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Underneath every shiny new megacity, there's often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai." She compels us to hold our governments and ourselves accountable for keeping our cities safe for everyone. "The only cities worth building, indeed the only futures worth dreaming of, are those that include all of us, no matter who we are or how we make homes for ourselves," she says.

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36 Comments on Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye

  1. Luisa antigordos // 22nd September 2017 at 4:22 pm // Reply

    People don’t even watch the video and they already dislike it.

    • Abyssinia Empire we are tolerant to new ideas but this is different. Ted is very one sided and lacks a wide perspective on most topics. The speakers lack of knowlage on other perspective shows their ignorance on the topic, as if they look for facts to push their perspective rather than to seek truth. They have also become very reliant on emotion to “create change” rather than fact.

    • Fabrizio , since when was it for ignorant close minded ring winged conservatives. Dont you guys have Fox news and a President for that?

    • Fabrizio , strong! I agree

    • Conservatives are the intellectuals, the left resorts to burning and destroying things when they don’t get their way

    • Abyssinia Empire // 23rd September 2017 at 3:21 pm // Reply

      Craig Morshead That’s a falsehood and a glittering generalization. There are obviously intellectuals on the left.

      But I want to draw your attention to a different concern of mine, you are subscribed to many scientific channels. Many of those content creators agree that Climate Change is happening but since you are also subscribed to the YouTube based radio talk show host Steven Crowder who is a “skeptic” of CC, I would like to know what is your take on this matter? I don’t expect you to already have a position or to have delved into climate data, but I would like to gain some more thoughts from those on the right about this topic.

  2. Such a great topic!

  3. Not even up for 12 minutes and people insta dislike it
    Let me review what they’re actually disliking:
    -Some cities are discriminatory to class, and if anyone knew anything about gentrification they would know this is completely correct.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification

    A journal supporting the Gentrification of Lagos:
    http://www.bjournal.co.uk/paper/bjass_5_2/bjass_05_02_03.pdf

    Key takeaway:
    *” We argue that while gentrification improves the quality of life in gentrified buildings or areas and beautifies
    the city, it further impoverishes the urban poor pushing them into a lower quality of life. The paper
    therefore recommends that displaced residents should be adequately compensated to enable them to
    afford conventional houses.”*

    Her mention of the forcing people out is confirmed by the study:
    *”1980s. A large-scale eviction took place in Maroko in 1990 where some 300,000 people were forcibly ejected (Agbola and
    Jinadu, 1997). Later, the area was transformed into a condominium known as Oniru Private Housing
    Estate beyond the reach of the urban poor.”*

    Or this recent article:

    ““The Lagos state government must stop using “security threats” as an excuse to carry out forced evictions, which are prohibited under international human rights law. We are extremely concerned that despite an existing court order prohibiting the demolition of Otodo Gbame, Lagos state government continues to forcibly evict, assault, and endanger the lives of its residents.

    “The Inspector General of Police must immediately order an investigation into the deaths, deliberate destruction of property, and forced eviction of the fishing community Otodo Gbame along Lagos’ waterfronts and hold to account those responsible.

    “All those that were forcibly evicted from Otodo Gbame and who are now at risk of homelessness must be provided with adequate, alternative housing as a matter of urgency by the Lagos state authorities. That these communities live in such hazardous conditions at all is a failure of the government to meet the demands of rapid urbanization and its human rights obligations to provide adequate housing for everyone.”

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2017/04/nigeria-forced-eviction-of-otodo-gbame-waterfront-community-by-lagos-state-government/

    If you want to talk about Queer Africans here’s their rights in Nigeria:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory

    *On actual laws in Nigeria it’s described as this by another article:*

    “The law also punishes establishing, supporting, and participating in gay organizations and public displays of affection with 10 years in prison.

    The passage of the law was strongly opposed by domestic, regional, and international human rights groups, including the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. On February 5, 2014, Commissioner Reine Alapini-Gansou, the African Commission’s special rapporteur on human rights defenders in Africa, voiced concern about “physical violence, aggression, arbitrary detention and harassment carried out against human rights defenders dealing with sexual minority rights issues” in the wake of the law.”

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/10/20/nigeria-harsh-laws-severe-impact-lgbt-community

    *these sources were found INDEPENDENT of the TED-ED video’s sources, she might have referenced them but I actually went into google and checked her rhetoric.*

    • At what time did trump enter the argument in the video?

    • No I mean the video was on Nigeria,. people ended up talk about trump in the comment section, it peeves me off.

    • Ah I think they did this because those same people were disliking a trump video before watching. So i can understand why he brought up as a topic.

    • Technocracy I think the point was that people have become increasingly intolerant since Donald Trump was elected by Americans as their president.
      If , as the other comment points out , people are disliking what’s happening to the people of Lagos then it’s an easy misunderstanding to have made given the “dislike ” is usually used to say its basically a poo upload .

    • Technocracy
      People also like the video without watching it

  4. Oh look, people are disliking without watching the video again!

    • How do you know they didn’t watch the video? Perhaps the video is just trash

    • Jump
      And people are liking the video without watching it. Both are people blindly rating but I only see people like you mad when it’s negative to the speaker.

    • Perhaps opinions don’t matter. If you got something from the video, you may have liked it or was paying attention. If you didn’t, probably don’t like it, you may not be opened to different points view, don’t care or care too much about the topic. Either way, if you’re responding to his grievance with a grievance of your own, you’re no different than he is.
      (Oh look, I’m doing it too.)

  5. Abyssinia Empire // 22nd September 2017 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    It seems that right wingers and not so much as the left anymore are now the new poster child of an intolerant, snowflake who can’t even welcome a differing idea.

  6. Wow she truly is amazing

  7. Nice

  8. Thank you for offering this insight.

  9. TheEnlightenedFool // 22nd September 2017 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    aint life a b when ppl with money buy things from ppl who are selling things and “displace” ppl

  10. Zoe Agape Inspirati // 22nd September 2017 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Well delivered and inspiring to take action.

  11. olu i trust you ,i keep having to stop your message makes sence

  12. beliefless dogmasless // 22nd September 2017 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    No Such Thing as a personalty-spirit-psyche, those are just words.

  13. Shawn Ravenfire // 22nd September 2017 at 11:15 pm // Reply

    Sounds like New York, but more so.

    By the way, did anyone else start hearing Glenn Frey’s “You Belong to the City” in their heads when they saw the title of the video? No, just me? Okay then.

  14. Very inspiring!

  15. Amazing woman!

  16. This woman has class and a big heart.

  17. Well 2 kinds of people.
    1. People who , drive people, & wait on people, & people who I open your door.
    &
    2. Then people who live on the top floor

  18. an extraordinary speaker on a pressing, relevant topic that should be given far more attention

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