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Eko Ile

Quotes by Ayodele Ogundipe

Lagos - Center of excellence, cosmopolitan nation.

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Las-Gidi - Hometown of the revelers; the hustler’s paradise.

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Hustle - the vernacular we speak.

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Traffic - Rush hour.

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Road rage - The commotion of our motion, it’s a one-two stop.

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Eko Ile - Ilu Eyo,

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Ilu ogbon; O gbodo rindi, o gbodo yara ju, O gbodo yamugu

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Eko for show!

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Eko ile  - O wa o!

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Welcome to Lagos.

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Once the federal palace of the nation.

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Adorned with the hospitality of festivity.

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Welcome to the land of the freeborn

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They that dream, and dare to be.

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Everyone in Lagos has a dream they preach.

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Either preaching from the rooftop,

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Or in the corner of their mind - Far away Andrew!

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No brittle dreams, no shattered dreams.

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It’s a big city, so dream big ... or be small

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Strut your stuff with strides of poise

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Walk with the freshness of each new day joy.

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‘Cause stagnant waters stink.

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Thus a wade in the waters,

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A pacific gesture of nature 

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Extended from Atlantic’s boarders.

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Here, the humid streets are quick to place,

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A sweltering kiss, on your skin like steam.

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That although, on the condition of your habitation. 

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Awash with rush are the strides I see,

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Like feet that broke free, 

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To flee to the sea.

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Badagry was the creek,

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That moored the merchant’s ship,

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Today a freedom park of tourism and culture.

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The mystery of this city

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Is hidden in it’s history 

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At every corner to ponder, is a rewarding visit of wonders.

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So stop and stare, it’s royalty free, 

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Without duty fee, the custom’s seek.

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An amusement park of a city, 

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Of theme park rides,

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Of yellow shuttle buses, with black tribal marks.

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The eccentric expressions of this city can take a toll on you.

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And as you make your way through,

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Please pay when due.

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Sit back relax, it’s all part of the game

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The offside rule, the linesman Lastma

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The darling of motorists - our traffic rhetoric.

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Every saturday is a public holiday.

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So where’s my sisi Eko - Oleku!

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Mama mi leko nko - O wa nbe!

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So here’s to the city, rich in history.

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With the augur, of a bright future,

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That greets it’s people.

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Welcome to Lagos.

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Only we can say it,

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‘cause we feel the pulse of our allegiance 

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in the throbbing of our hearts.

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Eko o ni baje o, O baje ti!

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