iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Lighting Lagos

Listen now 29 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Lighting Lagos

29 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 24 October 2013

Lagos – Nigeria’s commercial capital - is one of the world’s biggest cities and when the sun sets it becomes one of the darkest. Most of its roughly 20 million people light their homes with kerosene lamps or noisy diesel generators. It’s incredibly inefficient – and leaves streets dark and dangerous. Changing this has become a national priority. For Assignment, Neal Razzell spends days and nights in Lagos with the electricity teams who are working street by street, bulb by bulb to literally bring power to the people.

Produced and presented by Neal Razzell.

(Image: An engineer fixing the lights from an electrical box in Lagos. BBC Copyright)

  • Smell the money

    Smell the money

    The room housing generators behind the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital reeks of diesel. “Another way of saying that is, you can smell the money,” says Dr Olufemi Omolulu. “It costs a lot of money to run these generators. Sometimes we have to run them almost 24 hours.”

  • There was a jubilation

    There was a jubilation

    Mr John is a happy liquor salesman. His stall in the Iyana Ipaja market stays open well past dark since street lights came on. When it first happened, “there was a jubiliation….We opened drinks to give to people because of the light.” Traders feel safe because the hooligans who used to rob them have moved on. Mr John says sales are up by 50%.

Free download

  1. Image for Documentaries


    An indepth look at stories and issues from around the world. This podcast offers you the chance to…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss