Lagos is the first African city to receive a customized version of the famous Monopoly board game. (Google Images)

BBC News is reporting that the first African city edition of the famous board game Monopoly has been launched in Lagos. The article states:

“The board’s layout was unveiled at an event in Lagos City Hall, with the man-made Banana Island named as the upmarket equivalent of Mayfair in the London edition. Makoko, the slum on stilts over the city’s lagoon, is the cheapest property for sale on the Lagos board.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Murtala Muhammed International Airport and several hotels are other properties on the board.

Many of the squares are sponsored by banks and shopping centres and even the Lagos state government appears, while some major landmarks like Tinubu Square, the New Afrika Shrine nightclub, Third Mainland Bridge and the National Theatre have been left out.”

The board also has Lagos specific sites and instructions like “Go Directly to Kirikiri jail.”

Monopoly was originally developed in the U.S. in 1934. A U.K. version soon followed in 1935. Morocco and South Africa are two African countries that have versions of Monopoly, but Lagos is the first African city to receive a customized version.

Read more at BBC.

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