Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lagos Bar Beach...Sad Story

The Lagos Bar beach was a popular spot in the old days and many baby boomers in Nigeria today remember those times. It was characterized by thatched shelters and a sandy shoreline littered with all manners of shells like most beaches. But I guess what made it popular was its proximity to the highbrow environs of Victoria Island.

My childhood was filled with visits to this once famous beach. Sadly, bar beach has undergone changes that have taken away those childhood memories with them. I believe the global warming phenomena is the major cause.

The pictures speak for themselves...

This is bar beach as it was in the mid 1960s. Notice the absence of some buildings at the far end

Picture courtesy www.elderdempster.co.uk

Bar beach as I knew it in the 1980s
Picture courtesy www.onlinenigeria.com

Bar beach by 2004
Picture courtesy alvinvdv

By the mid 1990s, the effects of global warming began to manifest on bar beach. During rainy season, the beach at times would overflood its banks
Picture courtesy www.unesco.org

Gradually, the beach began to loose its features to the seawater.
Picture courtesy www.hitech-company.com

Soon the beach was almost gone. People and companies situated near its shores must have raised alarm. Some moved away, others didn't. Meanwhile, the beach was dangerously very near to the Ahmadu Bello road that ran along its side.
Picture courtesy aaron-rowe.co.uk

A construction company was called to remedy the situation.
Picture courtesy www.hitech-company.com

Today, this is what's left of bar beach

...no sands, no shells, no thatch shelters, nothing but a huge dike blocking the raging waves of the beach.


Anonymous said...

wow, that sucks...im sure that when it is back up and stable, I want to be the first one in...

how are you?

Mekistein said...

Bar beach is better now..

La Reine said...

Its truly sad.

...and some think Global Warming is a hoax

Anonymous said...


Stani said...

ah! well! that sounds as bleak as the story of Nigeria itself is!

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