Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fashola Commissions Transit Home For Victims Of Domestic Violence

The Lagos State Government Thursday took a decisive step towards halting the incidence of violence against women in the State as it commissioned a Transit Home for victims of domestic violence at Ayobo-Ipaja, in Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.

The 176-bed Transit Home, which is the first of its kind in the country, will provide temporary accommodation for the victims who will also be counseled and given the opportunity to learn skills that will make them self-dependent.

Speaking at the official commissioning of the Transit Home, the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said his administration finds unacceptable ills like violence against women, maternal and child mortality and will do everything it its power to end them.

Congrats To A Wonderful Cousin, A Beautiful Lagosian And Her Husband. Adenike Akitoye Of The Akitoye Royal Family, Lagos.

Bride and groom
Oba of lagos HRH Oba Rilwan Akiolu with Bride and groom
Oba of lagos HRH Oba Rilwan Akiolu With sister of the bride Adetoro Akitoye.
Oba of lagos HRH Oba Rilwan Akiolu having a good time.
Sister of the bride and her husband.

Popo Aguda a.k.a Brazilian Quarters (Campos Area) And Charming colonial architecture. 1959

Brazilian Quarter of Lagos where the majority of the slave trade returnees from Brazil settled. Many families lived on Broad Street in the Marina

Isale Eko, Lagos. 1953 (Picture Taken By David Apter)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fashola Receives Clinton Award For Eko Atlantic City

Lagos — Global recognition came the way of the Eko Atlantic City, the brand new city being developed to combat the effects of climate change through reclamation of nine square kilometers of land lost over the years to the Atlantic, as the Lagos State government and its private sector partners on the Project, South Energyx, got the Clinton Global lnitiave Commitment Certificate.

The Certificate, received by the state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, and Chief Executive Officer of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, Mr Ronald Chagoury, took place on the third day of the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), before the special breakout session with the theme, "The Infrastructure of Human Dignity: Protecting the Most Vulnerable," in New York, United States.

Reading the citation before making the presentation, Mr Nicholas Kristof, a Columnist with The New York Times, declared that the Lagos State government and South Energyx are committed to "combating the devastating effects of climate change by reclaiming nine square kilometres of land for a new city, Eko Atlantic.

Eko Atlantic will be an environmentally conscious city built with nature, to restore an original coastline and protect Victoria Island, Nigeria, from the severe risk of ocean surge and flooding."The Initiative, founded by the 42nd President of the United States, Mr William Jefferson Clinton, is a forum dedicated to discussion and collaboration among world leaders, business executives, heads of NGO, philanthropists and other activists, to tackle pressing challenges facing the global community.The Commitments to Action, is a unique feature of CGI membership, aimed at ensuring translation of practical goals into meaningful and measurable results through new, specific, and pragmatic initiatives, which vary in size and duration focusing on diverse concerns, regions, and types of activities.Speaking to members of the international press earlier on Wednesday, after visiting the Eko Atlantic City's stand at the CGI's Exhibition Centre, Fashola reiterated commitment of the state government to deliver a safe environment to the next generation.

According to him, government participation through the City project and his personal attendance of the CGI meeting were practical demonstration of the commitment to protect lives and property." The coastal erosion challenge of Lagos State today is a fall out of the increasing threat to the environment, climate change, rising water levels and as a coastal city, we remain absolutely committed to ensure that we safeguard the future for the next generation. That is the importance of our commitment. lt is no longer just a promise, it is an unyielding commitment to deliver a safe environment to the generation behind us," Fashola said.While acknowledging the pre-eminence of the CGI as an international forum for discussing issues of the global challenge to the environment, he commended the private sector partners of the state on the Project, South Energyx for its courage and doggedness in working with the government to turn "what was an environmental disaster iinto a major asset for Lagos and for Africa."

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Victoria Island, Lagos.

George Adeniji. Garrick. (8 April 1917 – 12 July 1988)

Born in Lagos on April 8, 1917, George Adeniji Garrick was the eldest son of Stanley David Garrick, a senior administrator and courtier to HRH The Oba of Benin in the former Kingdom of Benin, now southwestern Nigeria.

George Garrick attended King's College, Lagos where he excelled academically and was also noted for his prowess at games including cricket, football, squash and athletics.

The outbreak of World War II in 1939 ended Garrick's hopes of a medal at the British Empire Games which, ordinarily, would have been held in 1942. Nevertheless, he went on to register several athletic successes as a medical student at Glasgow University during the war years. In October 1946, he was awarded his Full Athletics Blue by the university; then, in 1947, he gained international honours representing Scotland against England and Ireland. Subsequently, he was appointed Captain of University Athletics for the 1948–49 season.

Returning to Nigeria after qualifying as a medical doctor, George Garrick entered the Government Medical Service and served in several parts of the country before going into private practice. In 1953, he married Princess Comfort Odinchezo Amobi, a granddaughter of Igwe Amobi I of Ogidi.

They had two children together. Kola and Tayo.

Upon his father's death in 1958, Garrick's inheritance of the lands and seigniorial standing bestowed by HRH The Oba of Benin led him to settle permanently in Benin City to continue his medical career.

Lagos sky view..

Oregun Road, Lagos.

Naiger Dock @ Snake Island. Lagos.

Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Six feared dead in Bar Beach Sallah tragedy.

Unconfirmed report said the sad incident occurred in the evening, and quickly drew the attention of residents and other people who were at the Beach to spend the evening.

An eye-witness account said that four other people whose identities could not be ascertained were equally hit by the tidal wave but managed to survive as they were rescued by local fishermen.

Sources said that those rescued were rushed to the General Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

Although details of the incident were sketchy as at the time of going to the press, eye witness account disclosed that the victims were at the Beach to spend their Ramadan holiday.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba could not confirm the story but said that the Commissioner of Police. Mr Marvel Akpoyibo had detailed the Marine Police unit on a search and rescue mission.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lagos declares two-day EID holiday

The Lagos State Government has declared today, Monday, September 21 and tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, 2009, as public holidays to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr at the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan.

This was disclosed in a circular, issued by the Lagos State Head of Service, Yakub Abiodun Balogun after approval by state governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola. The governor asked all public servants to continue to uphold the lessons of the sacred month by rededicating themselves to the service of Lagos state.

Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay (1864-1946). The first Nigerian civil engineer, a Pan-Africanist and a great Lagosian.

Nigerian surveyor and leader of Nigeria's first political party. In 1893 he joined the colonial service, experiencing injustice at first hand when he was paid less than his British counterparts. Resigning from the service in 1899, he launched a campaign against colonial rule. He was the first Nigerian to be sponsored by the colonial government to study abroad.

Nigerian political leader

Considered the founder of Nigerian nationalism*, Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay promoted self-government in NIGERIA in the early 1900s. Born into an educated, Christian Nigerian family, Macaulay attended school in Lagos. In 1890 he won a scholarship from Nigeria's British colonial government to study abroad. After earning a degree in civil engineering in England, he returned to Nigeria and worked for the colonial administration. In 1899 Macaulay resigned to set up his own business, and he began a career of political protest against colonialism.

Engineering work brought Macaulay in contact with Nigeria's traditional rulers, and he became familiar with the land-ownership customs that had existed before colonial times. He began publishing a newspaper, the Lagos Daily News, to champion the land and political rights of Nigerians. In 1923 he founded the country's first political party, the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP). Twenty-one years later, he was elected the first president of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), one of several parties formed as Britian began to allow its colonies a greater degree of self-government.

Herbert Macaulay was an unlikely champion of the masses. A grandson of Ajayi Crowther, the first African bishop of the Niger Territory, he was born into a Lagos that was divided politically into groups arranged in a convenient pecking order – the British rulers who lived in the..

Friday, September 18, 2009

Kuramo Waters..

Adetokunbo Ademola. VI

Civic Center. VI

Wema Tower.

Horse Racing @ Racecourse a.k.a Tafawa Balewa Square. 1961.

Nigeria Spring fever in Lagos is racing fever. Young Lagosians drape themselves over a fence at the track to get a close look at their hero, the jockey on his mount. When the racing season is on in Nigeria, the jockey is the man of the hour. April 8, 1961.

Even the women in Lagos love the ponies. Nigerian ladies dig into their handbags to place a bet on a favorite horse.

Happy Lagosian Waving The Union Jack::Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh's Lagos Visit. 1956.

Eko Downtown @ Tinubu.

Late Kokoro And The Dancer @ Tinubu Square.

Lagos Marina.

Founded in 1990, the Lekki Conservation Centre, on Lagos' Lekki Pennisula, aims to preserve the region's delicate ecosystem for future generations. Mona monkeys, crocodiles, bush bucks, Maxwell duikers and giant rats are just some of the animals you can spot.
A habitat of swamp and Savannah, the center is equipped with nature trails and various tree platforms from where visitors can fully appreciate the beautiful landscape. The area is fenced in and under 24-hour surveillance by patrollers to keep visitors safe. While there is no entry fee, it is best to have some change handy.

Cobranet Tower View. Lekki, Lagos.