I have not flown Ethiopian since an incident. But let’s be honest, flying Via Kigali is a big plus, there is WiFi at the airport….
It was my first flight to Lagos or as they call it LOS. Going to Nigeria had never been on my wish list, but when duty calls, and also because one of my 2017 resolutions was to explore — I said yes.
Nigerians are bullies, and arrogant…yes I’m confirming what you always thought or heard from 3rd parties… I digress back to my first trip to Nigeria, waiting for hours in the Ethiopian airport that doesn’t have WiFi nor a mobile network to roam. These are important things to a traveler anytime you leave home. My friends would tell you these are important things to me, since they accuse me of being a phone addict.
Anyway, I know they’d feel the same if they were stuck for four hours at Bole International Airport. You walk around the airport until you start feeling like an Ethiopian athlete preparing for an Olympic 10,000M race, so you go back to the bench where you left your bag, take your phone out and start reading old text messages. See, I told you phones are important –in fact I’m writing this on my phone. It’s just convenient.
Nigerians are very noticeable;in fact most of other West Africans disappearing the presence of Nigerians. Nigerians are loud in everything, from their very elaborate dressing, their habit of walking in two’s or more, discussing business or cracking jokes, or even when you make their acquaintance. You can’t miss a Nigerian. So on this day as I boarded the B777 to Lagos it was easy to notice Nigerians as they walked into the plane. One lady was seated in front of me, quiet, alone in a corner.
Minutes later she was told to move, the seat she was occupying belonged to someone else.Trust a Nigerian to not be moved, she used all her might to stay, she was a lone wolf in a pack of lions. Attacks were hurled by passengers from across the cabin, but she stood her ground. It was a scene straight from a Nollywood movie, the sneering and the swearing punctuated her resolve to stay put. When the owner of the seat tried to push his way through, punches and kicks flew, delaying take off for almost an hour. She was assigned another seat eventually, a window seat is all she wanted — a window seat is what she got.
When landing to Lagos, the first thing you notice is how congested the city is from up in the sky. Brown, rusty iron sheets greet you from up high, but once you land you are knocked back to your senses by the smoldering heat. You start sweating 5 minutes after disembarking the plane. Then it hits you that Nigeria is a populated country from the time you start queuing at the Immigration desk to get your VISA. But nothing welcomes you more to Nigeria than the constant request to grease someone’s palm for services offered………..To be continued