Nigerians Celebrate “Walk To Work Day”?
Medical science has proven that it is important to take walks because it keeps one fit.
In fact, the first Friday of April is regarded as Walk to Work Day as a form of encouragement.
But don’t we all walk to work in Nigeria?
Only the Adenugas, Dantatas, Otedolas and Dangotes are allowed to walk to work. Walking means you are broke and even if tried to deny you aren’t like a Nigerian who likes to package, you can’t afford to walk the walk of shame drenched in sweat.
The average person needs 200 muscles to take a step. In Nigeria, we divide the 200: 100 to walk and the other to chase a bus.
In developed countries, it is celebrated as an unofficial holiday. Here? It is the only ‘unofficial holiday’ Nigerians ‘celebrate’ because their bank accounts insist they must.
Ask the man trying to get into the Molue, he runs the walk. He runs and struggles to enter the Molue. Time is simply not his friend.
When he is done for the day, he walks from work. Frustrated at the endless traffic, he inevitably walks to home gisting with unknown companions perhaps, with groundnut and gala.
It is not that we don’t want to walk to work, a lot of us simply don’t have the luxury to drive to work.