Voices of the City is a weekly feature from Future Lagos that spotlights the everyday lives of Lagos citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all interviewees, Future Lagos discover not only how experiences of the city differ, but also what is shares. In this installment, Future Lagos meets Ibidolapo Adejuyigbe, a management consultant living between Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. His dream for Lagos is to be able to move comfortably around the city without being transported by a car.
Question: What about Lagos inspires you the most?
The ambition of this city and the people of Lagos – their positivity even in unfortunate circumstances and their go-getter mindset. Everyone has a plan, a side business to boot. It’s amazing.
Q: Do you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?
Bogobiri, Its one of the city’s best kept secret. On Thursdays, Bogobiri gathers people from all works of life for its Open Mic Night, where people perform in various art forms – music, poetry, spoken word and comedy. You leave your ego at the door, and just huddle around people who love and appreciate these art forms. They also make the meanest chicken noodle pepper soup in the city
Q: What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?
It was actually a house party, I am not a big outdoors fan – I cherish intimate settings. What was peculiar about this party was that I met with different people each with their own stories on why they chose to come to Lagos. Our similar experiences in Lagos, highs and lows, made way for good conversations.
Q: What frustrates you about the city?
Traffic, bad roads, corruption.
Q: You can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (Finance Minister, Nigeria). She is smart and has accomplished a lot in her life including an enviable career. I will like to learn from her on what it takes to lead an impact driven life, both in and out of the public service.
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