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LAGOS LIGHT

Today I believe the sayings of my mother that if a woman lacks food for just three days, she can deny knowing the taste of her favorite food. This came to past on 28th of May, 2009 when I saw glittering lights in Lagos Streets.

As I always say, if there are good news, who wants to report bad ones? On my way home, very late in the evening along a major road in Lagos, I saw something twinkling, above my head, like a diamond it shines, lights in Lagos major road! Lagos was the capital of Nigeria before the capital was relocated to Abuja, but it remains the economic capital of the nation, it has over 14million inhabitants, a Dutch friend of mine who came to Volunteer in Nigeria said the population of Lagos is almost the same with Holland.

It may be hard for you to imagine how I feel, tears roll down my cheek and I heard women walking beside beside me praying for the Lagos state Governor, as we moved en-masse like xodus of the Israelites since there were no vehicles to convey commuters to their destinations, for the first time in a long time on our road.

We saw men erecting poles, everyone was skeptical, in a country where there is eclectic power supply how will this gentleman achieve the dream, but I learn it was solar powered while other said diesel generator, but the end of the story is that after long years of darkness, when all the pole erected have rusted, the Lagos State Governor erected new ones and supplied solar powered light for Lagosians. The lights were beautiful, it seems minor but to those of us who are used to and live in darkness, we have seen the light once again, rejoice with us!

How I wonder it was, a dream no reality, that up on our heads are shining lights provided by an unpopular party in Nigeria who managed to provide just 2 Governors in 36 States of the federation. This is the only stae where one can see visible change in Nigeria, even if anyone convinces me that this man is stealing Nigeria's money, I will think twice before conclusion.

The hours spent in planning and implementation is enough for a day, sweepers on the highways, buses with full aircondition plying the streets of Lagos, all illegal stalls demolished, you can drive through those market roads without hold ups and there are law enforcement agents evrywhere monitoring activities of street traders, first time in history.

Our prayers is this positive gesture is extended to Health care delivery, road, and other social amenities, we are not demanding for much but if Cheap affordable nutritious Food For the Masses can be slotted into his agenda, great!

To set the record straight, a Governor is painting Lagos red! May God touch Nigeria President too, to stop his slumber, because if he spends 2 good years to rehearse his madness, how many years will he spend to display madness?

Comments

LauraB's picture

Streets alight

Olutosin,

I was walking along with you astonished with the light filling the streets. In a very different way, I can relate to the sense of light and darkness. In Portland it is dark, wet, grey for much of the year. And then it turns light magically, the skies opening wide, clear blue with sun dappling light green leaves- LIght!

When I look out my window today and wander amongst my flowers after lunch, I'll stop to imagine that solar powered wonder lighting up your Lagos street.

Enjoy that light!

Laura

olutosin's picture

THANKS

Yes my friend, after years of endless darkness and a progressive Governor came up with beautiful streetlights this beats our imagination, pray our president can do that in our towns too.

Good Friend Lots of love

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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NatalieS's picture

Poetry and Light

Dear Olutosin
I feel the poetry in your soul and the strength of your commitment.
It will be so good to work with you in our adventure together.
Best,
Natalie

NatalieS

olutosin's picture

SO GOOD DARLING

Dear Natalie,

I am so greatful for this great opportunity to meet you, I am ready to learn from you. I love you too much for accepting me.

Thanks, Lchayim

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Lili Miller's picture

Hope

Your post strikes within me a light of hope. You are right, it is good to write about good news too. This night, as I lay my head to rest, I will pray for your president and for your country.

Peace and love,

~Lili

Lili Miller

olutosin's picture

HOPE YES

I am happy for this comment, yes pray for us and as you scatter sunshine, lights illuminate your way.

Lots of hugs darling

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Maria de Chirikof's picture

nice!

What a beautiful feeling to have lights again! I am so happy and can imagine how much it improves the spirits! Now more walks in the moonlight where you can feel safer.

hugs,

Maria

olutosin's picture

Thanks Dear

I can see the beautiful things coming to Lagos, I pray it goes round all the States of Nigeria

Thanks Love

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

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