UNILAG Invites Submissions for Book on Lagos Identity and Ownership

The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) at the University of Lagos has issued a call for submissions for a groundbreaking project titled “Who is Lagos? What is Lagos?” The initiative aims to explore the multifaceted identity of Lagos, Nigeria’s vibrant and dynamic metropolis.

UNILAG Invites Submissions for Book on Lagos Identity and Ownership

The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies (IADS) at the University of Lagos has issued a compelling call for submissions for a groundbreaking project titled “Who is Lagos? What is Lagos?” This initiative aims to explore the multifaceted identity of Lagos, Nigeria’s vibrant and dynamic metropolis.

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Lagos, with its rich history and diverse cultural tapestry, has long been a hub of activity, commerce, and creativity. From its colonial past to its present role as a multicultural melting pot, the city continues to shape Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent research has highlighted the significance of Lagos in various domains, including social identities, indigenous knowledge systems, and decolonization discourse.

One recurring theme in discussions about Lagos is the notion that it is a “no man’s land.” This cliché has persisted since the 1970s and resurfaced prominently during the 2023 general elections. Ethnic and interest groups have engaged in heated debates over ownership and resource allocation within the city. As Lagos expands on all fronts, questions of identity, belonging, and ownership become increasingly relevant.

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The IADS-UNILAG invites contributions from academics, researchers, and the general public who share an interest in Lagos. Original works in various formats are welcome:

  1. Opinion Pieces: Thought-provoking essays that delve into the complexities of Lagos, its history, and its future.
  2. Poetry: Expressive poems that capture the spirit of the city, its contradictions, and its resilience.
  3. Photography: Visual narratives that showcase Lagos through captivating images.
  4. Other Artistic Expressions: Creative works that engage with the essence of Lagos, whether through prose, visual art, or multimedia.

Submission Guidelines

  • Word Limit: Articles should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Artworks: Each submission of visual art (photography, paintings, etc.) should include no more than two images.
  • Deadline: Intending contributors must submit their drafts by Sunday, June 30, 2024, to the following email addresses:

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The editorial team comprises distinguished scholars:

  • Prof. Taibat Lawanson: tlawanson@unilag.edu.ng
  • Dr. Abisoye Eleshin: aeleshin@unilag.edu.ng

The compiled Book of Readings will be presented at the Roundtable on Land and Power: Interrogating Material and Ideological Contestations for Ownership of Lagos, scheduled for August 2024.

This project promises to be a valuable addition to the discourse surrounding Lagos, shedding light on its multifaceted character and inviting fresh perspectives. Contributors are encouraged to engage imaginatively and critically with the city’s essence.