So like I said in the previous post, two topics grabbed my attention and this is the second one. One of our friends who's visiting Lagos said she's noticed some Mainland-Island pseudo war on Twitter usually instigated by some particular people, she listed some familiar twitter-handles but since I'm not really a fan of twitter and social networks in general, the names didn't mean much to me. She then said something I've heard before myself that was said by Noble Igwe of 360nobs.com when someone invited him over to the mainland; that he never crosses the bridge (from the island to the mainland) for anything, except when he has to go to the airport. Quite frankly I've heard this a number of times, once from the person to whom it was supposedly said. (I wasn't there so I cannot confirm the veracity of the statement).
She then asked us what the whole shtick is about. Well, some argument ensued afterwards about living on the Island versus living on the Mainland, which I cannot write about right now (I should be studying *wails*). But after all this I asked my friend "would you rather live in a rented apartment in Parkview than in your own house in Ajangbadi". (Please o! No disrespect to Ajangbadi residents). And this chic immediate said "Ha! Rented flat in Parkview please. What is Ajangbadi, where is Ajangbadi?"
And then another argument erupted. The conclusion of this was that one would rather live in a rented flat on the Island than in their own home in Ajangbadi/Alagbado/Okokomaiko and certain other places. In fairness, most of us haven't actually been to most of the areas mentioned but there's just a basic presumption of what it's like. It may not be as bad as one actually presumes it to be, (just like I grew up in Surulere and someone once said to me "Surulere, Ajegunle; no difference" so....). I went to Ajangbadi in search of something last year though, and honestly, I don't think I'll be consciously making another visit very soon.
Yet, can I really say I would rather rent in a very upscale part of town than own my own home in a very-not-upscale part?
Would you rather...?
Ok... my break is over. I really feel like crying. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts when I come back here.
I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. I hope you're planning something special for your mothers and mothers-in-law against tomorrow.