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"Eko Lagos" is a song by Femi Kuti, son of the legendary Fela Kuti. The song is the eighth track from the 2001 album Fight to Win.

Eko / Lagos

Eko is the indigenous name the natives called Lagos before Portuguese colonialists renamed it. This Eko is the focal-point of Femi's dream as he sings in this track. The Eko [Lagos] in his dream is presented as a new dawn in the world. A new dawn where there are no more relentless sufferings of a people. A peaceful world, where people are motivated with ideological dynamics driving them to do great things for their country. A world where there are significant changes in the way people live - where instability and strife are things of the past. Eko in a new era, without leadership that remains visionless, narrow-minded and corrupt. Femi suddenly woke up and found out that he was living a dream. Lagos, like the rest of the world, is still the same place where there is gross violation of people's inalienable rights, there is corruption and relentless sufferings of the people. He concludes by saying how important it would be to have a world like the Eko [Lagos] of his dream. Eko was established by the Edo people [Benin Empire] The Oba of Benin[King] used Eko as one of his satellite post. The king takes vacation in Eko[Lagos]or to wage war during the height of their power.The word "Eko" is a Bini word which means "taking it easy". Eko was meant to be a resting place for the King. The Edo installed their rule in Eko. The Kings stopped coming to Eko after a king drowned on his way to the Island. The decendant of the Edo people currently rule most of the current Lagos State of Nigeria. They have mixed with the Yorubas from the southern part of Nigera and the Republic of Benin. The Colonization of Nigeria by the British changed the importance of Eko in Nigeria.

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