Most conversations on the bus are either a quarrel between the conductor and passenger or passengers moaning about the traffic or the way the driver accelerates the car or passengers talking about how the yellow buses can be frustrating with tight spaces. Today was quite different, passengers decide to pour out their frustrations and views on the president’s remarks at the Commonwealth summit:
Over 60% of the country’s population are below 30 years old and a lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming is an oil-producing country and therefore they sit down doing nothing and they intend getting housing, health care, and education for free
The bus conductor wasn’t left out of the conversation. In fact, he spearheaded it. The bus conductor began by saying “I no know why Buhari go talk that kain thing, me I no dey lazy. I dey hustle to put food for my family table. I comot my house around 4 and I reach home around 11, my pikin must go school make them become big people for future”
A passenger took it from there, he said he was a part-time student in Unilag and a programmer at a tech company on the Island. He had to take on the job when he lost his father a few years back, it was his little way of contributing to his family upkeep.
A lady voiced out saying her parents are aged and she feels the need to take care of them so she takes on different jobs to care for them, from working as a cleaner in a bank to distributing pastries to a petty trader close to the bank where she works and on weekends she cleans the homes of some of the bank staff as a side job.
In the bus were a male hairdresser and makeup artist, a young lady who sells thrift items abd the list goes on… The older people were not left out of the conversation either and as I watched and listen to all the passengers speak I noticed a peculiar similarity we all seemed to have. We wake up as early as possible to beat the early morning traffic and most times, return home late at night.
The passengers with whom I share my daily commute are definitely not one of the #lazynigerianyouth and I’m sure that is the narrative for most us. Nigerian youth are not lazy they are hardworking and passionate about their craft and no matter how difficult it gets they stay on their grind.
My experience in the yellow bus yesterday strengthened my belief in the Nigerian youth. With us, there’s hope for the future and the new Nigeria we long for can be born; a Nigeria with a stable power supply, a Nigeria with the good road network, Nigeria developed infrastructure sector.
I am a web content contributor, a blogger, a freelance and creative writer, a bead maker and an event coordinator (usher), I do not belong to the #lazynigerianyouth. Tell us your not a #lazynigerianyouth mandate.