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Tyler Cowen

Nigeria Could Teach the West a Few Things

I went to Lagos as a tourist, felt quite safe and observed the constructive side of nationalism.
Full of surprises.

Full of surprises.

Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg

A trip is often defined by its surprises, so here are my biggest revelations from six days in Lagos, Nigeria.

Most of all, I found Lagos to be much safer than advertised. It is frequently described as one of the most dangerous cities on earth. Many people told me I was crazy to go there, and some Nigerian expats warned me I might not get out of the airport alive.