Written by Seyi Gesinde Saturday, 10 April 2010
It was a Nissan Sunny coupe (GTi).
How much did it cost you?
I bought it for N250,000.
When did you buy it?
It was on April 13, 2001.
Was it a brand new car?
A public sector worker in Nigeria, including medical doctors, can hardly afford to buy a brand new car in Nigeria.
Why did you go for that particular model and not another brand of vehicle?
I actually went out with the desire to buy a Mercedes Benz product or an Audi product, but the attraction of the Nissan Sunny coupe was irresistible, moreso when its type was rare at that time. Indeed, it was very sporty and alluring.
Cars are really expensive these days, what do you feel about it and the drastic change in the economy which one could say is responsible for inflation in the country?
I feel extremely sad that prices of cars in Nigeria have been on a consistent upward swing. This is attributable to the fact that Nigeria, almost 50 years after political independence, still can’t boast of a made-in-Nigeria car, or even standard car assembling plants with high local content.
This situation is further worsened by the absence of purposeful government and leadership in Nigeria, as manifested in the pervasively dysfunctional experiment in political, social, and economic engineering by the country’s leaders. Low infrastructural base, low productivity, and a parlous economy, have all consistently and perennially conspired to engender a sky-rocketing inflationary trend in Nigeria.