Manuwa Street



French journalist Sophie Bouillon documents living in Lagos in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown. In this thoughtful narrative non-fiction, Bouillon explores everyday life in Lagos through experiences from her career and personal life.

In one unforgettable year, the city was rocked by explosions, evictions and protests. A city that never sleeps put to bed by the pandemic. But Manuwa Street isn’t just a disinterested documentation of a foreigner’s impression of Lagos; it is about love, uncertainty, hope and survival.

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Sophie Bouillon

Born in 1984, Sophie Bouillon is a writer and a journalist. She spent most of her career reporting from Africa. At 24 years old, she became the youngest winner of the Albert Londres Prize, the equivalent of the Pulizer in France, awarding the best journalist of the year. She came to Lagos for the 1st time in 2014, and worked for 5 years as the deputy bureau chief at Agence France-Presse. She is now working for RFI Hausa. Manuwa Street is her 3rd book.

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