- Gilbert Chagoury, the owner of Eko Hotel and key financier of Eko Atlantic project, paid $1.8 million in fines to the United States after he was suspected of funding terrorism, banned from entering U.S. and indicted on charges of violating the country’s election laws– PG
Seun Kuti, Grammy-nominated afrobeat singer in a recent Instagram live session with fans made a noteworthy assertion, asserting that “Lagos is white man’s land.” Kuti contended that the prevailing narrative of various Nigerian ethnic groups claiming ownership of Lagos is contrary to the reality that the city’s majority real estate and wealth are owned by foreigners.
The son of the late Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti, lamented what he perceives as the economic control exerted by “foreigners” over Lagos and, by extension, the entire nation. In emphasizing his point, Kuti urged individuals to visit the Ministry of Land in Lagos to witness the relatively low percentage of land owned by Yoruba people in the city.
In the course of the discussion, Kuti directed attention to the broader Nigerian landscape, particularly the oil industry. He argued that the control of the oil industry, a vital component of the nation’s economy, predominantly lies in the hands of foreigners.
Kuti pointed out the apparent concealment of this foreign influence in plain sight, citing examples such as Eko Hotel, deemed the most expensive real estate in Lagos, and its extension, Eko Atlantic, both owned by the same foreigners.
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