This Is For Everyone Who Lives In A Flood-Infested Area

October 16, 2019

So many things happen when it rains in Lagos; traffic becomes a lot madder, NEPA, or whatever they call themselves now take light, you are forced to cancel the meticulous plans you’d made, but these are nothing compared to watching the water level in your house rise into a raging sea, making you wonder if there is an ark somewhere you should get yourself to before God wipes the world a second time. This is prevalent in one side of the city, but with the amount of rainfall in recent weeks, coupled with bad drainage system and overall poor planning, anybody on either side of that bridge could be dealing with this.
This is for you if you’d dealt with this or dealing with this. You should know that you’re in our thoughts.

The earliest signs of rain plunge into despair

First, you don’t understand why it’s still raining – it’s October already, isn’t it? You can’t possibly stop it, so you pray for light rainfall. At the same time, you start looking for the highest ground level in your house– a sanctuary to keep most of your important stuff.

You become quite handy with cleaning kits

You are not so big on cleaning, but your circumstances have forced you to learn the best ways to use mops, parkers, buckets, and brooms to keep the water out. Of course, they are only effective when the rain and the ensuing flood don’t hit so much. It’s a whole different level when the volume of the water gushing in and claiming your space is a lot more than you or anything can handle.

You consider a new choice of footwear

One of the nastiest things you could ever do as a grown-up is to wade knee-deep inside a stagnant pool of water to get around. Surprise – surprise; that is now what you gotta do if you are serious about getting around. The flood of water can’t stop your hustle; you roll your trousers all the way up and ‘swim’. This will be easier if you get a pair of rubber boots or canoe, but you end up buying neither. This is a phase, and it will pass.

You could be reduced to a squatter for a while


This happens, especially if you live in one of the worst-hit areas. There is nothing you can do to claim your space as fast as you want. And no, you can’t float on water. With tears in your soul, you pack the few things you need and find shelter at a friend’s. It’s not the best arrangement, but what do you do when man and nature are against you?

You didn’t think you could love the sun so much


Nothing makes you really happy than when you notice the sun peeking through the shadows. At this point, you don’t mind any form of heat – you just need to reclaim the land you paid for.

You begin house-hunting (again)


Finding a comfortable and affordable house in Lagos is a wild thing. You thought yourself lucky to find your current crib, but you didn’t know there was a plan to morph you into an aquatic creature. You lick your wounds and brace for the heartache you are about to subject yourself to. You need to move fast too, the best time to find a house in Lagos is during the rainy season.
Most people usually dump the idea after the rain has subsided, and the floods are gone, but if you’ve had enough and really want to move, we wish you all the best in finding an ideal house. May your search be smooth and be free of greedy agents and ridiculous fees.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

April 14, 2020

Living in Lagos is stressful. Very stressful. It’s even three times more stressful under lockdown when you add the fear of getting robbed to the mix. Recently, some parts of Lagos have experienced a surge in crime rates and this has triggered a range of emotions in people. From sadness to anger, to helplessness. We […]

December 2, 2020

Adeoye Mercy Abosede of the African Action Congress will be contesting in the Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections which is scheduled to hold this Saturday, December 5, 2020. The by-election became a necessity after Senator Bayo Osinowo, who represented Lagos East Senatorial district at the senatedied died following a brief illness. A by-election is an election […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

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:

December 3, 2019

Are you a professional Yoruba demon? Are you walking around in search of whose life you can wreck at any given time? Well, this quiz knows exactly how many hearts you’ve shattered to date, and before you lie that your result is inaccurate, just remember that Zikoko is never wrong. Now, take it and be […]

March 24, 2020

While we know that a lot of the best Nigerian artists deservedly have fans across generations, that won’t stop us from attempting to guess how old you are based on your taste in Nigerian music. So, take this quiz to see if we got it right:

December 5, 2019

We already tried to guess how much you have in your account and your current net worth, and we think we did a pretty great job (keep any complaints to yourself). Now, we’re going to try and guess your monthly salary based on your relationship with money. Oya, take the quiz: 11 Timed Quizzes For […]

September 1, 2021

August is over, and here are some of our best quizzes from August. Enjoy: 1. QUIZ: Only Ajebutters Can Get 10/21 On This Quiz Some people like to form ajepako when they’re really ajebutter. Are you one of them? Let’s find out. 2. QUIZ: Sorry, If You’re Under 25 There’s No Way You Can Pass […]

April 9, 2020

At some point in life, we all learnt that someone can be very intelligent and still lack common sense. That’s the difference between being book smart and being street smart. If you’re not sure where on the spectrum you fall, well, that’s what this quiz is here to tell you. Take it:

More from General

August 27, 2021

Nigeria’s leading dishwashing liquid, Morning Fresh, has unveiled Tolani Tayo-Osikoya, a successful Chef, Food Blogger and Owner of Diary of a Kitchen Lover, as its new brand ambassador.  Prior to the unveil, Tolani had been sharing the inspiring story of her journey on her social media platforms, reassuring Nigerians that dreams are valid even in […]

August 5, 2021

When it comes to games night ideas you can play with friends, it is best to consider the people you’ll be inviting so you can choose games that each person will enjoy. Not every time truth or dare, or never have I ever. Here are 8 game night ideas you can play with your friends. […]

July 15, 2021

The University authorities released a statement addressing the rise of Covid-19 cases in UNILAG on Tuesday after this tweet was made. Huh ??? Covid outbreak in Unilag  ??? https://t.co/LbH5Xv3nM7 – Jahmal (@JahmalUsen) July 12. 2021 The statement reads, Read more here. School activities were going on as normal, even after several Covid-19 positive students were […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

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.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

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