So the other day, I was going to visit a friend. I boarded a keke (that’s a tricycle) and was in my own world: enjoying the scenario, breathing the freshly released carbon pollutants from barely maintained vehicles. I was jarred out of my lala land by this constant horning by the driver. I started wondering if the person, animal or vehicle blocking the road was deaf.
Only I then noticed that he was horning at regular intervals. If someone/something was blocking the road, he would have horned incessantly. I also realised that we were moving, the road was free and the driver was just driving and blowing his horn. In retrospect, I don’t think he was really aware of his actions (how wierd that would seem to a foreigner): ‘pressing the horn every 15seconds inappropriately like he was making music’. As horn by definition is an instrument used to send a warning or signal but who cares, this is Naija our fatherland.
And this is one of the things I love about this country. We are so used to noise, in some cities you find bus drivers have exchanged the normal horns for the blaring horns used by lorries. And this is fun for them. The cd seller mounts his speakers on the road infront of instead of inside his shop. There are more speakers outside churches than inside as the sermon is for the neighbourhood whether interested or not; everyone must become born again.
And this is one of the amazing peculiarities of Nigeria.
Welcome to 2015………….
Make some noise somebody! !!!!!!