So I have a lot of free time right now and I decided it’s time to explore Nigeria!
I heard that the president commissioned Abuja to Kaduna railway station few months ago and I just didn’t take it seriously, Infact I said God forbid I can’t try it in Nigeria because I am not willing to die yet lol!
A friend of mine brought the idea to experience it (Oluchi of fineigbogirl.com) and she made it sound so nice I was like you know what, I have nothing to do anyway lets go. So We fixed a date and we got there on time and we were asked to show a valid ID card before we got into the building, we passed through security, we were searched then we sat down waiting to get tickets because there was no one at the counter. we waited for 2 hours before we were asked to come buy our tickets, Regular is 600 and First class is 900. We got the first class tickets because we wanted to be free to take pictures and jump around. I was really tired of waiting already but by 2:50pm they ushered us in and it was so prim and proper i was excited there was no pushing and yelling(Typical Nigerian Behaviour) but I love my people tho lol.
We got in finally and had to sit according to numbers in our tickets and the workers in the train ensured everyone sat where they were supposed to sit and that there was no confusion. The train left at exactly 3pm and to be honest it was a smooth and interesting ride, I actually enjoyed it and I felt bad about my initial thought that i was going to die entering a train In Nigeria lol.
So we got into the train hoping to get down at the next stop and take the train coming back to Abuja (I guess I thought I was in London) Infact everyone was like lets just get to kaduna but I hate travelling so I didn’t see a reason why I should waste my time travelling for 2 hours because I wanted to experience a train ride in Nigeria and I convinced them to get down at the next stop because we have experienced it enough but you know how sometimes you cant always get your way :D, we asked a man working on the train if we could get down at the next stop but he told us no, that they do not have a lot of trains now so the same train taking us to kaduna is the same one coming back from Kaduna to Abuja and it was better we went all the way and come back with it except we wanted to stay at that station doing nothing till the train gets back and at this point i was like What the hell! I have to be on this train for 3 hours lol! well I made peace with it and I am very glad I did because we got to talk to some people that talked about the train and the experience and we got a very nice guy that works on the train that took it upon Himself to be our tour guide lol.
Watch the video here
I think there were like 4 or 5 stops before we got to Kaduna and i was really amazed because there were places we were stopping that I have never heard of in my life and I am super glad I know them now and I realised there are a lot of things we do not know about Nigeria and places we have not heard of before and its kind of exciting because I have taken it upon myself to explore.
I took a lot of pictures and I simply cannot put them all on the blog because I simply can’t but Just so you know I had to deal with the weird looks and side eye from Nigerians constantly judging us and thinking in their head why are these girls just jumping up and down and stopping at every stop to take pictures as if they have not entered a train before lmao!! you guys know how Nigerians are now, you can see it in their eyes but that didn’t stop me or my friends from doing our thing, we were Just so excited and proud that Nigeria is growing and there was actually a proper train that was neat and nice and comfortable in Nigeria and I can proudly say that my Train Experience in Nigeria was super Amazing and I urge people to experience it and to be honest I actually felt I was in a train in London, I think there are stations in lagos, port harcourt and some other places and Just so you know a lot of people take the train in Nigeria and I had no idea, I was really surprised how full the train and the station was and I felt like I have been living under a rock.
This is my first train experience in Nigeria please watch and share the short video I made about the trip and if you have tried entering a train in Nigeria please share your experience below.
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