I AM A DANFO DRIVER

Hate or love them, the yellow buses above run the show in Lagos, Nigeria.

Think yellow bus, think Danfo for that is what they are called.

Their drivers can be seen sipping on sachets of Chelsea dry gin, the most readily available whiskey from as early as 5am.

Most often, there would be a conductor. A funkily dressed or undressed young man who will call out at the top of his lungs the names of the bus stops in a repetitive rhythm.

Fadeyi, Palmgrove, Onipanu

Onipanu, Fadeyi, Palmgrove.

If you are not sure which is your bus stop, ask your co-passengers. They will most likely be nicer and more patient than the conductor or driver.

Movement.

I once heard a conductor say the above each time the driver was done picking up passengers at a bus stop.

Every conductor constructs his own language punctated with vernacular to communicate with his driver.

What are the do’s and dont’s of riding a Danfo?

Please share your experiences and let’s danfo-ducate our Lagos visitors.

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3 thoughts on “I AM A DANFO DRIVER

  • May 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm
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    I imagine how lagos would be without danfo drivers, nice piece

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    • May 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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      It will be amazing. Please feel free to share your danfo experiences and tips.

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  • May 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm
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    Don’t speak proper English, pidgin is likely to get through faster than proper English
    Do get ready to jump off the bus as they never stop completely
    Don’t ask them how much the fare is they will hike it, ask fellow passengers
    Do hold your exact change or they will perform a “wedding” ceremony for you
    Do shout your Busstop when you are like two Busstops away or else…
    Don’t make the mistake of trusting the conductor will give you your change, keep asking, their aim is for you to forget your change
    Etc.

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