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Culture and Urbanisation in Lagos State

Culture and Urbanisation in Lagos State

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• Lagos State was created on May 27, 1967 by virtue of State (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree No. 14 of 1967. • Lagos was Nigeria’s administrative capital until 12th December 1991 when Abuja became the seat of federal government

• The state was/is administered either by a Governor under civil rule or by Military Administrators in military dispensations • Lagos State is divided into 5 administrative division, which are further divided into 37local government areas

• Lagos state is the smallest state in Nigeria, with an area of 356,861 hectares(3,577 sq km) ,yet it has the highest population, which is over five per cent of the national estimate. The state has a population of 17 million.

Contd • Lagos State lies to the south-western part of the Federation. It shares boundaries with Ogun State both in the North and East and is bounded on the west by the Republic of Benin.

Map of Nigeria

• Contd ,Lagos Administrative and LGA

Administrative Map of Lagos State

Our Culture
• Food •

Eba with egusi soup

Amala with efo riro


Roasted plantain with groundnut

Roasted corn

Contd • Dressing, Music and Dance

• Wedding

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Festival and Carnival

• Eyo festival

Religious Activity • Winners Chapels( Cannan land).A capacity of 50,000 Seat with overflow of over 100,000

What is Urbanisation?
• It is the shift from a rural to an urban society, and involves an increase in the number of people in urban areas during a particular year. Urbanization is the outcome of social, economic and political developments that lead to urban concentration and growth of large cities.

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The specifics The UN estimates that at its present growth rate, Lagos state will be third largest mega city in the world by 2015 after Tokyo in Japan and Bombay in India. The rate of population growth is about 600,000 per annum with a population density of about 4,193 persons per sq. km In the built-up areas of Metropolitan Lagos, the average density is over 20,000 persons per square km. Lagos population is growing ten times faster than New York and Los Angeles (Lagos State Government, 2006).

• Population

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Histogram Chart by Emeka Data Soure:Lagos State Government

Why do people migrate to Lagos?
What people say: • Economic Gain • Social Enlightment • Survival

• Infrastruture crisis. Crisis of different pattern and sectors in unplanned districts

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Source: Lagos Cartoon Network

Not all district like that

Historical Causes

Colonial Administrator

• Colonial patterns of social and political inequality . • Poorer region, districts were abandoned in favour of new strategies of segregation b/w wealthy enclaves &the supposedly indifferent general population • Incorporated the existing power structures of chieftaincy into the apparatus of government to produce a unstable legacy of authoritarian and undemocratic control over the African majority

Contd • Transform the port into the ‘Liverpool of West Africa’ yet attempts to improve urban conditions were hampered by lack of financial support from the British Treasury • Immense social inequalities, ethnic tensions and political instability .

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Post Colonial Change of regime (military regime:1984-1999) Civil war (1967): the city’s difficulties were further exacerbated by huge waves of migration from eastern parts of the country after the war Concentration of Commerce Religious, ethnic conflict Organisational complexities and political tensions

Lagos Lifestyle • The flaunting of tangible and intangible possessions became part of a systematic display of new social and economic hierarchies that exacerbated the desperation of the impoverished

Paradigm Shift Mega City Project(Present and Future Lagos)

Vision: Sustainble Development Initiated by Governor Fashola


Demolition of pyhsical structure


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Contd (videos) Clean and green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR-WTMPzD Rail system http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUkY_bOL Eko Atlantic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhSyznCi0K .

• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8h • Lekki • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEZ • •

Conclusion Eko o ni baje o

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