Inside Nigeria’s airports and the struggle for profit
How do airports work in Nigeria?  Source: Stears Business

Nigerians who have travelled abroad and seen the beauty of some of the world's best airports often question why ours are in such a deplorable state. Even compared to some African peers. 

A Nigerian airport is more a waiting room, than what we see when we travel out —a retail paradise.

Henry Mance, a feature writer at the Financial Times, wrote on the 7th busiest airport in the world: “You can find anything in Heathrow airport if you walk far enough...you can even find God.”

Indeed, London’s Heathrow Airport is not only known for its vast retail facilities, but it also has Catholic, Anglican, Free Church, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu chaplains. There’s a multi-faith prayer and counselling room in each terminal. 

Likewise, Changi airport, one of the largest transportation hubs in Singapore, has cinemas and full-fledged shopping malls. 

Comparing a place like Heathrow to Nigeria’s Murtala Muhammed International airport (MMIA)

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Fisayo Okare

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