My first trip to Nigeria
One of the most memorable experiences I had during my first visit to Nigeria was Elegushi Beach, located off Lekki expressway.
It’s one of the busier beaches, offering a mix of music, food and beautiful scenery of the sea. The beach huts turn to clubs at sundown and it’s a bustling stretch of family fun and teens on first dates. I overheard that the best time to visit is a Sunday evening, not sure why though.
I never imagined Lagos as romantic
As a Ugandan living in London, all I hear about Lagos is the chaos, corruption and Afrobeats. So when I told my friends and family I was off to Nigeria, by myself to see my new boyfriend, they panicked, to say the least.
However, to the surprise of many I had a magical time. Lagos is full of life and charm. Flamboyant? Yes. Chaotic? At times. But not in a way that’s so different from Kampala, New York or London.
A stained perception of Africa, by Africans
When I thought about what I was made to expect, and what I actually experienced in Nigeria, I realised that we (Africans) know so little about what’s ‘really’ going on in our neighbouring countries. We’re still relying on vague generalities to paint global perceptions.
A good news story
By no means do I have the right to say Nigeria, or Lagos is a utopia based on my love filled five day trip. However, this is a positive post about a lovely experience I had in Lagos, specifically at Elegushi Beach, and just my way of balancing out the bad perceptions of Africa, wth some good.