Woke people are all around us. If you can't spot them easily, this article will help you identify them in public.
The word has evolved beyond this as it has now become a pop culture constant. Nowadays, everyone and their grandmother are woke. Once you can stumble on a conspiracy theory online and dress like a post-2000 hippie you are woke.
The woke fever has found its way to Lagos and calling yourself woke is the new cool. Everywhere you go to, you are bound to bump into a woke chick and guy or a tribe of woke people.
You might be feeling left out from the tribe of wokeness. Since woke is the new cool everybody wants to get in. If you want to be woke in Lagos, you can read how to spot a woke person in Lagos.
A woke person won't be caught dead in mainstream music places. Wokeness is a tribe of people who chill and vibe at artsy cool spots in Lagos.
When they want to enjoy music, they don't do clubs because it is too regular. They go to Afropolitan Vibes and Taruwa to hear some alternative music. Woke people don't do tungba- standard Nigerian pop music- because it is not deep enough for their inner consciousness. Afropolitan Vibes and Taruwa are the spots where the woke clan can listen to soulful music and talk about Jon Bellion and Sampha.
Also, woke people don't eat in regular spots. Cafe Neo or any other fancy food spot is where they patronise. We guess Tantalizers is un-woke.
You can find woke people at art galleries and art exhibitions too. Woke people in Lagos love to go to galleries and stare at paintings and talk about cubism, abstract art all day. They go in packs and gush about a painter you might never hear about.
Woke people are rebellious that's why they like to oppose popular ways of thinking and doing things. This applies to the woke people in Lagos too. You can identify them by their bizarre and strange tweets. They have a conspiracy theory for every topic and mock people who have conventional ways of thinking. For example, woke people in Lagos believe Chinua Achebe is better than Wole Soyinka.
It seems every woke person in Lagos these days is on Medium these days. They constantly tweet and share their Medium articles which showcase their off the grid thoughts and beliefs. They are also Medium junkies who share links to woke articles written by an obscure white man.
All the woke people in Lagos are photographers. Their inner creativity has to be expressed in taking photos. And these are not ordinary photos. They are 'deep', well-filtered photos that reflect the inner genius and wokeness of the photographer. In summary, they take Tumblr photos. Those who aren't photographers are models who only take 'deep' photos. An irrelevant quote is always attached to these photos on their Instagram profiles.
Woke people don't do the regular yellow and black cab. They hop on Uber rides. Every woke person in Lagos has the Uber app on his phone. The regular taxi doesn't go well with their wokeness.
Like we said, wokeness is a tribe and everyone in this tribe has a colourful dashiki. The dashiki represents a connection to their earthly vibe.