Life in Lagos [warning, also ad]

    I hear enough about Lagos, especially its past and future growth, but never see videos, so here's one (yes, they're advertising chocolate)


    I have been to Cameroon, not Nigeria. One thing that is striking is that Nigeria tries much harder to present itself as desireable to the world than other African countries.

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    I was most astounded by the meteoric growth. I wonder: why did it happen? Video made me think of Emma Lazurus' phrase teeming shore. 

    One real strong meme I see about Nigeria after years of seeing things from Nigerians on the internet (i.e. forums on all and on the Nigerian outlets they feature; social media like Twitter - -tho not necessarily Lagos) is: I WANT TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF THIS COUNTRY, it's hopeless. (They like to bitch and moan about it to each other and trade tips, like: Canada is taking us right now!  Here's what you need to do.... They seek out ex-pats and like to communicate with them.) Of course I realize the squeakiest wheels make the most noise and these may be a miserable minority, still they are prominent and loud.

    Then throw on top of that that this not what the maker of the video, a white guy foreigner, is expressing, he sees enormous potential, he has great faith in them.

    We live in microcosms. I might live in a city, but in reality I've borrowed or rented a few blocks, invested in a club and a cafe, perhaps now and then getting further. So you find that magical location in Lagos or LA or Lima, and the rest doesn't matter, for better or worse.

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