Lagos, Nigeria is the most populous city in Nigeria and the African continent as a whole. It serves as an economic hub and also has the highest GDP in Africa. With high GDP comes high rates of growth, which Lagos is also experiencing. In 2015, unofficial reports cited that the “Greater Metropolitan Lagos” had a population of 21 million people. That’s a lot! With all of these people, there are bound to be some problems. Generally, the app explores issues of inequality in Nigeria. Specifically, racial and economic. Lagos, in
The United Nations condemned the Nigerian government for failing to take steps to prevent racial discrimination. The Nigerian legal system does not provide an actual definition of legal discrimination (FIDH). There is also a clash between long-term residents of Nigeria and those that are considered “settlers”; the Nigerian government has again failed to intervene in these matters (FIDH). In Lagos, particularly, there is crushing income inequality. The Guardian explored this epidemic in a recent article, reporting that “At least 86 million people live in extreme poverty in Nigeria. The country’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to earn 8,000 times more each day than a poor compatriot would spend on their basic needs in a year.” (The Guardian). Clearly, this is a massive issue. Many people blame
Greater public knowledge is the first step to solving this issue. Donating to humanitarian charities and volunteer organizations is the second. There is so much important work that needs to be done to empower an entire Nigerian population to overcome the economic and racial disadvantages that are ingrained in the political system.
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Works Cited: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JlKjUfDgd1uE6_0C7N_6SWA0aqDR2pBYiLLfkZcRzWw/edit