Screenshot_2015-04-12-21-13-23-1Is it not funny most times when Nigerians spring up with new ideas and concepts? Imagine, somebody slept and woke up the following morning and said to himself “Today I am going to trek from here [Lagos] to Abuja to celebrate the president-elect [Muhammadu Buhari] on his victory. Did he even try to calculate the distance from Lagos to Abuja? As my dear friend “google” said, the distance from Lagos to Abuja is 724km which is approximately a day’s journey by car. And my brother says he trekked 724km to Abuja? [Bros, wayo dey inside am].

But come to think of it, for those living in Port Harcourt, have you imagined yourself trekking from Bori Camp to Lagos Bus Stop on a sunny day or maybe on a rainy day? Then give a report on how your body system reacted. Niger-Deltans would say “body go tell you”. The most shocking one was that of a nursing mother who embarked on this same trekking exercise with her baby wrapped behind her in the scorching sun. Chai! We Nigerians really have a great sense of humour.

But wait o…are you sure there were no times these trekkers had to board public transport from one bus stop to another? Or you want to tell me they trekked all the way? There just has to be a “mago-mago” to this.

It first started with one man, then two, then three and then maybe soon a full community would match into the streets and trek to Abuja to congratulate the President-elect. Or is there secret money involved in this?

Well you can join them o, so that traffic will reduce on our major roads and some of us that live in places like Lagos can freely go to work without having to bother about traffic-jams and congestions.

On a lighter note, trekking is a good form of exercise that one can adopt to keep fit and for those on the big side to shed some pounds of weight. It is medically advised, though not frequently but at least occasionally.

You could make it a habit and trust me in two [2] weeks there would be definite changes in your body.


He is a young Nigerian who is passionate about positive social change, youth leadership development, and the growth of SMEs in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Maple is the Principal Consultant of Mapemond Resources, a Brand Development and Idea Management Firm. He is the Founder of Fayples Nigeria, an online clothing store. He is also the initiator of the Southern Brands Project, an initiative aimed at inspiring creative enterprise among young Nigerians in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

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