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Bill Clinton, Goodluck Jonathan, Babatunde Fashola, Bola Tinubu & More Dignitaries at the Eko Atlantic City Opening Ceremony in Lagos | Photos



The first phase of the Eko Atlantic City was inaugurated in Lagos yesterday at an event which attracted some top dignitaries. Former President of America, Bill Clinton; President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan; Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola were among those who graced the occasion.

Eko Atlantic City is a planned district of Lagos that is being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean. Upon completion, the new island which is still under development is anticipating 400,000 residents and a daily flow of 250,000 commuters. The development will also have a positive environmental impact as its main purpose is to stop the erosion of the Lagos coastline.

Here are some photos from the ceremony:

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  1. dee one

    February 22, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Did they just dedicate the coastline or what, where r d buildings……..

    • Evagreen

      February 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      LOL my thoughts too

  2. anon

    February 22, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I can’t stand Tinubu

  3. Purpleicious Babe

    February 22, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Bill Clinton….. don visit Niaja finish.. I rate him.. xxx

  4. wateva

    February 22, 2013 at 2:16 am

    why is Bill clinton there?na wa for Africa

    • Mathew Thomas

      February 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

      what is wrong with Bill being there? you Africans hate light. He was one the greatest man in the world, he present there means a lot for Nigerian Government…

  5. Lossy

    February 22, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Nice,las gidi for life

  6. kazzi

    February 22, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Good things happening in my city… Eko oni baje ooooooooooo!

  7. Julz

    February 22, 2013 at 4:06 am

    uhh why does bill clinton have to be here?


  8. wiklo

    February 22, 2013 at 4:33 am

    this just puts it into perspective for me…that Kim appearance fee might be a little embellished at $500,000 for just a 45mins, heck Bill could have been invited instead and i know that venue would be stupendously jam-packed….Bill commands about $250k to a million per appearance (what a meet and greet that would have been)…i could be wrong about Kim’s fees though but good to see someone with more substance on our shores, possibly bringing in investments….

    • Jude

      February 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      You are correct. Nigerians are funny people. Kim got nothing. Who can pay that amount to an artist? Kim wasn’t even paid. She was doing a personal favor for a friend. All that was done for her was travel, security, accommodation and a small stipend. For the record, Bill Clinton’s speaking salary is about $170,000 minus travel. Cheers

  9. Yewande Aje

    February 22, 2013 at 5:27 am

    fashola for president

  10. NNENNE

    February 22, 2013 at 5:33 am


  11. BBC

    February 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

    haha this is the equivalent of dare bringing kim k to nig for the valz day special….. pointless! does clinton live in nigeria? why is he a stake holder? doesn’t good luck know how 2 cut a ribbon on his own? and why are the not actual pictures of the site and the development? all i see are people with fat wallets? xxx

    • Brigitta

      February 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

      lol! Nice one…

  12. say the truth

    February 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Bill Clinton is just laughing, because what they’re trying to build now, yankee had already built before the 1920s.

    • m.h

      February 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Like I still think it’s stupid these guys have building that are 200 years old and they are still better than our newly built buildings..why waste money on appearance..we can never meet them In dis life ..even with how much God has blessed us..we shouldn’t turn ourselves to laughing stocks..after all we paid some foreign contractor to build it..smh

  13. Say What?

    February 22, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Some of you are so myopic with these comments that i hope you never become anything of substance in my country. The negativity is just too much. You all should be visiting shrinks not hanging around the internet

    • nikus

      February 22, 2013 at 7:26 am

      laughingggg……’re so mean!! i agree with you 100%

  14. Ladi

    February 22, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Some of you people don’t bother checking out the details about eko atlantic city but you be asking why Bill Clinton is there…Eko Atlantic is recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative

  15. omolola

    February 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Say What….Thank you for your comment. very myopic views. AhAh

  16. Chuka

    February 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

    My concern is,does one have to be a member of the Oil Cabal to live there (when its finished)? It looks that way!

  17. Gold

    February 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    @ wiklo, how can u suggest to have brought Bill Clinton instead of Kim K for a valentine’s day show?? are u for real?? Don’t u know to each, their domain!!!

  18. Que

    February 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    What the hell are they dedicating? …and dedicating to who?? It is only in Nigeria dat we launch sand and stones… Sensible people unveil magnificent layouts and beautifully designed buildings that push how we think bout architecture and technology, and we’re inviting the world to launch sand, like say sand no dey their country, how can we ever expect to be taken seriously…!

  19. yinka

    February 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Bill Clinton needs to come and run for president of Nigeria! lol

    • Straight4ward

      February 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      He will win oo!

  20. wiklo

    February 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    @Gold, i am serious o…. i was liking it to someone with more substance showing up for that amount and both staying a lot longer in naija/appreciate the people coming through…

  21. NSG

    February 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    The interlocking block floor is already old at opening ceremony!

  22. @ajiriavae

    February 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Bill Clinton was there to attract the attention of foriegn investors. A few international investment related media outlets will carry the story because Bill was there. This is a big project that needs the publicity.

  23. Berry Dakara

    February 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Erm, no pics of Chidynma???? She sang the anthem at the event and reception…

  24. BlackMagic Babe

    February 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Bill Clinton instead of Kim for Darey show…hahahahahhiiiihihihihihih0h0h0h0h0h0h0h0h0h

  25. dexter

    February 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    That smile on Fashola’s face as well as the ugly GEJ,the kind of hatred between them ehn,i wonder how they boned “party wars” to do this….loool…anyway,i <3 Fashola…Fashola 4 President 2015!…[email protected] som'n like that ooo…reserved 4 d rich n famous but like all things naija,it wont last except by a change of our govt"s attitude to legacy and tradition and development.

  26. MissBonnie

    February 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    and the reason they needed Bill Clinton there was????????

  27. Abujakenneth

    February 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Hope motorbike will be running there?

  28. tamia

    February 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    i cant stand tinubu as well…with his village headmaster look

  29. adaeze

    February 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Abeg Jona no dey change cloth. Na wa oooo everytime this hin native cloth, at least change the colour…….

  30. adaeze

    February 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    abeg does he have a stylist or does he need to join Niyola and Monica Ogah.

  31. fy

    February 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    please Mr Ahmed Tinubu, you are no longer governor of Lagos State, go and sit your ass somewhere and stop showing up at all the events for current leaders

    • Simya

      February 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      LOL…When the dude owns like half of Lagos state

  32. Winny

    February 23, 2013 at 12:35 am

    250,000 daily commuters on the island????? that,s just laughable as if we don’t have enough traffic gridlock in Lagos. Fashola Eko oni baje oo

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