One hundred years ago, on an Island named Victoria
There was a beautiful beach the people often visited
But two breakwaters, were at the port of Lagos constructed
Thus movement of coastal sediments was obstructed
Then little by little, year after year, the Island's shoreline eroded
Until the year 2006, when their beloved beach disappeared
Violent floods frequented, infrastructure was damaged
Every solution commissioned proved to be at best temporary
Then one day, a solution was proposed and it was visionary!
A solution that would stop the century-long shoreline erosion
And reclaim the land swallowed by the ocean
A solution that would promote the safety of Victoria Islanders
And cater to the fast growing Lagos population
A solution that would bring greater development to the economy
A long-term, multi-purpose, globally-acclaimed solution
Proposed by none other than South Energyx Nigeria Ltd.
A solution, aptly named the Eko Atlantic City!
A planned city
An architectural masterpiece
A city strategically located between Lagos and the Atlantic ocean
And adjacent to the bar beach, in Eti-Osa local government area of Nigeria
A city being built on ten million square kilometers of land reclaimed by systematic sand-filling
And set to be the most sought-after destination, in Africa's fastest growing nation
A city with an innovative transportation system covering land, air and sea
That will ensure it becomes the best-connected city in West Africa
Some say this city is metropolitan, but I say it's 'Afropolitan'
Ten eco-friendly districts
Now the spotlight shines on the city's Marina District
Featuring a pedestrian-friendly promenade, and a colorful, inviting piazza
Offering everything from prestigious restaurants to destination shopping
Its curated community guarantees a luxurious lifestyle
Whether you come for a day or come to stay
Its'a privileged place to invest, work, live and play'
Situated in the marina district is a picturesque peninsula
Designed by the award-winning architectural firm Gensler
And owned by Eko Development Ltd., this is a peninsula like no other!
From townhouses to penthouses, garden views to marina views
Offering 24-hour concierge service and secure underground parking spaces
Providing the serenity of the waterfront, and the vibrancy of an urban centre
This is where extraordinary luxurious living meets beautifully-crafted residences
Welcome to a peninsula with a purpose: providing the homes Africa has long awaited
Welcome to a peninsula with a promise: 'Luxury, elegantly lived'
I daresay, it's not just 'Afropolitan,' it's 'Ekopolitan!'
You are welcome to the Azuri Peninsula!
The above poem was performed live by Lady InspiroLogos, during the official launch of the Azuri Peninsula, Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015. (See photos below).