Teju Cole on Lagos

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When I’m in the US, I argue with those who think Lagos is too dangerous a place to visit….I’m less defensive about Lagos when I’m actually there. After a few days back home, I begin to accumulate irritations and fears…The city makes everyone tense and grouchy.

Teju Cole has an essay in Granta‘s travel issue about the pleasure and pain of returning to his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria.

You can’t read the whole thing online, but you’ll definitely want to read the beginning.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →