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March 23, 2014 | Hector Tobar
Every Day Is for the Thief Teju Cole Random House: 176 pp., $23 -- Imagine a patient, observant and precise writer like the late W.G. Sebald reborn as a Nigerian exile, returning to and then wandering about that country's teeming and chaotic capital, Lagos. That, in broad strokes, is the voice of the narrator of Teju Cole's fine novel, "Every Day Is for the Thief. " "The air in the strange environment of this city is dense with story, and it draws me into thinking of life as stories," Cole's unnamed narrator says halfway through the novel, as he becomes more deeply immersed in the disorder, the striving, the corruption and the inventiveness of Lagos and its people.
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March 23, 2014 | Hector Tobar
Every Day Is for the Thief Teju Cole Random House: 176 pp., $23 -- Imagine a patient, observant and precise writer like the late W.G. Sebald reborn as a Nigerian exile, returning to and then wandering about that country's teeming and chaotic capital, Lagos. That, in broad strokes, is the voice of the narrator of Teju Cole's fine novel, "Every Day Is for the Thief. " "The air in the strange environment of this city is dense with story, and it draws me into thinking of life as stories," Cole's unnamed narrator says halfway through the novel, as he becomes more deeply immersed in the disorder, the striving, the corruption and the inventiveness of Lagos and its people.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1999
Re "Love It or Hate It, Nigeria's Lagos Is Never Dull," Dec. 25: Among all the cities in Africa, Lagos is the most vibrant in which to live and work. With the corruption and looting of the treasury by state officials in Lagos and at the federal level in Nigeria, Lagos and its inhabitants still dominate economic and social activities in West Africa. For your writer to point out the ills without adequately pointing out the trendy and urban life in Lagos does injustice to a well-researched piece.
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January 16, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The protagonist of Okey Ndibe's unforgettable new novel, "Foreign Gods Inc.," is a failed immigrant. Ike (pronounced EE-kay ) is a New York City cab driver who brings in lots of cash but can't hold on to it for very long. His mother back home in Nigeria lives with the shame of having an American son who doesn't send her any money. An article in New York magazine offers Ike hope. He reads about an art gallery in lower Manhattan that specializes in statues of foreign deities, with the most impressive specimens commanding six-figure prices.
WORLD
January 10, 2012 | By Gretchen L. Wilson and Victor Okhai, Los Angeles Times
Unrest continued to spread across Nigeria on Tuesday amid new sectarian violence and a nationwide strike over fuel prices and government corruption in the oil-rich country. Police said one person was killed when a mosque and Islamic school were attacked in Benin City, in the south of the country. Ten people were reportedly arrested in the attack, the latest religion-fueled violence in a country divided between a predominantly Muslim north and a largely Christian south. In recent weeks, the radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram, which seeks the implementation of sharia , or Islamic law, has attacked churches and other civilian outposts.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
By the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, the path to ending South Africa's political crisis through the abolition of apartheid was known, even if it would not be easy or straight. Solving the country's economic crisis was another story. It still is. When I first visited the country a few months after Mandela's release, the white overclass was just beginning to come to grips with the scale of the challenge. A Johannesburg economic firm had released a paper warning that South Africa's self-image as a big economy preparing to take its place on the world stage with Great Britain and Germany was a dangerous delusion--better to think of itself in terms of a second-tier economy like Belgium, they wrote.  The idea came as a shock, and the implications were stunning.
NEWS
November 9, 1996 | From Associated Press
Rescue workers searching the swamps outside Lagos found the submerged wreckage of a Nigerian jetliner on Friday, 24 hours after it disappeared on a domestic flight. All 141 people on board were believed dead. "From the information I have . . . the plane just plunged into the lagoon," Aviation Minister Ita Udoh Umeh told reporters. A helicopter search located the Boeing 727 in a swamp at the village of Imota, about 40 miles southeast of Lagos--the intended destination of the flight Thursday.
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January 16, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The protagonist of Okey Ndibe's unforgettable new novel, "Foreign Gods Inc.," is a failed immigrant. Ike (pronounced EE-kay ) is a New York City cab driver who brings in lots of cash but can't hold on to it for very long. His mother back home in Nigeria lives with the shame of having an American son who doesn't send her any money. An article in New York magazine offers Ike hope. He reads about an art gallery in lower Manhattan that specializes in statues of foreign deities, with the most impressive specimens commanding six-figure prices.
NEWS
May 12, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of angry and dejected illegal immigrants milled around this border post Saturday, 24 hours after the expiration of the Nigerian military government's deadline for them to leave the country. It appeared that less than one-fourth of Nigeria's estimated 700,000 illegal aliens had left by Friday, and tens of thousands waited at posts like this one, 60 miles west of the capital of Lagos and on the border with Benin.
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May 7, 1986 | United Press International
In an effort to stop bandits from robbing arriving airliners, security agents have been ordered to shoot on sight anyone getting past security guards and onto the runways of Nigeria's airports. Nura Iman, a commander in Nigeria's air force, said security patrols will also be intensified at all airport terminal buildings, the runway and tarmac.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
By the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, the path to ending South Africa's political crisis through the abolition of apartheid was known, even if it would not be easy or straight. Solving the country's economic crisis was another story. It still is. When I first visited the country a few months after Mandela's release, the white overclass was just beginning to come to grips with the scale of the challenge. A Johannesburg economic firm had released a paper warning that South Africa's self-image as a big economy preparing to take its place on the world stage with Great Britain and Germany was a dangerous delusion--better to think of itself in terms of a second-tier economy like Belgium, they wrote.  The idea came as a shock, and the implications were stunning.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2012
Imagine a well-appointed table on a stone balcony overlooking Italy's storied Lake Como. Red wine, white roses, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, perhaps a drop-in from Brad and Angelina — it's a possible scenario for Oscar-winner George Clooney, who will celebrate his 51st birthday Sunday and has a home there. Those Angelenos not invited to Italy can still enjoy a meal themed for the date, however, at Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago, which specializes in Italian cuisine. For the second year in a row (the 50th birthday was a big deal)
WORLD
January 10, 2012 | By Gretchen L. Wilson and Victor Okhai, Los Angeles Times
Unrest continued to spread across Nigeria on Tuesday amid new sectarian violence and a nationwide strike over fuel prices and government corruption in the oil-rich country. Police said one person was killed when a mosque and Islamic school were attacked in Benin City, in the south of the country. Ten people were reportedly arrested in the attack, the latest religion-fueled violence in a country divided between a predominantly Muslim north and a largely Christian south. In recent weeks, the radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram, which seeks the implementation of sharia , or Islamic law, has attacked churches and other civilian outposts.
NEWS
November 20, 2011
You can fly from LAX to Lagos, the onetime capital of Nigeria, for $910 round trip, including all taxes and fees, on KLM. The special fare is subject to availability; you must stay over a Saturday night. The fare is available for travel from Jan. 1 to March 29, 2012. Info: KLM , (800) 225-2525. Source: Airfarewatchdog.com
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Lagos, Nigeria — The white house on Gbemisola Street has a circular grave with a granite pyramid instead of a headstone and no name. It isn't needed. Everyone here knows Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigeria's revered protest musician arrested by Nigeria's military rulers some 200 times for his defiant lyrics, jailed and beaten on countless occasions. He's been dead 14 years, but Nigerians still go misty-eyed at Fela's name. He's loved not just for his music but because he was one of the few brave enough to attack the country's loathed military rulers.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
A small town house with sweeping views in the center of a gently curving complex designed by architect Allyn E. Morris has come on the market. Built in 1973, the three-story, 44-unit Lago Vista encompasses two buildings that arc roughly 120 degrees around a hillside overlooking Echo Park's lake. The units have balconies with views of Silver Lake, the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown Los Angeles. Although not as celebrated as some of his fellow Modernists, Morris -- who died last year -- left a rich legacy of innovation by delving into the design theories of Modernist maverick Rudolph Schindler, according to architect Alan Hess, author of numerous books on architecture.
NEWS
April 16, 1985
Nigeria announced that 700,000 aliens illegally living in the country must get approval by May 10 to remain or get out. African diplomats quoted in Lagos, the capital, said the move appears to be a veiled expulsion of thousands of people who flocked to Nigeria to escape the ravages of drought elsewhere. Two years ago, Nigeria expelled at least a million aliens, most from Ghana, who it said were a burden on an ailing economy suffering from a drop in world oil prices.
WORLD
October 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Recovery teams gathered human body parts in plastic bags and prepared to excavate a smoldering crater left by a Nigerian passenger plane that crashed Saturday, killing all 117 people aboard. Investigators say the Boeing 737 nose-dived into a marsh north of Lagos and that most of the fuselage and corpses were buried at the impact site. The voice and flight data recorders had not been recovered. Relatives picked over the wreckage for evidence of their loved ones.
WORLD
June 25, 2007 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Away from the noise and hustle and stink, the shriek of energy, the never-ending buzz that is Lagos, a man reclines on a gravestone, serenely reading a book. His name is Immortal, and he sells life insurance. He says he is waiting for an angel. "I just come here to relax," says Immortal Emenike, 40, from his unexpected haven in Trinity Cemetery in Olodi Apapa neighborhood. "I like the serenity, the fresh air. It's very hard to find in Lagos."
WORLD
March 11, 2007 | Kari Howard, Times Staff Writer
The words "guilty pleasure" surely were invented for circumstances such as these: taking a shower at the colonial-era Lagos Lawn Tennis Club after a sweaty afternoon in Ajegunle, aka the Jungle, Africa's biggest slum. An unhappy spit of land shared by as many as 5 million people, Ajegunle is a few miles, and a world away, from the club. There, children make their way home from school along rutted dirt roads lined with waist-high mounds of peanut shells, plastic bags and rotting food.
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