Tourism expert and publisher of ATQNews, the premier Africa travel News website, Ambassador Ikechi Uko has lauded the silent transformation of some roads in Nigeria’s former capital, Lagos State.
Writing on his Facebook page, Ambassador Uko talked about the beauty of Lagos on a drive from Lagos International Airport to Victoria Island
His post drew a lot of reaction from many People. Some questioned why he only talked about the good things in Lagos without pointing out all the ugly parts of the city. The very widely shared post was also supported by many who were impressed with the different narrative he presented.
In his defence Ambassador Uko quoted Marcel Proust that “The Journey of Discovery is not in seeing new places but in seeing Old Places with New Eyes”. He encouraged Lagosians to move around on Sundays when there will be no heavy traffic to enjoy the beauty of Lagos. The controversy is still raging as more people are accusing him of white washing Lagos.
His Post Reads:
“Lagos has so changed that most of us have not noticed. I have lived in Lagos for close to 30 years and all we hear are stories of bad roads and traffic Jams. Because of the traffic we do not notice we live in one of the Most Beautiful Cities in the World.
On Tuesday I felt like a tourist. I started from the massive and beautiful Airport Road heading towards Oshodi. The Governor Ambode built road was a delight to ride through. I had issues with the road because of the absence of shoulders and Lay by for buses. But this Tuesday the road was beautiful almost Sexy.
I took the Flyover at Toyota and Join the newly built concrete Apapa Oshodi Express Way. Descending the bridge the Dangote Built Concrete Road looked enticing inviting you to enjoy the smoothness. Arriving The World Class Terminals at Oshodi it is possible that you died and woke up at another Oshodi. Oshodi is the biggest bus stop in the World going over 1km in 4 different directions. It was the nightmare for any visitor to Lagos.
This beautiful place cannot be the Oshodi I knew some years back. Road architecture has transformed this crazy place into a tourist attraction. The Dangote concrete road leads me to 3rd Mainland Bridge the longest bridge over water in Africa.
Cruising on this bridge offers unbelievable sights of Life on the lagoon. Feeding my eyes on the Waterfront of UNILAG and surrounding environs through the floating Wooden Villages of Makoko. Arriving at Onikan, I ventured through what has been identified as the Coolest neighbourhood in the World.
Descending just at Onikan Roundabout I have the National Museum on my right and the almost ready JK Randle Centre on my left.
The Swimming Pool Complex and Muson Centre lined my Left and City Mall and TBS on my right. I slid through the Bus Park at TBS facing the Lagos tennis Court through the Church and USAID sneaked a View at Freedom Park through the NET Building, once the tallest building in West Africa before heading for Bonny Camp. The Confluence of Atlantic Ocean and The five Cowrie Creek welcome Me into Victoria Island. I decided to follow Ozumba Mbadiwe to Civic Tower and 1004.
Lagos is so pretty I decided to stay longer in Victoria Island where the Rich Boys play and work hard. I plan to go back through another route.