A 5-mile island built to save Lagos’s economy has a fatal design flaw - Quartz

A 5-mile island built to save Lagos’s economy has a fatal design flaw  QuartzThe key to understanding Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, is in the water. From the sea Lagos rose, from humble port city to economic and political powerhouse...

A 5-mile island built to save Lagos’s economy has a fatal design flaw - Quartz
A 5-mile island built to save Lagos’s economy has a fatal design flaw  Quartz

The key to understanding Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, is in the water. From the sea Lagos rose, from humble port city to economic and political powerhouse and sprawling home to around 22 million. It’s the water that the city is named for—“Lagos,” from the Portuguese word for lakes. Many of the poor, who make up 70% of the city’s population, live in floating shanty slums in the city’s lagoons. It’s also the sea that has been responsible for Lagos slowly sinking. Lagos consists of a mainland and a series of islands, which make it especially susceptible to rising sea levels. It is this ...