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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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Covid-19’s socio-economic threats for Nigerian women

COVID-19, similar to most public health risks and disease outbreaks, has raised significant gender concerns. Would the disease affect men and women differently? How would the pandemic change or exacerbate existing gender concerns? Early evidence already suggests that there are varied implications of COVID-19 for the human rights and wellbeing of men and women, the […]

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Nigeria is unprepared for the worst crisis since independence

In the age of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the world is facing an unprecedented health crisis and no country is spared. As social distancing takes precedence in most countries around the world, COVID-19 has evolved from a health crisis into an economic disaster. Economic activities, for instance, have reduced sharply in just two months since COVID-19 […]

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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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Lagos’ size and slums will make stopping the spread of COVID-19 a tough task

Economic inequalities have consequences for access to health and health seeking behaviour. Over 60% of the residents of Lagos are poor and live in the over 100 slums and informal settlements scattered across the city. They lack water, sanitation and other basic services. This makes them particularly vulnerable during a health crisis.

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Coronavirus, Face Masks and Hand Sanitisers — A Story of Supply and Demand in Nigeria

When the demand for any commodity goes up, there are more people bidding for the same commodity, the price of that commodity goes up. Ignoring this law is like ignoring the law of gravity, you do so at your own peril. The law does not end there; it goes on to dictate that when the […]

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In Nigeria, Coronavirus proves that government healthcare spend needs to increase

Healthcare in Nigeria has been heavily under-prioritized by many Nigerian administrations. Public health experts across the world have frequently expressed fears over the possibility of an epidemic exploding in Lagos and spreading to London, New York, Tokyo or Helsinki because Africa’s most populous country is also its poorest where at least 46% of the population […]

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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 […]

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Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research

Scientists are facing stiff headwinds from the rapid spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and a national emergency in the U.S. While the impact of the pandemic on scientific research pales compared to its effect on human health and lives lost, it’s still affecting the vitality […]