The Day I Almost Died

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I've read stories of how people find love in most strangest of places. If it's not on a protest ground, then it's probably in traffic. You see them writing stuff like "I thank God I got stuck in traffic for two hours six months ago because if that hadn't happened, I wouldn't have met the love of my life" and then I begin to wonder what kind of traffic do this people get stuck in because ladies and gentlemen, I've been in a lot of traffics, some so long that it takes literally hours for me to get to my destination yet the only thing I end up leaving with is a sweaty and itchy body.

If you're a Nigerian living in lagos then you most definitely know how frustrating lagos traffics can be. Sometimes when it gets so tough and I get out of the commercial vehicle to walk the remaining distance, I see the looks on the faces of all of this drivers faces and I feel sorry for them because I know they all were thinking the same thing "If only I could step out of this car and walk just like this brother is doing" but unfortunately they can't because it's their vehicle and the last thing you want to do in a place like lagos, is leave your vehicle unprotected and walk home. When you get back to your car the next day, you might walk past it at first because you won't even recognise the empty vehicle in front of you.

And this is because some of this guys can be very creative when stealing your car parts. Some of them even remove things you never knew could be removed.

Anyways back to the traffic.

From my experience as a prominent member of the traffic association, I've come to notice that traffics are much more worse on Friday evenings and this is because this is the time when people return back home from all of their various places of work, even those who left for work on Mondays and haven't been home ever since. They all usually come back on Friday evenings so it's usually hell every Friday evening and unfortunately for me, some Friday evenings happen to be the day I go for vigil in my church. So imagine being stuck in traffic and also not being able to curse at reckless drivers because you're going to church.

My worse traffic jam happened one day when I got into one of those long lagos commercial buses known as the Molue Bus. I usually don't enter this kind of bus because of how they always pack it up with way too many people (than the usual amount), but I had to that day because they weren't really any smaller vehicle going my way and it was cheaper. So I got in and then we got stuck in traffic.

How I survived that day should be added to one of the seven wonders of the world because everything in that bus that day was aiming for my life. From the heat, to the body odor, to every other thing. I eventually got down at my station and made a secret vow with myself never to put myself through that ever again.



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I believe that is an extreme situation over there, Lagos buses are mostly stuffy, and you don't want to be caught up in its traffic either,.

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Exactly. That is why I always prefer the window seat so that I can always stick my face outside every once in a while for fresh air.

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Very interesting article display. Sometimes we are tired of traffic jams and our space is very narrow on the road.

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sometimes heavy traffic makes us stressed with the situation so that it can disrupt our mood when we get to our destination, whether it's for work, vacation or even returning to our hometown.

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Yeah.. Heavy traffic surely gives everyone a bad mood, especially when you're in a hurry to get to your destination.

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I can't believe I was actually laughing through out this post instead of feeling sorry for your experience 😅 this was so much fun to read really.

If only I could step out of this car and walk just like this brother is doing

A lot of drivers wishes that, I've even heard a driver say it out loud but he just couldn't 😂

you might walk past it at first because you won't even recognise the empty vehicle

Exactly! You can never find your car in the same way you left it, not in this country that we are in 🤣🤣 Ghetto boys sha

From my experience as a prominent member of the traffic association

Oh my goodness! What an association! You must be the chairman considering the level of experience you had that Friday 😁

How I survived that day should be added to one of the seven wonders of the world

It's added! Very important 🤣🤣🤣

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😂😂😂

I'm glad you had so much fun reading through.

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Have some !BEER and don't think too much about traffic. You will die single

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😂😂😂😂

There will be many traffics in the future, so I just may find the one... Never say never.

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Lagos traffic are terrible sometimes I feel like disappearing and just move

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I sometimes do wish I have the power of flash, so that I can run past all of it 😂

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The traffic in Lagos can be life-threatening I tell you

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Broooo.. It's on a whole new level, I tell you.

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It turns out that in Nigeria there are also very severe traffic jams as you describe. And I think in almost every country there is a certain point on the road that often experiences very severe traffic jams and even the vehicle barely moves a bit. 😁👍

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Yup.. Most of the times we end up walking to our destinations. Its terrible.

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Surely that most frustrating thing is traffic jam and traffic jam is like the sea of ​​vehicles that you have to dive into.
Thanks for sharing with us ☺️.

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