WHY IS LAGOS AN OPEN CITY?



The early interaction with the west and access to education could well be described as one out of several other reasons why Lagos is an open city. If we took a brief retrospect to the early 20th century, up until the nation’s independence in 1960, Lagos had very vibrant coastline that played host to countless traders and seafarers who navigated our waterways for the purpose of doing business. It needs be said, that apart from traders who besieged the Lagos coastline from outside the country, there was also attraction for this city by other Nigerians, who came from different parts of the country as the human composition of the city suggests.

Lagos’ history as stated above brought with it very noticeable and sweeping changes. The ideas about life and living were influenced by interaction and education, thus assimilation and re-acculturation became the end products. These changes moved further to physical structures that saw the erection of edifices to suit the vested and divergent interests of partners, stakeholders and administrators of the daily activities of the city. It was indeed these changes that also resulted in the night life of the city. Just like New York in USA’s North, Lagos in Nigeria’s South lost and still loses sleep to her night life.

The amassing of these socio-economic-political fabrics over the years gave it the identity it now wields. Even if one resided in the light less and darkest interior of any part of the tropics, coming into Lagos levels one and awakens the sensibilities to agile progression; which could be learned or taught, positively or negatively. Prying eyes of familial confines dissipates in the city of Lagos and survival takes precedence because instincts are automatically sharpened and attuned thus.
Lagos is open because its arm with “differing dictates” is just unquestionably cosmopolitan.

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