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Sarah Nuttall

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 31: Johannesburg–Lagos: From the Speculative to the Littoral City

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Johannesburg–Lagos: From the Speculative to the Littoral City
JohannesburgLagos: From the Speculative to the Littoral City
Sarah Nuttall

Johannesburg and Lagos, African cities par excellence, are surprisingly seldom in cultural conversation with one another. Though they are each frequently placed in dialogue with other cities around the globe, they turn their backs on each other most of the time. At least this is so in the worlds of literature and film. And when they do talk, they just as often as not find ways in which to make their mutual dislike evident.

One of the few deep imaginative locations in which Johannesburg and Lagos have recently been in direct, inter-textual conversation – or, more accurately, in deep argument with each other – ...

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