back in the day NIGERIA seemed to be somehow accidentally getting it right
.. more or less ..
as far as providing housing and in particular decent housing for the people was/is concerned.

i say accidentally because the whole thing seemed to be in fits and starts.

and also there seemed to be a clear lack of genuine, comprehensive and well-articulated practicalized programme to this effect.

and also some of the gestures and initiatives seemingly put in place by well-meaning and well-intentioned people seemed to be sort of hijacked and diverted at different points and stages by folks who could do so.

anyway, like i said NIGERIA seemed to somehow accidentally be getting it right .. sometimes.

for example,
one time NIGERIA hosted an event called FESTAC 77 i.e FESTAC 1977.

Black World Festival: Festac' 77 – Funnelme

that FESTAC there is an acronym / mnemonic for Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture.

folks from virtually everywhere in the Black, African and Negro Diaspora world-wide participated in this event and in order to provide decent accommodation for these high numbers of people, Nigeria went beyond the idea of accommodating them in hotels to actually building a housing estate where all of them could be housed for the period and their security and safety ensured.

that housing estate became known as FESTAC TOWN.

2bedroom Flat at Festac Town - Amuwo Properties

after the event, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria then headed by General Olusegun Obasanjo did a lottery for the houses and sold the lottery tickets in very affordable units like

NAIRA 00.50 KOBO ?
NAIRA 01:00 KOBO
NAIRA 05:00 KOBO

the information was made available nationwide
and was carried in newspapers like the Daily Times of Nigeria newspaper
which was a major staple here in Nigeria back in the day then and
was also carried on radio and television.

and many people who participated in the lottery won.
and many ordinary, simple,normal, everyday Nigerians who participated in the lottery won.

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as far as my memory serves,
anyone anywhere in Nigeria who wanted to participate in the lottery could do so.
however, i may be wrong here and it might have been a Lagos thing only i.e a Lagos State inhabitants thing only.

in any case,
i personally know folks who won houses in that lottery e.g 
JOE RERRI →→→
( hey, Joe, if you are reading this, how are you doing? and how is life out there in Europe ? )
→→→ and
other folks who were ordinary simple normal everyday Nigerians and
were not of the Yoruba tribe or Hausa tribe
so it will be difficult for anyone to convince me that

General Obasanjo ( Yoruba tribe, {South-}Western Nigeria )
and
General Yaradua ( Fulani Tribe, Northern Nigeria )
and
General Danjuma ( Tiv Tribe, according to rumours his mother is Jukun Tribe which is also from Middle-Belt Nigeria like the Tiv tribe although back then in 1977 i.e in the 1970s they were seen as a core component of Northern Nigeria
.. more educated in terms of numbers of graduates, etc than the Hausa, Fulani and other tribes in the North
.. more Christian in terms of numbers of Christians, etc than the Hausa, Fulani and other tribes in the North as they had a fair number of Christians unlike the Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, etc who seemed to be mostly Moslems .. but all the same 100% pure Northerners )

distributed the houses to only members of their own tribes
i.e to persons from {South-Western} Nigeria and Northern Nigeria only
and did not allow anybody from any other part of Nigeria to win a house there.

i don’t have the numbers so it possible that the Yorubas and the Hausas and the Fulanis and the Tivs and the Jukuns form the greater majority of the winners of the lottery tickets. however, i do know for a fact that persons from other parts of Nigeria e.g ibos/igbos from the {South-}Eastern part of Nigeria also won houses there.

JOE RERRI for example is a MID-WESTERNER i.e from the area called the Mid-West Region of Nigeria / MID-WEST(ERN) STATE at the time ( 1977 ) and is from a tribe that now in 2021 A.D is either in EDO STATE or DELTA STATE.

and in 1977 he was still a kid.
couldn’t have been more than 12 – 15 years old at the time.

probably someone dashed him ( i.e gave him as a gift and/or present )
N0:50 KOBO and he used the money to play the lottery and won a house.
( a small flat really. i know – as i have been there to visit him before he left Nigeria for Europe sometime after 1989 or thereabouts in search of greener pastures abroad because of the economic down-turn in Nigeria and the severe difficulties university graduates were encountering in Nigeria in the process of trying to earn a decent living . )

FHA and NFPDCL to develop FESTAC Phase II

FESTAC TOWN ( 1977 ) remains till date JANUARY 2021 one of the largest housing estates in Nigeria

and one of the best examples of a Nigeria Administration providing decent accommodation for ordinary, every day Nigeria residents and Nigeria citizens.

there have been other efforts by some state governments in Nigeria to provide housing for residents for their state. however, the FESTAC TOWN (1977) example will suffice to make the point that at one time NIGERIA seemed to be moving in the direction of providing decent housing for the people.

and it will also serve to make the point that if this sort of housing initiative had been copied and carried on by the Federal Government and all State Governments across Nigeria since 1977, by now JANUARY 2021, quite a larger number of Nigeria residents would have more decent housing.

clearly, the fact that it wasn’t replicated
.. either in Lagos State or in any other State ..
serves as

demonstrative example par excellence of the reality that
some good initiatives executed in Nigeria regarding housing
have occurred in fits, starts and stops.

and that brings me to the point.

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Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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