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21 Streets In Lagos Are Being Named After Unsung Nigerian Women Heroes

The developer of a new community in Lagos wants to name 21 streets after "uncelebrated women in Nigeria's history."

While a statue was being erected in Jacob Zuma's honor in Nigeria over the weekend—for reasons still unknown—a developer in Lagos decided he would take on a commemorative project of his own, and it's infinitely better and far more necessary.


Okang Ashiwel Ochui, the project manager of a new housing complex in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos wants to name 21 streets in the new community after unsung women in Nigeria's history. He sent out a tweet yesterday, announcing his plan and asking followers for suggestions.

Ochui also sent out a list of possible names, which includes the "mother of modern African literature, Flora Nwapa," women's liberation leader Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, playwright Zulu Sofola and 17 other women undoubtedly worthy of recognition.

Here's his most current list:

This is the type of tribute we can get behind. We'd much rather reflect on the invaluable contributions that Nigerian women have made in the face of patriarchy, than acknowledge a man who's currently facing close to 800 counts of corruption—but, hey that's just us.

For more on African leaders you should know about, check out our list of seven underrated African heroes and our list of 12 iconic African women who've shaped our culture.

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