Lagos, a super-resilient city

What is it like to live in Lagos? The Guardian invites us on a journey to discover the evolution of West Africa’s biggest megacity. Almost 20 years ago, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas teamed up with Nigerian counterpart Kunlé Adeyemi to rethink Lagos. Within the context of dictatorship, their project was never published. Two decades later, they talk about the past, present and future of this amazing city. “The capacity for survival on an individual level and collectively is just amazing, and that’s perhaps the reason Lagos is where it is today: because people are innovative, they are ready to adapt, they are ready to fight, they are ready to live in different kinds of conditions. There’s just this notion, there’s a pride – everyone believes that things will be better”, says Kunlé Adeyemi. The population of Lagos more than doubled over the past twenty years and was estimated at 10.59 million people in 2010.