Portrait of a Megacity (ThisDay)

Portrait of a Megacity (ThisDay)

Oshodi, a sprawling municipal of over 1.5 million residents, shares border directly with the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. From its northern part, the international wing is just few metres away from Oshodi. Apart from Ikeja where the seat of power resides, no part of Lagos correctly gives first impression about Nigeria other than Oshodi.

Yet, Oshodi indeed remains a shadow of itself. From its infamy of blight to its notoriety for gridlocks, this sprawling community has always been a huge burden for successive governments in Lagos State since the dark era of military rule. Before the return to civil rule, Oshodi did not attract much attention even though it tells visitors first story about Nigeria. Read more

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