‘‘Thou shalt not be slow. Thou shalt not be stupid. Thou shalt not be naive in Lagos’’ - the foregoing aphorism aptly surmises the spirit of Lagos: the spirit of hustle and bustle; the spirit of hard work; the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovativeness; and above all, the spirit of smartness, that of “the survival of the fittest”. Approaching the concept of heritage outside of western ideals for heritage preservation, this project proposes the development of a historic preservation policy model for Lagos Island through indigenous perspectives and decolonial thought. This project in alignment with the essence of Trade on the island, explores its historic markets as "living heritage" and proposes their designation as such.
Advising committee: Fernando Lara, Magdalena Novoa, Toyin Falola