During a recent conversation with an American friend of mine, I tried to explain to her that Lagos was one of the most expensive cities in the world. It was hard for her to understand, and it was hard for me to fully explain to her as I did not have a whole bunch of statistics on my side.
Well, it turns out that Mercer's 2009 Cost of Living Index did all the work for me. According to the rankings, Lagos, Nigeria, the nation's flashy commercial capital, is the 32nd most expensive country in the world and the 5th most expensive city in the Africa/Middle East region behind Tel Aviv, Israel, Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Doualla (Cameroon). Lagos, Nigeria also beat out many well known American and European locations such as Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Berlin, Brussels and Miami. Considering the fact that certain venues will cost upwards of $15,000 to host a wedding reception, it is no surprise that Lagos is one of the world's most expensive cities.
Nevertheless, Lagos continues to take great strides to improve the lot of its residents. From beautification projects, to improved waste disposal management and a successful transportation system, the state government is trying to create a metropolis that works. Free trade zones are also bringing employment opportunities and tourism is now being pushed aggressively. There is a lot of good news when it comes to Lagos, despite how expensive it is.
That being said, as one whose family has lived in Lagos state for over 60 years, and still has family living in the same home my grandparents raised their children in, I join other Lagosians to chant its praise - Eko Ni Baje, lai lai. Translated, 'Lagos will never ever spoil'.
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