Lagos is the greatest city there ever was. Lagos is the entertainment hub of Africa, with the hottest hang out spots and the wildest nightlife. Lagos, also called Èkó in Yoruba, is a state in Nigeria, West Africa. The name Lagos which means ‘lakes’ originated from Portuguese settlements in the city. Lagos is surrounded by water.The former capital of Nigeria is the most populous city in the country and African continent. it has evolved over the years and is the fasted growing city in the world. Lagos has the highest GDP in the continent and one of the busiest ports in Africa.
In this expensive megacity of Lagos, everybody knows everybody and anybody who is anybody. It is no man’s land. The city is filled with people of all demographics. Because of this, crazy things happen every day, and you can only find it in Lagos. There is a popular saying, “we’re all mad here”, it is true. Lagos has a beautiful history which spans over centuries. The history and culture of Lagos are still very much visible in the buildings, museums, parks, its people and street art. The rich culture is what makes Lagos what it is today. Lagos is the land of opportunities.
Living in Lagos is costly. Breathing alone can burn a hole in your pocket. Though you can ‘ball’ on a budget, everyone’s goal is to just ball till they fall. There are things you can’t say about Eko, you have to experience it. Lagos is the Ibiza, Vegas and New York of Africa. To enjoy Lagos, you have to leave your home training behind sometimes. It’s not entirely a bad thing, it’s just you simply having fun. The best time to be in Lagos is in December, the biggest concerts and parties happen in the Christmas season. Besides, all the ‘I just got backs’ will be back home to join the fun and paint the city red. If you’re wondering what ‘i just got back’ means, it means international students or those who live abroad.
The Lagos state capital Ikeja is the IT hub of the nation. It is home to the legendary computer village. In a place like computer village, everything can be bought and sold, including you. Plagued with a high crime rate, Lagosians get by. Lagos is that city where you smile through your woes. The best part is the yellow of Lagos. The signature yellow buses we call ‘danfo’ make Lagos, Lagos. As opposed to birds chirping, urban Lagos is woken up by car engines, bus stop calls, and the overall morning hustle, a sound so tragic and beautiful at the same time.
In all that is good, there is an element of bad, Lagos does have its bad sides. Lagos does have many criminals, Lagos also homeless people, Lagos does have numerous unemployed youths amongst other economic downsides, Lagos is still Lagos. Here, we survive. Focusing on the good, there are things you must do when in Lagos. Lagos is a place for elaborate weddings, beach vibes, food, music, and art. The fun places in Victoria Island will leave you in need of a holiday to get over a Lagos holiday. This list is a welcome to Lagos tour starter pack. Here are things to do in Lagos.
If you’re not getting married in Lagos, what are your really doing? In Lagos, Saturdays are for weddings. In recent times, newlyweds have created hashtags to brand/promote their wedding, yes, promote. These hashtags are usually a combination of the bride and groom’s names. Lagos weddings are equivalent to Lagos fashion week, aso ebi chapter. The highlight of weddings is how the guests get to dazzle Instagram with their outfits and hashtagging the wedding. Attending a wedding in this city is an extreme sport. A wedding is now an avenue to show wealth and style. Top designers have stolen the scene, producing some of the best traditional and white wedding outfits, media has seen. The ‘Komole’ iro and buba by Deola Sagoe is the most worn wedding outfit by brides. When in Lagos, you must attend a Lagos wedding, a Yoruba wedding to be precise, its wilder than nightclubs.
Balogun market is located on Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria. This market can be considered a tourist site because it is one place you must explore if you’re ever in Lagos. Balogun market has no definite address as it covers many streets in that vicinity. Balogun market is the very place where you can buy and be bought. It is the best place to purchase fabrics, shoes, clothes, hair and beauty products. Balogun Market also referred to as Lagos market, is a haven for the female youth population, it is their go-to for essentials. You can find any beauty need in Balogun market. The market is filled with young, south-eastern boys catcalling females and advertising their products. The market has its fair share of daylight robbery. This is in the sense that if not familiar with the market, its ways and bargaining skills you will be overcharged/scammed, especially hair extensions.
Nike Art Gallery
Nike Art Gallery is an art gallery in Lagos owned by Nike Davies-Okundaye. This gallery is arguably one of the largest of its kind in West Africa. The gallery is housed in a five-story building and boasts of about 8,000 diverse pieces from Nigerian artists. The beautiful gallery is a center for art and culture. Nike Davies-Okundaye can be described as the sweetest artistic heart. She is from a family of musicians and craftspeople, who specialised in the area of cloth weaving, adire making, indigo dying and leather. Nike Art Gallery is filled with refreshing and inspiring work. A day is not enough to tour this haven.
Lekki Conservation Center
Lekki Conservation Center almost emerged from nowhere. It became must-see site a few years ago and has remained relevant ever since. If you ever want to feel like a real tourist in your own city, Lekki Conservation Center is the place to go. When in Lagos, it is almost mandatory to come here. The center is located on Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Peninsula II. LCC boasts of the longest canopy walk in Africa. The canopy is 401m long. The beautiful place has a zoo filled with fascinating animals of all colours and sizes. You can also take a walk in the nature park and play a game of giant chess. Lekki Conservation Center is amazing for group getaways and picnics.
Lagos is known to have the biggest concerts in Africa. Lagos is also the only place where you see round tables at concerts. Lagosians pay a good amount of money every holiday to watch the same people perform. During the holidays, it is possible to attend 4 concerts with the exact same artiste line-up. Concerts are social gatherings in Lagos, a place where to meet your friends, new friends and just scream at the top of your lungs. You may never really get the worth of your VIP ticket, but you pay for it still. The best thing about concerts in Lagos is that you don’t have to be at the venue to attend, you can watch from home on snapchat. P.S if you’re attending a concert in Lagos, there’s a high chance the venue is Eko Hotel and Suites or Landmark Event Center so ensure your accommodation is nearby,
Ilashe Private Beach
Ilashe Private Beach is what we are referring to when we say ‘Eko Miami’. Ilashe Private Beach is located in Ilashe, on the beach side of Eko river. Getting there only takes a short boat ride from the mainland. The beach is adorned with luxury beach houses, villas, pools and cabanas. With proper bookings, you can enjoy a fun day in the sun with your friends and family, any time of the year. It will only be great food and great vibes.
Clubbing in Lagos is an olympic sport. In Lagos clubs, there is a clear preference for people who exhibit wealth or a certain status. For example, you cannot park your Toyota Camry where the Mercedes are. At midnight another side of Lagos comes to life. The club is the place to meet guys and ladies you’d probably never see after that weekend or holiday, and just let loose. Drink to the death of your liver and dance till you can’t move anymore. Drinks in the club are outrageously expensive so if you don’t have ridiculous money to spend, the club is not for you. You haven’t holidayed in Lagos if you don’t touch down at Quilox, 57, Escape, Sip Lounge, Vapors and more. Feel free to go to three clubs in one night.
New restaurants are springing up everyday in Lagos, the majority are on the island. You can wine and dine all around the world in the city of Lagos. Restaurant touring is another way to let Lagos know you just got back because once you’ve lived in the country long enough, you would not eat out as much. Lagos is adorned with restaurants with the most aesthetically pleasing interior designs. They even make your Instagram location tag look good. When in Lagos you have to eat at one or more of these restaurants;
Nok by Alara
Casper and Gambini’s
As you tour Lagos, never forget that whatever happens in Lagos, stays in Lagos.