Stumbled upon the video below on Facebook. It’s a rehash of MTV’s show “How I live”.
Several things came to mind watching this clip…
Forget about the million naira McMansions in the video for a second…
Is this really a decent way to live given the wealth and connections the homeowners command?
Beautiful houses crammed in tight compounds (yards) walled with high fences. Note the barb wires at the top too, and the high gates. Further in the video, you would see huge and magnificent structures being constructed on plots of land with little or no street drainage plan, sidewalk or even access roads!
I’m sorry if it seems I’m picking on the poor chap in the video; it’s not intentional. I have relatives who own properties and living in the area as well! What irks me deeply is that this microcosm of existence depicted in the video is a reflection of how things have fallen apart in the home country.
Everybody is interested in having the best, biggest and costliest homes in the land — even in a small residential neighborhood as shown in this video — but no one is interested in diverting/investing some of their resources — be it political connections, wealth, global exposure or technical expertise — individually, or collectively, in making the shared space better and more livable.
Simple logic demands that given the huge investment going on in some of the areas shown in the video, that efforts will be made also to make the place more livable and comparable to global standards. No that won’t happen. It’s every man for himself…in Nigeria!