Public-Private Connection in Urban Displacement: A Case Study of Lagos State

The names of certain private actors, notably popular chieftaincy families in Lagos, are often mentioned in most of the documented eviction exercises carried out in Lagos’ informal settlements in the name of urban renewal. This research lifts the veil of urban renewal in order to interrogate and understand the roles private actors play in facilitating mass evictions…

Enough! Stop criminalizing young people living in the slums!

Miscreants. Street urchins. Drug addicts. Criminals. Thugs. Prostitutes. These are examples of the negative adjectives commonly used to describe young people living in urban slums and informal settlements. Labeling them in this manner often provides justification for security agents to routinely raid the spaces and places where they live, leading to the arrest and detention…

Pushing for Change through Digital Story-telling

After participating in an intensive 5-day course on digital story-telling, 15 youths from informal settlements across Lagos State have learned how to produce their own digital stories about the social inequalities, extreme deprivations and forced displacement that they face everyday. Through a 7-part process, the participants comprising 8 males and 7 females, aged 20-35 years,…

Otodo-gbame: Life After Forced Evictions

Between 2014 – 2017,private actors, often acting in connivance with Lagos State authorities have launched several attacks in Otodo-gbame community leading to the  large-scale displacement of predominantly urban poor inhabitants who are now dispersed in different localities across the State. SPACES FOR CHANGE traced the displaced residents to the areas they moved to, in order…

Lagos Joins the Club of Resilient Cities

At a high-profile, agenda-setting workshop on urban resilience held on February 8, 2017, Lagos State was admitted as one of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in the world. 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing…

Lagos Evictions: Setting an Agenda for Collective Action

For residents of Lagos informal communities—often designated as slum settlements—bulldozers accompanied by heavily-armed and tear-gassing security operatives are regular visitors to their enclaves. In the last one year, rampaging bulldozers have flattened Badia, Oshodi, Ilubirin, Otodo-gbame, and several communities in Lagos on the orders of state authorities, or their collaborating private actors. The reasons officially…

15th Lagos Housing Fair

Focusing attention on local content in the provision of housing is the theme of the 2016 Lagos Housing Fair (LHF) held in Lagos. The event held which started on April 25, 2016, brought together city planners,  urban experts, state officials, exhibitors, and manufacturers of local building products in Nigeria.  LHF’s core objective is premised on the…