The World of Free Newspaper Readers in Lagos

Samuel Akpan, a resident of Ele-epo in Abula Egba, Lagos, says in the final two years, he has make the behavior of continuously shuttling between his dwelling and the closest newsstand. Akpan, who claimed he’s a 2014 English & Literary Compare graduate of the College of Calabar, in Imperfect River Recount, told fellow free newspapers […]



Samuel Akpan, a resident of Ele-epo in Abula Egba, Lagos, says in the final two years, he has make the behavior of continuously shuttling between his dwelling and the closest newsstand.

Akpan, who claimed he’s a 2014 English & Literary Compare graduate of the College of Calabar, in Imperfect River Recount, told fellow free newspapers readers at a newsstand at Ekoro in Abule Egba, Monday that coming to the newsstand to be taught the headlines, participate in neighborhood discussions, scan the papers for vacancies adverts, has lowered his frustrations and stress.

He acknowledged he was once searching out to work both in a bank or an oil company, where he’ll originate at ease wages, when when put next with the miserable N30, 000 wages that the federal authorities and labour are combating over.

In Lagos, with an estimated inhabitants of 23million folks, the likes of Akpan abound in areas take care of: Kakawa, Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Obalende, Ikeja, Surulere, Iyana-Ipaja, Agege, Yaba, Maryland, and so on.

It’s notorious that while members of the senate and Residence of Representatives are doing their bits to legislate on political, economy, social and other concerns at the federal and voice phases, the likes of Akpan, who quantity in their hundreds in facets of Lagos, seem to be the parliamentarians at our newsstands.

But, Kazeem Opeyemi, a newspaper dealer at Iyana-Ipaja in Lagos, appears to be like to be uninterested with all forms of persons, who consult with his newsstand each day and ended up both assaulting each other, or even exchanging blows, while declaring laborious-lines postures on national and voice concerns, in particular on politics, economy, security and politics and sports.

Evans Udofia, ragged circulation manager of a national newspaper, whose newsstand is found at Allen Junction, finish to Candy Sensation acknowledged that he would no longer thoughts the fresh arguments that generally bolt on each day among newspaper readers at his save of residing.

“In most cases, I enact participate in their discussions, even supposing I was once compelled at diversified times final twelve months to blueprint the honor of the police and other security brokers, when some folks, who would possibly maybe very effectively be jobless and frustrated try and foment effort at his newsstand”, he acknowledged.

But, Amos, a newspaper dealer at CMS bus-conclude in Lagos Island, has maintained a feeble in the final one twelve months. He acknowledged he generally secure N50 to permit any one be taught each of the copies of his paper.

His phrases: “I had to settle this drastic step as a consequence of some folks will come, settle up any paper of their choices, both be taught it or scan for vacancies or opportunities, dropped the paper with announcing thanks and stroll away”.

Babajide Akeju, is on the opposite hand grateful for continuously visiting the newsstand at Maryland in Lagos to pay, scan the papers for jobs, contracts, and other opportunities.

Akeju acknowledged that October final twelve months, a particular person be grew to turn out to be conversant in at the newsstand gave him a contract to make cook dinner foods to a church for the Christmas and Unusual twelve months celebrations.

Alfred, a workers of Axa Mansard Insurance coverage Plc, in Lagos acknowledged he acquired his job through a gentleman, who generally visits the newsstand in Ikotun, his space to get various newspapers, each day.

But, Bala Elkanah, Lagos police spokesman acknowledged on occasion, under-masks police officers, enact consult with diversified newsstands in Lagos to eardrop in the discussions of free newspaper readers, who would possibly maybe come to the newsstands for diversified ulterior motives.

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