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The Adventures of Miss Biosu: Welcome to Lagos

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Good morning/afternoon/evening to my ever so intelligent, zealous and creative Bella Naija readers. I can not believe how quickly the first week of The Adventures of Miss Biosu™ has gone by. It feels like only yesterday that I left the cosmopolitan hub of London . Only to be catapulted into the swelling heat and unique smell of Lagos, Nigeria.

Struggling to enjoy a fragile moment of sleep in my restricted economy seat an abrupt announcement is made by the pilot. As quickly as I could blink the plane touched down at Mohammed Murtala airport, I knew there was no going back. As passengers next to me were shuffling to collect their hand luggage I bowed my head at my seat to give myself a two minute pep talk. In order for me to benefit or learn anything from my trip to Lagos it was important that I renewed my mind. This was not London , Paris or even Ghana and the sooner I accepted that, the better. Although I had visited Lagos previously over the past two years, I often fell into the habit of comparing everything to life in London . Whether it is the attitude of sales staff or even the lack of infrastructure, I always had some report or another. This time around I had to embrace Lagos for everything she was and with everything I had.

Sitting in the car on my way to my grandmother’s house I begin to deliberate with myself  -“how would I be making my journey to the Down Syndrome Foundation’s office everyday?” It was either I hire a driver to use with one of my family member’s cars or employ the use of public transport. I muttered to myself all the horror stories that I had heard from my aunties and uncles about using public transport in Nigeria . I even consulted my circle of friends about it; some were for it and as always some were against it, though their argument was based on their concern for my safety. With a day left before I started at the office, I was looking out of my balcony and there were many cars, buses, taxes and bikes passing our house. My mind then drifted to my last holiday in Nigeria . I realised I had spent countless hours of my time mingling with the well-to-do people of Lagos . It was time I decided to see how the everyday man coped with travelling in Lagos . So Lagos transport it was to be.

So as not to throw me into the deep end my cousin accompanied me to the office on the first day so I could become acquainted with the route. Day one I left home feeling anxious but excited. I felt like a kid starting school for the first time. Would I make it from Ikeja-Ojodu to Sururele in one piece? I was optimistic. I located a nice back seat on the danfo (yellow bus) heading for Ojota. The bus conductor put out his hand to receive my payment, without me needing to utter a word… phew (thank God, otherwise my English accent would have gotten some eyes staring at me). Armed with a bottle of water in one hand and a handkerchief in the other I quickly learnt how to deal with my conditions. The second part of my journey was more enjoyable and straight forward. I boarded a BRT bus direct to the National Stadium. I thank my Lord Jesus Christ for the man who created this BRT route. Firstly, the bus ride is more comfortable, and secondly it is extremely quick. For those of you who have never heard of it before, it is a similar structure to having a bus lane, meaning it is exclusive. You’re not sitting in hours of traffic. If more people used the BRT bus as part of their journey to work, I am sure it would reduce the amount of morning traffic on Lagos roads. Funny enough as pleasant as the BRT was, I still some how managed to miss my bus stop. After finally asking a passenger for directions I was now in a place called CMS (near Victoria Island) the young man told me I had missed my stop twenty minutes ago. Instead of getting frantic I simply spoke to the bus driver and he insisted I stay on the bus for his return journey. One okada trip later I reached my destination safely.

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Arriving at the Down Syndrome Foundation Centre I was slightly apprehensive of what to expect. The only thing I was adamant on was my willingness to give of my time and knowledge where needed. As I entered the reception I was greeted warmly by a couple of the staff before going to meet the owner of the Foundation – Mrs Rose Mordi. On first glance Mrs Mordi came across like a simple, elegant yet strong woman. After speaking with her it was clear why she has devoted so much of her time and resources to helping people who live with this genetic condition. I spoke with her in depth and she spoke with passion regarding how the foundation began and what her vision for the future was. Two hours later I was brainstorming with the administration staff to discuss the Down Syndrome Foundation Awareness week that was starting on the 29th of September. The team included a collective of both young and mature employees. It was a pleasant surprise to be in the midst of them, especially as the majority were volunteers rather than paid employees. So that notion that Nigerians don’t do anything for free has been erased from my mind. They do indeed, and I have had the pleasure of meeting some of them.


The highlight of the week was meeting some of the young adults who lodge in the boarding house at the centre. I felt so comfortable with them straightaway. They are some of the most loving and pleasant individuals I have ever had the honour of meeting. Though they are forever asking me “Aunty please, buy me ice-cream”. Every morning when we see each other I greet them with a high five clap. Followed by “Aunty, how are you?”

Seeing them happy was a silent reminder that a centre like Down Syndrome Foundation needs to exist despite the severe need for resources.This centre is giving hope to people who have been forgotten or neglected all because they do not physically resemble others.

It is now the end of my first week in Lagos and I am gradually adjusting to the fast paced whirlwind of activities that it brings. In my attempt to relax over the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the popular eccentric Denrele, the presenter at a poetry event. Though many question his flamboyant way of dressing I was more interested in finding out the matters of his heart. Majority of time we see these celebrities splashed out on magazine covers and on the TV we rarely have the chance to hear how they are contributing to the society. After my encounter with Derenle I felt very proud to have come into contact with someone who was extremely intelligent, caring and mostly a doer not just a talker. I look forward to sharing that interview with you in the following weeks.

Until next week on the “Adventures of Ms Biosu” remember enough talking time to do some walking.

When will you begin your own adventure in life?

Note: Thank you to everyone that has sent me messages. Your word of encouragement has not gone unnoticed. It would be lovely if many of you could join me for the Down Syndrome Awareness Week. This week will consist of a Charity walk, 5-A-Side Football, Gala Dinner and Family Fun day. To get involved drop me an email at [email protected]

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To get involved with “The Adventures of Miss Biosu” contact me at www.missbiosu.blogspot.com

31 Comments

  1. omogekofo

    September 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

    ha ha, don’t tell us u r already tripping for Denrele oh!!!
    i also hope you are also a volunteer, it would be nice to have more people like you come back home to help to the growth of our beloved country.

  2. Blossom

    September 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    First!

  3. Tosin

    September 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Well done girl! and what a worthy cause you have started with – God bless you and the foundation…

    tonibonoj.wordpress.com

  4. Neel

    September 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Simply inspirational! I live in the UK and hope to do something similar to this next year.

  5. Nimz

    September 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Good job!

  6. seun Ajayi

    September 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Weldone girl…God Bless you..x

    • Lydia

      September 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      i know right Seun….didnt think Liz was a naija babe lols

  7. Chei!

    September 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Bless you!!!

  8. Molicious

    September 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Keep living the adventure babes…Blessings!

  9. Lydia Yusuf

    September 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Omg Elizabeth….u left us lol

  10. Lydia

    September 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    All the best Liz…

  11. eazzie E

    September 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    bella, some people are not just courteous on this your site, even when there is no reason to crack silly jokes, they make fun of everything. not nice at all. well it only helps one understand our diff upbringings. well Ms. Biosu, well done

  12. arewa

    September 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Good job!

  13. remy

    September 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    god bless you..

  14. bum_la

    September 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Well Done! God bless you for being a walker and not just a talker!

  15. zenny

    September 29, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    may God reward u

  16. Yinka Ogunbajo

    September 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Great!

  17. Myne Whitman

    September 30, 2010 at 12:04 am

    This is so encouraging truly. All the best girl.

  18. WaleAdeniji

    September 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I love this. God bless you Ms. Biosu. If very many of us who can afford to do things like this do them, our world will be better for it. I will sure follow your example next time i’m on vacation. I must think of what to do to help the less privelege in our society.

  19. Maestro

    September 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Miss you so much sis! But I’m glad that you are supporting such a worthy cause in Nigeria! Can’t wait for you to get back and continue with our gist! Speak soon! 🙂

  20. Neks2u

    September 30, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Wow! I’ve never actually seen someone with Down’s Syndrome in Nigeria. This is really a good cause!
    neks2u.blogspot.com

  21. Tope Chiedozie

    September 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    TOO PROUD OF YOU SIS!!! WELL DONE:)

  22. kit kat

    October 1, 2010 at 12:16 am

    woop woop go lilibeth luvin it…God bless your endeavours!!!

  23. Shakirat

    October 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Well done Liz! Keep up the Lord’s work 🙂

  24. Chino

    October 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    This is inspiring sis, very motivating. May the Almighty continue to establish your plans and may he bless you as you bless others through this good cause xx

  25. Gee

    October 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    This i great Ms Biosu. I also think we should be properly educated on how to handle ppl suffering from this ailmnt. I recently boarded an interstate public transport that had a lil girl with down syndrome. I sat nxt to her and the journey wasnt so pleasureabe. However, I think if I am well informed abt how to act and re-act around such persons it would make it easier for us and them

  26. olawumi

    October 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

    God bless you richly, and whatever you lay your hands on will prosper. Well done

  27. kumzy

    October 20, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I’ve seen a lot of people with Down’ syndrome here with my background in health but I always assumed it was one of those conditions that was more common in the Western world where people had their children so young or so late. Thanks for enlightening us. How did you find out about the foundation or get involved?

    • Miss Biosu

      October 25, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Hi Kumzy 🙂

      That is exactly what I thought before I started working with the organisation. I met young women who also had Down Syndrome Children. It is a genetic condition which can affect anyone.
      Regarding how I found out about the organisation I simply googled a list of NGO organisations in Nigeria, and I chose this one.
      You can email me if you want more details. [email protected]

  28. Angelique

    October 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Liz just keep doing your thang … I was so sad to have missed your leaving do, cos then I would have found out what you were doing in Nigeria. It is humbling to see this and I hope this is just the beginning of much more … Stay Bless My Sister!!

  29. DJ Mri

    May 30, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Hey Lizzy.
    Wow. I just saw this. Well Done and keep up the good work.

    Bless you.

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