Everything Nah Double Double
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In Nigeria everything is double double but not the excess “blessing” double double we sing about in church. But rather the double double that protects you from disappointment, the one you use for back-up. I mean the average Nigerian has at least 2 of everything…
2 sim-cards in case one network is down.
2 debit cards in case one bank’s ATM card is malfunctioning.
2 sources of power supply typically an Inverter and Generator and in some cases Solar energy.
2 tanks of fuel, one inside his car and another in a jerry-can stored in his car garage for when fuel scarcity strikes.
Sometimes even 2 babes…but I digress…
The truth is that the average Nigerian has been disappointed so often that he or she has to carry a back-up and in some cases a back-up to the back-up of the back-up. If you tell someone that you don’t have a fourth bank account they will be looking at you crazy.
But who can blame us?!
Our life is like a war … and like a real war we have to think about what the enemy is going to do to frustrate us and counter with a “back-up” plan strategy. That’s how to survive in Nigeria, without your back up plan you will be killed by NEPA, frustrated by fuel scarcity and rendered incommunicado by stuttering networks, so you better have your back-up plan ready!
PS: Do share some of your crazy back-up plans, would love to hear what extent you have gone to ready yourself for disappointment.
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