Lasgidi State of Mind is a spoken word poem by Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido about the realities of living in the city of Lagos.
The go – slow; the maddening traffic, the jarring fast pace,
‘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,
planning their next strike at the high-rise tricksters,
-the big spenders, the takers, movers and shakers,
moving fast-forward, then lost in reverse.
Rockstar-pastors and their sheeple,
trading big dreams for hard currency,
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
Aje-butter, aje-pako,
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 ‘Kego Ume-Onyido is an international Speaker, Poet-Storyteller, Master-Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer and Consultant. She is the author of upcoming books “UN-Locking Your HeART of Leadership”, “Conversations with an African Grandmother” and a collection of poetry: ‘Today, I will not bow”. Her portfolio of poems has been featured across different media platforms and performed live in Canada, USA and in several Africa countries.
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.
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  1. Wonderful! Great description of our good ol’ Lagos City.
    Great job Jules. Keep the creative juice flowing.
    Thumbs up.

  2. “Lasgidi on my mind” who else can capture The story of Lagos, the city we all love the way you have! You are simply unbeatable! So proud of you.


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