Las Gidi

Las Gidi

I thought I was a Lagosian. Today ,I realised I am still a native of Ogbomoso. I left my shirtmaker in Tinubu Square on my way home. I watched Muslims pray in unison with the spirit of Ramadan hovering in the air. I wanted to take a bike but after haggling with motorcycle operator , I decided to take a walk. As I left the central mosque down the Idumota street to ascend the bridge, I saw a bus in front of me open at both ends. It was labelled J. IWEKA ELECTRONICS GOVERNMENT APPROVED.

“Oga you can win fridge, iron ,electronics” he spoke to me I refused to answer him.

The well dressed guy wearing an ID card waved a ticket at me.

“Look at my bus, It is government approved , Fashola”

“Just choose seven numbers and u can win this omo aye” While I hesitated, a guy chose seven numbers quickly.

He was immediately given an electric iron.

“He won OMG”

“So easy,I saw standing fan electric kettle and other prizes in the van” I began to imagine I decided to choose seven numbers.

I knew I wasn’t lucky with lottery but this is free.

“Oga the lucky number is 9, you have won, standing fan”

Standing fan where would I place it in my cluttered room , a million thoughts raced in my heart.

“You will need 500 naira to collect the prize or we buy it from you for 2000 naira” he spoke.

I searched my pocket. I only had 310 naira on me. No ATM card.

“Oga i have only 310 on me” I handed over the money forgetting I needed transport fare back home.

“This is all you have abi”

“Where are you going” “Palmgrove”

He gave me back 110 naira and he turned away his face. He looked for another victim.

“Hello my 200 naira “ I shouted mildly.

He whistled and before I knew it three heavily doped men gathered around me.

They showed me the way home. The route I had forgotten. My mouth was open . Saliva dripped from my mouth. It was solemn and easy. I had just been duped.

“Palmgrove Onipan ” a conductor screamed.

I hopped in as the boys burst into laughter.

“This is Lagos” I screamed within me



24 thoughts on “Las Gidi” by daveblog (@daveblog)

  1. Ha ha ha ha!!! Eko oni baje o!!! Short but well told.. Great job!

  2. Hahaha! This is Lagos! I miss the gidi mehn. But you should have learnt by now nah: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is! But should this be tagged ‘fiction’? Just saying o… Nice one.

  3. wow, wow, wow….a lesson learned indeed….Lagos…a wonderful place for anishnishi….it is well….

  4. Lmao! Pure Lagos! But come o, you just enter Lagos?!

  5. the advantages or should i say the disadvantages of staying in lagos.
    fun with no hold barred.
    nice piece.

  6. hehehehehe,Lagos,the land of endless opportunities,mtchewwww
    sorry you hear,lolz

  7. Solid iniciation.
    you no even thank Baba G say dem no join slap with the arrangement.

    This is Lagos.

  8. Seriously?! you just come lagos?
    the oldest trick in the book.
    Pele bros. Hope you’ve recovered? :)
    ha! Lasgidi!

  9. At least you’ve gotten that experience. This is Lagos. This is how we do it around here. Ha ha ha ha.

  10. This is really funny; at least they gave you transport money back home.
    Eko o ni baje indeed. E fit not to spoil. lol
    lol @ “I thought I was a Lagosian. Today, I realised I am still a native of Ogbomoso.”
    True talk.

    1. lol,you need experience to be a real lagosian o.
      if you are a writer and you stay in lagos,you sure will never be short of inspiration.

  11. Neat flash, minor and almost painless dupe. Well written!

  12. Nice, this is Lagos pam pam pam!

  13. Meena-Adekoya (@Olajumoke-Adekoya)

    LMAO! thankfully it was only 200 naira u had to part wiv, think of all the mumus out there who get duped for millions count urself lucky oh!

  14. Kai kai, Lagos is mad oh! But really, except u just entered Lagos the day before, how could you fall for something like that???!!!
    Not bad man, not bad! But what do u mean by ‘three heavily doped men gathered around me’? As in high or what?

  15. Lol. Pele…let’s make a toast – to the Las Gidi experience.

  16. LOL!!!…Great story David..from what I hear about Lagos,i would say you were extremely lucky to have even been duped of only tow hundred naira..lucky you had transport money back home too! hehehe…las gidi indeed! Una lagosians dey try sha!

  17. very compact writing! Loved all the way!! wel done!!!

  18. Thanks all…lessons I have learnt…thank God it was only 200 nairao only!

  19. Nice, short and point! very well written. I love.

  20. Nice, short and on point! Very well written. I love.

  21. Levuz (@Levuz)

    Lagos for show. . .

  22. Hahahha omo guy don enter thief motor….kpele

  23. interesting lolzzzzzzzzzzz

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