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AFRICA: Lagos ties with Kampala in asking for dropping of colonial street names

AFRICA: Lagos ties with Kampala in asking for dropping of colonial street names

AFRICA
Elected officials in Nigeria’s Lagos state have called on the state’s governor to look into renaming some of the city’s streets in order to remove the reminders of colonialism and slavery. During Wednesday’s debate on the issue in the state’s house of assembly, Noheem Adams reflected about the killing of African-American George Floyd, which has sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests around the world. “Some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people,” the house speaker Mudashiru Obasa is quoted by the Premium Times newspaper as saying. “Those who dehumanised Africans should not be celebrated,” he added. But not everyone following the debate agreed. Lawyer Ebun Adegboruwa is quoted in the paper as saying that the lawmakers were being “unduly emotio...