Why Nigeria’s Plans for a Dream Eldorado City are not Radical Enough
The government of the state of Lagos — Nigeria’s former capital — has proudly proclaimed it is building a new city that will become the new financial center of Nigeria, and perhaps West Africa. The scale of the Eko Atlantic project is immense and progress is being achieved through a team effort between investors, planners, engineers and contractors.
Pitched as Africa’s answer to Dubai, Eko Atlantic is a multibillion dollar residential and business development that is located as an appendage to Victoria Island, and along the renowned Bar Beach shoreline in Lagos. The plan is that it will:
- Consist of ten square kilometers (3.86 square miles) of land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean
- Be home to quarter of a million people and employ a further 150,000 people who will commute on daily basis
- Be billed as a 24-hour, green-conscious, world-class city; and
- Attract and retain top multinational corporations