Korope is to Osun as Danfo is to Lagos, they are both public transit buses that primarily operate within the states. There are also sharp contrasts between the buses and their operators (drivers).
Starting with colour, the korope is painted blue (vinyl: yellow) while the danfo is yellow (vinyl: black). The korope’s colour bears a striking resemblance with BRT in Lagos State.
I’ve been in Osogbo for a while and utilised korope as a means of transport during the time. They are minibuses, usually 7-seater and models used are Nissan, Bedford, Mazda Scrum, Toyota and the most common, Suzuki carry 1.3. The range of vehicles cut out for the job and make commuting easy.
Read the recent post on danfo buses to fully understand this comparison.
1. Comfort: In my opinion, korope are more comfortable than danfo buses.
Why, you may ask?
Osun is home to many skilled artisans, the steel frame seats are top-notch and are cushioned with foam and leather.
Discomfort only arises in cases where the driver insists on having 2 passengers at the front seat, this rarely happens.
2. Traffic: From an Osogbo point of view, there’s little or no traffic congestion even during rush hours when compared with Lagos.
The drivers are very efficient and coordinated, there’s no craze or competition with other road users hence, little reckless driving.
3. Availability: In Lagos during rush hours, commuters hurry to board buses whenever they arrive bus stops. Sometimes, they get hurt in the process and in extreme cases fights breakout. All of that doesn’t happen here, there’s hardly bus scarcity and when there is, passengers go into the buses like normal people.
4. Fares: I’ll start by saying, many Osun State residents are cultural and very traditional, this positively affects them in their daily lives, drivers respect passenger’s opinions, they help the elderly and in most cases are not looking for means to exploit you.
The fares are reasonably priced and do not hike during rush hours or late nights.
5. Drivers: In general, danfo drivers drive senseless even when on the Island. On the other hand, korope drivers are relatively calm behind the wheel, they obey traffic lights and do not exceed speed limits, passenger comfort is their number one priority.
The best part for me is unlike in Lagos, there’s no harassment from agberos (touts) while in transit and no form of unnecessary stops or delays.
If you’ve had the opportunity to experience both, share your thoughts in the comment section.