Pictures they say speak a million words. The picture above sure does meet this requirement and even more. I doubt if I need to say any more.
Now it is easy to say “ah…this is just an artist’s imagination” but that would be acknowledging just half the value of the painting as it carries a much deeper message. It is a depiction of not just an artist’s imagination but of a daily occurrence in Nigeria. People who have lived in Lagos and have had to contend with the sorry public transport system will attest to have witnessed such a sight many times before.
Even more, the picture is not just about a scrum for space on an already full rickety public bus, it tells the Nigerian story in many ways…the scramble by a frustrated people for any thing they can lay hands on….the tendency to want to grab and grab…the inadequacy of everything from drinking water to spaces on buses…the survival of the crook-iest …the lawlessness…the confusion…the hunger…the prevalence of killer diseases…the high maternal mortality rate…the darkness…the rigged elections…the failed projects…the strikes…the over crowded lecture halls…the o-yes legislature… the cash-n-carry judiciary…the comatose executive…
What have I left out? Fill up the blank spaces jare.
Have a lovely weekend peeps.
Sylva Nze Ifedigbo