49 Facts About Lagos


Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and the second most populous city in Africa, with a population of 15.

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Lagos was the national capital of Nigeria until December 1991 following the government's decision to move their capital to Abuja in the centre of the country.

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Lagos is a major African financial centre and is the economic hub of Lagos State and Nigeria at large.

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Lagos is among the top ten of the world's fastest-growing cities and urban areas.

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The Lagos metropolitan area is a major educational and cultural centre in Sub Saharan Africa.

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Lagos initially emerged as a home to the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba of West Africa and later emerged as a port city of the Benin Empire that originated on a collection of islands, which are contained in the present day Local Government Areas of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa.

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Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people in the 15th century.

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Lagos was a name given to the settlement by the Portuguese.

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At the time of Beecroft's appointment, the Kingdom of Lagos was in the western part of the Consulate of the Bights of Benin and Biafra and was a key slave trading port.

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The remainder of modern-day Nigeria was seized in 1887, and when the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was established in 1914, Lagos became its capital, continuing as such after the country's independence from Britain in 1960.

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Since the 19th century, Lagos gradually transformed to a melting pot of Africans and Europeans.

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Lagos experienced rapid growth throughout the 1960s and 1970s as a result of Nigeria's economic boom.

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Lagos city was split into the present day seven Local Government Areas, while the other towns now make up 13 LGAs in the state.

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Lagos played the dual role of being the State and Federal Capital until 1976 when the state capital was moved to Ikeja.

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However, Lagos remains the financial centre of the country, and grew to become the most populous conurbation in the country.

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Lagos is loosely classified into two main geographical areas—the "Island" and the "Mainland".

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The architectural styles in Lagos are diverse and range from tropical and vernacular to colonial European and ultramodern buildings or a mixture.

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Island is a loose geographical term that is used to define the area of Lagos that is separated from the "Mainland" by the main channel draining the lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean, which forms Lagos Harbour.

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Across the main channel of the lagoon from Lagos Island, there is a smaller settlement called Iddo.

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In terms of administration, Lagos is not a single municipality and therefore has no overall city administration.

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The geographical city limits of Metropolitan Lagos comprise 16 of the 20 Local Government Areas of Lagos State.

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The history of Lagos is still evidenced in the layout of the LGAs that display the unique identities of the cultures that created them.

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Lagos has a considerable number of high-rise buildings that dominate its skyline.

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Lagos was formerly the capital city of Nigeria, but it has since been replaced by Abuja.

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The population figure of Lagos State given by the Lagos State Government is 17, 553, 924.

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Authorities of Lagos State have attacked the results of the 2006 census, accusing the Nigerian National Population Commission of having undercounted the population of the state.

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Lagos is, by most estimates, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

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Lagos is currently experiencing a population increase of about 275, 000 persons per annum.

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Lagos has attracted many young people and families seeking a better life from all other parts of Nigeria and beyond and this has contributed to its cosmopolitan status.

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Lagos is the major Information Communications and Telecommunications hub of West Africa and potentially, the biggest ICT market in the continent.

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Port of Lagos is Nigeria's leading port and one of the largest and busiest in Africa.

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Lagos is the center of the West African film, music, and TV industries.

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Lagos benefited from the decline of the naira, which made importing vehicles unaffordable for many Nigerians.

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Lagos offers eight different models, with the 3-ton pickup, the Nord Tank, being the most popular.

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Lagos has been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

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In some parts of Lagos, residents have one of the highest standards of living in Nigeria and in Africa.

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Lagos has a vibrant nightlife and has given birth to a variety of styles such as Sakara music, Nigerian hip hop, highlife, juju, fuji and Afrobeats.

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Lagos is the centre of the Nigerian movie industry, often referred to as 'Nollywood'.

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Lagos is currently taking steps to become a global city and is rated as Beta - by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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Currently, Lagos is primarily known as a business-oriented and a fast-paced community.

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Lagos has become an important location for African and Black cultural identity.

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Lagos has a number of sandy beaches by the Atlantic Ocean, including Elegushi Beach and Alpha Beach.

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Lagos has a number of private beach resorts including Inagbe Grand Beach Resort and several others in the outskirts.

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Lagos has a variety of hotels ranging from three star to five star hotels, with a mixture of local hotels such as Eko Hotels and Suites, Federal Palace Hotel and franchises of multinational chains such as Intercontinental Hotel, Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton.

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Some of the famous dishes in Lagos include indigenous delicacies such as eba and egusi; amala and ewedu; jollof; ofada rice; plantains (locally called dodo); beans; suya (spicy shish kebab or spiced roasted beef), which is consumed in local clubs and bars with a bottle of cold beer; and eba, made from cassava and eaten with soups prepared with vegetables and mixture of spices and herbs.

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Lagos is home to various postsecondary schools, universities and other vocational institutions that are either operated by the government or private entities.

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Lagos has many hospitals and medical facilities, some of which have accomplished feats in Nigeria's medical history.

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Lagos has one of the largest and most extensive road networks in West Africa.

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Lagos is served by Murtala Muhammed International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in Africa.

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