In the 1950’s oil was discovered in what is now Nigeria. By the 1970’s Lagos was a sprawling megalopolis, and it seemed that every citizen of Lagos owned a car. But the roadways and infrastructure remained those of the African village it had been before the oil boom.
My friend Ned Seelye had completed a business transaction in Lagos, and had booked a flight to his next destination. As he settled his bill, the hotel attendant advised Ned to give himself plenty of time to get to the airport.
With what he thought was an excess of caution, Ned climbed in a taxi at 8 a.m. for a trip across town.. Ned and his taxi were caught in Lagos traffic for more than eight hours, and he missed his 5 p.m. flight. True story.