Comedian Seyilaw ruminates over first UK trip
Comedian Seyi Law has shared his experience during his first trip to the United Kingdom in 2009.
He recalled how he and his colleague, Elenu secured their visas after two denials, through the tireless effort of David Mr Africa.
He also recounted how they were stopped at Frankfurt Airport and thoroughly searched, apparently because they were travelling light; staying at Old Kent and the Lidl. And his frequent visits to Peckham, McDonald’s and ASDA.
“After two visa denials, we were later granted the visas on the 7th April, 2009 and we packed our bags and headed to the UK on Thursday 9th April, 2009. Elenu, @elenu1 and I left Nigeria in a hurry because the visa had come out late and we had our experiences.
With little money, I remembered giving my then girlfriend N10, 000 and couldn’t reach my mum before travelling and something beautiful happened that made me come back with and engagement ring. I will tell that story another day.
I had travelled with a hand luggage and we were stopped at Frankfurt Airport and thoroughly searched. Elenu was taken to another room and I to another and were questioned. We passed and were let go. Our mouths, palms, shoes, feet were all tested. Young rich boys travelling light. We’re comedians not drug dealers. Lol 🤣🤣🤣🤣. I still remember the look on Elenu’s face. They probably saw the future of our now billionaire friend, Familusi Babajide @hisfabness as he was not harassed.
We took pictures with Oyinbos as the JJC we are na. Our first train ride was to Elephant and Castle train station. We owned our first UK visas to the tireless, David Mr Africa, who never gave up on us till we were granted. I still remembered we stayed at Old Kent and the Lidl before Peckham was my confectionery stop and the McDonald’s by the 24 hours ASDA saw sege in our hands.
I remembered running after bus 453, what an experience. Lagos Molue don spoil me. Na wa o. Lebara was the mobile network for Africans and pounds was still N250 and I was happy to buy almost 15kg of chocolates, biscuits etc back to Nigeria. Our performance was a joy to remember and then, we returned to a heroic welcome.”