Lagos Gets First African Monopoly City Status
The first African city edition of the famous board game, Monopoly, has been launched in Lagos, Nigeria. The board layout which was unveiled recently has the Nigerian metropolis as one of the fast-growing cities in the world, with Banana Island revealed as the upmarket version of Mayfair in the London edition.
Furthermore, Makoko, the slum on stilts over the city’s lagoon, is the cheapest property for sale on the Lagos board while the “Go To Jail” cards lead directly to Kirikiri jail (Lagos maximum security prison). Other properties on the board include the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Murtala Muhammed International Airport and several hotels.
Whilst two other African countries, Morocco and South Africa, already have their own version, Lagos is the first African city to have its Monopoly much like the London version which was first produced in 1935. The monopoly game was originally developed in the United States based on streets in Atlantic City in the 1930s although its history can be traced back to 1903, when an American woman named Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips created a game through which she hoped to be able to explain the single tax theory of Henry George .