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Lagos

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At the end of the 18th century, Lagos became the first slavery port in West Africa. From the 19th century onwards, like many other port cities in Africa, it was increasingly involved in the circulation of people, goods, ideas and technologies. By the 20th century, Lagos had become the main port of the most populous African country and was the federal capital of Nigeria from 1914 to 1991. Today, the city of Lagos boasts a concentration of capital assets, trading companies and public investments, a large bureaucracy and a transnational political, intellectual and religious elite. Since the 19th century, in fact, Lagos has been at the forefront of new cultural and social practices in Nigeria, despite Abuja (the new federal capital since 1991) and Port Harcourt (the oil capital in the Niger Delta) having recently acquired increasing influence...
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hal-03461320 , version 1 (01-12-2021)

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Laurent Fourchard. Lagos. Göran Therborn; Simon Bekker. Power and powerless. Capital cities in Africa, HSRC Press, pp.66 - 83, 2012, 9780796923509. ⟨hal-03461320⟩
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