Several years ago [I must’ve been about 8 years old] my Dad recorded a radio programme for the BBC called “Welcome to Lagos.” This show of course came out almost a decade before the latest BBC offering that was the point of so much discussion (and contention) both by Nigerians abroad and in Nigeria. My Mom recently found a copy of the programme on cassette tape and managed to get it transfered onto CD for my brother and I. This was the first time either of us had heard his voice in years (he passed away when I was 10 years old) and I have to say instead of feeling sad - I was so happy and proud. Proud of the Man who loved his hometown…and proud of the city with a life of its own. Lagos (the Megacity of the Future) is characterised by personal ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Nothing is wasted, everything is a commodity. According to the architect Rem Koolhaas, “Lagos is not a kind of backward situation but an announcement of the future.” I kind of feel like if you can survive in Lagos you can make it anywhere in the world. As my Dad says in the clip:
“Everybody complains about Lagos but no one ever leaves…”
With exclusive clips from Fela Kuti and a tour round my family home I hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about where I come from…my Hometown Glory - Lagos.
*Click HERE to download the programme
- She Rox Lox