Soni Methu, host of CNN’s ‘Inside Africa’ had a spotlight on a number of new age architecture in Nigeria, including the new world-class football stadium in Uyo that can seat up to 30,000 people, and the new Eko Atlantic City, a completely new city district and boasts of apartments for a quarter of a million people with work space for about 400,000. The goal of the Eko Atlantic project is to attract financial institutions with luxury developments, with the goal of establishing Lagos as the financial and commercial hub in Africa.
David Frame, Managing Director of South Energyz Nigeria who manged the project, tells ‘Inside Africa’: “The project began partly as a way of protecting Lagos from flooding. We’re building a very robust sea wall along the southern edge (of the coastline), in order to protect Eko Atlantic, but in turn, to meet the request of the Lagos State Governor, to protect Victoria Island. Back in 2005, it was under very real threat of being devastated by coastal surge.”
In a chat with Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, where the world-class structure and most modern stadium in Africa that can host international football events was completed, he said “I’d like you and CNN to judge for yourselves. You’ve gone round the world, you’ve gone inside Africa, you’ve gone to the entire global community, and you’ve seen facilities. Here is one that is completely state of the art.”
Check out some pictures of these great edifices in Nigeria: