10 Jan 2014

Sights of Okada (Commercial Motorcycles) on Nigerian Roads

An okada is a commercial motorcycle used as a vehicle for hire in Nigeria. The name okada was borrowed from Okada Air, a Nigerian local airline, now defunct.
In its time, Okada Air was the most popular Nigerian local airline, but was not known for its comfort. The motorcycle transports were nicknamed after the airline, because they could manoeuvre through the heavy traffic of Lagos, and take passengers to their destinations in a timely manner, in the same way as the airline. The ironic humour of an airline's name being used for commercial motorcyclists, as well as the local familiarity with Okada Air, caused the nickname of okada to outlive the airline from which it originated, and which many Nigerians no longer even remember. - Wikipedia

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