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It’s the wee hours of another Monday morning and as usual, Ruth is awake way before the crack of dawn.
By the time she steps out of her apartment in Iyana Ipaja, it’s not even 5 am yet. But she’s managed to have a bath, get dressed for work, and skip breakfast yet again.
She walks briskly to a junction close to her apartment where she awaits her ride. It’s a bus belonging to an ex-serviceman who lives in that area. But that bus never comes because she misses it on this very day.
The ex-serviceman is an early riser who hates “Lagos traffic” and has to find his way early before the roads become a row of unmoving vehicles. He picks up people at various junctions as he drives to work every day. It’s how he makes extra cash.
Ruth rides this bus most times because it’s convenient and it helps her arrive work on time. But on this day, she will have to fancy her chances with Molue .
By the time Molue gets her going, daylight is just starting to break out and the roads have become a maze with vehicles locked in a jam. Her commute from Iyana Ipaja to Ibeju Lekki takes 4 extra hours, no thanks to the traffic jam and the Molue driver seemingly stopping to pick or drop passengers every 100 metres.
It’s a nightmare. She gets to work 2 hours late, defeating the whole point of waking up so early. Plus, she’s disheveled, drained, and is […]