Building the Lagos Central Business District


[Daily Trust]Excerpted from S.O Shonibare - The Legend of all Time

On Friday January 14, 1966, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE, first and only Prime Minister of independent Nigeria rode to work as was usual from his residence, right opposite Randle Hall to the Cabinet office behind the Race Course or what is now known as Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS).

It was a short ride and as his car cruised down the quiet streets, he picked up the papers that had been arranged at the back seat for him. The man known as the Golden Voice of Africa on account of his oratorical gifts flipped through the newspapers. The first was The Daily Express. Then the West African Pilot and Daily Times before he picked up the government mouth piece, the Morning Post.

What he usually did was scan the headlines first for references to him, the Sarduana or their party, the NDP. There was always a digest waiting for him at the Cabinet office but he was a man who wanted to see things for himself. Most of the news was on the Commonwealth conference.

The drive usually took no more than 3 minutes except there was an obstruction which was rare.

The above reconstruction is important in showing how well the city of Lagos was planned by the Colonialists.