In 2019, I decided to visit Nigeria for the second time that year, after I heard that it was the place to be in December.
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I had a feeling it was about to be a MOVIE. Especially since it was my first time experiencing Lagos as an adult.
An I.J.G.B is a term used to describe people who are originally Nigerian, but live abroad and come to visit and have just got back to visit. I spent two weeks in Nigeria during this time and this next series of blog posts will give you a real insight to what Detty December is really like as an I.J.G.B.
The flight - London to Lagos via Abu Dhabi
If you have ever visited Nigeria during Christmas time, then you would know that the flight prices are absolutely ridiculous. It cost me approximately £1470 for a return flight from the UK to Nigeria....and that wasn't even a direct flight.
Whenever I travel to Nigeria, I always book with Etihad Airways (best airline ever) and I stop over in the UAE (best place in the world). This time was no different. I stopped over in Abu Dhabi and lived my best life for a few hours before hopping onto my next flight to Lasgidi A.K.A Lagos.
My flight from Abu Dhabi to Lagos was quite interesting and definitely one for the books. Firstly, let's start with the fact that I was sitting in economy class, which by the way was THE GHETTO on this type of trip...and I'll explain why.
During December, every single person and their mother is on their way to Nigeria, so you can only imagine how packed the plane was. Everyone was packed like sardines in economy class and unfortunately for me, I was sitting right next to a strange man that kept subtly stroking my thigh throughout the flight. YES, stroking my thigh......
To make matters worse, when I was on the flight I decided to watch the film MA to ease my discomfort and boooy was that a mistake.
I had watched the trailer in the past and thought.."what the heck? why not!". As the film went on, I was on the edge of my seat because of the unexpected plot twists. The film got so scary, that I actually forgot where I was for a second and started screaming "NO NO NOOO!" at the top of my lungs.
It was only then that I remembered that I was actually on a plane with hundreds of other people and NOT the cinema.
Definitely felt all eyes on me and even heard the chap next to me scream "JESOS CHRIST", while looking at me in disbelief.
We still had a fair few hours left of the flight (GREAT), so I just sunk into my seat and pretended that it NEVER happened.
Detty December Day 1
I hopped off the plane and briskly made my way through all of the tedious stuff so that I could get out of the other end and begin my enjoyment. My driver picked me up and took me to my uncles hotel, where I would be staying for the most part of my trip.
Once I arrived, my dad was waiting for me with open arms ready to catch up and get our Christmas fun started! They had kept my breakfast on the side for me and I even though I wasn't that hungry, I tucked in anyway just because I wanted to see my dad smile as I ate my food. You know how African parents are? Anyway, I was just so happy to be there with him in that moment.
Soon after, I got ready to head out into town to get my nails done. I usually prefer to get my nails done before I travel, but there was simply not enough time. (I literally left for the airport straight from work)
I didn't really know many of the good places to get my nails done in Lagos, and my dad certainly didn't either. So, we found a salon in Oniru, but the waiting times were so ridiculously long.
At that point, I felt like I was wasting precious 'fun time' and I was growing impatient, so I went around the corner to an outdoor market to see if they could patch my hands and feet real quick. The lady agreed and I sat down excited to get my toes looking goodt for my open toe heels.
You'll never believe what happened next.....The lady pulled out some superglue. Yes, you read that correctly....SUPERGLUE!
It was then that I knew I would pass up on getting my nails and toes done altogether on this trip. I just told her to make my toes look presentable enough and that was that.
Once I got back to my hotel, I started getting ready because the first place that I wanted to go to was Farenheight hotel for their suya. So we got ready and left at around 9pm to head down there for some drinks, shisha and suya.
However, Lagos traffic had other plans for us.
We ended up being on the road for three whole hours stuck in traffic and we didn't even get to go to Farenheight hotel for the suya. However, we did manage to get a break from the treacherous traffic in Lagos and stopped off at a restaurant and hangout spot in Lekki called Farm City.
Here we ate some tasty food, had some deicious strawberry Daquiri's and talked until we were blue in the face. Despite the stress of getting there, this ended up being a lovely start to my trip and a great catch up with my dad.
Detty December Day 2
I woke up bright and early for breakfast in my hotel. After the stress of being stuck in traffic for three hours the previous night, I decided that I wanted to take things easy that day. By the evening time, I was ready to live my best life in the evening.
I had several friends in Lagos around this time of year which was fabulous, because there was always something to do. I decided to meet up with my friend in Ikoyi, before heading to Moist (Oniru Beach Club).
There was a lot of traffic on the way to the beach club again and we didn't want to miss out on the fun, so we got some slippers delivered to us in the car (only in Naija!), we had our heels in hand and we decided to hop out of the traffic and walk. Of course, this is only advisable to do if you are accompanied by mopo (mobile police) or security, which we did so we were covered.
At first, I wasn't sure whether walking would be a great idea, because..ain't nobody trying to sweat their make up off before they get to the venue). But thankfully, it was only an very short walk to the beach club which would've taken us around 1 hour by car with all that traffic.
Lagos tip: If in doubt, WALK! (with security)
I can honestly say that the moment I got to the beach club that is when my Detty December had truly started. To find out how, subscribe and stay tuned to catch part 2.
Love, Passport Pages