Lagos - A Megacity on the Brink
by julia vitullo-martin
Lagos, Nigeria, has a Bus Rapid Transit system, is constructing improved rail, beautifying its highways, rebuilding the port, developing the waterfront. Yet is has a reputation for crime and mayhem which seems hard to shake. Just how menacing is it?
Uniformed policemen tried to carjack us in a crowded market in broad daylight. Our driver careened through the winding streets to escape, with the help of the crowd
Rifts in Africa's 'Rising' Narrative
We are constantly reminded these days that Africa is rising, harboring six of the world's ten fastest growing economies. In March, the Economist declared that "Africa is the world's fastest growing continent just now," and the "hottest frontier" for investments. Time magazine's cover of Africa Rising said "it is the world's next economic powerhouse," and added that challenges lie ahead. The Wall Street Journal calls it "a new gold rush." The
Dickens in LagosTAGS: Charles Dickens, literary criticism, poverty, slums
Two years ago in Rangoon, I met a toothpick-thin, boisterous young Burmese man called Somerset. He had conferred this nickname on himself at age sixteen, after renting a collection of stories by W. Somerset Maugham from one of the bookstalls on Pansodan Road. By memorizing sentences from the collection, Somerset taught
A Country that Bends the Will is the title of an article I once read, written by Tunde Fagbenle, quite apt here I consider. That the country bends the will is to put it mildly. The easiest indication that Nigeria's problems are near impossible to overcome manifest in the recent act by the of the Lagos State government in which it uprooted people otherwise resident in Lagos, bundled them into a lorry and had them deposited at the bridge-head in Onitsha Anambra State at certain unholy hour of the
Originally Posted by Big-K
So, this week (on Monday) on my way out of town, I forgot my laptop at the TSA security counter. On arrival at destination, I called them about the laptop, they asked for my name, and next thing is "We have your laptop". I thought she may not be totally correct as I have no physical identification on the laptop.
On arrival back in town, I went to the designated area to pick up the laptop, and sure enough the laptop was intact, placed in a see through bag labeled with my name, address,