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In Nigeria's largest city, Monopoly mimics its chaotic property market

Buying property is a tangled affair, plagued by bribery, scams and even machete-wielding gangsters

Ibrahim Mubarak (second from right) arguing during the final minutes of the Under-17 Monopoly Championship. Monopoly began to take off about four years ago here, when Lagos got its own version of the game.

Lagos, Nigeria

THE clock was running out at the Lagos Under-17 Monopoly Championship, and the pace of play was becoming so frantic, it was hard to decipher the true holder of Banana Island, Tiamiyu Savage Street and other properties on the board.

"I am the owner of this house!"