Can anything good be found on/in red earth?
I’ll answer that with a story about what happened in Awka when I did a 2 week vacay (hmmm!) there.
2 weeks vacation (vacay!) moving around from here to there.
It’s a story about innovation and why we should strive for that: to provide new and better ideas of doing things.
If you’ve seen a road bump or speed bump (who hasn’t?), that ish on the road that helps your four wheel or three wheel drive not run amok on the expressway like a unfettered mad man, then you know what I’m talking about.
In any case, you’ve been flying since you were born, I attached a picture to help.
That’s not our Nigerian own; our Nigerian own isn’t sexy but I’m trying to make a point here.
So, towards the end of my 2 week vacay in Awka, I had to mount a bike to kiss Awka goodbye (goodbye kiss, anyone?)
We got to this street and there were road bumps made out of red dust. Red earth.
Your okada can’t over-speed there, neither can your car or keke.
You’ve got to maintain a speed limit.
You’ve got to go sllllllooooowwwww. (See what I did there?)
I couldn’t find out if the occupants of the street did that or if, it was the building contractors but they looked beautiful.
Really beautiful. Innovative.
It was a simple reminder to me that when you don’t have all the resources you need to build your dream, you can start with the little you have.
It still is a simple reminder and I needed to share it with you tonight, “When you need to make a road bump and you don’t have gravel or tar, use red earth for the time being.”