‘Ojuelegba? ‘Owa, owa’; the yelling and yapping
of crazy Danfo drivers.
Mama put and isiewu joints,
Amid the stinky smells of oceans and rivers
The runs, the hustle, the bustle,
The fierce, obsessive, relentless rat raceThe Island, high-society; awon big boyz and big girls
-Meet Jenifa’s crowd and crew
Caught in the designer madness, the endless chase
Under-the-bridge thugs and day-dreamers,
-the big spenders, the takers, movers and shakers,
moving fast-forward, then lost in reverse.
Rockstar-pastors and their sheeple,
all in a polluted maze!Mainland, Ajegunle – AJ city, Eko Atlantic,
Slum hummers, jungle drummers,
Iyana Ipaja to Ajah, Lekki to Okokomaiko,
I love my Eko o [(♪, ♫)].
The exotic paradise of the combined beat.
Shoprite designer rice and Agege bread,
Faking it, making it, celebrating the mess and the madness
Mushin-living, Louboutins-wearing, accent-forming,
– welcome to our crazy land
– Redeemed by our sacred love for this soulful Island!
Tribe and tongue forgotten under the Island heat,
With love and passion we meet and greet.
The only currency accepted here are big and bold dreams
Las Gidi born, Las Gidi bred,
Together, we dare to follow our dreams,
Finding our unique light in the darkness, UP NEPA!
All united in this crazy prayer and anthem: Eko oni baje o!
Lagos, always on our minds, eternal dreamers
in a Las Gidi state of mind.
Juliet was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria; she immigrated to Canada over a decade ago. And currently splits her time between both her birth and adopted homelands. Her educational and professional backgrounds span multi-disciplinary fields of Electrical Engineering, International Business, Investment and Financial Services, Project Management, Professional Coaching and Training.