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City of Contradictions

By Peace Eneh

Over the summer of 2014, Peace Eneh is working on a survey of knowledge of cancer among physicians and medical students in Nigeria. Read all the posts about her experience here.

Lagos is like New York but more intense. It’s the biggest city in Africa and has a booming economy to match its fast pace of life. There is so much energy. Lagosians are go-getters. The day usually begins around 5:00 a.m. and ends very late at night.

When I step out of the apartment in the morning, I am greeted by an intense sun. As I walk to the bus stop I am enveloped in a frenzy of activities. Everyone is going about their business; there’s so much buying and selling. I even have to jump onto the bus as it moves. Yes, it’s true. I literally have to jump onto a moving bus because everything is in motion. Some of the buses slow down just enough for people to jump off and on. It seems to be regarded as a waste of time to come to a complete stop in this fast-paced city. Read more...