|Money Exchange from dollars to Naira|
|Money Changers give best rates on newer minted U.S. currency|
|Lagos, Nigeria is an island bordered by Lagos Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean|
|Social Media Week Lagos Open & Connected|
|Lagos Lagoon and Harbour (Map credit FAO.org)|
|Traditional Boats used to get to Lagos before cars|
|The old civilization of Lagos, Nigeria|
Lagos is a great and mighty nation of men similar to Istanbul. Men are everywhere. One does see women but men dominate the landscape. There is a juxtaposition of an old city with a new modern city emerging from the dust. Lagos and Istanbul are both crossroads cities with the populations increasing from the search for economic opportunity, wars or natural disasters. Nigeria and Turkey both have been unfairly represented in the American media.
|Students at the E-Learning Center visiting Social Media Week Lagos|
During Social Media Week Lagos, I listened to American business leaders from New York, Atlanta, and Philadelphia state that they loved Lagos and planning to open up business there. i am not the only American who fell in love with Lagos during Social Media Week Lagos. Top executives who spoke during the Billboard Music Conference mentioned how welcomed they felt in Lagos. I f my memory serves me correctly Briant Biggs, Director of Mobile Strategies for Roc Nation said he was going back home to America to put the word out about how great is Lagos.
|Lagos is a modern bustling city emerging from an old civilization|
At the Porsche Center, I spoke to Michael, the Brand Manager of Porsche who is a native South African. He shared with me that he loved Nigeria and Lagos in particular because there is no racism. I found it strange to have a conversation with a White South African about the racism he experienced after apartheid. He was unable to find work there due to affirmative action. He told me that was a large community of South Africans who lived in Lagos because of the opportunity for jobs and excellent education for their children.
As a matter of fact, I noticed that there is an international community of families, workers, and businessmen in Lagos. It has a thriving multicultural community.
|Modern Building in Lagos, Nigeria|
Does Lagos and Nigeria have problems? Of course all countries have some type of problems. There is no perfect society. Nigeria is experiencing economic growth at this time. It is a nation rich in natural resources. There is construction boom everywhere in Lagos, Victoria Island, and Lekki. As one American businessman from Atlanta pointed out that Nigeria has lots of problems. He loves problems because that means their is money to be made in providing solutions to those problems.
Social Media Week is a simultaneous event which occurs in various cities around the world including New York City and Washington, D.C. The fact that over two dozen Americans chose to come to Lagos, Nigeria instead of the 5 year anniversary event in New York City or the Washington, D.C. event speaks volume for the allure that Nigeria has for us in the African American community.
The Nigerians have opened their arms to the world through Social Media Week Lagos, more and more stories of the real Lagos, Nigeria will continue arise to the world. Thank you to Obi Aski and Ngozi Odita for the outstanding job of organizing Social Media Week Lagos. Many thanks to +Claudine Moore and the member of the Nomandness Travel Tribe who were employed to do the social media work.
|Ngozi Odita, Exec. Dir. SMWLagos & Obsi Asika, Advisory Board Chairman Social Media Week Lagos|
I have heartfelt gratitude for my publicity manager Prince Adeyemi Asepen for introducing me to famous Nigerian celebrities, the photo ops, and radio interviews.
|Wanle Akinboboye Ambassador of Tourism for the Continent of Africa|
Also thank you to Ola Wright for introducing me to Wanle Akinboboye Ambassador of Tourism for the Continent of Africa and for our stay at La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort,
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