Perhaps Natasha Akide popularly known as Tacha was carried away by the joy of being to South Africa for the first time, that she couldn’t put it into several reasonings before shading Lagos road-user while praising that of South Africa’s.
Or was she just be out of innocent observation from her part? Whichever one it is, I’m about to give my opinion on it.
For those who might not know about the genesis of the issue, let’s me quickly recap it. Today, in a video posted by ex BBnaija housemate, Tacha and shared by Instablog, the Nigerian Instagram sensation could be heard saying “this can’t be Lagos”. This is in reference to the popular and populous state in Nigeria, where some motorists could be found floating one traffic rule or the other.
In the video, she can also be heard saying “Everyone drives in their lane. I just think everyone in Lagos should travel out of Lagos to see how civilized it is out there.” I wouldn’t know what informed her that Lagosian motorists are not civilized, however, I’m about to tell her some things she didn’t put into consideration before uttering those shady words.
Firstly, Lagos State is the most populous state in Nigeria while on the contrary, it is the smallest state in Nigeria by landmass. This is because because the majority of its surface is covered with water. Hence, the fact that the state has a relatively small land area despite its humongous human population result into its roads being usually overcrowded. Consequently, we see close to a thousand cars plying a tiny road, you could understand why it will be difficult to stay in a lane, especially if the lane is not moving.
Tacha could have thought about this before comparing such roads to the roads of a country that has just about thrice the population of Lagos; which is just a state.
Secondly, Tacha should have included the name of the state she is in.
Of course we have numbers of states in Nigeria where the roads are usually idle. Talking of States like Adamawa, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ekiti, Kwara, Cross River, Minna, etc, they have good and motor-able roads where road users are doing just fine. But this is alluded to their location as they do not attracts much people except maybe Cross River and Anambra.
We equally have Abuja (the FCT) where motorists are very compliant and lane-conscious, it is therefore not enough to pick a random state in South Africa and compare it with the most populous state in Africa —Lagos.
In conclusion, small land mass and huge population is the reason why Lagos motorists are fond of switching lanes while driving and definitely not because they are “uncivilized”.
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