The drugs were not cocaine and all o. It was all those Yoruba medicine that cure it all. HIV, Malaria, Headache, Tuberculosis etc. Don’t worry, I’d just let you hear from the horse’s mouth.
Before I pass the mic to Tolu, it is important that I give you a run down of my week on the streets of Lagos. My week was very funny. I witnessed a man hang on a keke. He pulled and pushed the keke screaming, “na my wife be that, stop this keke make she come down.” I was as clueless as the keke driver. Apparently, the man and his wife just had a fight and madam was trying to run away from him. The Hausa lovers were tired, at least the woman was tired but the man still wanted the relationship and was willing to beat anyone that facilitated the breaking/destruction of his marriage. He was so brutal (little wonder why the woman was eager to runaway). It ended with him dragging the woman, mounting her on his okada and riding off.
Just when, I thought the drama was over, on my way back home from my Orange Class, I just saw one guy rapidly approaching another guy with empty star bottle. He smashed it, the bottle didn’t break. He smashed it again and the bottom broke into different fragments. The man held the bottle by the neck and pointed the freshly made spiky edges at the other guy and started trying to throw jabs. The other guy grabbed Heineken bottle, smashed it and they started trying to wound each other. It was not funny o. Someone would have died that day, but trust this touts to be all noise and no blood. I just passed another place, so they won’t use me as experiment to see the true color of blood and use my injured body or dead body to make peace. As you already know, I’d rather not be there. So I left the scene. I thought I was the only one experiencing Lagos drama till Tolu shared his story with me. Here it is:
An event took place yesterday in a commercial bus. As we departed Oshodi for Ikeja, a certain man got up and began to market his drugs. I was furious within me. This is so because I wonder how one drug would cure many diseases or illnesses. The drug that would cure venereal diseases is the same for back pain. I was tempted to stop him to ask what the components are. It is surprising that people still patronize such fellows who only gathered ‘google knowledge’ and have no inkling to the chemistry of the drugs. What does this say to us as regards marketing our products to the public? I believe for no reason should you be a novice at what you do. I have challenged one before and realized he actually crammed all he said because that was what he was given.
Have you ever patronized any of this people?
Please share your experience whether good or bad.
Let me also know what you think about marketing a products without full grasp of what it is.
I can totally relate to this. I wrote something related to this a while ago, The Hustling Evangelist . It’s funny how they have suddenly gotten PhD. in Bus Marketing.
To forward your bus experiences and have it featured here, contact me. Can’t wait to hear our stories.