4 major cities in Africa still holding on to their colonial names

Fatiatu Inusah May 1, 2019 at 07:00am

May 01, 2019 at 07:00 am | Opinions & Features

Fatiatu Inusah

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May 01, 2019 at 07:00 am | Opinions & Features

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Lagos (Eko)

Nigeria’s largest and former capital city and also the largest city on the continent in terms of population was formerly called Eko and sometimes referred to as Onim. Eko which translates to war or military camp was named by the Awori people who were the occupants of the land before the arrival of the Portuguese. The name was changed to Lagos by the Portuguese who named it after the coastal city in Southern Portugal. The Portuguese used the place as a port for slave trade in the 1760s. Up until 1991, Lagos was the capital city of Nigeria. Nonetheless, it remains the country’s economic powerhouse.

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