It is December, and despite initial doubts that the rains would ever subside, the wet season has finally given way to the dry season also known as harmattan. It is easy for anyone in Nigeria to dislike the harmattan which usually comes with harsh weather conditions, a lot of dust and of course, blistered lips, but residents of Lagos actually seem to prefer the dry season. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site shares 5 reasons Lagos residents love harmattan.

Roadside waterholes disappear
Those who live in Lagos know the daily struggle commuters face with the numerous waterholes that emerge on the streets and roads when it is the rainy season. Most parts of Lagos are not properly irrigated and so get easily waterlogged…but with the harmattan, all these water holes dry up and the roads are easier to navigate.

Reduced cases of Malaria
With the rainy season comes water holes and stagnant water in gutters and potholes. Mosquitoes thrive during these times as they breed in the stagnant water and as such, there is a rise in the spread of malaria. Lagosians at this period find they have to spend so much on hospital bills and recuperation. However, during the dry season, there are no mosquitoes and the people are healthier.

Increase nightlife for residents
With the harmattan come hot afternoons and cold nights and as such, most Lagosians spend time indoors in the afternoon, then come out in the night to play. Most clubs and bars even extend their hours to accommodate the rush of people and generally, people have more fun.

African cherry
The African cherry, also known as Agbalumo, is a star sign that the harmattan season has arrived. Lagosians are huge fans of the tiny yellowish-brown fruit which has certain medical benefits including reduction of inflammation associated with laryngitis and pneumonia, as well as treatment for hypertension, tooth abscesses, heart problems, intestinal issues, and cancer. The fruits are sold all around the city, from the roadside to market and even malls like Shoprite.

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