The Lagos Underground Map was created by Jeremy Weate. He designed the TfL styled map to reveal what a great city Lagos could be if it were just easier to get around. It’s also a celebration of the place – all the nooks and crannies of the city, each with its own flavour.
James states that using the iconic London Underground tube map as a basis for a Lagos mass transit system was never meant to be taken as a serious proposition. It was, rather, a device to stimulate the imagination to think again about what could be done with the city. Ultimately, Lagos is more like Venice than London – it’s a city surrounded by water. Any transit system for Lagos that
doesn’t make major use of the creeks and lagoons would be a wasted opportunity.
As with the London version, James takes quite a few geographic and artistic licences for
the purposes of design clarity and readability. His thinking is that companies with deep pockets
could sponsor the design and build of some of the stations to reduce the strain on the public purse,
and in return pick the name of their choice.