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Edi Lawani, My Lagos, ‘Lagos is too anonymous, It kills the tendency for mankind to harmonize’

The clean-shaven bearded one is amazed at the fact that the good, the bad and the ugly all co-exist in the city of Lagos….


Where do you live in Lagos and why?

I live in Festac because by chance I’ve been living there and I’m still living there.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the village in Edo State.

What’s your earlier Lagos experience?

The rush for molues in those days, coming in from the village, one thing that struck me was nobody giving a damn about the other person. That impersonal and distant attitude.

When did you start living permanently in Lagos?

The fact that in the one town, you can find the good, bad and the ugly. And even the indefinable. It gives you a platform to be who you want to be.

What do you hate most about Lagos?

The impersonal attitude of the inhabitants. Lagos is too anonymous. It kills the tendency for mankind to harmonize.

How do you move around Lagos?

Depends on where I have to go to. But mainly I move around in my own private car.

At other times, I can choose to take public transport which can be from okada to anything. At times too, I ride my own power bike.

What do you miss most when you’re outside Lagos?

When I’m outside Lagos, I lose the sense of pace. Like I’m in Port Harcourt, I have a meeting for 10, I’m ready by 8 pm. In Lagos, your mind is tuned to the traffic, so when you find yourself in a different environment, your body clock does not adjust easily.

Where do you shop in Lagos?

I don’t have a particular place. I’m not a very finicky person.

What’s your favourite Lagos hangout?

The Niteshift Coliseum.

What new projects are you working on?

A beauty pageant for men. And a dance project called Jungle Fever.


(First published in 2005)

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