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
#1 RIDERS MAY BE RECKLESS
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
#2 COMFORTABLE RIDES
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.
- 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.
#3 BEST CHOICE FOR LAGOS TRAFFIC
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.
#4 AFFORDABLE MEANS OF TRAVEL
“keke is a decent alternative to move within the Lagos neighborhood.” – foreigner
The “alternative” Yellow of Lagos
#5 ACCESS TO REMOTE AREAS
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.
Keke Napep and Okada on streets of Lagos
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