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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lagos: The Miracle Megacity of Africa


The Miracle City: Pentecostal Entrepreneurialism and the Remaking of Lagos

In the extant literature on African cities and urban lifestyles, one component of Lagos’ megacity makeup is noticeably absent.  This often overlooked or under-represented feature is that Lagos is truly a “Miracle City” – a city sited at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, with a manifest peril of being swallowed up hovering over it like the Sword of Damocles. Known for its infrastructural challenges, Lagos survives and thrives on the ingenuity, pragmatism and creativity of its more than 21 million inhabitants. For its intensely pious dwellers from a variety of religious traditions, Lagos is a city where God is alive and at work making and remaking lives, shaping and reshaping destinies.


It is not surprising then that perhaps the single most popular, most pervasive product of Lagos is miracle. The miraculous is at the heart of Nigerian Pentecostalism, and Lagos, more than any other city in Africa, merits the title of being the global capital of Pentecostalism.

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