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How would you like your country portrayed on TV?

Chikodili Emelumadu | 15:16 UK time, Monday, 26 April 2010

Senior officials in Nigeria are complaining about a new BBC documentary series on Lagos.

The documentary, Welcome to Lagos, explores life at the sharp end of one of the most extreme urban environments in the world, through the eyes of slum dwellers - some living on rubbish dumps on land and water.


lagos.jpgIt shows them as they go about their daily lives, trying to make ends meet by scavenging for re-useable products from the dump, boiling blood from abattoirs to make feed for animals and dumping rubbish on the lagoon to make it solid enough to build - and rent - houses.

But critics say the documentary does not reflect the true state of Lagos. Mr Tafida, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK stated that, not airing other aspects of life in the city demonstrated lack of balance and fairness on the part of the BBC.

Are TV portrayals of your country accurate? What part of your country would you like to see reflected more in the Western media?

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  • Comment number 1.

    What do you expect?
    It's all about the economics of demand and supply.
    News consumers cherish the sad, gore and trash so that they can feign that appalling look of dejection while in their innermost minds, they love it.
    On the other hand, if a news agency doesn't stoop down low to feed this hungry beast, it will see it's ratings plummet.
    At the end of the day, it all has to do with who is telling the story and who is behind the lens of the camera.
    The state owned media in my country will show you the amazing beauties of fauna, flora and diverse cultures in Cameroon while the 'foreign' media will pick on the sordid image of corruption.
    As a news consumer, I choose what to read, watch and believe in while the media does what it likes...

  • Comment number 2.

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  • Comment number 3.

    There is a common-sense view which considers Africa a part of the world which capitalist modernity has not yet reached, which lacks development and remains rooted in tradition.One could also argue credibly that Aboriginals in Canada and Australia live very difficult lives on and off reserves,the lives of most African-Americans in the most powerful country on earth are froth with hardship.Yet apart from academics, you really hear it from the media.I am certainly not against the portrayals of the unbearable conditions of the abject poor in Africa, rather, all I am saying here is that portrayals of Africa’s condition should be balanced.

  • Comment number 4.

    welcome to lagos is an interesting documentary about slum dwellers and not the high class nigerians with their big houses( that would be boring). Personally i dont see any problems with people trying to make a living in a slum as long as they are happy doing their jobs and not harming anyone else in the process. I wish/hope their stardard of living improves.

    The (partly) corrupted nigerian/ lagos Goverment should be the ones improving the living stardard of the people and not the BBC.

    Yes some parts of Lagos are nice areas but the programme is not about holiday destinations in lagos. Maybe the government should develop the tourist sites in lagos and market it as a tourist location ( what the people want) and stop moaning.

  • Comment number 5.

    I usually see the worst possible image of my country (Ethiopia) in Western Medias unless we won some race. The saddest part is, there is a truth in what they are portraying, so I cannot say it is completely false. However, there is another side of my country which rarely gets portrayed, thus most people think my country is a hell hole. (Which absolutely is not!!!!) As everyone has the worst possible image of my country, I would like to see the other side being portrayed for a change.

  • Comment number 6.

    It's odd? Because Lagosians are trying to compare to many capital cities around the world, BBC I beleive you support any kind of development why? You not talk on little changes Lagos State put in place for other people to appreciate it. I'm not saying this because am Nigerian, i knew it. You can accept the correction and remember DFID support some many developmental projects in several cities in Nigeria,ask them to know much on Lagos. Yet most of the Nigerian citizen are suffering with poverty syndrome,insecurity,lack of good local health centres,corruptions and power shortage, that served as a crack for the [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]BBC report.

  • Comment number 7.

    Yes most western television have a systematic prevalance of showing the bad aspect of other countries especially the third or developing economies.
    I have not seen a western television that shows affluent people in a developing country like Nigeria. It will be of note that every country has its good and bad places but that of Africa is consistently been relays on the bad sides.

  • Comment number 8.

    In mainstream media there is only only rule most media houses follow: if it bleeds, it leads. And Africa has been bleeding for more than five decades. The tragedy is that we are not even in the position of asking to have some aspects of African affairs - technology advancement, women empowerment, successful grassroots campaigns - reflected more in Western media. Before we make that step we first need to ask the Western journalists to STOP portraying Africa in racist and simplistic ways. But what real discussion can we have with such journalists when they sometimes focus exclusively on "tribal violence", "excessive sexual behavior of African people" or "economic sanctions"? Or when journalists publish the pictures and the real names of raped African children when the same journalists will never, ever dare doing the same thing with children from their country? Let's face it: there's a long road to journalistic accountability before those of us who have an interest in "real" African affairs can actually ask for specific topics to be discussed in Western media.

  • Comment number 9.

    Do we really have a choice, news media is fuelled by politics and economics. I would like the good aspect of my country broadcast sometimes maybe that will bring in the tourist. instead of shauning them away with the general portrayal of Africa as a war ravaged continent

  • Comment number 10.

    If Nigeria feels bad, they have got an option; the politicians should stop looting the economy and use the money to uplift the people.

  • Comment number 11.

    My country, it is one that is considered by the international world as carnivorous. A nation where its people eat one another in an attempt to obtain supernatural power, it’s Liberia. The nation that has no perceivable image in the world besides the mentioned one and that’s it; even on internet.

  • Comment number 12.

    BBC kudos!frankly speaking truth is bitter, but it most be told. Every city of the world has the ugly and the beautiful side of it, for instance shanty and utopia.

    What would make a good journalism is reporting things as its appears without fear of prejudice and favour, by so doing it will correct ills of the society like ours.The media should be seen as a conduit for check and balance.

  • Comment number 13.

    Even though I have not seen/listen to the program, I have come to realize that the western media in general doesn't present a balanced picture of Africa. I get most of my news from BBC and CNN and most of the covering on Africa is about negative or bad news, wars, rigged elections, coup d'etat, etc. I do not deny that these events are not worth reporting but there is hardly any positive story about Africa as compared to other regions such as Asia, Europe of the America's. This definitely hurts Africa's image abroad and one may argue that to some extent, the negative coverage discourage foreigners from investing in Africa and tourists from going to Africa amongst other things.

  • Comment number 14.

    Back in Sierra Leone I was fond of watching CNN and BBC channels, and most of what was shown on these networks was all the beautiful things about Europe and America: skyscrapers, stunning architecture of the metropolitan cities,nice restaurants etc.These images made Africans yearn to go to Europe and America because of the perception that was created in their minds through the TV. Portraying only the negative side of Africa in Western TV networks has created not just a negative image of Africa in the west, but also a negative assumption of Africans living in western society. I am not saying slum areas and undesirable place shouldn’t be shown, but the coverage of these places should be balanced with the coverage of the beautiful things Africa has, such as the lush landscapes, golden beaches wild life etc. America has its own slum areas (ghettos) such as Jamaican queens in Brooklyn NY, South east DC. etc. Are the TV networks broadcast outside America showing these negative images as much as they do the positive ones??

  • Comment number 15.

    I watch CNN, Aljazeera and BBC World for International media. In the past the majority of what has been portrayed is the sorry state of African affairs almost in comparison to the 'affluent' West. But I must commend the International press for trying a lot in the recent past to bring out the beauty of Africa. Programs like Marketplace Africa on CNN and some of the other programs where even African entrepreneurs are being interviewed more gives a very positive image of our rich continent. Obviously the media must bring out both sides of all reporting, we as the viewers have a choice of how we discern a good story from a poorly told one

  • Comment number 16.

    I have watched two of the three part series (looking forward to watching the third this week). I am a Nigerian - very proud to be one and I enjoyed both programs thoroughly. As the adage goes - the truth is a very bitter pill to swallow - but is nontheless the truth. These places do exist in Nigeria and despite the hardships they face - the people who live there are working very hard to live a crime free and responsible life. They do not wait for handouts from anyone but work VERY hard to earn a living. Those in the government need to look at themselves. Nigeria as a nation - with the amount of natural resources we have should be like the UAE. Instead the selfish leaders of Nigeria have seen fit to line their own pockets and invest in countries outside Africa. Kudo's to the BBC and more programs like this - not every Nigerian is a crook and resorts to "419". Most Nigerians a decent people, who have been let down by succesive selfish governments - but yet have hope and work hard for a better tommorow. Yes nicer places exist in Lagos and not all have been got by ill means - the BBC may choose to show them - or they may not. That is the BBC's choice. But anyone in government complaining should first of all outline what they have done in practical terms to better the life of the common man in Nigeria. Better still let them say how many of their children live and are educated in Nigeria !!!

  • Comment number 17.

    I do not think that we Nigerians should worry about this issue at all. No Western country has ever shown the good side of Africa, it is always the bad side. But I thank God that I lived and schooled in Britain and I am living in the US now. They have slumps, they have uneducated people, armed robbers and bad things like Nigeria and the rest of Africa. It is not all gold in the West as they want you to beleive.

  • Comment number 18.

    The media should balance what they show so that the world can see the inequality that exits in many african countries(uganda).where 20% of the population control 80% of the resources while the other 80% of the population live in extreme poverty.may be there the donors will start questioning where thier Aid goes.

  • Comment number 19.

    If there was any country that BBC or the media has damaged for good ,its Ethiopia.
    BBC's unbalanced and highly exaggerated report of Ethiopia's 1984 famine has destroyed the country's image and its people status.
    So, whenever an Ethiopian meets a Western person, the first thing that comes into the mind of the latter is ,the famine.
    BBC and Live Aid had once and for all painted the image of the famine in the mind of you all. Although, BBC has tried to report and present the positive and highly amazing realities of ethiopia later on, it has never been able to mend it.

    So I say to BBC and all the best media, please make a new official declaration/documentary as media that what people think about Africa or Ethiopia as a nation of starved,wild,sick and war loving and backward people, is not true and we should all change this psycho.
    You should also make a corrigendum of the imbalanced reports you made knowingly or inadvertently.
    Although, it is true that we still have abusive and inhuman regime, that BBC as a big media, should watch and unravel.

  • Comment number 20.

    As a matter of fact, any international TV is created for a specific purpose. Mostly to give its creators' conception of world affairs. It is therefore pointless to expect Western Tvs to depict Africa in a good way. Africans should create their own International Tvs if they want to make the world know what is the real African reality.

  • Comment number 21.

    After the Nigerian High commission protest, I created the time to watch the last episode of the Documentary and came to the conclusion that the BBC was only interest in potrying Nigeria and indeed Africa in a negative light. What the BBC missed in the documentary, is the culture and history of the so-called slum dwellers in Makoko, who the BBC potrayed as Slum dwellers. The people are called the ILAJES from Ondo state of Nigeria. The main character in the documentary Mr Chubbey had been living on top of that water for over 40 years, with two of his children in the University. Is the BBC saying the man could not afford to live in the main city?. The 'Ilajes' always prefer to live on the creeks. It does not matter, whether they have the means to live in the main city or not. The problem with the western media, is their mindset about Africa. If the BBC move up to the north of Nigeria, they could see some, northern farmers living in mud houses. However, from my dealing with some of them, I realised that, they are very rich, Happy,and still maintained good family Units. in fact some of them are better than most people living in main Lagos city, Abuja city, including the UK and the US, because they have got no loans, mortgage or credit card liabilities hanging on their heads. Non of them survives on state benefits and we tends to say they are poor. Nigerias population is over 140 miilions people and yet they are feeding themselves with no single Food aid, from any international donor country. That is to show, how hard working and resiilience the people are. Nigeria is a member of the comonwealth, by virture of being a former british colony. It is therefore ironical, that the BBC, which is the main international media, of the same british government that colonise her, is engaging in Media War with the country. My worries is actually the possible economic and social effects of the BBC actions. These are likely to include gradual errosion of regards, respect, economic priority for the British people, establishment, and British companies, seeking business in Nigerians.

  • Comment number 22.

    Why the complaints by the so-called 'Senior Officials'? Please call a spade a spade. These kleptocrats are the very people responsible for a lot of the scallor and abject poverty depicted in the article. This is not to say that the government or it's officials are culpable for everything that is bad with the coontry or the people. Certainly good governance and accountable government could make the place less odious and onerous. It's sickening to see that kind of portrayal. Deep down, I know that human condition is very common in too many places in Africa.
    Yes, there are ghetos, slums,or projects in western countries too. Good grief. A lot of Western slum dwellers live like kings compared to a lot of middle class Africans. How so? They enjoy much better infrastructure, uninterrrupted electricity,good running water and sewagw system, better health srevices and good education system to name a few. Most Africans can certainly enjoy the same if the so-called 'Senior officials' care less about their own pockets and more about their people and their country. Just look at how far China, South Korea for example have come in the last 30 years. It can be done.

  • Comment number 23.

    The media, most specifically the western TV, ought to see and present the other side of the story. Specifically, the corruption, the illegitimate regimes who climbed to helm by crook/hook. Why is it western medias are afraid of reporting and exposing the obvious other than Mugabe - look what is going on in Ethiopia right now for example! Day light robbery of elections and forcing the students and farmers to vote for the most corrupt and repressive gov in power. That is the cause of the slums, poverty, hunger, and death of many innocent Africans that the media portrays

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  • Comment number 24.

    enough is enough its had been a long time western media been downgraded africans by showing negative image of afica ,recent BBC documentary did not represent lagos at all unless they show good side of it.every country in the world today had a negative image.it would be proper for western media to protect their wrong side of their country then embarass africa image,they should try to be balance like someone mention on this forum.

  • Comment number 25.

    We, Africans, can not continue to flay the bearer of the truth. Is it true that the downtrodden were really eking out their daily sustenance from the garbage dump as portrayed in the documentary? Is it true that we lack clean running water, good roads that are not death traps,good education system for all and energy that is not spurious and sporadic at best? If so, why do we continue to deny the obvious? Many African countries have been independent for half a century (50 years) now. And yet, our people still find themselves in this regressive predicament. It is very perturbig and dismaying. Everybody knows what's gone on. Succinctly, it is one bad government after another.
    Africans must stop pointing fingers at the wrong places. We must look inward and roll up our sleeves and get on with it. Only then can we honestly begin to tackle the problem of changing the kind of condition we saw or read about in the documentary. Remember no condition is permanent. Protestations against the bearer of the message is not going to cut it.


  • Comment number 26.

    I have to take the side of Nigerians authorities whom are not the happy with the BBC regarding the "semi" offensive take on the culture of Nigeria....


  • Comment number 27.

    BBC went to under developed recycling center in Lagos.The site was suppose to be a recycling center and in such a place valuables a still found and traded. Unfortunately, this portray a different picture to the world showing the world that Lagos is all dumps by the caption used "Welcome to Lagos". While calling on the Lagos Government to standardise this recycling center, BBC should change the documentary from "Welcome to Lagos" to something more apprioriate.

  • Comment number 28.

    I would like my Country to be portrayed the way it is and mostly concentrating on my Country's problems which should be dealt first, our Africans leaders like to show to the International media only the good side with out minding about the poor for instance during Common wealth meeting in Uganda, street children were chased from Kampala streets in order to show that Uganda was heaven, BBC keep it up for your wide coverage up to last villages.

  • Comment number 29.

    There will be no rectitude if we do not allow the sun to shine in our dirty places. A litle sunshine is disinfecting. You see, it starts a discussion of this kind we are having now. Hopefully, it would herald a new day or beginning at making things better for our people. Look, if we don't like it, we can fix it; we can change it. Why not?

  • Comment number 30.

    I don't think BBC will ever publish a false documentary to tarnish the image of Nigerians!Has the High Commissioner done a thorough check to find out the truth of the matter? I suggest he does so because I don't think those people live around the city or Central Business District.It is very bad to see such young energetic people in that condition. My advise to the Nigerian High Commissioner is that, he Should take his time to do the investigation on that issue!

  • Comment number 31.

    If the authorities in Nigeria consider the BBC documentary negative press then they should just brace up, meet the besic needs of their people and provide infrastructure which would transform life. The fighting spirit of the common Lagosian which the documentary attempts to celebrate appears to be the thing that those in authority find hard to swallow.They have often enjoyed too much media limelight with nothing to show for it. So their complain is grossly misplaced and if they have better stories to tell about life in Lagos they should come up with them. The reality, as it is. That's the way I'd like to see my country portrayed on TV

  • Comment number 32.

    I strongly believe that there is the need to balance information so as not to subject people to negative believe that Africa is a jungle.Every country has it good places and bad places, it is unfair when a whole state is portrayed as a slum as it is being suggested by the title of the documentary 'Welcome to Lagos'.

  • Comment number 33.

    Africa is so complicated; Capitalism is at work in Africa, corporates and individuals from the west have been visiting Africa for resources from time in memorial (since forever I can remember) the atrocities that take place, raping of children, war, killings happen because of these resources Africa has. The people because of lack of foresight and education will kill, maim, rape each other (same colour as them) to feed himself. Our governments in Africa are in cohorts with the west to keep the people of our countries uneducated about the cost of these resources or to train people to produce the finished products to sell.

    They is no hope for Africans, it sickens me, and I'm never surprised when he news portrays Africa in a bad light, yes some parts of our countries are wealthy (living in mansions, lots of land, two or three cars) but some parts people are living on nothing, and eating grasshoppers to survive. Graduates cannot find work in Africa, because the government gives work to relatives only, it's a mess (people are poor but keep having more children) and our countries deserve the bad press...

  • Comment number 34.

    I have really enjoyed the programmes. I think that those calling for a more "balanced story" have perhaps not quite thought through what they are asking for? I would imagine that seeing any programme set in Lagos that portrayed the immense wealth that some have, or just the well-to-do, beside the struggle against the sort of poverty we have seen, would just be unpalatable. The very great inequalities that exist would inevitably become the focus of the story rather than the story of how people emerge triumphant against such difficult backgrounds. This is a story of courage and hard work.

    I say congratulations to the documentary makers and all those brave men and women of Lagos who took part. I wish them well and hope they succeed.

  • Comment number 35.

    I watch some of the western media’s portrayal of Africa and can not help but agree with what is portrayed. Most of the good aspects of Africa (I’ll speak for the case of my home nation Angola) are only there for the benefit of the so called “officials”, their relatives / business associates and expats because they’re the only ones who can afford to enjoy those good aspects.
    I have seen very good reports on western media about Botswana, Namibia, South Africa; and I, once again, agree with those reports because the “officials” in the countries mentioned above ARE doing things to improve the living standards of the entire population. Corruption is not ripe and there’s accountability! If you don’t like the western media, go watch your state owned propaganda laden media!

  • Comment number 36.

    I think this is a fantastic piece of journalism from the BBC and the producer/director should be lauded for showing the other side of Africa and Africans. It shows Nigerians who are working hard to better themselves despite the odds. It shows that not all Nigerians are drug mules or 419ers as some westerners believe; but people who aspire to better themselves through seriously hard graft. I lived in Lagos for twenty years and used to drive past these places and didn't have a clue they existed. The Nigerian government will protest about these kind of programmes; it is because they don't want us to know what goes on. If we had journalists like the BBC has in Nigeria, people will be more aware of how the other half live and maybe; just maybe these people will get the help they so richly deserve.

  • Comment number 37.

    Instead of complaining they would better spend their time cleaning the place and their own acts up.

    There is nothing special or unique about Nigeria in this respect, go to any county and you will find people living on the margins of society. At least the people portrayed in the documentary are shown struggling against adversity and poverty, and not giving in like the criminals in government and Lagos 419 cyber cafes.

    If the BCC made a fly-on-the-wall documentary about what goes down in those dens of vice, the roof would blow off the country.

  • Comment number 38.

    Reminiscent, some years back a scene of a black malnourished kid from one of the African countries that were half dead and a vulture waiting patiently for the kid to die in order to scavenge on him was portrayed in a foreign magazine. An ugly situation as this was not to make jests, but rather to constantly remind those at the top that all is not well. My question is should the leaders wait until such an incident is focused on the cameras or pages of newspapers before they wield into it? Or Are they not aware of the living conditions of the people whom they govern?
    Crisis rocking most of the African countries today is as a result of bad leadership, either self-imposed or against the will of the people. You will agree with me that God has endowed African countries with abundance of natural resources, but the impacts of these resources are not felt by the common man on the street, rather the few clicks had since hijacked it to grease their pockets. If actually the resources are harness to the benefit of all; slums, ghettoes would have been converted into a modern city. Worse still, resources are not equitably distributed, if it was the grey areas that have raised adrenaline would have been looked into.
    Some African political leaders their stolen monies worth buying a fresh country, yet the poor masses hardly put food on the table, secure basic necessity of life or improved conditions of living, one could tell how their daily lives ebbed away each passing day, thinking someday may be Messiah will come and change their situation. After all singing and dancing: slum! Slum! Slum! Let us maintain decorum, wait and see attitude; I hope the message has been properly rehearsed into their tympanum.

  • Comment number 39.

    After watching the first two episodes myself, I actually disagree that it portrays African cities/countries in a bad light.

    We all know that in such places there is wealth and poverty and that the gap between can be far and wide. What this series shows us is that through all the poverty and hardships amazing things can and do happen.

    Yes the slums are less than ideal - governments take note, but within this metropolis it seems entrepreneurs are a plenty and there seems to be real feeling of comradeship between the people who live there, something that is lacking in this so called Civilized world.

    I believe Nigerians should be proud of what can and has been achieved from the people who have had little to no help and are fighting to survive in an ever changing world.

  • Comment number 40.

    I am a Nigerian journalist and can readily tell you that the BBC, like most western media, has an overly negative view of Africa and seeks to portray Africa thus. I am yet to see a balanced report about Africa from the BBC, and I read African and world news on the BBC daily.
    While I won't claim that BBC goes out of its way to report falsehood, since the events do actually happen, it is the style of reportage that gnaws at our sensibilities.
    For example your celebrated 'Welcome to Lagos' documentary, whilst actually dealing with real life Lagosians, in real life situations, failed to show any contrast. At least the producer and his team got to stay in hotels where they were served by ordinary Nigerians who do not live on garbage dumps and swampy slums, it would have served for 'balance' if they had made some effort to portray their lives as well. You must not go to VGC and other highbrow areas to show the world that not all Lagosians live on rubbish dumps.
    Furthermore, Your analysis of political situations in Nigeria always gives me an my colleague reason to laugh. How can you keep stressing that Nigeria is divided evenly into a Muslim North and christian South? where then is the South west, the homeland of the Yoruba's, who are usually Christians or Muslims or followers of traditional beliefs? ditto your continuous disregard of people like me, millions who are born and raised in the North, by parents from Eastern Nigeria, but now live and work in Western Nigeria. Where then do we fit in.
    I think your greatest failure lie in believing that your workers who bear African names, but were born and breed in your cities, can give you insights as to what Africa really is, or how to report Africa.
    We do not seek for you to play down the conflicts, or the political mess 9which your banks aid, by the way.), but to also show the other side of Africa, not just the negative things, just get over this single story Idea.
    All said, I know it is much easier for BBC to give Gays and lesbians (who are politically correct by western standards)good press than waste time pleasuring those backward African, that day may never come.
    Aside, I think it is time we tell our own stories. Maybe BBC will air it, though I doubt that very much.

  • Comment number 41.

    The truth? Well, what is the truth? The truth is that the Nigeria corrupt so-called 'leaders' have squandered more than $20 trillion dollars since oil was discovered and the country is worse today than it was in the '60s. That my friend is the truth; it hurts. Nigeria 'leaders' and their supporters are quick to condemn anyone who dare to speak the truth about the ills in the country. Is it untrue that Nigerians are still living without any social services? Is it untrue that Nigerians are dying everyday due to lack of medical facilities, real medicine, power, roads, or even clean water to drink? Truth? No, our 'leaders' cannot handle the truth. It hurts too much for somebody to dare speak the truth.
    Silence is evil and injustice!

  • Comment number 42.

    For too long the media has used Africa as scale GOAT to attract audience and sponsors. It is now time you guys balance the info you will be sending out about Africa. The same media which dumped Africa should be used to lift it out of the mess they all helped fabricate.

  • Comment number 43.

    I must say that after watching the documentary i was rather disappointed the title 'Welcome to Lagos' leads the viewers to believe that the documentary will be informative of the whole of lagos, not just what the BBC perceives to be best for viewing ratings. As a partial inhabitant of Lagos, This documentary certainly wasn't an accurate portrayal of Lagos if the BBC wanted to make an accurate portrayal they would have found a balance but that doesn't make good TV does it?
    I found the documentary extremely patronizing (e.g. subtitles for the perfectly understandable "slummers" and for those who truly believe that the documentary hasn't cast Nigeria in a negative light are delusional.
    I cease to trust the BBC as they seem to have a vendetta against Lagos. (e.g. Lagos Airport)
    Lagos has come a long way its had its ups and downs, instead of focusing on those downs BBC shed some positive light on the fantastic occurrences in Lagos, in Nigeria and in Africa.
    From a disappointed Lagosian

  • Comment number 44.

    Also to those who have said that we should shut up and sort it out i would hope that you are all mature enough to realise that things do work that way. I take it that you have absolutely no idea what the Lagos state governor (Fashola) has been to doing to improve the state of lagos, otherwise your comment would not have been made.
    And lastly the idea of a balanced documentary is just what is needed you can not tell half a story and portray it as the whole story. Negativity won't improve the state of Lagos focusing on whats wrong instead of saying how we should improve is ignorant. As a 17 year old who spends half her time between lagos and London i see the the improvements and if you don't then move!

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