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9 People Have Died After an Oil Tanker Caught Fire on Major Lagos Highway

The accident occurred on a major road that connects Lagos and Ibadan, where 53 cars were set ablaze.

An oil tanker has caught fire in Lagos, killing nine people, injuring four people and setting 53 cars on fire, Reuters reports.

The accident occurred on a major highway that connects Lagos and Ibadan, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) spokesperson Adeshina Tiamiyu tells Reuters.

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The Lagos Motorbike Taxi Drivers Who Survived Boko Haram

Many displaced by the insurgency have found a new role as okada drivers in Lagos

Dressed in a sky blue shirt and grey sweatpants, John Thomas shows up on his motorbike. There are smears of dry sand and mud on the tyres and body of his bike, from a long day of transporting passengers around Lagos Island.

"The motorbike is a lifeline. I started riding full time when I moved to Lagos in 2015" he says. Thomas belongs to a clique with hundreds of other motorbikers who ride commercially around the Island in Lagos to earn a living. Lagos Island places like Obalende, CMS, Victoria Island, Lekki and Ajah overflow with men who operate their bikes like buses or trains, they pick passengers at a stop and drop them off at another stop for a fee. These motorbike taxis are known colloquially as "okadas."

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From Mad Horse City. Photo courtesy of Wale Lawal.

This Is What Lagos Could Look Like in 2115

We speak with Nigerian artist Wale Lawal on his project with Olalekan Jeyifous, "Mad Horse City," currently showing at the "Africa Is Not a Refugee Camp" exhibition in Munich.

Africa Is Not a Refugee Camp, the exhibition showing at the Architekturmuseum der TU München, warns viewers about what they will not see.

Curator Mpho Matsipa notes that "there are expectations that are set when people go to see exhibitions about Africa." But in this case, instead of the widely trumpeted narrative of a continent in dire need of developmental aid, this exhibition actively reimagines African cities and presents ideas that touch on themes of migration, architecture, and Afrofuturism. According to its mission statement, the exhibition seeks to explore how architecture responds to the complexity of African mobility beyond the figure of the refugee.

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