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10 things you need to know about the newly commissioned Lagos Red Line Rail

The RedLine Rail, a pivotal part of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit system, is set to debut as the fastest train in Africa, boasting an impressive speed of 330 km/h.

Tinubu commissions 37-km Lagos Red Line

Governor Babajide Sanwoolu said the launching of the red line is not just about connecting Lagos but for growth and sustainable future.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

From Cinema to Cuisine: Exploring Afefeyeye restaurant cultural tapestry

The night time brings the restaurant to life, Tuesday through Sunday, with special activities. From karaoke to live band performances featuring highlife, Fuji, or Juju music.

JUST IN: Lagos announces 24-hr total closure of Third Mainland Bridge

This move comes as part of the ongoing efforts by the contractor to address and enhance the structural integrity of the bridge.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Police stations, their locations, contact in Ikeja

The list ranks the stations in no particular order, but provides a guide for anyone in the Ikeja area with information that would come in handy when they are in an emergency situation.

Discover Tarkwa Bay, cheapest beach in Lagos

Uwaje Rachel, an accountant at a Lagos audit firm, values her leisure time. Tarkwa Bay beach is her preferred destination, offering relaxation and enjoyment.

‘Men need self-care too’: Expert shares tips for managing mental health in Lagos

Ikeja Record’s bi-weekly Twitter space on Tuesday offered practical tips and insights on managing your mental health in Lagos.

Eko Lifestyle

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

Best spots to find delicious street food in Ikeja

This discovery, that street food in Lagos could be tastier than what I was accustomed to at home, sparked my exploration of the diverse culinary offerings on the city's streets, despite concerns on their hygiene.

Step by step guide to purchase the Lagos to Ibadan train ticket online

The primary advantage of buying tickets online is the ability to reserve your seat in advance. You can simply show your online ticket to an official on crowded days, bypass the queue and receive your reserved ticket promptly.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

Persons Of Interest

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

Guinness World Record: From Law to Arts, Oyinlola Odumewu’s journey to becoming an accomplished artist 

As a child, she had her drawings of cartoon characters all over her room but didn't take art seriously until after Law School in 2016. While working as a lawyer in Lagos, she explored makeup artistry, switched to face painting, and rediscovered her love for drawing and painting.

Space Bar is trying to launch a rocket into space – Founder, Damilola Obiokeke

In an interview with The Record's Omon Okhuevbie, he discussed his plans for Space Bar Africa and the future he sees for the Nigerian space industry.

I bought some machines I use with my NYSC allowee – Lagos Bag Maker

"I find it easy; I feel anything you have passion for, you’ll do it with enthusiasm and be happy."

News Desk

10 things you need to know about the newly commissioned Lagos Red Line Rail

The RedLine Rail, a pivotal part of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit system, is set to debut as the fastest train in Africa, boasting an impressive speed of 330 km/h.

Tinubu commissions 37-km Lagos Red Line

Governor Babajide Sanwoolu said the launching of the red line is not just about connecting Lagos but for growth and sustainable future.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

From Cinema to Cuisine: Exploring Afefeyeye restaurant cultural tapestry

The night time brings the restaurant to life, Tuesday through Sunday, with special activities. From karaoke to live band performances featuring highlife, Fuji, or Juju music.

JUST IN: Lagos announces 24-hr total closure of Third Mainland Bridge

This move comes as part of the ongoing efforts by the contractor to address and enhance the structural integrity of the bridge.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Police stations, their locations, contact in Ikeja

The list ranks the stations in no particular order, but provides a guide for anyone in the Ikeja area with information that would come in handy when they are in an emergency situation.

Discover Tarkwa Bay, cheapest beach in Lagos

Uwaje Rachel, an accountant at a Lagos audit firm, values her leisure time. Tarkwa Bay beach is her preferred destination, offering relaxation and enjoyment.

‘Men need self-care too’: Expert shares tips for managing mental health in Lagos

Ikeja Record’s bi-weekly Twitter space on Tuesday offered practical tips and insights on managing your mental health in Lagos.

Eko Lifestyle

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

Best spots to find delicious street food in Ikeja

This discovery, that street food in Lagos could be tastier than what I was accustomed to at home, sparked my exploration of the diverse culinary offerings on the city's streets, despite concerns on their hygiene.

Step by step guide to purchase the Lagos to Ibadan train ticket online

The primary advantage of buying tickets online is the ability to reserve your seat in advance. You can simply show your online ticket to an official on crowded days, bypass the queue and receive your reserved ticket promptly.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

Persons Of Interest

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

Guinness World Record: From Law to Arts, Oyinlola Odumewu’s journey to becoming an accomplished artist 

As a child, she had her drawings of cartoon characters all over her room but didn't take art seriously until after Law School in 2016. While working as a lawyer in Lagos, she explored makeup artistry, switched to face painting, and rediscovered her love for drawing and painting.

Space Bar is trying to launch a rocket into space – Founder, Damilola Obiokeke

In an interview with The Record's Omon Okhuevbie, he discussed his plans for Space Bar Africa and the future he sees for the Nigerian space industry.

I bought some machines I use with my NYSC allowee – Lagos Bag Maker

"I find it easy; I feel anything you have passion for, you’ll do it with enthusiasm and be happy."

Three Years On: What #EndSARS Taught Nigerian Youths

Credit: The Guardian

For many youths who witnessed or participated in the #EndSARS protest, a nationwide protest in Nigeria against police brutality, the memories of that event continue to inspire their engagement in social and political matters in the country. 

Thomas Ojieh, a Lagos-based youth in his late 20’s, who spoke with the Record said the protest was a movement that changed his thought-process around politics in the country.   

Like many other youths, Thomas once encountered the defunct Police sect (SARS), where they checked his bank accounts, chat, and emails. He described it as a scary moment. 

But, the spark that set this historic protest in motion was a disturbing video that circulated throughout social media on October 4, showing a SARS operative killing a young man in Delta state. Starting on October 8, 2020, and lasting for nearly two weeks, the EndSARS  movement united young Nigerians who stood up against the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and its history of alleged harassment, extortion, and extrajudicial killings.

Soon, the #EndSARS hashtag became a rallying point, magnified by Nigerian celebrities and influential figures with massive followings.  A report shows that 48 million mentions and Tweets came from 5 million different people on Twitter (now X) during the online protest from October 5 to October 14, 2020. A significant highlight was when Twitter’s former CEO, Jack Dorsey, used the #EndSARS hashtag to share a donation link associated with a prominent support group for the protesters. 

At its core, it was a cry for the end of SARS, but in the end, these protests became a resounding call for governance reform, marred with costly errors.

On October 20, soldiers reportedly shot at protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos. Amnesty International says at least 12 people died, and many were injured in the incident. However, a judicial panel of inquiry set up by the government to investigate these claims reported that nine fatalities were recorded at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020. The Lagos state government has since rejected the report for lack of evidence.

Impact on voting decision during 2023 general elections

“Many youth, before time, treated voting with levity. But the EndSARS protest was one of the main reasons why I and many youth came out en masse to register for voting and vote eventually,” Ojieh said. 

Nearly 80% of the newly registered voters for the 2023 elections were aged between 18-35, according to INEC, the youth has the highest number of eligible voters— 48m out of 93.5m. This was clear evidence that the post-EndSARS  energy translated into a strong and vocal youth voice in politics. 

Thomas, a digital entrepreneur, remembered feeling unusually motivated during the last election cycle. “I can’t place a finger on the particular number of people I galvanized to register and vote. But I know I did a lot that was unusual for me,” he told The Record. This mostly stems from, he revealed, a renewed hope that young people have the power to change governments and conditions that no longer serve them.

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, successfully harnessed the newfound energy and activism of the youth but it failed to propel him to victory.  All through their support, he achieved the remarkable feat of introducing the first third dominant party into the Nigerian political scene in decades.

Youth-Led advocacy: the highs and lows

“There’s a problem when there’s no one to talk to the government and find solutions, ” Hashim Yussuf, a political commentator, told the Record while commenting on the leaderless nature of the protest.

Movements without a public face can be challenging to manage in terms of coordinating actions of protesters and maintaining a cohesive message. It is also more susceptible to infiltration by people or groups with different agendas, including government agencies, counter-protesters, or people with conflicting agendas. 

An example is the Arab Spring uprisings from 2010 to 2012 and protests in Tahrir Square which saw infiltrations by government agents and counter-revolutionary forces. These later caused divisions within the movements. 

The EndSARS protest saw a similar fate when it was seized by troublemakers who damaged public properties and invaded prison facilities to facilitate inmate breakouts. This happened amidst the insistence by protesters that they had no designated leader for negotiations. In response to the turmoil, the government imposed curfew measures and allegedly shot unarmed protesters on October 20.

However, supporters of the leaderless nature of the EndSARS protest say that this approach helped strengthen the voices of participants and minimized the possibility of compromise. 

A profound lesson from the EndSARS movement is the loss of confidence in the political establishment. This disillusionment, particularly expressed by the youth, was recognized by the winner of the election, President Bola Tinubu, in one of his earliest speeches. He directly addressed the Nigerian youth, stating, “I heard you loud and clear,” and promised to “feature youth prominently” in his government. While some of his appointments may affirm this promise, the broader issue of youth confidence in the ruling class remains an ongoing challenge. 

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