Lagos living: Solving Nigeria's megacity housing crisis

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (Illustration)

Affordable housing is a considerable challenge for urban areas with large populations, and this is particularly prevalent in Nigeria‘s city of Lagos.

More than 500,000 people move to the city every year, and across Nigeria, there is already a housing deficit of more than 17 million units.

There are on-going projects of varying scale trying to address the shortage; one is reclaiming land from the Atlantic Ocean to build a new city suburb called Eko Atlantic on the shores of Victoria Island.

Tons of sand and heavy rock were poured into the ocean to provide 10 sq km (3.8 sq miles) of land for shops, offices and homes.

Protected by an 8km long sea wall, the city will have its own power and water supply, and even an independent road network.

Read more: Lagos living: Solving Nigeria’s megacity housing crisis – BBC News