Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Every Day More than 500 People Come To Settle in Lagos

Every day more than 500 people come to Lagos to start a new life in Africa's largest megacity.

The immediate former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji ­Fashola, SAN, once dropped the following bombshell so calmly it would have been easy to miss: he believes the city’s optimum population is 40 million.
~ Fashola, The Man Who Transformed Lagos - Matthew Green Of Financial Times - Politics - Nigeria

Lagos, which is the smallest state in Nigeria by land mass has become the most populous and the most prosperous.
Lagos was the federal capital of Nigeria before losing the status to Abuja in 1991, but has become one of the fastest growing cities in the world as the commercial capital of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and the continent's largest economy boosted by the rapid development of Lagos state with a population of more than 21 million people attracting both local and global investors to become the richest state in Nigeria and fifth biggest economy in Africa as the largest megacity with the highest GDP.

Lagos is also the heartbeat of the continent for entertainment with the phenomenal Nollywood, the largest home entertainment industry in Africa and second largest home videos industry in the world after Bollywood of India and ahead of Hollywood in production of home videos.
The  GDP of Lagos alone exceeds that of Kenya, East Africa’s biggest  economy.
Lagos has more international five star hotels and multinational corporations than other countries in West Africa.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of @247Nigeria, Nigerians Report Online, Talk of The Town By Orikinla and other blogs. He is the author of "Lagos in Motion: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity" distributed worldwide by Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima also popularly known by his pen name "Orikinla Osinachi" started his writing career at 18 as a scriptwriter for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 10 in Lagos.
He became a project artist for the Johns Hopkins University's Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) at 21; Art/Features Editor for the Kiddies World magazine at 24; Program Consultant for UNICEF Nigeria at 25; ; Curator of the first Art Against AIDS exhibition in Africa held at the National Museum and National Arts Theatre in December, 1993 in Lagos by the Nigerian Network of NGOs (NNNGO); Production Manager of "Money Wise" for Media Network on DBN TV in Lagos from 1998-2000 and also worked for Redemption Light, the official magazine of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the office of the famous General Overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye. He started his King of Kings Books International publishing company in 2000 and became the  Founder/Executive Director of the United Artists for Human Development (UAHD) Project in 2002; Founder/CEO of International Digital Post Network Limited( IDPNL) in 2009 and Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema (SOOAC) in 2013.

He is a prize winning writer since when he won the first prize in the Pop magazine national essay competition at 13. His first book, "Children of Heaven" (collection of poems) was published by Krystal Publications Limited in 1987.  His other books are  "Scarlet Tears of London"(poems), "In the House of Dogs"(essays), "Diary of the Memory Keeper"( memoirs), "The Prophet Lied"(poems), "The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream"(essays and photographs);  coauthor of "Naked Beauty" screenplay; Publisher/Editor of "The Language of True Love" and the popular NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.

He is the Founder and first Festival Director of the Eko International Film Festival, Founder/Executive Director of Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project. He has registered a new international film festival, Zenith International Film Festival in 2015. He has been developing his iPost Nigeria mobile video sharing and eCommerce app for all users of smart phones in the world and also launched his Screen Naija YouTube Channel in 2016.

In 2016, he was given an award as one of the top publishers in Nigeria and included in the book on "Nigerian Top Executives in the Design, Printing and Publishing Industry" edited Elvis Krivokuca, MBA and he is also referenced in other books by leading scholars, including "Words Onscreen. The Fate of Reading in a Digital World" by Prof. Naomi S. Baron; Professor of Linguistics and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning at American University in Washington, DC.

He is widely known for promoting and supporting the education, protection and welfare of underprivileged girls in Nigeria and other countries. He cosponsored and co- hosted the Nigerian premiere of the CNN groundbreaking documentary film, "Girl Rising" in 2013 and in 2015, "HE NAMED ME MALALA" documentary film of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl education activist and youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. He is the Founder/Executive Director of Girls United Together for Success (GUTS) Project.

He produced and directed his first major documentary film, "Lagos in Motion: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity" and published the photo book, "Lagos in Motion: Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity" distributed worldwide by Amazon and other booksellers. His new book, "Bye, Bye Zimbabwe", a collection of his original stories will be published in 2017. He has been interviewed by Times International magazine in 1980; Radio Nigeria in 1983; West Africa magazine in 1984; NTA Channel 10 in 1993; BBC in 2003; ThisDay and others. And his artworks have been exhibited in Nigeria and in Japan since 1983.


Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi | IndieWire

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