How Abuja illustrates Nigeria’s deep inequality
Inequality in Lagos. Nkiru Mokwe via Flickr

This is the first time I am writing in three weeks—it’s the longest stint away from my pen (laptop) in a year. 

Over my 14-day holiday, I spent 21 hours driving across eight different states: Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Edo, Kogi, FCT, and Kaduna. Lagos to Abuja took around 13 hours, and I documented quite a few lessons. The best part for me was the Edo-Kogi-Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stretch. 

I enjoyed seeing Edo because those are Preston’s people. But the real moment for me was the switch from Kogi to the FCT. 

I didn’t see the most developed parts of Edo, but I drove through Lokoja, the capital of Kogi, before entering Abaji, one of the six area councils that make up the FCT. The difference between Kogi and the FCT was stark. Kogi was nothing to write home about. Seeing parts of river Niger was nice, but everything

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Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Jr.

Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Jr.

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