-- "If you must make a call to anybody's mobile phone in Nigeria, you
need to be understanding and patient - it can be a very frustrating and
annoying experience. In the first place, it takes luck for the call to get
through, and when both parties are connected, there is no guarantee that
you will hear each other or that the line will not drop after a few
A conversation which normally
should not last two minutes may after several calls take 10 minutes and,
believe me, both of you will pay for every second. Being very practical people, Nigerians have devised a way, though expensive, to ease the problem.
Why wait for government regulators who are believed to be
more interested in the huge after-profit taxes accruing from the
networks than the satisfaction of subscribers? So everyone who can afford it has a minimum of two mobile phones from different operators. Some have as many as four. They use whichever is operational at any given time."