Posts Tagged “Lagos”

Governor Ambode promises steady electricity and grants to Yaba startups

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Governor Ambode promises steady electricity and grants to Yaba startups

This afternoon, Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State visited Yaba tech cluster and made a stop at the iDEA Hub and then talked to entrepreneurs at CcHub both on Herbert Macaulay way. In the tech hubs, he met with startup founders and tech entrepreneurs in general. We were led to believe the governor did not drop any…

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Eko Hotel owner, Chagoury, sues FBI, US Justice Department over visa ban

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Eko Hotel owner, Chagoury, sues FBI, US Justice Department over visa ban

Gilbert Chagoury, billionaire businessman and owner of Eko Hotels in Lagos Nigeria has filed a legal action against the US government and its agencies for Privacy Act Violations. The case filed on Friday is the first to be made under the Judicial Redress Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in February…

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LAGOS, THE BLACK MEGALOPOLIS

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LAGOS, THE BLACK MEGALOPOLIS

There is always something magical and enchanting about great cities. They seem to have a character of their own. You feel them and you feel for them, as if they are living entities. Their pulse and pulsations register with you. You pray for them and even imagine their travails. You sense that beyond their architectural…

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IS BANANA ISLAND STILL THE MOST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD IN NIGERIA?

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IS BANANA ISLAND STILL THE MOST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD IN NIGERIA?

The island is the most expensive place in Nigeria and one of the most expensive in Africa to own a house. Property on Banana Island is dollar-denominated. The average cost of buying a three bedroom apartment is $2 million. However, if you’re just looking to hang around the island for some time, and not to buy property, you can rent the same apartment for about $150,000 per annum. But there’s a clause: you must pay for an initial minimum term of 2 years – in advance. And there are no refunds. Ever! Also, the tenant is also mandated to pay a ‘service charge’ of $17,000 per annum.

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NIGERIAN GIRL, 17, SECURES ADMISSION TO 13 UNIVERSITIES

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NIGERIAN GIRL, 17, SECURES ADMISSION TO 13 UNIVERSITIES

Folashade Adebayo A 17-year- old girl, Serena Omo-Lamai, has been granted admission to study in 13 universities in America and Canada. Omo-Lamai, who graduated from Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, last year, however, opted for Syracuse University, United States, to study Bio-Medical Engineering. Some of the universities  where she was offered admission include Emory University, Georgia…

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SKYSCRAPERS RISING FROM SHANTYTOWNS: A FUTURISTIC VISION OF LAGOS

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SKYSCRAPERS RISING FROM SHANTYTOWNS: A FUTURISTIC VISION OF LAGOS

Tanvi Misra A Nigerian-American architect imagines one of the densest, fastest-growing cities in the world. The artist Olalekan Jeyifous is fascinated by cities and the changing role they play in art, politics, pop-culture, and the collective imagination of society. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was born in Nigeria. And moving to the…

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FIRST NIGERIAN-PRODUCED MUSICAL HITS LONDON’S WEST END

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FIRST NIGERIAN-PRODUCED MUSICAL HITS LONDON’S WEST END

Wakaa The Musical was a hit in Lagos, Nigeria, and has now opened in London. The show follows the fate of a group of young graduates as they find their way in the world. Aiming to give audiences a taste of modern day Nigeria, Wakaa is the first Nigerian-produced musical to be performed at a…

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Sayo Oladeji: Another Reminder That The Nigerian Ecosystem Is Bigger Than Lagos

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Sayo Oladeji: Another Reminder That The Nigerian Ecosystem Is Bigger Than Lagos

Sayo is the first winner in the iROKOtv developer challenge that iROKOtv’s CEO, Jason Njoku announced one month ago. We were all surprised when the first winner was announced and turns out not to be one of the coding ninjas at Yabacon Valley (forgive me). We caught up with Sayo to talk about the test,…

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Nigeria Memories: An American Story

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Nigeria Memories: An American Story

I just can’t stop writing about Nigeria. It’s because I miss it. I haven’t been back in a while and I’m looking forward to 2015 when I go back. I find it therapeutic writing about my experiences and opinions from all the trips I made to the great Country of Nigeria. I’m going to be writing…

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LIFE EXPERIENCE: LAGOS – A HARD CITY TO LIVE IN, AND EVEN HARDER TO DIE IN

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LIFE EXPERIENCE: LAGOS – A HARD CITY TO LIVE IN, AND EVEN HARDER TO DIE IN

It’s probably better that I didn’t die last night. Death deserved something more top shelf: a Johnnie Walker Black goodbye. Not a bottle of cheap, picked up from the dirty shop down the road. The bottle was so dusty that upon hearing my American accent, the shop boy’s face fell into a mask of shame and embarrassment. He apologised over and over for the state of the store as if I would carry this information back to America and disgrace his family.

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