Trekking Trends in Lagos: Lagosians Shame Sanwolu

In a bid to shame the Lagos State government, Lagosians have resorted to trekking as the  government restricted the movement of motorcycles and tricycles in some local governments. Several trends have come out of the restriction, and you bet that most people had fun. From ‘otrek’ to ‘ohorse’, the Twitter trends on the ban were endless.

Most people have been having a hard time with trekking but the bright side to this is that you get lose that fat you’ve been struggling to get rid of. So, you can approach it as a medium to lose weight or exercise your body. Although, it would eventually get tiring.

 We put together some lifestyle essentials you need to make the trekking phase more fun and ‘less stressful’. It’s not all about your new playlist.

 

Okada ban: Lifestyle essentials to make trekking easy in Lagos [Punch Newspaper]
Okada ban: Lifestyle essentials to make trekking easy in Lagos [Punch Newspaper]
Punch Newspaper

1. Sneakers

A sneaker is a better choice of footwear because of the sole and the comfortability [Getty Images/ Dutty Zuchnik]
A sneaker is a better choice of footwear because of the sole and the comfortability [Getty Images/ Dutty Zuchnik]. Getty Images/Daniel Zuchnik

Losing your shoes to several minutes of trekking wouldn’t be fair at all. You can’t lose some energy and lose your shoes at the same time. A sneaker is a better choice of footwear because of the sole and the comfortability. You would be able to move freely when you’re putting on a sneaker than a corporate shoe. For those that work in a corporate working environment, you can change your shoes when you get to your workplace.

2. Sweater

You need to protect your body from the cold so you don't develop the flu [Instagram/ Sai Sankoh]
You need To protect your body from the cold so you don’t develop the flu [Instagram/ Sai Sankoh]Instagram/ Sai Sankoh

For the early birds, you might need a sweater because it gets really cold in the early hours of the day. You need to protect your body from the cold so you don’t develop the flu because of the weather. The combination of trekking and catarrh/ cough isn’t palatable. Save yourself from getting sick by getting a sweater.

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3. Face hats

Do not allow the weather you experience in the mornings confuse you. It gets really hot in the afternoon. Protect your face from the su
n by getting a face hat. You need to have them in your bag every day. Do not leave your house in the afternoon without taking a face hat because the sun out there isn’t smiling at all.

4. A bottle of water

You need to stay hydrated to maintain your health [Pulse Nigeria]You need to stay hydrated to maintain your heal
th [Pulse Nigeria]

Your body system is susceptible to dehydration when you trek for a long while, especially under the sun. You need to stay hydrated to maintain your health. The best way to achieve that is by having a bottle of water with you every time you step out. You won’t get tired easily. You can spice it up by getting something crunchy to much on as you ‘walk the walk’.

5. Sunscreen

Save your skin from getting hurt by protecting it from sunburn with sunscreen [Harvard Health]
Save your skin from getting hurt by protecting it from sunburn with sunscreen [Harvard Health]

With the ban, you automatically have to spend more time in the sun than usual. Do not be caught ‘unfresh’. Save your skin from getting hurt by protecting it from sunburn with sunscreen. This is the best time to double up on your skincare routine. But that doesn’t look feasible because you’ll be very tired from trekking when you get home. You can cover that up with your sunscreen.  Apply it 30 minutes before you step out and reapply after 2 hours.

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6: Additionally, get your handkerchief handy, you will surely need it to tame the sweats.
7: Wear less white clothes as you will compete with the dust
8: Prayer Walk/Prayer Trek/Praxercise: If you love prayers, pray as you raise dusts with your legs on the streets of Lagos. Eventually, you will be physically and spiritually fit.
9: Don’t Wear (Nigerian Parachute): Please this is not the time to wear Agbada, even if you are going to a party. This advice is much more for Yoruba people because some Owambes are not complete without Agbada.
10: Carry Small bags: Ladies, dump the not-too-important stuff at home for now. Carrying heavy bag and trekking is not trendy. It makes you look sloppy and not-cool.
11: Walking Stick: For the elderly and the sickly, please get them a walking stick. Let no one slump or faint unduly.
12: Helper: Those who are sick may also journey with their friend, family member, helper/maid. There are people who can’t trek far. They will need to stop, rest and be attended to.
13: Medication: If you are on medication and your doctor had advised you need a rest, please keep our drugs within reach as you trek.
14: Ambulance: Since we are going to be trekking a lot. Please don’t forget the ambulance number. This may sound funny. But some people may faint because Okada has messed up their physical fitness
15: Phone and Earpiece; Listen to good music or inspirational message helps whilst trekking. It’s a positive distraction. But put the earpiece in one ear to avoid accident except you are walking on a secured path
16: Trek-Run: You may also run instead of trekking. This may require change of clothes if you need to run to the office.
17: You may get a good horse. Only that it was reported that some horses have started fainting in Lagos
18: Stroll with him/her: This may be a good time to bond with him/her as you stroll the street of Lagos. Okada ban may in increase public physical intimacy. You know Nigerian men are not good at showing public affection
19: Bicycle: Get a bike – a nice one. I believe bikes are not banned. This is very trendy in advanced countries now.
20: Umbrella: If there is anything that Lagosians or Nigerians have under-utilised is the umbrella. I guess we forget umbrella is meant to protect us from the sun. This will also help those carrying babies. In South Africa where I live, I saw someone using umbrella yesterday around 9am. It was not even very sunny but she loves her skin, I think.
Please add to the list as Trekking Trends in Lagos. We don’t really know how long it will be o!

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Comments 2

  1. Ibrahim ibiyoye says:

    How on Earth did treking by Lagosians shame the government. I think when we report we should report responsibly.

    • Femi Oshin says:

      Hello Ibrahim,
      Thanks for your observation.
      The headline is cast from the people’s believe that “if they ban Okada, we will shame them and trek. As as the early hours of this morning, that was what was trending.
      Your truthful criticism is valued.
      Are you a reporter?
      We may work together if you are a reporter.

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