Lagos is fast becoming a global city- a place people visit for curiosity and the vibe as much as for business or family. The mesmerizing energy and intensity of the city has to be experienced to be understood. But what is the story of Lagos? When did the city begin? Who were the first inhabitants? When did it become the city of iniquity and wisdom that continue to confound all who confront it? Who have been the chroniclers of this real yet imaginary city?
The book examines the key moments in the history of Lagos: from the concerted attack by the British in the 1860’s Independence in 1960, the 1966 coup through to FESTAC and the assassination of Murtala Muhammed. Also included are vivid character portraits of some of the most powerful Lagosians in history, form Oba Kosoko to Madam Tinubu, to well-regarded colonial figures such as Sir Bernard Bourdillon and those – like Lord Lugard – not so fondly remembered. There is, of course, an entire chapter devoted to Fela Kuti.
This book is a delightful ”must-read” for anyone with an interest in one of the most dramatic cities of the 21st century.