This bridge tells a story. It’s a story of growth, progress and newness but also one of stagnation and a deepening divide! A chasm growing wider with time and seasons! This bridge links the aspirations of new money in the Lekki Corridor to the growing consternation of old money in Ikoyi, both surburbs of Lagos State, Nigeria. And while the links between the 2 are inevitable, the new thriving off the old and the old adapting to the ways of the new- I mean, who new at 56, we’ll be learning to tweet and advertising on Facebook… While the links are inevitable,they draw a greater line! At the proposed 500 naira toll by the LCC, to go one way across that bridge would take 3 days wages for the 70% who live under a dollar a day! And if they insist? One way they’ll go, work 7 days on the other side, only to cross again and have only 1 days effort in their pockets! Back to the one dollar they started off with! Sounds funny I know, but by this bridge a line is drawn! “We have!” “We have had!” “You don’t have but if you give us what you have, we’ll take it and impoverish you all the more!” Or else, stay in your space, because this bridge that links Ikoyi to Lekki 1 is tolled at 500 naira not to make life easier for all but to put us each in our own class! This bridge tells a story and it tells it loud and clear!
P.S: this is one of the reasons I love WordPress! it is a community that encourages you to write. This week, we are to write on something iconic in our community and just this morning, I’d stopped to take a picture of this new bridge, that’s beautiful, set across gleaming blue waters but which indeed tells a story! I sincerely hope this bridge will not be tolled at 500 naira a crossing! I don’t see how that makes any sense in Nigeria of today.