Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Youth culture in Nigeria

Rich urban "kids" in Nigeria

Lagos Style
On any night of the week in Lagos, you can find somewhere to party into the early hours.

Forget for a moment that Nigeria is a conservative country, where Christian evangelism is popular in the south, Islamic law in the north and homosexuality is illegal everywhere.

Lagos is Africa’s economic capital and home to 21 million people. It's also a creative hub for the country's liberal youth.

On a Friday, you may find the beach by the Hard Rock Cafe pulsating with electronic Afrobeats.
Lagos club night
These types of club nights - where it's all about being yourself - are common across Lagos.

In Lagos, the wealthy flock to the glitzy clubs in the expensive district of Ikoyi.

"You need 200,000 naira ($550) for one night or you don't party," says Noble Igwe, a well-known party organiser.

“A Lagos club kid is just someone who can afford to buy a bottle [of champagne]. Anyone who can buy a bottle will be the king in that club for the night.”

Others create their own party scene, which is affordable, creative, and a way to meet like-minded people.

The parties are held across the divides of the city, from mainland neighbourhoods to the sprawling homes on the island. Details are passed from person to person on Instagram and WhatsApp, creating a grassroots buzz.

Music plays an important role. Clubs and parties hire DJs and "hype men" whose mixes set the mood…

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