Lagos: confronting change in a global megacity

Public lecture of the Running cities series hosted by LSE Cities

Lagos is one the fastest growing cities in Africa, and the seventh fastest growing city in the world. Governor Babatunde Fashola discusses how his administration is managing rapid urbanization and growth of this 17.5 million city, the engine of Nigeria’s economy. Central to his strategy is the view that cities must pursue a bottom-up approach to solve the environmental and social challenges of the contemporary city.


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    Babatunde Fashola

    Babatunde Raji Fashola, is a Nigerian politician who is currently the Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing. He was Lagos State Governor for two four year terms from May 2007 to May 2015. Born in Lagos, Fashola studied Law at the University of Benin and after going through Nigerian Law School was called to the Nigerian bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court.