Africa’s poster city

Board Game>> Urbanisation • Nigeria

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageLagos now has its edition of the famous board game Monopoly. The Nigerian metropolis, one of the fast-growing cities in the world, is the first African city to have a Monopoly edition. The board’s layout was unveiled on December 12 at Lagos City Hall, with the manmade Banana Island named as the upmarket equivalent of Mayfair in the London edition.

Makoko, the slum on stilts over the city’s lagoon, is the cheapest property for sale on the Lagos board. Nimi Akinkugbe, head of Bestman Games which is producing the Lagos edition, told The Guardian ahead of the launch that suggestions for the Mayfair spot were “a hot topic”.

Some aspects of the game have been tailored for Lagos, like the “Go To Jail” cards, which read: “Go to jail. Go directly to Kirikiri jail,” referring to the city’s maximum security.

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