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‘Politicians have failed us’: The despair of Nigeria’s poor

25 November 2018 Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections next year, residents of informal settlements say they expect little to change. Emita Dida, a widowed mother of six, has been living in “Monkey Village” for more than a decade. She is one of thousands of Nigerians to be calling this informal settlement in Lagos’ Ikeja neighbourhood home, sheltering in small shacks jammed …

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Bribes, beatings and gridlock at ports choke Nigeria’s economy

17 November 2018 Congestion, delays at ports cost Nigeria $19 billion a year  President Buhari says that the situation is a ‘major concern’ The lines of aging blue, red and yellow trucks begin almost 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the gates of Nigeria’s main port of Apapa. Valentine, a 34-year-old driver, has been queuing outside the Lagos site for two …

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The port of Lagos, Nigeria’s hidden nightmare

This video from the AFP news agency explores how poor management and lack maintenance have turned access to the Apapa Port in Lagos, Nigeria’s main port, into a nightmare. It can sometimes take weeks to drop off cargo and a journey of 30 minutes can last up to six hours on the only access road to the port. Follow @naijiant

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Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos shut down for maintenance

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria’s busiest bridge is closed to traffic for third time in its 40-year history in order to repair cracks and structural damage. The Third Mainland Bridge links Lagos Island to the shores of the capital, a city of nearly 20 million people. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris looks at the ageing bridge and the disruption that …

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Water company accused of poisoning black communities in the US bids to serve Lagos

11 August 2018 Activists are concerned that Veolia, the company linked with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, is on the shortlist to manage two-thirds of the water system in Lagos, Nigeria, where many children die from water-borne diseases. “I feel Veolia is a snake, and they slithered over to Lagos to try to increase their profit margins,” Nayyirah Shariff, director at …

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How Fela Kuti came to be celebrated by those he sang against

The Nigerian icon was harassed, censored and imprisoned for singing truth to power. Today power celebrates him. Every time I see politicians and statesmen honouring Fela Kuti, I chuckle to myself and wish I could be there to ask with the utmost seriousness: “Are you, sir, recommending Fela to younger generations as a role model?” I definitely had a good …

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