A couple of Sundays ago, I went to the beach with a bunch of friends. There’s something exhilarating about zipping along the water, watching Lagos disappear behind you, weaving around huge docked ships on the Marina, and watching the boating communities go about their lives as you hurtle toward the promise of languid peace and quiet on the beach. We had a wonderful time, thanks to one very mischievous *KA* who mixed up some lethal cocktails from champagne, peach vodka, and ginger ale. We didn’t have a knife sharp enough to cut up the lemons into slices, so *HA* sanitised his car key in aforementioned vodka, and pierced the lemon’s sides enough for us to extract the juice. I’m sure Honda will be fascinated to hear about this ingenious use of their serrated edged car key. Clever, right? #improvisation #guerillabeachtactics
What did we eat on this trip, you ask? Well it was a short notice one so there was no elaborate catering or preparation, as you can tell. Various people picked up stuff on their way to the jetty so we had lots of charcolite chicken from TFC and crispy chicken from KFC, jollof from *IU’s* mummy’s kitchen, fried rice from Mr Biggs and randomly, some very welcome Espresso and Almond Loaker wafers as dessert. There were supposed to be small chops as well, but the small chops lady let us down, so we managed without them. Admittedly a bit of a random selection, but the beach is not about fine-dining, really is it?
The high point of this trip is that we got talking to three wonderful 15-year-old boys Kehinde, Taiwo, and Benjamin who go to school on the Ilashe/Ibeshe Island and who also fish part-time for a living. The conversation started because they were walking their pet crab on the beach. They had said crab on a leash and it was too cute. Once or twice it escaped and scuttled away toward the ocean but they got it back. They gave us a quick lesson in crab anatomy too, teaching us how to tell if it’s a boy or a girl – how cool is that?
I couldn’t help thinking that they are somehow a part of an informal food economy, and it seemed to natural to make a short video and share their story with you guys. These young entrepreneurs are not interested in regular, boring fish (the market is saturated, hello?!), but focus on exotics like shark, octopus and whale instead. They told me all about how they catch and sell them. They seldom interact with end users, but sell to middlemen who then take the fish to market. It is so fascinating that a bunch of enterprising teens have carved out a niche market for themselves within the seafood supply chain.
I think that’s quite enough talking from me. Here’s the video below. Please note that I missed a little bit of the convo as it was only after talking to them for a while that I realised I could be filming, haha… . As ever, comments and thoughts are most welcome. Enjoy! xx