How Lagos traffic trapped grooms parents and delayed wedding for hours

August 17, 2020
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The wedding ceremony of one Mr Emmanuel Adedoyin and his bride, was delayed for hours due to heavy Lagos traffic, over the weekend.

The grooms parent were stuck in traffic and the grooms father had the bride price with him.

According to PUNCH, the groom, Emmanuel left his residence in Arepo – an Ogun community along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – together with some of his friends at 9am to the wedding venue, about 42 kilometres away in Ejigbo, Lagos State.

Although the event was to start at 2pm, the 31-year-old got to the venue at 10am that Sunday.

He waited patiently, for his parents to arrive so the event could start.

Unfortunately, terrible traffic ensued on Lagos highways that Sunday and turned out to be big a monster holding his parents’ car for several hours on Ikorodu-Road.

Emmanuel’s father said; “Two relations, my wife and I were stuck in traffic for hours and the bride price was with me.”

Adedoyin disclosed that he and his wife left Arepo at 12.30pm, thinking it would be a smooth drive all the way, being a weekend when traffic was usually free.

“We left home at that time on the assumption that there would be no traffic,” he disclosed as he began to narrate the troubled time he endured that day.

Back at the wedding venue, tension continued to mount as everyone eagerly awaited the arrival of the groom’s parents. The event was put on hold and to douse the tension, the bride’s family had to employ the weird side. A table tennis was quickly put together to keep the guests entertained as some of them had started leaving the venue, Adedoyin said.

He added that;

“We started running into traffic at Seven Up, Ojota. We turned back to link Kudirat Abiola Way and met another traffic. We then manoeuvered until we linked the Third Mainland Bridge.

By the time we got to Oworonsoki junction, it was hell. The car we were in was overheating. It was already 5pm and calls were coming in repeatedly from my son’s in-laws. I kept on telling them we were on our way and that we were held in traffic.

When we got to Anthony on Ikorodu Road, I could no longer manage the overheating. I had to park the vehicle at a safe place. I immediately took a bus from there to Oshodi.”

At Oshodi,  Adedoyin got caught up in another mess. Commercial bus drivers were unwilling to take passengers who wanted to drop off at Iyana Isolo.

“I boarded a bus and on getting to Charity (the bus stop next to Iyana Isolo), I told the driver, I would alight at Iyana Isolo. The driver was mad at me because he had already said he would not stop there.

“I pretended as if I was a stranger in Lagos and was begging him to drop me off. Meanwhile, I was by the door side, determined to jump down at any slight opportunity.

The conductor blocked the door; he didn’t want me to disembark. Passengers joined to beg on my behalf and he eventually stopped. It was already 7pm. I immediately took a bus to Ejigbo. I didn’t get to Ejigbo until 9pm. I took a N500 bike from Ejigbo to the church where the engagement held. I prostrated to apologise to my son’s father-in-law,” 

He explained that his wife and two other members of the family came in an hour later to witness whatever they could make out of the event.

“Lagos traffic is terrible. Since I relocated to Abuja some years back, I feel discouraged to come to Lagos because of the traffic. I don’t even know what really caused the traffic that day because there was no accident.

“My son (the groom) had gone there since morning. I was even abusing him for going there early. Even the food we were taking to the venue got there late,” Adedoyin lamented.

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