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Olayinka Stephen Sangotoye

NO MAN’S LAND

Arguably, over the years, Lagos that has its slogan as “Centre of Excellence” has been considered as no man’s land due to the capacity of diverse cultures that are firmly rooted in it. It is of great wonder to know that many cultures troop into Lagos even before the existence of Nigeria as a country; cultures from within the states in Nigeria, neighboring countries and even beyond. Researchably, all these cultures had their ways into Lagos through the civil war, slave trade, trade, adventures and so on.
This body of work in its capacity intends to establish the fact that in a way, Lagos can be considered as a “no man’s land” due to the over dominating diverse cultures that exist in it. This project was extracted from the streets of the major spheres
of Lagos; Lagos Island and Lagos Mainland. Taking proves from the traditional religion and practices, although EYO masquerade is widely believed as the Lagos masquerade and still being observed up to date. Likewise, IGUNUKO the sky scrapper masquerade by the Tapa people from Niger state of Nigeria has a long standing history equivalent to that of Eyo in Lagos. Streets are named after this name “TAPA STR” both on the mainland and the Lagos Island. This culture has its worship center (Shrines) round Lagos and it’s
headquarter is found on Lagos island. Moreover, this project explores tribal marks; an indelible signs of identification of cultures that exist in Lagos. In this process, one of ten of the tribal mark bearers claims Lagosians. Street names and tags are also the evidence that buttress the statement under review “no man’s land”. It is a known fact that “Lagos” as streets names exist in some other parts of the country yet it is quite amazing to find streets with prominent names from other parts of the country lying side by side on a major road in Ebute Meta on the Lagos mainland such as “KANO STR” and “KANO STR BUS STOP”. Kano remains the state capital of kano state from the northern part of Nigeria. The likes are:
 
TAPA STR. from Niger state.
JEBBA STR. from Niger state.
IBADAN STR. from Oyo state.
ABEKUTA STR. Ogun state’s capital
ONDO STR. one of the biggest cities in Ondo state.
LAGOS STR. even the name after the state.
 
Fishing culture was also on the check list. Water takes the major part of Lagos which attracted the
fishing culture even from neighboring countries like Benin Republic.
Major Works
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Olayinka Stephen Sangotoye

NO MAN’S LAND

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