Fashion, Lifestyle

Queen Bee of Lagos Danfo

I can’t remember which hormones were on autopilot when I screamed “Yes.”
I guess after my endless feat of successful adventures, I thought this was going to be a walk in the park.
Boy! I was wrong. What they were asking for was literally impossible.
“A Danfo conductor Or Conductress” for the whole day? As in… Ketu, Mile12……



Anyways, not ready to let my adventurous self-down, I obliged happily.
I got to the garage bright and early the next day; punctuality is the sole of business, you know.
The first man I met greeted me with a “Sisi, where you dey go?”
How was I to explain to this 5ft 9, dark complexion lanky original Yoruba Man, that I was going to be his “Sidekick” for the day. ☺

Having told him about my One-day mission, which he gladly obliged, I assumed position.
Everyone was about to be dazed, even me.
Talk about facing your worst fears!
I’m sure I made so many people’s morning.
I mean I was calling passengers, looking like this!!!!
My outfit was conservative yet figure flattering, quite the statement piece.  ? ? .

I was jittery at the start but I got a hang of it somewhere in the middle.
Did I mention my friends were recording the entire session?
On a scale of Scary to Impossible, I was on Unimaginable.
The First hour, I felt my skin split open from stares and snickers, but I wasn’t giving up easily.
3 hours in, I was literally commanding an audience Martin Luther King Jr. couldn’t compete with.
I had somehow re-defined the term “Conductor”
Passengers were filing in with quite a rush,
I choose to believe that it was the Me-Syndrome; I mean, I did an excellent job plus I looked like Christmas morning.
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I was having fun.
I was confident.
I was Bold and beautiful.
I wouldn’t call it a walk in the park. But it definitely was worth every minute.
I guess it didn’t hurt to test strange waters.
I just earned enough bragging rights, made new friends plus I doubt if I would ever have to pay my t-fare at that garage for a long time.
Yeah! What a man can do, I can do better!

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Sighs ☺
It was my first time, stepping out of my comfort zone, into a strange territory and I DOMINATED.
I think I made it clear that being a market woman, a hawker, a danfo bus conductor or owning a buka joint is not restricted to the less-privileged, and can certainly be done with poise.
You know, life is too short to risk missing out on the awesome fun stuff you could do in a blink.
It’s alright to be scared and jittery, but in the end when you have accomplished what seemed like a mountain, you will feel so Alive, so Real, so YOU.
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Well… This never happened.
But I wish it did.
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Author: Christy Ojo

Muse: Toluleye

Outfit: Folabomi |Draped-in-Wealth|

Danfo Credit: Tunji, Unilag Shuttle

Photography ?: Joel Adu

96 thoughts on “Queen Bee of Lagos Danfo

  1. In the mind of my mind, thought it happened for real not until it turned fictional. All the same, it is a nice one. We can always make jobs that seemingly look disrespectful attractive and tushed. Great one!

  2. Lmao???? I imagined u doing it, and was actually hoping to try it.
    Am gonna try this, it sounds like fun!!!! Nice write up

  3. Omg! You owned this pictures. I mean, you made danfo seem like a fun fare.
    If I happened to see a conductress look that good I might just take the wrong bus to wherever they are heading.
    Good work guys

  4. Oh! you got me amazed initially until the last line where you cleared all my doubts. But kindly fulfill this adventure of yours by making it a reality. Please….. I can’t wait

  5. Wow… First of all, you totally killed, slayed n bombed in that outfit. I was thinking I gotta text you and ask if there was a video clip of that day till I got to the end of the post. Christy Ojo is a darn good writer, I mean, I was literally salivating and the I got to end and was like wt….? And Tolu, you’re definitely a muse. I doff my hat to you all.

  6. OMG!!!! you almost had me believe it actually did happen. A Lovely piece you’ve got here dear.Errmmm been meaning to go on a train ride but been too scared. I think I’ll do soon, very soon.
    Thanks for this “breathe of fresh air “my day has been hectic ,this just made my day
    God bless you dearly.

  7. This piece just completed my day, even though my day is still ongoing. I think everything is fun, if you want it to be.Nice One Christy

  8. I’m smiling from ear to ear. Folabomi I was beaming wroth pride about how courageous you are until I realised thy Ćhristy was the one playing with my mind. You both are obviously a wonderful pair. Thanks for adding a lot of that pink and yellow colour to my beige day. A million kisses from me to you both. And I’m actually still smiling…

  9. Stumbled on this intriguing piece after an arduous day @ work and couldn’t help but laugh off the stress.. #such a wow-write-up. #great combo of powerful people. Keep it flowing guys!!

  10. Wow. What a wonderful piece. I was glued to my phone and deeply engrossed to the writeup, waiting to get to the end. Nice one ‘leye folabomi

  11. Now have gotten the vibe I need.
    I was imagining how I would I felt if I was a passenger in that bus. Nice work Christy.

  12. This is simply amazing… Combination of Xtie and Tolu. Hmm, Gods wonderful people. Great job guys, God bless u

  13. Inevitably, you made me loose my intuition momentarily. Thumbs up to you all, @joeladu, toluleye, christiana ojo. Maybe I’d savour it more, if it becomes reality.

  14. Wow!!! Mind blowing!!! ….. I kept on Pondering and wondering “did she actually do that”…lol not until I read it to the end. It sounded so real. Lovely and captivating piece. Keep it up . Nice one

  15. Wow!!! This is my d blowing!!! I kept on Pondering and wondering…” did she actually do that?”….lol not until I read it to the end. It sounded so real. Lovely piece, credit to you all from the author to the photography. Keep it up guys.

  16. Well, nice piece. A great write up indeed and i wish it did happen.
    Its also to say that alot is easier said than done.
    Hustling in an airconditioned office or a well planned setting is different from hustling on the streets. Meanwhile Gidi streets are not made in china!
    Cheers

  17. For a moment u got me thinking, did she really do it? Where are d pictures? Did she do it wearing dat fabulous dress? What did she sound like? Nice one Christy, u rock Fola.

  18. Ehrmm… You guys just performed a Hollywood effect meehn… Like seriously, it never happened ?. So this was to motivate us on what value truly means. Oh wait, so the difference between Bukahut in Lekki and the road side buka is just value, packaging and branding. Lesson learnt. At least your own film trick is better than Kanayo Kanayo’s?????.
    Thank you classic conductress???

    1. Hhahaha please leave Nollywood tricks o.. they are Bae ♥! 。◕‿◕。 Ooohhh.. and the fact that you could decipher the moral of the story… Priceless!!!! Many thanks Kayode.

  19. ????? I’m just sad this didn’t happen for real. But Tolu you’ve always had it in you (Peak). Iya ita, mama awon Boyz, mama igboro, owo meji fun eyan kan ??? twale mama ooo ?????
    My heart was broken at the end when I saw it was only fiction 🙁 but I know it will happen sooner or later, is it not you. Tell your writer Christie that I’m dating her already, dunno if she’s dating me yet ???? she can paint imaginations for Africa, she’s good.
    Good job guys ???

    1. Adedapo ???? Please who is this other Tolu you are describing??? Goodness!! ????.. all your plans to tarnish my image shall not work.. Hhahaha .. Thanks love. Surest Day 1! ✌ ❤

  20. WoW!!!!! The writeup is great (nice on Christy) and Folabomi looks beautiful as usual 🙂
    Oh and this should happen in ‘real life’ and let’s see how it really pans out. Lol
    Good Stuff.

  21. WoW!!!!! The writeup is great (nice on Christy) and Folabomi looks beautiful as usual 🙂
    Oh and this should happen in ‘real life’ and let’s see how it really pans out. Lol
    Good Stuff.

  22. ????? I’m just sad this didn’t happen for real. But Tolu you’ve always had it in you (Peak). Iya ita, mama awon Boyz, mama igboro, owo meji fun eyan kan ??? twale mama ooo ?????
    My heart was broken at the end when I saw it was only fiction 🙁 but I know it will happen sooner or later, is it not you. Tell your writer Christie that I’m dating her already, dunno if she’s dating me yet ???? she can paint imaginations for Africa, she’s good.
    Good job guys ???

  23. I gave each line a scene from the first to the last, and i almost felt I truly saw this happen…I mean,talk about unconventional. Kudos christy.
    and mine!! that dress is evrything, simple in a super classy way.
    Great job guyz

  24. thank yuuuu gannnnn @ everyone for taking out time to read,
    We are glad we could do Hollywood thriller+comedy+ fairy tale ending *smiles*.
    We appreciate your words and
    we will keep getting better , so we can keep brightening your day.

  25. Nice one ladies . Very creative . Wait until the tv stations get a wind of this and you might just have to make the real documentary . ???. Will stay tuned .

  26. ???, I’m sitting here just trying to imagine how you’d have been settling the agberos at various bus stops if this were to be a true story, or how your soft voice would have sounded while competing with the deep husky voices of other conductors while shouting “E wole, mi o ni change oh. Ikeja 150, Maryland 100” , “Alaye gbera” ?
    Great pictures to go with a great write up. Nice one Lily

  27. this is nice and good piece. I like the originality in it and sincerity you put up there. I think you should look for that driver and show him the link that the entire world saw him and appreciates his daily work.
    But my sister, your outfit no be for conductor abi conductressss…
    Nice piece and i enjoyed it.
    Brendascouch.com

  28. Stumbled on your blog because I was looking for images on Google of a conductor in a Danfo bus…loved every bit of this story plus the message at the end of it.
    I will definitely stick around and read more.
    Hopefully we can become friends.

    1. Wow !!!!. This is soo Intriguing. Thank you soo much. I trust you’d have all the story book fun in the world.
      ????.
      Psssst – You like my blog. We’re Besties already ????

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