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The 48 hours before social distancing segregated Lagos into social classes

LAGOS, Nigeria —  The bus is full to capacity. Fourteen of us – fifteen if you include the driver – are going from Ojuelegba to Aguda. It is a twenty-minute ride within Surulere, the Lagos town famous for hosting 17,000 participants in a boisterous, extravagant festival of Arts and Culture in 1977. Nothing seems unusual on […]

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Poverty and the “Big Man’s Disease”

LAGOS, Nigeria — It is Wednesday, the 25th of March, a day before Lagos will go into a one-week compulsory lockdown. I am curious to know how this lockdown and the fight against the Coronavirus is perceived by those who have shops, or hawk food around. This leads me to Mushin market, opposite Zenith Bank on Lamijo […]

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God and Social Distancing: Faith in the time of coronavirus.

LAGOS, Nigeria — It’s 8:45 am on Sunday at The Tribe Lagos. The Tribe Lagos is the Lagos arm of a Christian community focused on “renewing the Culture with the Gospel and expressing God’s heart to the world.” Usually, by this time, the venue for The Tribe Lagos’ Sunday service is dimly lit with orange-coloured […]