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The Lagos Chronicles | “My Africa Is” Presents Kunle Adeyemi & the Makoko Floating School



As part of the series by the “My Africa Is” team called “The Lagos Chronicles“, we find out more about the floating school at Makoko. The team speaks with Kunle Adeyemi the architect behind the project and he talks about the work so far.

Watch the video here


  1. Tayo

    June 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This is a really fabulous idea and it’s sad that the the Lagos State govt. is so backward. Approving that structure would have brought so much change to the area and the lives of the residents.

  2. Ngozi

    June 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Well Done Kunle! To start with, I am appalled that the Lagos state government gave these people 72 hours to relocate. Was alternative accommodation provided for them? I guess not. It is a damn shame to hear that the government did not consider Makoko to be part of their scheme. Aren’t the residents of Makoko Lagosians? Someone steps in to do something innovative in the area; build something that will benefit the residents of the area in the long term and you can even hear the man state clearly that the floating school is just a “prototype”. Surely the government should be investing in him to better the area. Instead it appears he is only drawing support from everywhere else but his own government. A while ago I watched a video by two Nigerian guys claiming that Gov. Fashola runs an elitist regime, to be honest, this video supports such an argument. Makoko is an area that the Lagos government, should they invest in properly, can rake in a substantial amount of state revenue via tourism. Floating hotels, floating schools, floating workplaces, an water transportation system can be developed in the area. In fact I’m going off course now. All in All well done Kunle! You are an inspiration to millions of young Nigerians like myself.

  3. Christy

    June 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

    The Lord will bless this man plenty plenty. Shame on the government for just clearing them out of the place without redress. When we all know they will build houses only them and their cronies can afford to buy. Fash is a governor for the rich it is obvious. That is why he can never be president.

  4. Chenney

    June 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Quite a wonderful idea from kunle, i wish the government can through their support behind this project to help alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians who live in that makoko area of Lagos.

  5. Bleed blue

    June 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    So after all of this good work, the Lagos State Govt then deemed it an illegal structure? Ok what alternatives did they profer?

    Oh my country…one step forward, two steps back…there are loads of us who wish for progression and make valid attempts at solutions…BUT the system…the system will play its part and everything goes belly up…sigh…

  6. FAR

    June 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    You mean he enjoys zero support for this??

  7. profound!

  8. Tiey Rex

    June 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    It is an illegal structure because it is built on / built in an area that is considered illegal. It would have been illegal even if it had been built right on top of Osborne road. The ingeniousness / practicality etc of the project and structure does not erase the fact that Makoko is an illegal settlement. This is why we are encouraged to go to the lands office before buying or building on land to make sure the location is within plan and not “off plan” or already sold to someone else. What I don’t get is how he went to build in an area the government was actively removing people from.

  9. Dee-USA

    June 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    This is why many of us are reluctant to move back. When you come up with a productive solution to a long-term problem in Nigeria, your solution isn’t fast-tracked, that’s if it’s even adopted at all. Regardless of whether or not the Makoko settlement is illegal, it has existed as part of Lagos for decades now. So you can’t just evict them within 72 hours. I can imagine what the process of obtaining permission from the land zoning office entails. Wait for ‘oga’ for the whole day. Accomplish nothing. Come back tomorrow and wait some more. Try this for a while week and you’re bound to give up altogether. It’s either that or you have to ‘grease’ someone’s palms to get a quicker meeting date with the head. That’s how embassy appointments have become a business of their own as people are now selling quicker appointment dates.

    I rant. I digress. No matter the outcome, great job Kunle on your innovation. Perhaps, it may be useful somewhere else where it’ll be appreciated.

  10. peye

    June 27, 2013 at 1:28 am

    How come this article has only 9 comments, I guess its cos its not showing some latest car, party, shoes, dress. it’s talkin about some makoko, “where’s that?”.
    this is exactly what our problem is in this country, instead of celebrating meaningful developments, we put a lot of energy into partying and pleasure. we really need help. this is innovative and inspiring

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