It’s impossible to live in Nigeria without seeing a Keke Napep (also known as Keke Marwa) at least once. Based on logistics, Fmr. President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced the “3-wheel money spinners” to Nigerian roads over a decade ago to beat transport gaps. And today, they easily compete with transit alternatives like Taxi and Danfo.

Riding in a Keke Napep is certainly a great way to get around when travelling short distances. In Lagos, they are confined to residential areas, markets, suburbs and roads with minimal traffic flow.

A journey can be quite memorable but just before you take your first trip, here are 5 things you should know about the popular tricycles.

Keke Napep at Western Avenue, Surulere


They are similar to the two-wheeled counterparts – Okada and this is likely because a speck of the riders are reckless.

Let me narrate an ordeal that happened sometime ago, I was riding in a Keke Napep when a car grazed the side mirror. Mr Lateef, our pilot, provoked by this action, gave the motorist a very hot chase. He caught up, exerted his revenge and zoomed off.

Keke Marwa – a closer look


The Keke Napep is a 4-Passenger vehicle, three passengers sit at the rear and one beside the rider, the seats are comfy, they’re made of foam and encased in nicely knitted leather.

Legroom is also adequate for most passengers plus the interior gets airy during rides. Some tricycles are even equipped with sound speakers for entertainment. Trust me, it’s good relief, at least you won’t be bored or have a heat stroke.

Safety Tips

  • Whenever it rains, a protective covering is unhooked in order to shield commuters but be mindful, motorists may splash water into the tricycle.
  • Avoid the front passenger seat whenever you can, they’re a bit uncomfortable specifically if you’re big boned, pregnant or elderly.
  • When commuting on bad roads, hold onto the hand rails to avoid hitting metal parts or falling out.
  • Since most Keke rides are breezy, your clothing shouldn’t be loose so it’s not all over the place.
  • Do not stick your head or any other body part out of the tricycle while in motion.

Keke spotted at Isaac John Street (close to Lagos Country Club) Ikeja GRA, Lagos

Sit back, relax and enjoy as the rider grooves the right handlebar for acceleration.


If there’s anything that Keke Napeps are good for it’s manoeuvring through traffic. They battle Lagos traffic with ease and can meander their way through spaces that are too narrow for regular cars.

The Convoy


No doubt, Keke Napep is a pocket-sized means to transport people or goods. Huge ride costs from Okada, Taxi or Danfo can be reduced by utilising the tricycles daily.

“keke is a decent alternative to move within the Lagos neighborhood.” – foreigner

The “alternative” Yellow of Lagos


Because of its size, the Keke Napep may be used to reach areas inaccessible to Danfo. You will most likely find them in villages, towns, cities and suburbs.


The Keke Napep is a source of income for many thriving Lagosians and with other transportation options littered throughout the city, it may be hard to narrow down your choice.

However, if you cannot wait in the hectic Lagos traffic, the 4-Passenger vehicle would likely get you to your destination fast enough plus it’s safer than “climbing Okada.”

Keke Napep and Okada on streets of Lagos

Have you ridden in a Keke Napep before?

Please share your experience in the comments below.

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  1. Keke Napep.
    Well, it is quite comfortable but if you find yourself on bad roads or highways in Nigeria you could be scared to the bone…
    Nice write Up…

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  2. I have entered keke many times in Warri, Delta state. It is a nice tricycle faster and more comfortable than okada which we call machine or bike.
    Whenever it rains keke is not safe because it leaks water either through the roof canopy or by the sides. Sometimes, reckless drivers splash water on passengers and with this, I am advising that keke operators should put a door cover to avoid such incident.
    Thank you for reading my comment.

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  3. Interestingly, I make it a rule to always be seated at the front seat each time I ride the Keke. I’m uncomfortable with the idea of being trapped between two passengers at the back of the vehicle!
    Great Post!

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    1. Thanks for commenting trenzznet!
      I actually prefer the back seat because they’re times the driver is too fat or he doesn’t create enough space.
      Asides this, sitting at the front makes you prone to splashes during rainy season plus you may have to hold the handle each time you hit a pothole.
      Where I stay, elderly women are given the privilege of sitting at the front, even if you’re settled you may have to return to the back seat.
      I always try to avoid the inconvenience so I dread that seat except it’s my last option.


      1. My pleasure.
        I don’t think an elderly woman would consider sitting at the front seat of a Keke a privilege, though. It’s not the safest, or most convenient place to sit.


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  5. In as much as the ban on Motorcycle aka Okada was painful, the heartbreak for Keke was greater. Because it’s comfortable, you don’t have to deal with the sweaty bodies around you, plus they are quite faster in traffic. Although a bit rough but not as rough as the bikes.

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    1. You basically spoke my mind, I’m still quite bothered by the governor’s action to ban Keke. Like, I’ve hardly read a report of accidents caused by these wonderful tricycles.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Lara!


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