The Christmas Bliss Blows Across Lagos
Nigeria News takes a look at how Lagos residents marked the Boxing Day.
One Lagos Fiesta began Monday night and will end at the dawn of January 1, 2019. The annual event brings together scores of artists to perform at some strategic areas of the metropolis.
It ushers in a New Year when millions of Lagosians will troop to streets, churches and mosques to praise God for keeping them for yet another time.
Wednesday was a time to present gifts to friends and neighbours. The 26th of December signifies the Boxing Day across the world and a period when Lagos residents visit recreation Parks, shopping malls to share gifts.
The Third Mainland Bridge was silent as I drove from the Victoria Island to Iyana-Oworo. It was early in the morning, the lagoon was also quiet and one could hear the splashing of fish net by some fishermen.
These fish farmers had paddled their canoes to the lagoon from Ilaje, a shanty around Bariga area of Lagos. Some fishes must swim in pepper soup tonight, the idea flew into my mind as I descended the bridge towards Ilaje.
Christmas and New Year holidays bring peace to Lagos road. It took me less than 15 minutes to hit Toll Gate from the Island. The humidity was high, the weather was friendly and cool.
The trees dance with their leaves and branches. They also praise God and serve as shade for thousands of fun seekers who lay around the various parks. “It can only be God”, one of the picnickers at the Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu Park, Alausa Secretariat said.
The picnicker who simply identified herself as Moji described the Christmas period as the best season she always pray to witness.
“Beside the ambient weather, Christmas naturally brings tranquillity. Friends come around you and make the whole thing a real-fun,’ she said.
She said that she had come with her friends and children to the park and would not be leaving until late in the evening. “We brought our own food and drinks. It is celebration time,” she stated.
To Mr. Godwin Noah, There is joy in meeting old friends again. “Many of them come home during Christmas and New Year holidays. “I’m in this garden to unwind with my friends. Some of them came in yesterday from abroad. We are here to spend their dollars as a way of thanking God,” Noah said.
The Ikeja Shopping Mall, popularly called “Shoprite” was overcrowded on the Boxing Day. Besides being a place of buying and selling, it is a tourist centre for many who are visiting Lagos.
Tourists, picnickers strolled in and out of the mall. The available car park was filled up. Motorists had to find space on adjacent streets to park their vehicles. This created an opportunity for a set of youths around the place popularly referred to as “Area Boys” to make some money.
They find parking space for cars around the mall at a cost and owner’s risk. They sell a pace between N200 and N500.