I remember when I was working with a Lebanese Private Limited Company in No *, Ayinde Akindele Street, Lekki Phase II, Lagos, Nigeria in 2006. Though I was offered a very fat salary, but I did not consider some factors before taking the job.
I did not consider some important factors like cost of accommodation in the environment and the cost of transportation to and fro work. Other logistics, like cost of feeding and relaxation, were also there. My friend (QS Ajayi) that called me to come and work with Samieur – the CEO of the construction company– said he was also squatting with somebody in Ajah as at then. Since I couldn’t afford to live in Lekki, despites my ‘fat salary,’ I resorted to staying with one of my relatives living in Cele Ijesha, since this place is not all that far from Oshodi, if you know that part of Lagos very well. A very good friend of mine had already offered me an accommodation in Orile, which I declined because one has to be wise to live safely in Lagos.
Lawanson might not be all that far from Oshodi, but very far from Ajah. From there, there are two major routes to Oshodi: Either through Ijesha or Cele Bus Stop along Mile 2 – Oshodi Road. I normally passed through Cele, and if I couldn’t get a bike, the challenge was that I had to trek down for about 25 minutes. An early morning exercise! And then joined buses coming from Mile 2, Orile, and Iganmu to Oshodi, from where I would take either one or two buses to Ajah depending on the route I decided to take, based on the numbers and availability of commuters on ground. Due to this, I couldn’t work with Samieur for more than six months because of both external and internal stress.
If I had to go back to teaching, not in the same place I left. I actually hesitated before leaving the place. My passion was in teaching, hence, studying Engineering was to actually become a lecturer, but I did it the ‘wrong way’ because of some challenges I faced then. Teaching and Engineering had been on and off thing for me. I made money in both but I enjoy teaching most. I am an advocate of ‘Plan B’ Principle, but one has to be careful.
You need to put all statistics and logistics in consideration before you change your job or set out as an entrepreneur. Every change of state always requires energy, and you have to be careful not to burn things out.