One Keke Two Buses
Mohini Ufeli

First off, I want to say thank you for sharing. I consider it a blessing when people put pieces of themselves out there in the world, in the hope that it helps to make someone better in whatever way.

The most captivating thing for me, listening to your words and experiences just from taking a trip from home to your workplace, was how much I have in common with you; how I’ve asked myself similar questions; and how you’ve been able to answer said questions with utmost clarity and grace.

I used to always think I was the only one that sat in a bus or keke in Lagos, taking in all the sights and sounds and trying to find a deeper understanding of myself and the society I exist in, as everything moves past in a blur, or really slowly if you’re stuck in traffic- which happens often enough in Lagos. I’d go from being amazed by a polyglot bus conductor (how and where was he able to learn all these languages?) to how exactly are bridges built on water?

Just like you, I also schooled abroad, and I used to struggle to say “Owa!” when I get to my bus stop. I’d be afraid that I wouldn’t, somehow, pronounce it well and would get ridiculed for it. I still most times say “I’ll be coming down at the next junction” usually after discreetly tapping the conductor, but slowly and surely I’m accepting that I’m truly a part of this even though all my edges may not fit in as perfectly as I think they should or people think they should. Home is home and we can’t all be the same.

On the recording itself, I particularly enjoyed the background sounds as you narrated your journey. That put so much life and reality into it.

Once again, thanks for sharing and I absolutely cannot wait for the next one.

P.S I also think not being Nigerian enough because you can’t speak a Nigerian language is BS, this is partly because I can’t speak any even whilst being half-Igbo half-Yoruba (I know, the absolute shame - as everyone with a contrary opinion tries to tell me). I love who I am; I love that I’m from two rich distinct cultures; and my Grandma loves me even though I can’t speak Igbo and that is enough for me. 😃

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