How Has The Okada Ban Affected Your Life? – We Asked 7 People

February 10, 2020
Okada ban

If you live in Lagos, then you already know about the Okada ban. This is not only because it’s on the news but because you have skin in the game of the stress it has caused. We don trek bastard, please.

On Saturday, there was a peaceful protest over the ban but we are yet to see any significant response from the Government. Are we truly on our own?

To better understand the far-reaching effects of this ill-advised policy, we asked both car owners and leggedez benz owners in Lagos to share with us their experience in the past week. In addition, we got an Okada man to tell us his story.

Here’s what they had to say:

Olamide:

“Before, I’d park my car and take bikes when I wanted to avoid traffic. Even in Lagos, it’s not everywhere you can drive to. Now, it’s everywhere I must drive to. It’s really shitty. It takes longer and it’s more stressful.”

Anne:

It hasn’t affected me though because buses ply my route to and fro work. However, I constantly say these words when I remember that my co-workers trek to work every day: “Sango, Amadioha, Ogun will punish all of them in their jeeps.”

Coachito:

Fam. I saw terrible things. I have had to trek long distances to work in the past few days that I never imagined I could complete. To worsen things, they have increased the price of buses so bye-bye to budgeting. I had already planned my spending for this month: remove money for valentine gift, save and manage what’s left. Everything has scattered.

Nunu:

“I see kids walking to school. It’s sad. I’d pick them up but I can’t help everyone. Also, crowd control. I don’t want to encourage them getting into anybody’s car. I could be a kidnapper.”

Sisi:

It hasn’t affected me as much as I thought it would. I suddenly realized that my house is not far from Ikeja underbridge and it is very trekkable 🙂.

Ayo:

Traffic!!!!!! O porrrrrrrr. The traffic is worse and I hate driving which makes it worse. Regardless, I never used bikes so it hasn’t affected me. The tricycles on the other hand…They helped when I didn’t want to drive in traffic, which is a lot of times. But the route I pass now, I either use the car or a bus so I don’t really have a need for bikes or tricycles.

Maxwell:

“As I dey like this, na house I dey. I no even know wetin I go do. Na Okada I don dey ride all these years. I no know which work I go do. If to say I never marry, I for no too worry, I even get pikin.”

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

Watch

Now on Zikoko

February 2, 2023

From Lagos to Atlanta, fans never stop comparing and pitting their faves against each other. Just like Rihanna can’t beat the Beyoncé comparisons 17 years into her awe-inspiring career, Davido still gets Wizkid comparisons daily despite just a year between their debut. Similarly, Seyi Shay was compared to Tiwa Savage when she came out with […]

Recommended Quizzes

November 27, 2019

Do you have a face that could make angels jealous, or should you really be walking around with a nylon bag over your head so you don’t scare children? Well, this quiz is here to answer that by telling you exactly how good-looking you are. Take and find out: 11 Quizzes For People Who Aren’t […]

November 22, 2019

It can be very stressful when you’re trying to find the love of your life, but you only keep meeting people that are exactly like your yeye ex. To help you be more aware of that problem, we’ve created a quiz that lets you know the kind of people you are attracting. Take it to […]

how tall are you
March 11, 2020

Did your parents give you enough beans when you were growing up? If they did, then you’re probably around 6’0″ and above. Either way, we created a quiz that can guess your current height (pretty accurately, if we do say so ourselves). Take to see if we nailed it:

November 12, 2019

Are you a single pringle, stuck in a complicated situationship or happily married to the love of your life? This quiz is here to guess your current relationship status, and as you know, Zikoko quizzes are incredibly accurate (don’t quote us). So, give a shot:

January 2, 2020

Do you have even a single romantic bone in your body? Well, if you’re not sure about just how sweet and thoughtful you can be to someone you love, that’s what this quiz is here to answer. 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are Ready To Marry  Are you ready to marry? Take these quizzes.

October 10, 2019

2019 is certainly Burna Boy’s year, but, if we are being honest, so was 2018. Since his transcendent mixtape, Outside, the afro-fusion star has refused to get his foot of our necks — dropping a string of fantastic singles and then capping it all off with his career-best album, African Giant.  So, in a bid […]

More from Citizen

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

September 13, 2022
Vs The World is a Zikoko original video series that follows best friends Astor and Hassan as they take on the world.
August 23, 2022
Zikoko Ships is a Zikoko Original series where we invite two people who share a relationship to play the Zikoko card games
December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X