2am and I'm here eyes wide open, just getting home after a few drinks with a few good friends, and then some.
This guy who looked to be about 25 walked up to me, smiling flirtatiously, and asked if I'd like to dance with him. I didn't. Then he asked if I wanted to take a walk. I did.
We got to a balcony and he brought out something to smoke. The smell was unfamiliar. "What's that?"
"Loud" he said.
The rate at which young millenials are doing drugs is alarming. Very alarming. Females especially. It's a lot more rampant with young females these days. Loud. Codeine. Cocaine. And God Knows What Else!
Last week I went for drinks at a friend's restaurant and this young lady, about 19, was having virgin cocktails with an older woman. I'd initially thought that must be her Mum or aunt. The owner let me know that that's her chaperone.
"Yeah. She was in rehab, she's an addict. Ever since coming out of rehab she's been under lock and key. She's only just now allowed to come out, but never without her chaperone".
A drug addict at 19.
And yes, these ones are the children of the elite who are these days just as hooked on drugs as Fatai or Yekini under a random lagos bridge.
The elite kids. Like the daughter of one of the topmost politicians in the country, who recently just launched some line or the other. Pretty young thing. Innocent and comely. You'd be shocked when you see her and her convoy and friends storm that joint. They have their own corner. They come with their own drugs. Young lady smokes like a chimney and sniffs like a Don.
Or is it the girls that walk in and out of my friend's hotel in Lekki Phase 1? I'm talking girls aged 16 and up. Most nights they come to smoke their drugs on the roof top and go back home to mummy and daddy. But sometimes they'd get a room for 2 or 3 nights and just feast on drugs. My friend showed me this video of one of his hotel rooms from the previous week. He said they were about 4 girls who checked into the room. The video was alarming. There were over 7 empty bottles of Henessey and at least 20 emptied bottles of cough syrup with codeine. They left over some wraps of weed or loud or whatever they ingested, and left the room in an extremely filthy state, looked like where mud was poured for pigs to have a romp. Said they girls couldn't have been over 21.
"Loud? What does it do for you?" I asked the young man
"Just take a drag and see" he took one long drag and lazy pulled it from his mouth and handed it to me.
I wouldn't take it from him. "I don't smoke. Seriously, what does this do for you?"
"Y'know, just makes you happy. It's loud, makes you feel like you're in the cloud. Like nobody can touch you. It doesn't make you high, it just makes you just feel... happy" he said, struggling to find the words to best describe the effect the drug has on him and his friends.
You know, this whole thing is scary. I'm not even sure if I'm talking about the drugs or the total lack of morales young girls display. No thanks to social media, girls want to slay and they're willing to do anything or f*ck anyone for some change, for a bump, for a plane ticket, for shoes, for... anything just to feel among.
I wonder when the day would come that they'd look back and realize none of it was worth it. Or is it just a phase? Youthful exuberance?
What do you think? Who else has observed what I'm talking about? Who's as worried as I am?
And if you know more than I do about this recent craze for drugs, please help me understand it. Also feel free to shed some light of the risks and effects.