Èkó ò ní Bàjé: The Electrifying State of Lagos

Feb 05, 2024


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Èkó ò ní Bàjé: The Electrifying State of Lagos

Created on May 27, 1967, by Decree 14 of the same year. This decree restructured Nigeria into 12 states. Before then, it was a municipality and served as the capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The state capital at the time, Lagos Island, also served as the Federal Seat of Power. After Abuja was designated as the new Federal Capital Territory in 1976, Ikeja became the state capital. Lagos offers an exciting social scene and a diverse cultural heritage, with the Atlantic Ocean to the south adding to its appeal.  

Living in Lagos, you'll love the energy the city provides. It is regarded as the 24-hour state, meaning that around the clock, the state is very much alive and bustling with activities. You should not be shocked to see markets, restaurants, and other economic and social hubs fully operational at 2 a.m. Lagos has a lot of fun things to do, like sports on the beach and a trip to Femi Kuti's African shrine, which will stay with you forever. Lagos State has several renowned schools, with the University of Lagos standing out as the most prominent. This state is the centre of excellence, linking every state in the country. It is also a traveller's dream. Think of it as New York. When you are in Lagos, you really know that you are in Lagos. 


What is Lagos famous for?

Lagos is famous for being a massive hub for sea vessels moving in and out of the country. Established in 1913, the Apapa Qauys Port has been the site of maritime trading activities in the state. It is equipped with modern cargo-handling equipment. It was said that the Apapa port brought in more than $137 billion in sales in 2017. It was thought to be more than a third of Nigeria's GDP. Plans have been made to establish the Lekki deep-sea port, for which experts project annual revenue returns of $200 billion. Lagos is also home to prominent Nigerian firms. Most significant enterprises are headquartered in the state, attracting people from all over the country. Leading companies like Airtel and the Dangote Oil Refinery have moved to the state. Lagos has several diverse cultures. Main attractions include the Femi Kuti Shrine (New Africa Shrine).  


Things to do in Lagos

If you are looking for some quiet relaxation, you can visit the Atican Beach Resort. It is located along Abraham Adesanya Road. Abraham Adesanya is approximately an hour's drive from Lekki and 30 minutes drive from Victoria Island. For a top-tier dining experience in Lagos, you may want to visit Victoria Island (VI). This premier location is known for international dishes such as top-quality Nigerian cuisine. For nighttime bliss, head to Femi Kuti's Shrine or Cubana Night Club in VI. It's a good place for music and relaxation.


Average house prices in Lagos

The average house price for sale in Lagos is N351,000,000. On Zerodip, you can find a number.


Local Government Areas in Lagos

There are 20 local government areas in Lagos State. These 20 LGAs are divided into 57 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

We will explore all the local government areas in Lagos State and discover what makes them attractive places to reside.

1. Agege

Agege is a very popular place, both for Lagosians and non-Lagosians. This can be attributed to the bread named after the same location. The military regime of Muhammadu Buhari, which overthrew Olusegun Obasanjo, divided Agege from Ikeja LGA between 1980 and 1983. Agege residents have a strong cultural background, with a touch of cultural variety present. The predominant ethnic group in the LGA is the Yoruba. 

2. Ajeromi-Ifelodun

Created in 1976, this city is home to 687,316 people (according to the 2006 Census). The LGA covers an area of 12.49 km². Notable landmarks include the National Museum, located on Onikan, Lagos Island, and the Tin Can Island Port. The largest cargo container ever imported into the state arrived at this port. The lively region has several cultures and nationalities. There are many ways to visit local markets. Amukoko Market, Night Market, Alaba Market, Ladipo Plank Market, Abule Layeni Market, and more. Two LCDAs make up Ajeromi-Ifelodun. 

3. Alimosho

With six local council development areas under it, Alimosho is the largest LGA in Lagos State. It has a population of 1,288,714. This is according to the 2006 National Census. The LCDAs in Alimosho include Agbado/Okeodo, Ayoba/Ipaja, Egbe/Idunmu, Mosan Okunola, Ikotun/Igando, and Egbeda/Akowonjo. Christianity is the major religion here (as with most areas in Lagos). If you are looking for sightseeing, you might want to visit when key festivals are being held. The Oro festival is one of the largest, and it is said to be done in order to cleanse the community. Women are not allowed to participate in this festival, and men must not gaze when the Oro priests are passing. The Igunnoko is another festival of masqerades you want to watch when you visit.

If you need local markets to buy various wares, you may want to visit the Ikotun market, the Igando multi-purpose market, or the Akesan market.

4. Amuwo-Odofin

This local government is divided into Oriade and Amuwo LCDAs. There is a heavy hint of cultural diversity within the LGA. The reason is because of the Maza Maza bus park, which has transport routes to and from all states within the country. Due to the open border relations between Nigeria and some ECOWAS states, you can easily travel from Amuwo-Odofin to countries such as the Benin Republic. Ferries departing from Mile 2 Ferry Terminal will most likely hit Porto-Novo in under 3 hours. As a consequence of this, Amuwo-Odofin has become a hub for international trade. Cheap articles coming in from the Benin Republic can be sourced here.


Popular places to live in Amuwo-Odofin

Festac is one of the most popular places. The town got its name from the 1977 World African Festival of Arts and Culture. It was a post-civil war initiative by the government of General Yakubu Gowon.

Occupants are mostly Igbos, and this has strengthened ethnic collaboration with the Yorubas.

Another choice of location where you can live is Cooperation Estate. It has comfortable, serene, and secure housing. It also has links to Festac and major shopping malls like Shoprite.

If you are looking for outdoor relaxation, you might want to try out Ilashe Beach. It is a luxurious private beach suitable for picnics and retreats. It is a premium getaway site from the hustle and bustle of Lagos. Ibashe Beach is another sight to visit.

For family time, you may want to visit the Frankids Amusement Park. It includes car rides, boat rides, indoor arcades, and other varieties of entertainment.

5. Apapa

local government was part of Eti-Osa LGA. It was the military administration of Sanni Abacha that created the new LGA. Apapa has since become the location of the Lagos Port Company, informally known as Apapa Port. Apapa also houses several industries, including Bua Group and ThisDay Newspaper. If you are looking to shop, then you may want to visit the Apapa Mall. Here you can find a variety of wares and articles, including home furniture and other equipment. Where can I live in Apapa? There are a number of estates where you can buy or rent apartments in Apapa. Some of them include Pinnacle Court Estate, Point Road Estate, and LSDOC Fashinro Court. These estates are known to have beautiful properties you can call home. For relaxation, you can check out the Apapa Amusement Park, which has Arabian themes and exciting games and entertainment.

6. Badagry

Badagry, which is also spelled Badagri, has a population of 241,093. This is according to the 2006 national census. The number is derived from the methods of living of the indigenous people, which include fishing, farming, and salt production. Others think the city was called Agbadarigi after a well-known farmer whose name was Agbedeh. According to reports, Europeans renamed it Badagry. This cenotaph, the "point of no return," is a tourist attraction in the village where Europeans captured slaves and transported them. There are several places to unwind and sightsee in Badagry. Visit the Black History Museum and Badagry Slave Museum. You can also check out the Black Heritage Museum as well as the Agia Tree Monument. 

7. Epe

Epe is starting to take shape in Lagos. A lot of housing options have begun sprouting up, and average house prices are on the rise. It is located on the north side of the Lekki Lagoon and has a population of approximately 181,409. This is according to the 2006 national census. The dominant language in Epe, like much of Lagos, is Yoruba. If you are looking for food and other groceries, you can take a trip down to the Epe Fish Market. Visit the Awolowo Museum or Epe Mangrove for relaxation and tourism.

8. Eti-Osa

Eti-Osa local government area with about 300,000 population, is named after the river that runs through it. This local government is the most costly in Lagos and possibly the country, based on housing costs. Its most affluent neighbourhoods are Lekki, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island. Look into moving to Eti-Osa if you want to be near celebrities and wealthy businesspeople. Other attractions include Lekki Beach, Palms Shopping Mall, Nigerian National Museum, and Reserve Lekki Conservation Centre. Over 130 bird and 140 animal species from Africa live at the Lekki Conservation Centre.

9. Ibeju-Lekki

Ibeju-Lekki is core to the recent government goals to industrialise Lagos. The LGA is home to the Lekki Free Trade Zone and also hosts top national industries, such as Dangote's new refinery. Leading corporations and manufacturing firms have flocked to the region as a result of the decision to establish a free trade zone there. Both native-born and non-native-born people have seen employment increases. Many beaches and resorts are nearby for relaxation. La Campagne Tropicana Resort is a terrific destination for nature lovers to relax and experience African luxury. If you are looking for local markets, you can check out Akodo Market or Kara Market. They offer a variety of local produce, groceries, and home care equipment.

10. Ifako-Ijaiye

Ifako Ijaiye is another local government in Lagos State. Carved out of Agege LGA in 1996, Ifako-Ijaiye shares a border with Ogun State. It is located in the western part of Lagos. For fun attractions within this area, you may want to visit the Ifako Mini Stadium, which features football matches between local teams in the area. The Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the Synagogue Church of All Nations, the late Temitope Balogun Joshua's megachurch, are additional attractions. For local markets, you can check out the Power Line Market, Araromi Market, and Agbado Market. They offer lots of fresh local farm produce and lots of other household equipment. 

11. Ikeja

Ikeja serves as the administrative center of Lagos State. As per the 2006 census, the area has a population of 313,196 residents. Situated in the north-west of Lagos, Ikeja is home to various local attractions. For outdoor fun and attractions, you would love Femi Kuti's Africa Shrine and Masked Fuji Afrobeat singer, Lagbaja's Motherland. You can find good afrocentric music in these places. For quality shopping, you can also visit the Ikeja City Mall, a megamall where you can find every variety of household supplies. Ikeja is thought to be named after Akeja, the deity of the Awori people of Ota.

12. Ikorodu

Ikorodu is situated in the northeast of Lagos and has a population exceeding 1 million. The local economy benefits from various manufacturing companies, such as the Imota Rice Mill, which has created more than 255,500 jobs since its founding in 2021. The best hangout locations in Ikorodu include Cloud 57 Lounge, Vivid Exlusive Art Gallery, and Orchid Pub. You can also find horseback riding tours and walking tours in the area. For local markets, you can check out Ikorodu Garage Market and Sabo Market. 

13. Kosofe

Kosofe LGA was created in 1996 and has a population of 682,772. The Yoruba language is the most common of the languages spoken here. In terms of religion, Islam and Christianity are more widely practiced. For sightseeing, you can visit during popular festivals. Popular festivals held in Kosofe LGA include the Ogun and the Igunuko festivals. Trade is a major component of the economy of Kosofe LGA, with a number of major markets located here. Some of them include the Binukonu and the Ojota markets. Kosofe also hosts a number of industries, banks, hotels, and a number of privately owned institutions.

14. Lagos Island

Also known as Isale Eko, Lagos Island is the central local government area in Lagos State. Lagos Island has a reported population of 209,437. The LGA administration covers only the western half of the island, while the eastern part is under a different jurisdiction known as the Lagos Island East LCDA. Large corporations strengthens Lagos Island, LGA's economy. Most banks and other enterprises are setting up operations here. Lagos Island links Lagos Mainland LGA and other islands. It is connected to these areas by the Carter Bridge, Eko Bridge, and Third Mainland Bridge, one of the continent's longest. Elegushi Beach, Kuramo Beach, and Oniru Private Beach are good Lagos Island beaches for relaxing. Water sports, horseback riding, and ferris wheels are available here.  

15. Lagos Mainland

Lagos is informally described as "between the island and the mainland." This is because of the difference in social status between people living on either side. However, both sides have great features about them. Lagos Mainland is very crowded with people because that's where most people who come to Lagos live. The stated number of people living in Lagos Mainland is just over 500,000, but many people think there are more. For example, the Tejuosho Market is one of the many busy markets in Lagos Mainland. It has a lot of home goods for sale. The National Stadium is located here, as is the Lagos City Mall. 

16. Mushin

Mushin reportedly has a population of 633,009, according to the 2006 national census. Mushin is bordered to the north by Oshodi LGA and to the south by Surulere. The Yoruba tribe predominates in the area, which is a suburb of Lagos. Mushin is home to a number of industrial estates. Here, commercial industries include cotton weaving, shoe manufacturing, and bicycle assembly companies. 

17. Ojo

Ojo is another local government in Lagos. It has a few notable sights, including Lagos State University and the Alaba International Market. It is a merchant location with lots of traders, especially those of the Igbo tribe, doing business here.

Other major markets here include the Alaba Liverstock Market, the Iyana Iba Market, and the Lagos International Trade Fair.

According to local lore, Esugbemi and his wife Erelu founded Ojo. Esugbemi was a hunter who migrated from Ile-Ife to Osun State. Together with Osu, a chief priest who joined them in migrating, they first settled in the land now known as Ojo.

Popular festivals include the Olojo festival, a festival linked to the people of Ife.


18. Oshodi-Isolo

Oṣòdì-Ìsọlọ̀ is a local government area in Lagos State. It was formed by the second republic governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.

The LGA is part of the Ikeja Division of Lagos State, Nigeria. At the 2006 Census, it had a population of 621,509 people.

For fun places, you can visit the Funkiz Amusement Centre.

If you are looking for local markets, you can visit the Ilasamaja International Market, the Pako Plank Market, or the Estate Market. The Oshodi Market is another market you can visit for household goods.

19. Shomolu

This is a local government in the north of Lagos State.

Its economy thrives due to the abundance of printers who specialise in digital printing. Printing of all sizes can be done here.

The population of Shomolu is reported at 403,569. The LGA is also reported to have a high crime rate as well as poor sanitation management.

The Yoruba tribe dominates the area, but there is also cultural diversity. People from other tribes also reside here.

20. Surulere

Surulere is the last LGA on this list. There are 503,975 people living there, making it densely populated. Mushin LGA is on its border.


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