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Lagos, The Paradoxical Hybrid

The ubiquitous yellow Lagos public transit buses taken from the Lagos Wide and Close documentary

The ubiquitous yellow Lagos public transit buses taken from the Lagos Wide and Close documentary

Paradoxical hybrid, two words world-renowned urban theoretician, Rem Koolhaas, used to describe the City of Lags back in 2002. He thought the state of Lagos was the terminal condition that cities worldwide should expect to end up in. I wonder if he still believes so.

To me Lagos is a unique, complex tapestry composed of hundreds of micro-layers that exists almost in defiance to time and space. Exactly. Lagos is hard to define.  Every city has a specific combination of factors that makes them what they are. As an urbanist, I realise that all cities are unique. As a Lagosian, I say Lagos is especially one-of-a-kind.

I once read an article where Lagosians were accused of propagating (and really just downright enjoying the attention that) the idea of Lagos as some sort of mythical city, enshrouded in mystery, and just a bit beyond the limits of human understanding.

Well, welcome to Black and Yellow Urbanism (BYU) – where Lagos is, hopefully, demystified and laid bare. As a native to the city. I want to tell the story of Lagos “as is”. Join me as I chronicle, the ups and downs, highs and lows, lefts and rights of this rarity (there we go again 😀 ) known as Lagos city.

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