Eko Atlantic City in Lagos, Nigeria, is a human-constructed peninsula built from sand dredged off the continental shelf, imagined as a ten-square kilometer, semiautonomous, mixed-use district. While most scholarly analyses emphasize the project’s neoliberal development fantasies, Mendelsohn’s essay treats Eko Atlantic City as an entry point into Lagos’s situation of precarious coastal urbanism within the deep time of its socionatural evolution. The essay develops an explicitly geosocial reading drawing on an interdisciplinary approach to urban and environmental media studies, centering Lagos’s sedimentary conditions within narratives of its past, present, and future. Eko Atlantic is only one example of a pervasive culture of dredging and sand filling in Lagos, even as the city experiences intensifying floods in the newly reclaimed landforms. A geosocial reading demonstrates that the circulations that often characterize this postcolonial megacity should be thought alongside another set of circulations and flows: that of the ground itself.

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