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Akin Ajayi Reviews Lagos: A Cultural and Literary History by Kaye Whiteman

Lagos: A Cultural and Literary HistoryVerdict: carrot

The most attractive aspect of Lagos: A Cultural and Historical Companion by Kaye Whiteman is its attempt to look beyond the evident and to place the emphasis on its people, tracing the evolution of the city as defined by its inhabitants. Whiteman, a respected journalist and commentator on West African affairs, has a useful perch from which to try to unravel these complexities and contradictions. A former editor of the now defunct West Africa magazine, Whiteman first visited Lagos in 1964, and has reported from and about the city ever since. The length and depth of his engagement with Lagos gives him an advantage in assessing the growth of the modern mega-metropolis.

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