A Novel Model for Mass Transit in Lagos, Nigeria: Background information when reading Love Is Power, or Something Like That

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Love Is Power, or Something Like That

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By A. Igoni Barrett

Love Is Power, or Something Like That
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  • Paperback: May 2013,
    176 pages.

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A Novel Model for Mass Transit in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos' Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) provides the backdrop to "My Smelling Mouth Problem", one of the stories in Igoni Barrett's collection Love is Power, or Something Like That.

In the past decade, the population of Nigeria has grown from around 100 million to about 180 million. If this growth continues, Nigeria will be home to around 300 million people in 2040 - all living in a space roughly double the size of California. The coastal city of Lagos is not only Nigeria's largest port, it is also the country's economic and financial hub, with a population of over 8 million and growing.

Fast population growth, combined with a lack of planning and management, left Lagos with an unreliable public transportation system far too small to cope with demand - consisting primarily of minibuses, known as danfos (capacity of 8 to 25 passengers) and larger buses known as molues (capacity of 30 to 50). Clearly Lagos (a C40 city, which means it is dedicated to reduce greenhouse emissions) ...

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