Monday, September 23, 2019
Side Gists

Ajegunle – Nigeria’s Most Talented City By Far

Yes, you read that right! How else can you define a city like Ajegunle that exudes so much raw talent? Great right?

Ajegunle, in Yoruba, means “wealth has landed here.” It is a ghetto popularly called AJ City, and is better known for producing great personalities, celebrities and world class talents like Jude Ighalo, Ruth Kadiri, Daddy Showkey, Oritse Femi, Kcee and E-money, Baba Fryo, African China, Solid Star, Obafemi Martins, Victor Nsofor, Dickson Etuhu, Ayiri, just to mention a few.

In the early 70’s, Ajegunle was referred to as a mini Nigeria by then, the Head of Nigerian States, General Yakubu Gowon during his visit to the city. In reality, Ajegunle is a mini ECOWAS because not only does it house people from different tribes across Nigeria, it also accommodates folks from neighboring West African countries.

Just like every other community, AJ City perfectly combines ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly’. The suburb shares boundary with Nigeria’s biggest and richest seaports – Apapa Wharf and Tincan Island (from where over 70 percent of imported goods come into the country). Despite being situated in an area that serves as the economic hub of the nation, it is a community that has suffered decades of neglect and abandonment by those in position of power who should have spearheaded it’s development.

Ajegunle has been portrayed in bad light for far too long by people across the country and that would be almost true, except for the fact that a new Ajegunle has been discovered!

Watch this space for more.


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