Sogunro is a community on the Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront, known as one of the largest aquatic trading community on the suburb of Lagos Mainland coast of the Lagos Lagoon called Osa. This famous community which now faces eviction, demolition and displacement threat from the Lagos State Government since 2012 was a resettlement for the displaced villagers in the late 1950s who lived in one of the villages (Sogbodile, Sooko, Oko Baba Sule, Abule Elejo, Akinwunmi, Agege-Odo, Abule Odubayo, Igan Oko, Abule Moso, Abule Aladiye, Pedoro, Sogunro) in the present day University of Lagos.
The community is on the fringe of the "most travelled bridge in west Africa's megapolis" – 3rd Mainland Bridge – which gives it popularity and made it a sullen community for the Lagos government in recent time. On the stilts are different ethnic groups across Nigeria and Republic of Benin: Egun, Ilaje, Ijaw and Yoruba, whose economic structure revolves around the use of water for fishing, wood logging, sawmill, boat making and sales of water to ships at the Lagos harbour.
Eja-egun (roasted fish from Egun people) is known all around Lagos metropolis. The community supplies fish across Yaba, Ebute-Meta, Lagos Island, Oshodi, Ikeja and more places on the mainland. The Sawmill is the wood feeder to more than 60% of estates and malls both old and new in and around Lagos.
The choice of Sogunro as my Lagos Hotspot is to reappropriate the history of this area of Lagos and as well point a flashlight to the economic contribution of the people living in this community through direct and indirect taxes to the Lagos State government GDP. As to engage the visitors there will be an organised tour through the labyrinth both on the land and waterways to specific households for interaction, interviews and discussions with the community leaders and youths.