Says Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi
I have this friend who used to live in this really nice estate at Ikeja before she relocated to the U.S. Very cute estate tucked away in a serene neighbourhood in Ikeja. She's got rich parents and they bought her this house and a car. Her house; a four bedroom duplex all ensuite, with two living rooms and a BQ. This chic was a landlady and was living in one of the most expensive areas of Lagos. She worked just street away from home so she was basically living the Lagos dream. Yet for some reason this chica would still pick a bone with people who live on the island. And despite all she had, which if you guys must know is a DREAM to me, still wanted to rent a flat in Lekki phase 1.
And if her office wasn't just 3 minutes away, she would have!
This just makes you wonder about the Mainland-Island shenanigans. I thought the whole thing died a quiet and very welcome death about 3 years ago but I now realize that that is far from the reality.
I read with a bit of bile in my mouth, the comments made by many people living on the mainland about the island floods. I've never come across a more gloating bunch!
It was not surprising as, spending more time in Surulere these months than I have in the last few years, I hear these kinds of comments a lot. I recall this one time I went to buy CDs for the Chidoz night crowd from somewhere in Surulere. These men were having a very lively conversation about "the island" and people who live there. Words like broke, fake, scam, wash and flood were thrown around. The disdain with which they addressed the people was alarming... Until I cut into their conversation and asked, "But if they dash you house there, won't you take?"
And they were all silent.
One day I went to Shoprite in Surulere and I overheard people having this same island-shaming conversation. I wanted to ask them, like I've wanted to ask hundred others; Why do you expend so much of your time and energy hating on people who live on the island?
Actually someone who replied to my comment on Instagram (about the reaction to the flood situation) on Saturday might have given me answers. She said; "We are actually not salty. It's just the irritating look people on the "island" give when you say you stay on the mainland. Like some just shut you off completely. You tell them you live after Ikotun and there's just this automatic look of judgement and superiority complex, like you're just not of their ilk. So now it's time for us to gloat and have our own piece of cake".
Hmmm, makes a bit of sense.
Anyways I really think it's silly and the truth is that both factions have their blame in this (and the fact that there are "factions" is silly and sad"). Yes, I lived in Surulere most of my life so I can totally relate and agree with the comment above. So island people, stop being stupid. You're not better than anyone else simply because of where you live. And let's not lie, there is really nothing special about living on the island, ANYBODY at all can live in Lekki these days, seeing as the Island we are referring to is no longer just Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
Also, these days anything from Lekki phase 1 to Sangotedo, Lakowe and even Epe is now called "The Island". 😂😂😂. So my dear Ikotun babe, the island people that are making you feel bad might actually live in Epe and share a border with Ogun state. LOL
"Mainland people. Grow up and stop paying them any mind. Are they paying your house rent? No! So why should you give a hoot about how they see you. Remember the saying, "nobody has the power to make you feel inferior about yourself without your consent", so I'm not necessarily agreeing with Gbemi that people who live in the Mainland have inferiority complex, but when you keep on island-shaming and displaying the kind of attitude that was displayed last weekend, it kinda makes it look like you do. Especially as those people don't even act like you exist...
Ok Bye oooo. Me I'm sitting on the fence with this one. LOL.