Have you ever wondered what will happen if a Lagosians owns up that he or she doesn’t know something.
I think, maybe, their heads will fall off.
Ever missed your way before? Then you stopped to ask people along the road? Have Okada men and taxi drivers taken you on a nonsense road tour before? Or you are at the market and you can’t find a particular item? Why can’t people just say – “my sister, I don’t know?”
Over the Easter break I went to Yaba to look for a canopy for a project. It doesn’t make sense to rent since it is for a weekly project. So I got to Yaba, walked into the market and asked someone.
“You no go see am for here, go Tejuosho.”
The sn was blazing down, but to Tejuosho I went.
In Tejuosho, ‘good afternoon sah, please I am looking for where to buy a canopy, where can I find one?’
“hhh,” man looks up brows furrowed in thought as if the answer will drop from heaven. I waited. After some minutes, ‘go upstairs, turn right.’ I got upstairs and turned right – nothing.
Then I asked a woman upstairs and you won’t believe what she said – ‘you won’t see it in this market o, go down,’ she said and pointed to the road opposite the market: ‘Ask for there.’
I was happy, hope finally. Getting a canopy to buy is what is delaying this particular project. So I started walking down the road, asked from shop to shop. Everyone had an answer. Not one person said I don’t know. Some said I should keep walking down this very long road, another said go to Ojuelegeba, go to Mile 2, go to Orile, go to Mushin, go to Ajegunle, go to Eko. When I got to the end of this very long road, under the scorching sun, I turned back and went home angry.
I would later call who directed me there in the first place. Guess what? Someone actually had a canopy in Tejuosho market, but he was out of stock.
Now imagine if that woman had said ‘I don’t know’ and allowed me to walk around?