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Fifty years of Lagos. But what about the next 50?

Lagos - The Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with its 20 million inhabitants, is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.But how do those who have made their name in Lagos envisage the city in 50 years' time?

Lagos turns 50: half-a-century of urban chaos

Lagos - It's only when the thick smog of humidity and pollution lifts that the size of Lagos becomes clear: from above, the megacity of some 20 million people seems to stretch out to infinity.

Government agency closes ShopRite in Lagos

Lagos - ShopRite, a supermarket chain, in Lagos was forced to closed down by the government after being accused of allegedly breaching of safety law.

Nigerian nurse infected with Ebola dies after going to Enugu

Lagos - Nigerian Information Minister, Labaran Maku, revealed yesterday that Nigeria now has 10 confirmed Ebola virus cases, all stemming from contact with American-Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who died of the disease in Lagos.

Liberian man with Ebola-like symptoms has died in Nigeria

Lagos - RTE News has announced that the Liberian official who arrived in Nigeria from Monrovia on Sunday and was hospitalized with symptoms associated with Ebola Virus Disease has died. Nigerian officials are awaiting results of blood tests before confirming EVD.

Nigerian German artist promotes alternative music Special

Nigerian German artist Ade Bantu is promoting alternative music in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos through a monthly live musical show he calls the Afropolitan Vibes.

Nigerian authorities uncover Iranian 'terror cell' in Lagos

Abuja - The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) said in Abuja Wednesday that it has uncovered a "terror cell" run by Iranians in Lagos. The SSS paraded the leader of an Islamic Shi'ite sect Abdullahi Mustapha Berende, allegedly operating a "cell" in Lagos.

Photo Essay: Lagos residents ring in Christmas with beach party Special

Residents of Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos took to the seaside to celebrate Christmas with an all-night party and plenty of booze.

Photo Essay: Lagos Live Festival raises issue of content Special

Up and coming music artistes must work on creating quality content if they want to grow and succeed in music, says programme director at Goethe Institute which recently hosted Lagos Live Festival to celebrate its 50 years of existence in Nigeria.

Nigerian governor dies in helicopter crash

Kaduna South - The governor of Nigeria's state of Kaduna, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, died when the helicopter he was a passenger in crashed in Bayelsa, an oil-rich state in the southern region.

Nigeria: Ripple effect of Hurricane Sandy may hit Lagos coast

Lagos - The Lagos state government has warned residents to prepare for the ripple effect of Hurricane Sandy. An official of the state said experience has shown that when hurricanes hit the US, the ripple effect was felt in Lagos within seven to 14 days.

Late Fela Kuti's home now Kalakuta Republic Museum

Lagos - The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the family of the late Afrobeat icon, Fela Kuti, has converted his last home at 8, Gbemisola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, into a museum, the Kalakuta Republic Museum.

Photo essay: Instagramized photos from Lagos Special

Many of us might be used to what Instagram photos, many from western countries, look like. But have you ever wondered how such photos capture the street scenes in Africa? Digital Journal picks Lagos to show how its streets look when Instagramized.

Nigeria: Lagos authorities demolish homes in Makoko floating slum

Lagos - Recent government demolition exercise in Makoko, a coastline settlement in Lagos Metropolis floating on the lagoon, has raised fears that the authorities may have finally decided that the over century-old slum, a grievous eyesore to some, must go.

153 dead after airliner crashes into building in Lagos, Nigeria

One day after a Nigerian aircraft crashed in Ghana, a Nigerian airliner has crashed into a building in Lagos, a major travel hub for West Africa. 153 people are confirmed dead.

Nigerians narrate hardship involved in renting a house in Lagos Special

The housing deficit in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has left residents at the mercy of landlords and agents who charge prohibitive amounts for rent to be paid in advance of two years. Residents narrate their experiences to Digital Journal.

Young Nigerians hustle it out on Kuramo beach Special

Kuramo beach, one of the popular hangouts for fun seekers in Nigeria's commercial capital city, thrive on the entrepreneurial activities of young Nigerians who sell sea fish, wine, sweet, chewing gums and improvised live music in exchange for money.

Nigerians fill streets to stock ahead of another round of strikes Special

Nigerians used the two-day suspension of a strike over fuel subsidy removal to flood the markets and stock up ahead of the likely resumption of nationwide protests and strikes that had left economic activities paralyzed.

Photo essay: How Nigerians crossed into 2012 Special

Digital Journal captured the variety of ways in which Nigerians crossed over into the New Year. While many trooped into churches to pray into 2012, some partied till dawn. Others, including children, celebrated on the streets with fireworks in the air.

Photo story: Faces of night life in Lagos Special

Digital Journal shows you different faces of night life in the Nigerian commercial capital of Lagos, providing insight into the socio-economic travails and resilience of the people.

Lagosians fail to stock up cheap consumables ahead of Xmas rush Special

Around nine days to Christmas, prices of consumables are cheap in Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos. But lack of storage facilities is making many Lagosians not stock up on the items whose prices are expected to rise in the thick of the holidays.

Photo essay: Eyo festival 2011 held amidst mixed grills in Lagos Special

The Yoruba people of Lagos Island, South West Nigeria treated tourists and residents of the commercial city to this year’s Eyo festival, held in memory of a diseased indigene who has contributed to the progress of the state. The festival has taboos.

From Africa with a love of news: Profile of a Digital Journalist Special

How does an African journalist share news from his small community? In this profile of Digital Journalist Samuel Okocha, you'll get a peek into the passion behind a multi-media reporter tracking stories from Lagos, Nigeria.

Businesses resume in full swing on Lagos streets after holidays Special

Local business have picked up in Nigeria's commercial nerve centre of Lagos after the Eid-el fitr celebrations - a Muslim festival ending a month-long fast known as Ramadan.

Nigerians besiege banks ahead of a Muslim festival Eid el fitr Special

Lagos - Nigerians besieged banks, queuing up for last minute financial transactions ahead of Tuesday and Wednesday public holidays courtesy of Eid el fitr - a Muslim festival - which marks the end of a month-long fasting called Ramadan.

Photo story: The Lagos 'mixed bag' Special

Lagos - Lagos is one of the most populous and fastest growing cities in Africa. With its traffic, its green project, unpredictable daily street dramas and dirt, the Nigerian commercial hub is a 'mixed bag' of sort.

Lagos to replace Cairo as Africa's largest city

Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos will replace Cairo in Egypt as Africa’s largest city, says a UN report. With a projected 12.4 million inhabitants in 2015, Lagos would overtake the Egyptian capital which currently has 11 million inhabitants.

Nigeria: Ladies go for male hair dressers Special

Female customers prefer male hair dressers to make their hair rather than going for ladies, an owner of a hair dressing business in the Mushin area of Lagos, South West Nigeria said. She said the trend has helped her make more profits.

Profile: Mama Alhaja Uthman of Burnaby's Lagos Corner Special

Burnaby - To many Nigerians and other Africans living in the BC suburban cities of Burnaby and New Westminster, she is simply known as Mama (Mother).

Street pictures of Nigeria's golden jubilee celebration Special

In spite of the apathy expressed by some Nigerians, many citizens took to the streets of Lagos with clothes and accessories in the colours of the national flag to celebrate the independence of Africa’s most populous country form Britain in 1960.
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Photographers capture moments on stage as artistes perform at the Lagos Live Festival
Photographers capture moments on stage as artistes perform at the Lagos Live Festival
A section of Lagos Island closed to traffic during the Eyo festival on Saturday
A section of Lagos Island closed to traffic during the Eyo festival on Saturday
Spectators trying to catch a glimpse of one of the dreaded masquerades of the Eyo Festival
Spectators trying to catch a glimpse of one of the dreaded masquerades of the Eyo Festival
Masquerades of the Eyo festival along with spectators give way for the passage of the head of entire...
Masquerades of the Eyo festival along with spectators give way for the passage of the head of entire ranks of the masquerades.
Residents relaxing in Lagos  Nigeria
Residents relaxing in Lagos, Nigeria
Courtesy Samuel Okocha
A lady walks with bare feet to avoid being beaten during the Eyo festival in Lagos
A lady walks with bare feet to avoid being beaten during the Eyo festival in Lagos
Spectators watching the procession of one of the high ranked eyo or masquerades. This group of eyo p...
Spectators watching the procession of one of the high ranked eyo or masquerades. This group of eyo prohibits photos of them to be taken.
A young man hawking snacks while people wait for turn in a bus stop in Lagos.
A young man hawking snacks while people wait for turn in a bus stop in Lagos.
Another bar cum brothel in Lagos
Another bar cum brothel in Lagos
Local businesses lighting a street in Lagos in absence of functioning public street lights.
Local businesses lighting a street in Lagos in absence of functioning public street lights.
On Tuesday during the Eid el filtr celebratons  Muslims come out of a Mosque after morning prayers m...
On Tuesday during the Eid el filtr celebratons, Muslims come out of a Mosque after morning prayers marking the end of Ramadan.
Head of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists  Deji Elumoye addressing worker...
Head of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Deji Elumoye addressing workers at Voice of Nigeria.
A van used for a locally driven campeign and advertisement for the US Visa Lottery program
A van used for a locally driven campeign and advertisement for the US Visa Lottery program
In this photo  a cross section of the audience enjoys the drama piece performed by members of the Ga...
In this photo, a cross section of the audience enjoys the drama piece performed by members of the Garmany based Flinn Theatre group at the Freedom Park in Lagos.
Band boys entertaining visitors with live music at the Kuramo beach
Band boys entertaining visitors with live music at the Kuramo beach
Accident scene at the Obalende area of Lagos
Accident scene at the Obalende area of Lagos
Christmas decorations at the tarred section of the bar beach backing party people on the night of th...
Christmas decorations at the tarred section of the bar beach backing party people on the night of the 25th of December, Christmas day in Lagos, Nigeria.
A tea seller in a morning business under a bridge in Lagos
A tea seller in a morning business under a bridge in Lagos
Party people go for bottles of beer at a sales point durring the bar beach concert in Lagos on Chris...
Party people go for bottles of beer at a sales point durring the bar beach concert in Lagos on Christmas night.
Consumables are cheap now. For instance  prices of onions range from a little above $2 for a basket ...
Consumables are cheap now. For instance, prices of onions range from a little above $2 for a basket to 30 Cents for the smallest sized container.

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