I journeyed to Lagos island in a loafing shed and not a bus

Every single day, Lagos reminds me that Nigeria is not my original country.

I journeyed to Lagos island in a loafing shed and not a bus

I was going to pick up some things for my mother at CMS, Lagos Island. By 1:00pm that day, I set out to begin my journey as I boarded a danfo bus heading to Obalende.

The journey was smooth, full of vibes, and fuji music until we stopped at oshodi to pick up a few more passengers.

One of the passengers that boarded was carrying two goats. I was about to protest, but the conductors were more interested in collecting charges for the goats, while most of the passengers decided to mind their business.

“Where will you put the goats? because I cannot sit beside goats o” a voice from behind asked. She was a light skinned young lady in a pink blouse. “That one no concern you,” the conductor responded.

They made efforts to clear a side of the boot so the goats could be kept there, and the owner was made to sit at the last row close to its owner.

Fifteen minutes into the journey, and the smell of goats had dominated the entire bus. Everyone was trying to slide their windows open, those that were seated close to the windows had to stick their head out through the windows just so they could inhale fresh air. While we were battling for fresh air, Little did we know that the owner of the goats was cutting vegetable leaves for his goats from parts of the ugwu that was kept in the boot by a market woman whose store is situated in Obalende.

This had been happening for a few minutes until a passenger decided to call the attention of the market woman to it. “Madam, this young man is feeding his goats from your vegetable o” he said. “Which vegetable?” she asked furiously, turning her neck backwards from the front row where she was seated.

“The vegetables that are tied here,” he said.

“What do you mean by I'm feeding my goats from her vegetables?, why’re you lying?” the goat owner asked.

So what is your goat chewing? He asked, pointing at one of the goats that was still chewing.

“Oga what kind of thing is this one, oya come down we don reach your bus stop” the conductor said, explaining how difficult it was for him to withstand the odour oozing out of the goats. Immediately the driver parked, the market woman jumped down from the bus, and locked the shirt of the goat owner to his neck, screaming that he must pay for feeding her vegetables to his goats. The man in turn denied ever touching her vegetables, and that he wasn't going to pay. After we persuaded the woman, they settled the argument; we all returned to the bus to continue the journey to our destination. I entered the bus to find my seat, only to find goat poop on it.

I stretched my neck out of the window to see if I could find the owner of the goats but he was far gone.

That was the point that I admitted, that there are certain battles that you leave for God.

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