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Expressions For Real: Danfo Classics

25 April 2012, 15:28 Seyi Olanihun

There must be a creed by which Danfo drivers adhere or there’s a common anointing that falls on each (and every) person that decides he (not found a woman doing this job yet!) wants to ply the streets of Lagos as one. This is not a hasty conclusion if you observe these daredevils in traffic. Their antics are common and quite familiar: unreasonable driving by ALL standards, honking unnecessarily, compulsively and inordinately LOUD! Purchase of odd ball horns that can simply drive you bonkers when it’s being tooted determinedly in go-slow. Snide and often unpleasant remarks about non-commercial drivers, popularly called ‘my car ’by this breed. Reasoning that’s only understandable to those of their ilk and of course the personalisation of their vehicles.

Some choose to decorate the interior with the photographs of their favourite football players, teams and other related paraphernalia. For others it’s musicians and any other thing that catches their fancy. Again we also have the ‘weird’ ones that have coloured flashing lights (both within and outside the bus), dangling stuffed animals and the like on display. On the other hand, these may have been put by the owner of the vehicle, who’s to say? Whatever the case, we have as many unique buses as there are drivers.

The most obvious aspect of the vehicle is the body and on some is the main message board! Interesting phrases, captions, et al have been written there for all and sundry to partake of and make of them what they will. Some are easily understandable e.g. thank God, God pass dem, Iya Lateef, wabillahi taofeek, nipa ife olugbala (about God’s love),omo alhaja, up Chelsea, God’s blessing and who be fool? Many more phrases abound and reading them is an education in itself.

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