Danfo: A Lagos Story

The Black and Yellow buses that course through the veiny network of roads across Lagos, West Africa’s commercial nerve centre, are an intimate fixture of the city.

If you ever visit Lagos and never see a Yellow bus with Black stripes, more commonly known as Danfo or Faragon, then you shouldn’t consider that a legit visit.

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Danfos are part of Lagos’ identity — a solid member of its DNA. Every day, thousands of these Black and Yellow buses transport the residents of Lagos across several destinations within the city — for work or play.

Even the now sort-of-world-famous Wizkid had to show the Danfo some love in his Ojuelegba video. 

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Still, people that drive in Lagos aren't so fond of the buses, the drivers, or their conductors* Inasmuch as a majority of Lagosians depend on Danfos to go about their daily business.

Almost every privately-owned (or even government-owned) vehicle has had some negative experience with Danfos. Literally. From accidents to reckless driving and endangerment, Danfos bring it all to bear on the roads of Lagos.

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Still, they are essential and Lagos wouldn't be Lagos without them. Fu'ad Lawal gives an interesting take on Danfos in this article. Here’s to one of the most over-looked aspects of Lagos culture.

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*Conductors are basically assistants to the Danfo drivers. They call passengers, collect fares and fight off agberos.

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