Sitting on nothing other than 140 million tonnes of sand, the Eko Atlantic City is one of the most impressive and massive urban land reclamation projects in Africa
Imagine a magnificent stretch of white sand nestling the Atlantic Ocean. Sand dunes stood around the expanse of land in an imposing barricade. Really, except for the missing mummies, it could have been Egypt.
Here, as far as the human eyes could see, gigantic rock boulders fenced the Atlantic Ocean. This is the Great Wall of Lagos, a cue from the famous Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China. It was built to protect the proposed Eko Atlantic City, Lagos. Unveiled on February 23, 2013, it was indeed a spectacular civil engineering sight walking on five million square metres of the proposed Eko Atlantic City.
A five-year dream of the Lagos State government, the Eko Atlantic City is one of the most impressive and massive urban land reclamation projects in Africa. A consortium of local and international banks as well as private individuals have already signed up as investors. When completed, the new city will be home to 250,000 residents and 150,000 commuters. In the near future, when these inhabitants will have the Atlantic Ocean at the background of their living room, it will be a testament to grit, doubt and a trillion dollars.
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