A typical Lagosian girl I am, totally in love with the city from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to Tin Can Island Port in Apapa and quite honestly to put it frankly, what’s not to like?
5 star hotels, universities, modern shopping malls and everything a city is known for, it’s got.
Lagos is the perfect melting point for the best of both worlds. It is home to the high and complex elite and also provides enough litter for the ghettos of national repute.;)
Known for it’s hustle and bustle and never-ending traffic jams which by the way doesn’t stop the mad scampering associated with the city, it is no surprise that it is said that, “if you can survive in Lagos, you can survive anywhere else.”
Hedged in within the Atlantic Ocean, it is a beautiful port city and the most populous city in Nigeria. With a population of 7,937,932, it is also the most populous city in Africa and is estimated to be the second fastest growing city in Africa (7th fastest in the world).
Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people. Under the leadership of their Olofin, the Awori moved to an island now called Iddo and then to the larger Lagos Island. In the 15th century the Awori settlement was attacked by the Benin Empire following a quarrel, and the island became a Benin war-camp called “Eko” under Oba Orhogba, the Oba of Benin at the time.
Lagos is a huge metropolis which originated on islands separated by creeks, such as Lagos Island, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon whilst protected from the Atlantic Ocean by long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 km east and west of the mouth. From the beginning, Lagos has expanded on the mainland west of the lagoon and the conurbation, including Ikeja and Agege, now reaches more than 40 km north-west of Lagos Island. Some suburbs include Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry, and more local councils have recently been produced, bringing the total number of local governments in Lagos to 57.
Lagos for me is an all-rounder excelling in commerce, industry, religious establishments and let’s not forget night life now. It’s the perfect business zone in the day and red zone district at night and surprisingly very residential.
From the Island to the Mainland, Lagos clearly never lags behind. It boasts of a high cultural mix and beautiful architectural edifices. There is something for everyone in that city in spite of of who you are.
A quick tip and it’s on the house, you have to be sharp in order to get by in Lagos otherwise O.Y.O le wa!!!
O.Y.O—> On Your Own