The way people drive in southern Nigeria is completely crazy. Lane discipline is an alien concept, weaving, tail-gating and under-taking is normal, while every manoeuvre is heralded by horn-honking. Nigerians definitely seem to rely on God's protection rather than their own driving skills. Many trucks have HORN BEFORE OVER TAKE across their tailgates – as if anyone needed to be encouraged to hoot.
I have no idea how people navigate as although there is a plethora of bill boards, and ads, places are not signposted. I asked the office driver – who clearly had pretentions towards Formula One – which direction we were heading and he said West. Google maps suggested that we were actually going ESE.
On the drive from Abuja to Akwanga I amused myself by spotting interesting signs.
Here are some:
S&M Nigeria Ltd
Freedom from bondage
God’s Own Seed Primary School
Super Gorgeous Company
Heineken – world famous, like our jollof.
Freddies Guaranteed Tasty Experience
Sun Bright Mass Transit minibus
Crystal Palace Hotel and Happy Home
Tender Mercy International School
Naggy Block industries
God’s Favour Shop
Solid International Academy
Oasis of Love church
Christ is the Answer mission
Great Blessings High School
The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church
Dr Prince staphylococcal specialist www.drseeandbelieve.com
In God we Truest
Go Well - on a truck tailgate
You are blessed to be a blessing – car bumper
Think before you do – car bumper
Do not Give or Receive Gratification – at a Military checkpost
And finally the saddest of ads: HIV and need wife? Phone….