It was in 1947 when Jaja Anucha Wachuku, the first indigenous Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives and the first Nigerian Minister for Foreign Affairs referred to Lagos as a “no man’s land”.

Recently in 2013, a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu also made the same assertion which generated a lot of debate among Nigerians.

Carter Bridge, Lagos
An aerial view of Lagos, 1960s.


Lagos, also known as Èkó, is the most populous state in Nigeria. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, a major financial centre in Africa, and the economic capital of West Africa. The megacity has the fourth-highest GDP in Africa and houses one of the largest and busiest seaports on the continent.

So, it is unsurprising that the megacity would be referred to as a “no man’s land”, due to the presence of almost every Nigerian tribe, as well as foreigners from other countries in the city.

But is Lagos really a “no man’s land”? The answer is in the video below…

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