Reno Omokri, a well-known writer and analyst, recently got into a debate about an 1891 historical document that described Lagos’ racial makeup during the colonial era. This document provides important insights about the late 19th-century demographics of Lagos. It is accessible through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and is mentioned in John Payne’s book, “Table of Principal Events in Yoruba History,” published in 1893.Reno Omokri shares a record of ethnic breakdown of Lagos as at 1891 from colonial office in London.
In response to Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, who emphasized the significant contributions of the Igbo community to Lagos’ development, Omokri acknowledged the importance of recognizing the collaborative efforts of diverse ethnic groups in shaping the city. He highlighted the transformative role played by Igbo pioneers who converted swampy lands into habitable spaces, establishing businesses, homes, and schools that contributed to making Lagos the vibrant hub of Nigeria.
Below is a screenshot of Reno Omokri’s post on his social media account;