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.
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.