How did you feel when the series started? Sad, embarrassed, amused, angry? Whatever your emotion was, Nigerians have a lot to learn from that series. Among the things Nigerians don’t need to learn from the series are
1) How to be happy in whatever condition they find themselves: Even in boarding house as secondary school students, we drummed on our lockers and sang whenever there was a power cut. We have all learned to stay happy despite power cuts, fuel scarcity, 3 hour traffic jams on Lagos-Ibadan expressway or IBB bridge and mosquito bites.
2) How to make the best of any situation: Did you notice there was a cinema, a restaurant and a mobile pedicurist on the dump? Those Nigerians have decided to still have a decent quality of life despite deplorable living conditions.
3) How to be resourceful: Did you see all the recycling going on at Olusosun in the series? Nigerians are very resourceful.
There is only one issue Nigerians need to face after watching This is Lagos:
The desperate need for social reform. Houses need to be built. People shouldn’t be living from day to day unsure of if they will have a home at night to which they can return or if it’s been carted away by the Atlantic. Pregnant women should have the opportunity to receive free medical care. Having a home birth should be a choice not a necessity. Our population is growing but we shouldn’t take it for granted. Ambulance services should be provided in the areas where people are more vulnerable. It’s true Lagos is not a city for the simple minded but things can work if we want them to.
So tell me how did you feel as a Nigerian when you watched it?