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Ara, My Lagos, ‘There are too many beggars…’

The aspiring debutant is lucky to be chauffeur-driven around Lagos – and she doesn’t hang out anywhere else – but La Campagne Tropicana, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos…


Where do you live in Lagos and why?

I won’t want to divulge that for security reasons.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Lagos and I grew up in Lagos, Warri and Ibadan, Akure because my father was transferred a lot.

What’s your earliest Lagos experience?

My nursery school days because I had it in Lagos. We were the pioneer students then, and I was always the number one in the class. I remember one day that I led the student in a song, and I was spanked for leading them to sing when they were not supposed to.

What do you like most about Lagos?

It’s lively. Lagos is lively. It’s the centre of everything.

What do you like most about Lagos?

The fact that everybody comes to Lagos seeking opportunities and I see them not having the life they should have. Beggars on the street, too many beggars. People I feel should stay in the rural area and make something of their lives are all running to Lagos. I think it’s not fair to them because they are doing it to themselves. It’s overcrowded and lack of job opportunities. It’s so sad when you see people with babies on the road, I don’t like it.

When you are out of Lagos, what do you miss most about Lagos?

My family, that’s all.

Where do you shop in Lagos?

I hardly do but once in a while, I use Stop Centre or M-One.

What’s your favourite Lagos hangout or pub?

I don’t hang out, I don’t know anywhere except La Champagne.

Who is your favourite Lagos celebrity?

My favourite Lagos celebrity is Mr. Wanle Akinboboye.

How do you move around Lagos?

In a chauffeur-driven jeep.

What new project are you working on?

A lot of performances around France, Amsterdam, Brazil, Japan. But I will let you know in due time. I don’t like talking about things until when they are out.

(First published in 2005)

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