Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
5 minute read
19 Sep 2019
9:37 am

Nigeria, where getting a ‘blessing’ is not quite what it sounds like

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

While it boasts a night life that people are proud of, Lagos will also teach you a few street lessons.

A bike loads his bike with 2 sacks of grains in Badagry, near Lagos, on September 6, 2019. (Photo by Benson IBEABUCHI / AFP)

Five years ago I took a taxi from Mpumalanga to Park Station in Johannesburg. I was alone and didn't know where to find my next taxi once I got here. Act like you know where you're going to avoid getting mugged, I told myself. I tried and failed, and a young man grabbed the opportunity to "help" me. "Sisi, where are you going?" he asked. I hesitated, but ended up asking him for directions to the next taxi rank, which he gave. "So my sister, give me money since I helped you," he said in Zulu. I was not about...