From Ejigbo to Oshodi, from Okota to Surulere, from Obalende to Lekki and Ajah and Ikeja i noticed it, same thing, in all these places and others, all the streets were devoid of kids.
Even in places where you frequently encountered “abused” children who have been made to hawk or sell wares on the roads, in stalls or at the markets, any one with a keen eye could easily detect the unusual absence of these kids.
One would naturally wonder where all the kids coincidentally went. They were at the parks and malls and cinemas and delis and every other fun place designed for them.
It’s Children’s Day, and every kid partook in their own way and on their own terms, kind of like cutting their coats according to their cloths.
The “Lagos @ 50” events commemorated the Children’s day celebration by organising an exclusive party for kids at absolutely no cost to them. So the kids thronged to “Freedom Park” in their hundreds, all basking in the euphoria of the moment.
But the Lagos State Government and Freedom Park weren’t the only ones hosting kids. NTA had their usual Children’s Day party and the Silverbird Group turned their galleria into one giant funfair to the delight of the gleeful children.
It was a beehive of activities inside and outside the galleria ranging from bouncing castles to miniature train rides, ice-cream and candy shops, video games and virtual reality centres, and of their mascots of their favourite super heroes.
The theatres were thrown wide open and were dedicated to showing cartoons and movies strictly for children.
There were lots of games and other side attractions sufficient enough to keep every child present very occupied, and of course more than enough to eat and drink.
De United foods, makers of indomie noodles threw an elaborate party in celebration of the “Nigerian Child” whom they tagged “Tomorrow’s hope”.
Speaking with some of the kids, who could barely mask their excitement, they wished Children’s Day would come more often, more like monthly instead of annually.
One Folake Adejuyigbe aptly described the day as a christmas day for kids, and wished the day wouldn’t have to come to an end.
But end it did.
And as the day come to an end and the kids, in the company of their parents or guardians, found their way to their various destinations, you could see that unmistakeable look of joy and satisfaction on their cute little faces.
I could only wish those faces would be filled with smiles forever.