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At Christmas, many Nigerians residing in huge cities like Lagos and Abuja take the chance of the vacations to journey to their hometowns.
How do their know-how experiences in their hometowns evaluate to huge cities?
*Deco, a health care provider who lives in Lagos travels to his village in Oru East native authorities space in Imo state yearly.
In contrast to different years, he says that the roads are higher however factors out that regardless of this, journey instances haven’t decreased.
Even with the great roads, there are checkpoints in every single place, and it provides greater than two hours to the journey, Deco mentioned.
My village is alongside the Onitsha-Owerri highway. Owerri is a business metropolis which sees an inflow of merchants from Aba and Port Harcourt on weekends.
In response to Nigerias Bureau of Statistics, Owerri is certainly one of Nigerias high 5 airports and alongside the Lagos, Portharcourt and Kano airports, serves 92% of complete passengers in 2017.
Can Owerri can maintain its personal if you evaluate it to Lagos? In response to Deco, you’ll be able to hail a Bolt cab, discover ATMs and the one factor you’ll miss is the sooner tempo of Lagos.
Within the villages, ATMs are laborious to seek out however cellular cash brokers are stepping in to assist.
Heres that point Kay and Lanre have been in Uyo and found cellular cash brokers are fairly big there.
As most individuals go to the village throughout the vacation season, money is a necessity.
In my village, there aren’t any ATMs. There are cellular brokers in every single place and that is what folks use, Deco mentioned.
Earlier than this 12 months, the ATMs in city have been all the time crowded however these cellular cash brokers have solved this downside.
Most of those cellular cash brokers are linked to Nigerian banks. OPay, the near-ubiquitous funds platform, or MTN, Nigerias largest telco, would not have a presence in the villages he visited.
What ride-hailing or bike hailing companies did he discover?
Bolt is in Owerri however the one time I attempted to make use of it, the driving force mentioned he wasn’t going my approach.
I didn’t thoughts as a result of distances in Owerri aren’t that far aside to me, however then once more its as a result of I’ve been in Lagos for lengthy.
One fascinating discovery is Uru: a ride-hailing service which operates in Owerri and claims to have raised $55,000 so far.
“The town makes use of these small buses you see round Festac.
Chino, a lawyer who works in Lagos, spent Christmas in her childhood hometown of Enugu in jap Nigeria.
With a inhabitants of three.eight million folks, Enugu is one other city with out the frenetic tempo of Lagos.
The highway networks there are nice and it has helped OTrike, OPays Tricycle service catch on, she says. It additionally helps that the federal government banned bikes in Enugu metropolis in 2009.
Chino advised TechCabal that she used OTrike so much throughout her go to.
You possibly can ebook a tricycle as a single person (constitution) or as a passenger the place you’ll share the journey with others alongside the identical route.
A solo journey is costlier and it’s an specific service.
OTrike can be accessible in Aba and Kano however isnt accessible in Lagos. Whereas Lagos residents complained of surge pricing by Uber and Bolt throughout the holidays, Chino had no such issues.
OTrikes are low-cost. Theyre even cheaper if you evaluate it to the Uber value hikes/surges throughout the holidays in Lagos
A buddy advised me she had loaded her pockets with N1,000 ($3) in the beginning of the week and she had used it to run round for about four days.
Since have been speaking cash, I wonder if Enugu has caught the cellular cash wave and Chino says ATMs nonetheless reign supreme right here.
I didnt discover cellular cash brokers throughout my holidays, however that could be as a result of I didnt go to the village.
In Lagos, whereas cellular cash brokers aren’t unusual, youre prone to discover that theyre extra in style in inside areas the place just one or two financial institution ATMs serve pretty giant areas.
Entry to cellular knowledge in Nigeria additionally is dependent upon the place you might be. In Lagos, you’ll be able to take 4G with no consideration, but when youre in Oru East native authorities space, 3G should do.
In response to Deco: There was no 4G community all through my keep. 3G was accessible in solely sure areas.
But, in the top, he isn’t ending his ritual of travelling house.
I cant deny that my tech expertise is best in Lagos. I missed utilizing Maps as a result of it solely works solely in the town and the community high quality was unhealthy.”
For Chino, Enugu trumps Lagos as a result of it gives the identical stage of tech with out the inhabitants strain. On a scale of 1-10, I’d say Enugu is approach higher than Lagos and give it a 9 and thats solely as a result of Im being good to Lagos.
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