Diary of a Lagos Commuter: Come with your change

Drivers and their mentality! When they are in desperate situation (in this case, in need of passengers), they don’t mind you boarding their vehicles with the highest denomination of the naira. Wait until they are satisfied, you then begin to hear “enter with your change o”! God help that you were the first to board the bus! Question is will you alight because you don’t have change [low denomination of currency]?

The tricycle I boarded today: after I got to my destination (which was even the last stop), the driver said “you people no dey enter with your change!” “Why didn’t you tell us to enter with our change when we boarded?” I retorted. On and on he went… He eventually found me my change. Not minding my countenance he said “you suppose dey enter with change!” Collecting the 50naira from his fellow he handed it to me and continued “you see say na the new one I give you sef, make you keep am for tomorrow o, no spend am you hear”. I was rather amazed, nevertheless collected the change and walked away without looking back.

Aderolake chronicles her experience as a Lagos commuter on RuralReporters.com. As a trained Broadcast journalist, she is passionate about connecting the link between education and communication. Her expertise lies in the ability to disseminate useful and unbiased information to help others make informed decisions. 'Rolake is also a skilled makeup artist- she loves to amplify the beauty in others. She recently branched out to explore the administrative field and currently works as an administrator in one of the leading Nursing Agencies in Nigeria.

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