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FUTURE LAGOS | Voices of the City: Ibidolapo Adejuyigbe




‘You leave your ego at the door, and just huddle around people who love and appreciate these art forms. They also make the meanest chicken noodle pepper soup in the city.’

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Our voice of the city this week is a Dolapo Adejuyigbe, management consultant who works in the realm of housing and economic policy.

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of the city differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and necessary, endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. 

This week we meet Ibidolapo Adejuyigbe, a management consultant living between Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. His dream for Lagos is to be able to move comfortably around the city without being transported by a car.

Question: What about Lagos inspires you the most?

The ambition of this city and the people of Lagos – their positivity even in unfortunate circumstances and their go-getter mindset. Everyone has a plan, a side business to boot. It’s amazing

QDo you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?

Bogobiri, Its one of the city’s best kept secret. On Thursdays, Bogobiri gathers people from all works of life for its Open Mic Night, where people perform in various art forms – music, poetry, spoken word and comedy. You leave your ego at the door, and just huddle around people who love and appreciate these art forms. They also make the meanest chicken noodle pepper soup in the city

Q: What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?

It was actually a house party, I am not a big outdoors fan – I cherish intimate settings. What was peculiar about this party was that I met with different people each with their own stories on why they chose to come to Lagos. Our similar experiences in Lagos, highs and lows, made way for good conversations.

Q: What frustrates you about the city?

Traffic, bad roads, corruption

QYou can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (Finance Minister, Nigeria). She is smart and has accomplished a lot in her life including an enviable career. I will like to learn from her on what it takes to lead an impact driven life, both in and out of the public service.


For more Lagos voices: Lola Adefope,  Papa OmotayoOyindamola FakeyeMedina Dugger

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Olamide Udoma is a researcher, writer and filmmaker holding degrees in BSc Architecture, MA Design and MPhil Infrastructure Management. Olamide has worked in London, South Africa and Nigeria with various organisations focusing on transport management, slum upgrading and housing rights in urbanising African cities. At Our Future Cities NPO, she is the Lagos manager and editor.