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Dele Momodu: Now Our Youths are Crying and Kicking

Dele Momodu with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell ...

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Epe Boys: What Kind Of A Country Would Allow Its Future Leaders Be In Captivity?

Who will rescue the kidnapped Epe Boys?

Today marks 42 days since the kidnap of six pupils of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe. And that’s less than a year students and teachers of the same school were kidnapped.  There have been reports on speculations of their release upon the collection of N10m as ransom by the kidnappers. But till date, these young promising students are still ...

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Third Mainland Bridge: The Lagos Icon That Has Set Nigeria Apart for 27 Years

Third Mainland Bridge is Africa's second longest bridge

Other than its beautiful architecture, the Third Mainland Bridge is popularly known for its high traffic record on a daily basis. And this is because it is an essential part of Lagos’ daily commuting. Lagos, Africa’s largest city and 5th largest economy with a population of over 20 million people, is mainly divided into the Lagos Island and Mainland. Linking ...

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Lagos at 50: Three Reasons Why Africa’s Biggest City Stands Out

Lagos, the city with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest in Nigeria, as well as on the African continent. Home to over 20 million people, Lagos remains the economic nerve centre of Nigeria and the economic hub of Africa. Lagos is the land of opportunities Ebi Atawodi, general manager of Uber Nigeria told CNN in 2016 that after only 16 ...

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In this Nigerian Community, About 5,000 Residents Have Been Rendered Homeless By the Government

The armed officials of the Lagos State Task Force who returned to Otodo gbame, a waterfront community in the Lekki area, on Sunday to begin fresh demolition of structures and shanties shot and killed one resident. The latest demolition came just three weeks after a wave of demolition, despite a subsisting court order, rendered an estimated 5,000 people homeless. The demolition ...

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There Will No Longer Be Yellow Commercial Buses in Lagos. Here’s Why

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday said he would banish yellow commercial buses from Lagos roads this year, Premium Times reports Ambode spoke at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Value and Leadership with theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge of Africa’s Future Cities” held in Lagos. Ambode said that connectivity was a critical element ...

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Garri N10k, Rice N17k, Kerosene N450… Nigerians Groan as Cost of Living Soars

“If not for her, I would have left this country,” Moses Chukwudi, a foodstuff trader at Mile 12 Market, Lagos, says of his new marital status as he discusses the economic downturn in Nigeria. Chukwudi got married in November 2016 and planned to lavish his income – made from selling rice, beans, garri, palm oil, vegetable oil – on his ...

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Are You a Nigerian? Apply for the 2017 CYF Initiative of the US Government

Applications open: December 10, 2016 Deadline: December 31, 2016 The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. Former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion ...

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Is There A Place for the Poor in the New Lagos?

Police came again after midnight with caterpillar [bulldozer] and started breaking everywhere, putting fire on people’s houses. They are seriously beating our people and threatening to shoot unless we leave.  All of us are on top of water now, there is nowhere to go.’’ – Tina Udokpo (a resident of Otodo Gbame, Lagos) Thousands of rural dwellers on Tuesday took ...

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Demolitions Leave 30,000 Homeless in Nigeria

Some 30,000 residents of the Nigerian megacity Lagos have become homeless because of state-ordered demolitions and fighting between rival communities, residents and a rights group said on Thursday, according to CNBC Africa. The violence highlights the challenges of a rapidly rising population unable to provide enough jobs and housing for its 180 million people. Many end up trying to migrate ...

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