Viva Las Gidi pt1: Zombie

Ladies and and gentlemen, art and literary enthusiasts, welcome to Art Stories.

Today, we see the beginning of a collaboration of sorts. Seun Opabisi is 88 Factor, an illustrator extraordinaire and an exceptional art director who is currently broadening his horizons by pushing his boundaries into film production. In the next few weeks, I shall be dissecting one of his very vibrant and intricate original pieces titled, VIVA LAS GIDI. Each week, for the duration of this project, I shall take a piece of the collage and present you with a story based on/inspired by it. At the end of the project, we shall unveil to you the ‘full picture’.

Today, 88Factor and I present to you the first  installment of this project. I wrote this about a year ago and couldn’t help but notice how well it went with this part of the art piece which can be found at the end of the post. Please enjoy…

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We lurch to one side
Jostled together irreverently
No complaints ensue
We are in a hurry
All fourteen of us

Bleary bloodshot eyes
Staring unseeing ahead
Dreams of a blissful sleep
Still taunting heavy eyelids
She dozes in the corner
He nods in agreement
His chin nestling into his chest warmly

Bang! Bang!!

They are startled awake
Glancing about in alarm
But only for a moment
The calm with which we stare ahead
Reassuring to the dozers
Who are soon nodding away again
To the rhythm of another round
Of backfire

Our nostrils come under siege
As a molue thunders past.
We seem oblivious
Having survived cheap perfume,
Body odour,
The dank lagoon below.
What’s a little,
or maybe a lot,
a whole lot
Of vehicle fumes and smoke?
Just another chorister
In the cacophony of scents
We seem oblivious

Swerve! Shaunt!
Heads knock together
This time around
Complaints ensue…
“Ah ah! Dreva, take it easy!”
Jo, ma pa mi fun iya mi o!
(Please, don’t kill me for my mother o)
“Dis man, wetin dey worry you?”
Deafness, it would seem
Seeing as our dreva’s only response
Is marshing the throttle again
We fall silent
We are in a hurry

We arrive
Spewed forth
From the belly of the rickety beast
Squeezing between and around
Other crawling beasts
Yellow and black
And a myriad other metallic colours
Mingling with the multitude of bustling people
Also in a hurry
Also bleary eyed and sleep deprived
Also dressed in much the same way
Trudging and lurching
To get swallowed yet again
By the bustle



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    lovely piece…apt description of lasgidi. Sometimes its funny and hilarious, other times, crazy and frustrating but life in gidi is like no other.

    May 21, 2013
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    Sublime imagery… I hate to say more…

    May 21, 2013
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    Lovely… perfect description of the journey of a 'lasgidian's' to like oshodi or Obalende … brings memories..LOL!!

    May 21, 2013
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      which memory…. be pretending like its not your everyday commute.

      May 22, 2013
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        LMAO!!! Waddaya meeeaaannn by that man?!?

        May 22, 2013
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    More.. More..

    May 21, 2013
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    read this some time ago. can't remember where

    May 22, 2013
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    Thank you for reminding me of why I do not want to live in Lagos if I can't afford a car and a driver, or those exorbitant taxis!

    May 22, 2013
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      Lol. I'm still upset that you came and didn't holla at me. You need to make it up to me… ( -_-)

      May 31, 2013
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    The art piece is quite eccentric. I love it.

    May 22, 2013
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    Glory to Glory Transport!! Very apt business name abeg…!!!
    I find the write-up quite amusing though, cos I can even picture the heads banging against each other and imagine the frustrated but resigned attitudes the people are just lalluxing in… *smh*

    May 22, 2013
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    "our dreva’s only response Is marshing the throttle again"…
    Great art piece..

    May 23, 2013
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    May 30, 2013
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    The 'marshing' the throttle part just killed me. I so hate danfo and molues! But this is Lagos, you have to move around somehow eh?

    July 3, 2013
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