Posts Tagged ‘lagos’

“This is Lagos”

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2008 at 2:50 am

I read The Megacity: Decoding the chaos of Lagos two years ago, and I will never forget it. It changed the way I will think about global cities forever. Now I can’t think of London or Shanghai or Dubai, and not think of Lagos too, out there, demanding to be reckoned with.

The impulse to look at an “apparently burning garbage heap” and see an “urban phenomenon,” and then make it the raw material of an elaborate aesthetic construct, is not so different from the more common impulse not to look at all. And that reaction is understandable, for the human misery of Lagos not only overwhelms one’s senses and sympathy but also seems irreversible.

This article, lingering in the back of my mind like a nightmare, was one of the things that made me want to do a blog like this. It propels me into the world. It makes me recoil.