Lagos, sometimes referred to as Lagos State to distinguish it from Lagos Metropolitan Area, is a state in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The smallest in area of Nigeria’s 36 states, Lagos State is arguably the most economically important state of the country, containing Lagos, the nation’s largest urban area. It is a major financial centre and would be the fifth largest economy in Africa, if it were a country.
Given a good look at Lagos state’s development over the last ten years has shown there’s been a drastic change in almost every nook and cranny of the city. Ranging from Roads, Power supply, Transportation, Standard of living and Infrastructures. Which has made it attracts more investors. Owing to the fact that it’s had one of the best governance Nigeria has produced in the past one decade.
In no particular order of interest, We’ve brought you a list of places that’s worth your time if you’re visiting Lagos.
Lagos state hosts a good number of beaches among which includes
Eleko beach, Kuramo beach, Oniru private beach, Elegushi beach, Atican beach, the list is almost endless. Get your swimsuits ready and head on to any of these beaches. With very little safety measures in place, You will need to keep to the edge of the waters as the waves can be brutal. However, they are still a great place to hang out with friends, loved ones & even host parties.
Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the heart of downtown Lagos in Lagos Island, which was formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. It was designed by the Architect Theo Lawson. The Park was built to conserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians. Mementos in the park reveal the Lagos colonial heritage and history of Her Majesty’s Broad Street prisons. It was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary independence celebration in October, 2010. The Park serves as a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site, Arts and Recreation center.
Ikeja City Mall
Ikeja City Mall is your best option for shopping, entertainment, and leisure located at Alausa the capital of Lagos and arguably one of the busiest in that part of the city. It comprised of 12 restaurants, a cinema, a bookstore, clothing stores, bars, banks, hair salons, department stores, ice-skating arena and makeup studios. All which makes up over 100 shops. this mall is a one-stop location for your needs. Is it one of the fun spots in Lagos? A visit will convince you, as visiting the mall would give you the opportunity to see a movie, do some shopping and enjoy great cuisines.The shopping center has a 5 Screen Silverbird Cinemas and a Shoprite Supermarket.
The Ikoyi Club was established as an European club in 1938 in Ikoyi, Lagos. Located at Alfred Rewane of Ikoyi, the club is a product of two clubs – The European Club and The Lagos Golf Club which became one on September 29th, 1938. It facility houses a main kitchen that serves hot meals and assorted snacks and sandwiches from 12 noon to 12 Midnight. Breakfast is served between 8:00am and 10:00am at the Rotunda. There are also Kitchens to the new and old swimming pools, lawn tennis bar and golf section bar for snacks.
Lekki Conservative Centre
Lekki Conservation centre is definitely for you if you’re a lover of nature. The Lekki Conservation centre is one of the best natural reserves in Nigeria. It is located on Km 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway, This 21-year-old conservation centre is run by the Nigerian conservation foundation (NCF). If you appreciate seeing plants and animals in their natural habitat then this place is a must visit for you. There’s a lot of exploration themed activities to carry out there, not forgetting the fearless canopy walk. You will have a time of your life discovering the nature park and appreciating its splendor. Beware, there’s a lot of walking around to be done at this park, so be ready for it.
Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge
Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge is a 1.36 km cable-stayed bridge in Lagos State. It links the Phase 1 area, of Lekki with Ikoyidistrict of Lagos. Apart from vehicular traffic, the bridge also serves as a recreational facility. Fitness inclined residents of Lekki phase 1 and Ikoyi use the wide curbs of the bridge for jogging and running, usually in the early mornings and evenings which includes Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The bridge bears quite a similarity with the popular Eiffel Tower in Paris and is now being regarded as one of the most photographed places in Lagos.
New African Shrine
The New Africa Shrine was designed to commemorate the “Old Africa Shrine” sanctuary created by Féla Kuta in the 1970s. He is known as a public figure and speaks through the Afrobeat genus, created against the Nigerian government. His sons, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti, dedicated their lives to expanding Fela Leyv’s heritage by organizing a music festival in honor of their fathers in the service of believers and holding weekly events. If you do not have a special event or you do not want to participate in the above section, admission is not charged. The temple is located in a large building and is full of people at night. Make sure you stop by to see this talented musician and the energy of a dancer.