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What Really Goes On on The Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge?




About an hour ago my alarm went off but even before I could curse it out for disrupting the best sleep ever, my phone began to ring. I guess it really was time to wake up after all. It was my friend calling to ask if I was going to work out. I said I was and I told her where. Then she asked "Why there? Why don't you go to Lekki-Ikoyi bridge?". I'm like dude, distance, that's why!

She scoffs and says "Distance ke? People come from Ajah to jog there. People even come from mainland sef! So what are you saying?"

And guys, this is what boggles my brain. I see people going from Jakande, Agungi, Chevron and even Ajah to jog on the Lekki/Ikoyi bridge. I mean, if all you really need is a place to jog there's the Chevron alternative route, yes? Or there's the ROAD! Yes, the road, where people who really want to jog, do jog. But maybe I can even excuse that, If you drive pass Surulere stadium and come all the way to Lekki/Ikoyi to jog then you're obviously on a mission. Please tell me what that mission is?

I noticed over a year ago when this jogging thing started becoming a fad in Lekki phase 1, but then it was just residents. Now it's a state-wide epidemic and the whole of Lagos have chosen to squeeze their fit and not-so-fit bodies onto one bridge.

Sometimes you'd see some of the ladies in their pink or neon coloured trainers, tight-tight pants and body hugging vests and you might want to ask "Nne what are you selling?". And then some times it's not just the unusually sexy gear that might get you thinking, it's the full "bridal makeup", the Peruvian hair flying in the wind and the way they'd make you wonder how someone exercises looking like that

Ok, I'm not so clueless tbh. I hear a lot goes on on the Lekki/Ikoyi bridge. I hear it's become the No.1 place to meet husbands, wives, sugar daddies, f**k buddies and what not. These prospects could be in the form of other joggers on a mission as well, or road users who ply that route at that time of day with a mission in mind. Now of course not everybody who jogs there is on a mission other than keeping fit and losing weight, but those of y'all who come all the way from Kafanchan and Yola are really suspect! 

Seriously though, can someone tell me what really goes on there. Should I begin to consider waking an hour earlier and finding my way to the famed bridge? Could that be my chance of avoiding being single this Christmas? Y'all know how horrible it can be being single during the holidays...

Hmmmm. I didn't tell you guys how some months ago Ahmed wanted us to go on a date. An exercise  date, on the Lekki/Ikoyi bridge. Aha, now I know for certain one thing that goes on there. 

LOL. Have a great week guys. 


Comments

  1. Haha at the lekki bridge...its an annoyance...the thing with running outdoors is safety for many serious runners. For 2 years I used to run in VI past bar beach, then falomo bridge, ozumba- they started kidnapping runners around 2012 ish..we switched to lekki 1.i lost my running partner to Dana - i moved to running in banana Island - safety and a 10 min drive for me...banana was doing effizy talking about runners permit- i moved to the lekki bridge till someone tried to jam me, the bridge was getting too crowded to complete my Saturday morning 10km and then they kidnapped someone my bf at the time knew on the bridge....that was it for me...more so my knees packed up after my last marathon in 2013.

    The bridge is many things to different people- i wear neon colors when I run bcos I run on tar facing on coming traffic- almost every excercise outfit from hats to sneakers is neon fuschia - they are for visibility - with the exception of my running tights which I also make sure have reflective markers on the side....so bright colors are actuallyneeded if you run around 5am or 6am...

    I tried to join a running club in Lagos - i couldnt deal with their level of discipline. ...it was higher than my standards. Lol.

    Thelma if the bridge is far for you then you are just being practical. When I lived with my parents on the mainland- i ran in the estate and it felt very safe with no disturbances...my dad even used to go with me every so often...

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  2. Well for me the lekki-ikoi bridge looks like the Eiffel tower.
    So for those who can't make it all the way to Paris for a "romantic" proposal, the bridge can make a beautiful substitute...lolz

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    1. Hahahaha! Sasha u obviously aint well.

      But seriously tho, "make up to jog"??? Now dat means there have been testimonies from jogers who have accomplished their "mission". #4real

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  3. Ahahaahahahhhahha,a market selling bridge I guess, if I hear sey I leave mainland to go jog on that bridge. Nigerians are funy though, they make a big deal out of nothing, don't really know much about the bridge though.

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  4. Thelma dis post got me laffing hard.. most of the runners spend more time looking inside the cars driving past than actually running... truth is you can runner anywhere if you really want to exercise, must not be the lekki/ikoyi link bridge.. my sister who doesn't have a car would enter a taxi from chevron to run on the bridge and I am like really!! Really!! Someone must have buried something dere.. why would I drive all the way from chevron just to run on a bridge when dere are side walks all over the place.

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  5. Ahhh.... Me I know people who come from Agungi and even Ajah for this bridge. They park their cars in front of the First bank and go for their "work out". All na multi tasking sha. Working out + networking. Make Una dey dull yasefs there. If you haven't been seen on that bridge, you never start work. LOL!! Let's not forget "Lekki champion" - Dilly who jogs/runs even under the blazing hot sun in the afternoon escorted by an SUV and MOPOL. He lives in Oniru side. So there is something, definitely about the bridge. #WideSmile

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  6. It seems some big cities have places that host people with this sort of 'mission'. I heard Onitsha has such a venue. Here in Enugu, it is Okpara Square. It is a daily event where men and women (even girls) of different heights, shapes and sizes gather for exercise (and some missions of sort). It is alleged that countless hook-ups go on simultaneously with the workout. Saturdays are usually the climax. One may wonder if a circus is being held as they have opened up a market for people selling different wares ranging from food (especially)Okpa, clothes , electronics, etc. Now, don't ask me if it is the same people exercising to loose weight that eat the Okpa. Some even transport the Okpa with orobo coke, sprite or malt. #Itiresha

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    1. Hahahahaaaaaa! Afta d workout, dey now "transport d okpa with orobo coke and malt"
      Haha! D hustle is so effing real!

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  7. Keeping up with the Joneses

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  8. Funny sha...I live on the chevron axis and I always drive to lekki and join others to run on the bridge....The truth is I feel encouraged seeing people and I end up running more distance compared to if i run alone.... I have been running the bridge for over a year and NEVER asked any girl for her digits neither do I notice any hook ups....

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