The awareness that the cost of living in Nigeria is very high and quality of life very low is now gaining traction online and amongst Nigerians generally.
The issue had been highlighted by Nigerians who live in South Africa and Nigerians who came to do business in South Africa.
A stand alone house (bungalow) on the Mainland in Ebute Meta in Lagos may cost about $125,000 (R1,8M = #45M NAIRA). Such a house in Lagos will be in a poorly developed area with non-functioning drainage system that oozes stinking stench. The road may be bad, narrow and not motor-able. There may not be trees, gardens or parks around the area but you will cough out hundreds of thousands of dollars for such a house.
Additionally, there may not be enough space within the fence to park three cars conveniently.
The area may also not have steady electricity supply. The local council may be inefficient like the one around Ebute Meta (Yaba Local Council – the one adjacent to Panti Police station – refuse and rubbish often litter the frontage of the local council).
Other than this, you are in soup when it rains even if it doesn’t pour. Noise pollution from electric power generators from neighbours and shops around will not allow you rest.
An average Nigerian is restive and stressed – decaying infrastructure and chaotic environment adding to the poverty-related stress.
Nigerian rapper, Speed Darlington has also taken to social media to speak on the cost of living in Nigeria.
Darlington echoed similar sentiments, expressing interest in moving out of Lagos to another city less expensive.
The rapper who extended his stay in Nigeria following his performance at Zlatan’s music show, seems to be having money problems.
In a recent post to his Instastory, he complained about not making enough money to stay in Lagos. He went on to consider moving to less expensive cities like Benin or Calabar where the sum of N2m will go a long way for him, as he plans to someday settle down.
Darlington’s position on the matter suggested that Lagos is a major problem, especially with a frustrating traffic that could hold you down for four hours ‘on a good day’.
Is Lagos really the problem or Lagos State has too much on its plate?
The city of Lagos covers land area of about 1,171.28 km2 (452.23 square miles). The Johannesburg Metropolitan, NOT GAUTENG THE MAIN PROVINCE, covers 1,645 km2 or 635 sq miles. Joburg City is much bigger than Lagos in land mass.
Lagos population density is around is around 6,871 km2 (17,800 per square mile). Johannesburg’s population density is around 2,900 km2 (7,400 per square mile).
The population of Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan is currently put at 10.5 million if it includes areas like West Rand and Lenasia.
Lagos state population is currently put at 21million, at least, twice the size of Greater Johannesburg.
Johannesburg is an alpha global city as listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. This means the city is a primary node in the global economic network.
The concept comes from geography and urban studies, and the idea that globalization is created, facilitated, and enacted in strategic geographic locales according to a hierarchy of importance to the operation of the global system of finance and trade.
Lagos State is a baby in the ghetto compared to Johannesburg Metropolitan. Though Lagos State has been experiencing speedy transformation since 2009 when Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu was governor and all his successors have toed the same line.
However, Johannesburg is on a slow decline as infrastructures are decaying and electric power load-shedding that started since 2007 seems a monster beyond the power of the government in South Africa.
But Johannesburg is its declining state is still far better than Lagos. Nigerians living in South Africa can only go to other advanced nations if good infrastructure is the motivation for immigrating.