I love the energy associated with the city. The people have powerful dreams and a ‘can-do’ spirit that can never die. The chaos will inspire you and their resiliency will humble you. ‘Lasgidi’ is indeed the city of excellence”
@LagosMums Said “Lagos is full of surprises”
Thanks for my followers for their input and we do agree wholeheartedly with you.
Have a great week.