Mark Duerksen is a research associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in the Journal of West African History and the Johannesburg Salon, as well as in dozens of publications for the Africa Center. His work aims to make Africa’s histories and cities understandable (and visible) to a larger audience, particularly policy makers.
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Landscapes, Housing, and the Making of Modern Lagos
By Mark Duerksen
How did Lagos, Nigeria, grow from a tiny island kingdom to a megalopolis famous for its frenetic and congested form of coastal urbanism? This first-of-its-kind history provides a comprehensive narrative for understanding one of Africa’s largest cities—its buoyant vibrancy and its two-headed problem of housing shortages and rising seas—today.