Top Suya Spot at the Lagos Suya Carnival

Top Suya Spot at the Lagos Suya Carnival

Lagos at night, events in lagos, lagos, lagos Nigeria, Suya, suya in lagos, giveaway, giveaway in lagos, lagos suya carnival, Nigeria, Independence Day, Nigerian Independence day, celebrations, parties in lagos, the fisayo, thefisayo, travel Africa, Africa, youtube, youtuber, Nigerian youtuber, African youtuber, Events in Lagos, Indpendence Dya, Lifestyle, Lagos Nigeria, Suya, Suya Carnival, Lagos Suya Carnival, Suya Festival, Food,

You should really watch the video above and see how hilarious this day was! The Lagos City Suya Carnival held on the first of October 2017. With the way this event was hyped to me, I told myself I was not going to miss it, although the event didn’t meet my expectation.

“The idea” of the carnival was to celebrate Lagos at 50, by setting to break the world record of the longest Suya/steak with the assembly of a single 50ft Suya, thereby bagging a Guinness Book of Record for Lagos State.

Travel Questions: What is Suya

Suya is a smoked/barbecued meat popularly produced in the Northern part of Nigeria. It is commonly eaten by all Nigerians with meals like garri (cassava flour).

But “if you ask me” if this record was broken, “na who I go ask”? Lol, nah fam, I do not think this record was broken, or at least I didn’t see a 50ft Suya. I had high hopes and it kinda shattered when I got there. Let me run you through the event review real quick;

Lagos at night, events in lagos, lagos, lagos Nigeria, Suya, suya in lagos, giveaway, giveaway in lagos, lagos suya carnival, Nigeria, Independence Day, Nigerian Independence day, celebrations, parties in lagos, the fisayo, thefisayo, travel Africa, Africa, youtube, youtuber, Nigerian youtuber, African youtuber, Events in Lagos, Indpendence Dya, Lifestyle, Lagos Nigeria, Suya, Suya Carnival, Lagos Suya Carnival, Suya Festival, Food,

Timing:

According to the event flier, the carnival was supposed to start by 12noon and end by 10:30pm. Instead it started by 6PM! 6PM? Fam! This was “Over African Time”.

Logistics:

I should begin with the fact that the event was not well organized. According to what I heard, one of the reasons why the event commenced late was because the organizers were not certain of the venue. But should that even be said? Who organizes such huge events without being sure of the venue even on the day of the event?

Venue:

Being that the venue wasn’t certain,  a few friends and I went round Lagos &  Ogun state even, looking for the venue. I’m sure the Uber guy that took them round that day would have gone home feeling rich after dropping them off, that was how bad it was.

Since Oct 1st was a on Sunday, I decided to look for the venue with my little brother after church, I used google maps to search for the venue I was initially given and I found myself in Ojodu Berger market.

It was clearly obvious to me that there was no SUYA CARNIVAL taking place there, but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt by asking a market woman if there was any carnival taking place around. After this, I went home, slept, went for fellowship, and when the venue was confirmed I took my leave. The event eventually held at Ikeja City Mall (ICM), Alausa, and a quarter of the mall’s parking space was used for the event.

Music/Environment:

The environment was a lot breezy amidst the crowd, since the event held in an open space at Ikeja City Mall. Although, I can remember we were really struggling to smell the scent of Suya in the air while listening to live performances from upcoming artists.

Lagos at night, events in lagos, lagos, lagos Nigeria, Suya, suya in lagos, giveaway, giveaway in lagos, lagos suya carnival, Nigeria, Independence Day, Nigerian Independence day, celebrations, parties in lagos, the fisayo, thefisayo, travel Africa, Africa, youtube, youtuber, Nigerian youtuber, African youtuber, Events in Lagos, Indpendence Dya, Lifestyle, Lagos Nigeria, Suya, Suya Carnival, Lagos Suya Carnival, Suya Festival, Food, Lagos at night, events in lagos, lagos, lagos Nigeria, Suya, suya in lagos, giveaway, giveaway in lagos, lagos suya carnival, Nigeria, Independence Day, Nigerian Independence day, celebrations, parties in lagos, the fisayo, thefisayo, travel Africa, Africa, youtube, youtuber, Nigerian youtuber, African youtuber, Events in Lagos, Indpendence Dya, Lifestyle, Lagos Nigeria, Suya, Suya Carnival, Lagos Suya Carnival, Suya Festival, Food,

Activities:

I cannot over emphasize how un-organized this event was, never have I given a poor rating/review on an event before, but for the fact that I had high expectation of the event, this day was just off. Although, there were a few highlights from some performances that either made us laugh, dance or wish we were not there. The only activities that had some form of organization were the performances.

Suya:

It is funny how you come for a SUYA CARNIVAL, yet you do not get one suya to eat. There was a really long queue to buy suya. Even though I made attempts to stay on the queue, the queue just never seemed to be moving.

First off, when I got there, I was searching for the 50ft Suya so I could at least take a picture for the blog, but everywhere just seemed dis-organized, no one really seemed to pay attention to the “reason for the carnival”. It was later I got a sneak peak of the Suya they were building. I do not know if the record was eventually broken because I left the event early.

Lagos at night, events in lagos, lagos, lagos Nigeria, Suya, suya in lagos, giveaway, giveaway in lagos, lagos suya carnival, Nigeria, Independence Day, Nigerian Independence day, celebrations, parties in lagos, the fisayo, thefisayo, travel Africa, Africa, youtube, youtuber, Nigerian youtuber, African youtuber, Events in Lagos, Indpendence Dya, Lifestyle, Lagos Nigeria, Suya, Suya Carnival, Lagos Suya Carnival, Suya Festival, Food,

Since it was difficult for me to purchase Suya at the carnival, I had to buy from the Mallam around my estate because I promised my younger brother I’d get one for him.

Security:

Unlike the “Live Market Photography” event I reviewed, where the police and other security officers were hired, I do not remember seeing as much security officials at this event.. And for an event with so much crowd, this was not safe, so I recommend that security officials should be adequately provided for any future events such as this in Lagos.

Dignitaries:

I read in so many articles saying that Governor Ambode will be present at the event, so being as optimistic as I am, I was expecting to see him and other dignitaries there. Sadly, he was not present, but it would have been appalling if he came and experienced what I did.

This was an event I believe was organized by Lagos State, and Lagos being the “center of excellence” should be able to put in a lot more into all that represents the State and our culture. Although, I believe this was a fair attempt.

CLICK HERE to know more about the events that held on Nigeria’s independence day.

Love it! Share it! Comment!

“Every event, and every moment in a man’s life on earth, plants something in his soul”- Thomas Merton

 

I am TheFisayo, the award-winning travel blogger! Click the picture to find out more about me :)

Get the 150+ global tourism events guide.

Archives

Enroll for masterclass

Learn how to harness opportunities as a travel blogger.

TravCP: Your Plug To Africa

TravCP, Travel culture, travel places, your plug to Africa, travel Africa, travel Nigeria, visit Nigeria, visit Africa, Nigeria, Africa

13 Comments

  1. Oludumila Ayokunle Daniel

    Such an irony..once again Fisayo brings the news closer to us. Enlightening but sad..nice one Fisayo

    1. thefisayo

      Hehehe! Thank you Daniel!

  2. Thank God I curved the event.
    I had a swell time reading this though. Hilarious?

    1. thefisayo

      Lmaoo!
      It would have been really dead for me if I went there alone.

  3. Prinny

    I enjoyed reading this

    1. thefisayo

      Awwww, Thank you!

  4. Stanley

    Very detailed. I never had plans of going Sha because we just have misplaced priority. Imagine breaking record in some trivial and impertinent scope.

    1. Dr_shoks

      Lool.. Record na record!!
      They can do something better though..

      1. thefisayo

        Lmao!
        Yes they should!

  5. Amaka Oguike

    Jeez, this is so terrible. I am so glad I didn’t go for the event because I was invited by a friend but for some uncontrollable circumstances I couldn’t make it and seeing this sort of review for a much anticipated event I am more than glad the uncontrollable circumstances happened for me ???? A whole Lagos Suya Carnival! I am disappointed. So sorry boo for what you went through on the day. ?? Thanks a lot for the review, because i really wanted to hear from someone how the event went. ??

    1. thefisayo

      Lol, I went on your behalf dear!
      Thank hun!

  6. I would say I’m not exactly surprised.

    Some of these events are probably just one trivial way to spend budgeted money. The efficient culture is something we need to work on as Nigerians in planning engagements. 6pm kwanu?

    When we learn to be punctual, individually, this African time nonsense will stop.

    The lack of suya is appalling though. Like, what else did we come for?

    1. thefisayo

      Lmao.
      Thank you for this! very well said my dear.

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *