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Living in Ikorodu: 3 people share their real-life experiences

Lagos, being the commercial capital of the country happens to be a very busy place. But no matter how early you leave your house, you’ll meet someone else who leaves earlier than you. It’s no wonder they call it the city that never sleeps.

Today, we want to share real-life experiences from people who live in Ikorodu, one of Lagos’ most stressful places to live, especially when you work farther from your house. We have them tell us about their routine, and what they go through to get to work every day.

Dami

Every day when it is 9 pm, I think about the next day hurdle, how I have to wake early in the morning, scared of the Ikorodu boys stopping me on the way at that dark hour of 5 am, walking fast for my safety and also to catch the next 15 buses because how can I get an early bus when grown adults don’t even queue? I think every day when I leave at this time that I get to enter a bus probably by 9 or 10 and on a lucky day, 8 am, even when I leave home by 5 am.

I get inside this bus after many shouting, curses, literal begging, and fighting, asking adults to please queue so the queue could move. Getting inside the bus and thinking of the traffic ahead, I set my earpiece in my ear, play a heavy metal song or one with more beats than lyrics to keep me awake as my journey from Ikorodu to Gbagada where I work takes up to 6hours, 5hours and on a lucky day 3hrs even when I wake up as early as 4:30, leave home by 5:00, I get to work latest 10, or 11.

Don’t get me started on coming back home, and this is what I face every single day.

Sanya

Living in Ikorodu has to be an extreme sport. Firstly, if things get to you quickly, you shouldn’t consider living in Ikorodu.

Let’s begin with how I start my day. I wake up latest by 4 am every morning – if I wake up later than that, I’ll be late – do everything I need to do, then set out for the day. From where I live, I need to take a bike to Ikorodu garage, which is mostly risky considering I leave by 5 am in the morning. Then when I get to the BRT bus stop, it’s another struggle on its own entirely. On a good day, I get to queue for a bus for nothing less than 2 hours but for more on other days. Eventually, when I get a bus, it’ll most likely mean I’ll stand from Ikorodu to Maryland before taking another bus to Ikeja.

You see, getting to stand inside the bus, or even sitting, you need an earpiece with noise cancellation or else, you’ll lose it before you get to your destination. You’ll meet people with different opinions about topics. The ‘I too know people’, and the ignorant ones, the avid listeners, and the stubborn ones who don’t want to hear any opinion that doesn’t tally with theirs. The ‘no noise’ sign is just there for good looks.

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Overall, if you cherish your peace of mind, don’t live in Ikorodu and work anywhere after Ketu. You’ll start growing white strands of hair in your early 20s, and if you have kids, there is a high possibility of your kids not recognizing you because you’re barely at home during the day.

Olayinka

By 6:30 am my phone always rings, and it’s always my cousin calling me to inform me about the state of the queue at the BRT bus stop in Ikorodu garage. This is my daily routine, and it has become a part of me.

I wake up by 5 every day and join my cousin in the queue at the garage, wait till about 9:30 am before I get the chance to enter a bus, and no matter where I am on the queue, I get a bus nothing earlier than 8:30 am to 10 am. On a lucky day, I get it by 8 am.

For any other person, you’d be wondering what causes this. But for us the regulars, we know it’s mostly from the impatient adults to the greedy ones, but worse of all, the infamous Fadeyi bus queue and Primero not releasing their buses on time for whatever reason.

Then comes the time for war. When it’s finally my turn to get a bus and I still have to fight my way into the bus, bag zipped close, and the push from all direction. It’s almost like the Sparta 300 kind of scenery before I get to enter a bus, and spare me on how I’ll spend hours on the road because of the ongoing repairs that have been on for more than 8 months. Trust me, it’s an extreme sport living in Ikorodu and working anywhere after Ketu.

Conclusion

It is worthy of note that the cost of living in Ikorodu is quite cheap. You can get nice apartments with lesser money in some areas of Ikorodu, and that explains why people troop there. The current metro area population of Ikorodu in 2021 is 989,000, a 5.44% increase from 938,000 in 2020.

If the issue of transportation is settled, Ikorodu can be one of the best places to live in Lagos.

Share your experience with us in the comment section. We want to hear your story.

4 Replies to “Living in Ikorodu: 3 people share their real-life experiences”

  1. Seriously I pray not to stay there for now because I had the experience 5times which almost made me lost my job.. Though is a nice place to live but the issue of transportation with bad roads are complicating the whole issue

    1. This is true. Transportation is a whole lot of issue for those living there. Even if you don’t lose your job, I doubt the stress will allow you to be productive enough.

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