It is that time of the year, when you can’t but relish the sound of the traditional ‘Jingle Bell’ and the voice of Bonny ‘M’ humming ‘longtime ago in Bethlehem…’ from old corner shops and streets vendors, who openly display their wares to remind the ever busy Lagosians that Christmas is here again.
For some people, announcing too early the coming of Christmas, may cause a jolt of mixed feelings as the season brings to mind, another ebbing year with a long list of unmet needs and unfulfilled aspirations.
Sadly, the government always seems to have unpleasant surprises for many Nigerians at the end-of-year and this year is no exemption. The naira has just been devalued to shore up the federal reserve as a result of the unexpected slump in oil prices, and the reality seems to be crawling upon the people as the naira continues to drop against the dollar.
Soon prices of goods and commodities will be jerked up, and for those who have school fees to pay in the new term and semester, there seems an additional cause to worry.
The political season also creates an air of uncertainty ahead of the country’s general elections in 2015, and even though that sounds like a long time to come, it is barely two months away.
With all of these concerns however, the feeling of Christmas remains overpowering for Lagosians as various companies ranging from banks, insurance, eateries, hotels and restaurants have uniquely dotted their business areas with sparks of lights and brilliant imagery that brings great comfort.
Zenith Bank Plc, again, brings alive the Ajose Adeogun Roundabout on Victoria Island, with its annual Christmas decoration, as it has been its tradition for nearly a decade. This time, the entire stretch of the Ajose Adeogun street, where the Zenith Bank headoffice is located, creates a ‘wow’ feeling for motorists and passers-by as many hurriedly reach for their smart phones to capture the colourful Santa with a snowy cart baring huge Christmas gifts, surrounded by dazzling trees.
Another Chirstmas decoration that is bound to take your breath away is that of the Leadway Assurance Building at its Corporate Office along the Iponri-Costain route. A taxi driver, sighting the captivating scenery comments: “This must have cost a lot.”
Laterna Bookshop, Silver Bird Galleria, are also among the list of corporate organisations that have given the streets of Lagos a pleasant feel at night, which would surely be missed when the Yuletide is over.
Pictures by Fola Akintomide and Richie Anezia
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