As a Lagosian, the yellow commercial buses popularly known as Lagos Danfo buses should not be new to you. These buses are known for their unkempt look, their rude conductors, their reckless drivers, and their troublesome passengers. While this is not the case for all the buses, it’s very common to have a bad experience in these public vehicles.
With taxi companies springing up, staying away from the troubles that come with getting on a Lagos Danfo bus is relatively easy, but when one thinks about the traffic situation in Lagos which affects the cost, we still get to fall back to Danfo buses.
Since having a good experience in a commercial bus is not guaranteed, here is a list of things you must have with you on a Lagos Danfo bus to avoid the hassles that come with it.
You might not know how important this is until you get on a bus and everyone is screaming. There is a woman beside you talking to her customer over the phone at the top of her voice, there is a passenger exchanging words with the driver because of change, there is a man preaching about women wearing trousers and makeup. To escape this, your earpiece is very essential. Music heals your body and before you talk about not being sick, you can fall sick mentally by just having a sad experience on a Lagos Danfo bus. At least, with your earpiece, it is easy to escape that.
You see this ‘500, 1,000 change no dey o. Enter with your change,’ that the conductors in Lagos always scream, they are not joking at all. If you do not want to be frustrated or waste your energy shouting, do as you are told. Before you even think of boarding a Lagos Danfo bus, make sure you have your change. Buy something from the street hawkers if you need to, but do not get on that bus without your change.
A Street Mentality
Yeah, you read that right. If you do not have this, people will walk over you; the conductor will take you for granted especially when he is trying to play smart. Having a street mentality is essential. We are not saying you should fight everyone; just be street smart.
A Bottle of Water
2019 is the year to drink water and mind your business, especially considering the amount of heat around. Have a bottle of water that you will sip at the interval while treating yourself to some good music. “Na bus you enter, you no kill person.”
A Small Bottle Of Perfume
You are going to meet a lot of strangers on a Lagos Danfo bus. People with different odors and if you are going to an important place, a stench of fish or sweat is not an impression you would love to have engraved on the minds of whoever it is that you are going to meet. So, make sure you have a little bottle of perfume so you can wear quickly and smell nice!