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Politics / Lagos And Igbo by omobajid(m): 8:01pm On Apr 13, 2015
POINT OF INFORMATION: THE IGBO AND LAGOS'
DEVELOPMENT

"By 1872 Lagos was a cosmopolitan trading
center with a population of over 60,000
people.Colonial Lagos developed into a busy,
cosmopolitan port, with an architecture that
blended Victorian and Brazilian styles.The
Brazilian element was imparted by skilled builders
and masons who had returned from Brazil Th.e
black elite was composed of English-speaking
"Saros" from Sierra Leone and other emancipated
slaves who had been repatriated from Brazil and
Cuba.By 1872 the population of the colony was
over 60,000, of whom less than 100 were of
European
origin.
In 1876 imports were valued at £476,813 and
exports at £619,260. Telephone links with Britain
were established by 1886, and electric street
lighting in 1898.In August 1896, Charles Joseph
George and G.W. Neville,both merchants and both
unofficial members of the Legislative Council,
presented a petition urging construction of the
railway terminus on Lagos Island rather than at
Ido, and also asking for the railway to be
extended to Abeokuta. Lagos history is rich in
Yoruba tradition,trade and
commerce,infrastructural development and
cosmopolitanism." -EXTRACTED
With the little facts above, I would like to educate
some illiterates making stupid assumption from
blind sentiments that they developed Lagos.
Lagosians had telephone presence in 1886, Itu
and Calabar got connected to Telephone in 1923,
while between 1946 and 1952, a three-channel
line carrier system was commissioned between
Lagos and Ibadan and was later extended to
Oshogbo, Kaduna, Kano, Benin, and Enugu.
Communication technology is a major signifier of
civilizations and if Lagosians were already making
telephone calls more than 70 years before your
daddies, where then did you get the warped idea
that you came to develop Lagos?
By 1856 Cable and Wireless Company of the UK
had commissioned a submarine cable link
between Lagos and London and In 1851 a post
office was established in Lagos; all these before
of the emergence of Nigeria as an amalgamated
country. If I may ask again, where did the stupid
idea that Igbo developed Lagos came from? Or
that Lagos was developed with Nigeria's money
when Lagos was not even part of Nigeria until
1914.
I always feel embarrassed anytime I read and
hear even so-called educated people from the
East making these stupid assertions.
The first Yoruba lawyer Christopher Alexander
Sapara Williams was called to the English Bar in
1879 whilst the first Igbo lawyer, Sir Louis
Mbanefo, was called to the English bar in 1937.
Again the first Yoruba medical practitioner, Dr.
Nathaniel King, graduated in 1875 from the
University of Edinburgh whilst the first Igbo
medical practitioner, Dr. Akannu Ibiam, graduated
from another Scottish University in 1935. Again I
ask, where did the ignorant hypothesis of the
backward Yoruba race who needed development
by the superior Igbo race come from? For the
sake of our generation and posterity we need to
teach factual history and not just cook up some
cock and bull ego-centric concoctions as facts.
The attitude of recycling long tales steeped in
empty arrogance should be discarded before you
miseducate your kids with fictions.
Awolowo will continue to be the Yoruba hero not
because of blind followership but because he gave
his people the system of free education, free
healthcare and he introduced Television to the
Yoruba; making Yorubaland the first region to
have a TV station in Africa all done with revenues
from Cocoa. It is crass ignorance and naked
buffonery to claim Lagos was built with Nigeria's
money. In addition, where did the foolish idea that
the Igbo brought civilization to Lagos and
Yoruba-land come from?
The aim of this post is not to deride any tribe but
to correct the dangerous misinformation trending
among some Igbo youths and common in their
narratives that Lagos is a no-man's land and
that their fathers built and develop Lagos. Your
forebears came to Yoruba-land like every other
settlers and we appreciate their contributions but
the stupid claim that Igbo built and develop
Lagos is a grammertic error

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