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How To Get An Okada in Lagos


They are fast, unsafe and somehow found their way back even after series of bans by different state governors but we Nigerians have found ourselves being loyalists to this system. They help you get to a meeting when you’re stuck in traffic, help you carry your goods from the market down to your house. Who really can beat the fast nature?

Normally, they’re clustered at the junctions with one slightly ahead trying to look out for passengers while discussing with his fellow bikers. Here is a guide on how to pick a great okada guy.


1. Never pick the ones who keep whistling and calling names

Research has shown that the bikers who call you “bros” and “fine girl” are the ones who are reckless and may end up brushing your knee to the floor in a case of mild situations. So, go for the ones normally inside and probably quiet.

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Image: News Break

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2. Look at the bikes

A lot of these bikes look like coffins to be quite honest. Ensure the bike is in good working condition by assessing everything. Compare it to the others, look at the seats, look at the headlight. Everything you can see.

Image: Jide Odukoya

Image: Jide Odukoya

3. Look at the driver

In a case of road bumps, you may have to hold on tightly to the okada driver. So ensure he looks neat at least, not the ones who have a head warmer and some brown singlet. You definitely don’t want a stench filled ride.

Image: Tope Templer

Image: Tope Templer

4. Agree on a price before leaving

Never assume anything. If a trip from A to B is N100 regularly, let him say it again and don’t assume. In a case where you’ve deliberated and brought down the money to your prize, ensure he agrees.

Image: Daily Post

Image: Daily Post

5. Always ask if they have change

Last but not least, ask if they can break down the money you’re taking on the ride. Unlike buses, you’re the only one on this vehicle that’s paying.

Image: Juju Films

Image: Juju Films

Enjoy your bike experience.