Living in Lagos city, Nigeria

Living in Lagos city
lagos city

Living in Lagos city, Nigeria produces a strange feeling of prestige and comfort. Lagos is the sixth-largest city by population and it’s well-known for its nightlife, beach resorts, and party activities. Lagos is one of the 36 states of Nigeria and the smallest state in the country. A unique thing about Lagos is that it’s the financial hub of Nigeria. Lagos Host one of the tallest buildings in West Africa known as NECOM house towers which are up to 160m.


Nigeria custom an agency in Nigeria reports that Lagos handles 80% of the country’s imports and exports. The port located in Lagos which helps to carry out major import and export transactions is also part of the best port in Africa. Lagos was initially called “EKO” by locals before its colonization and it was initially the capital of Nigeria before it was moved to Abuja in 1991. Slave trade was prominent in Lagos and the kings around the region were highly in support until it was later banned.

Lagos has two geographical boundaries which include Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island. The Lagos Mainland is linked to Lagos Island via the Third mainland bridge. The Third mainland bridge was fully constructed in the ’90s. It was built on the Atlantic Ocean by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. This bridge allows commuters to easily access the Lagos Island. The bridge consists of six lanes and length measuring up to 11.8km.

Lagos Mainland

Experiences in Lagos is unique to everyone, Lagos has a unique transit vehicle like Okada, Keke Napep, and Danfo buses. This highlights the ruggedness and pace of the city. Living successfully on the Lagos Mainland is based on age, income class, social interests, and perception of life. Your income and place of work will influence the area you choose to stay on the mainland. The mainland cities include Ikorodu, Epe, Yaba, Surulere, Apapa, Ikeja, Maryland, and more. The areas are good and great to live, but nothing compared to the areas on the island.

The Lagos Mainland is a very busy city like New York City in the United States of America. A major difference between these two cities is the large range of commuters located in Lagos Mainland. Lagos is inhabited by more than 20 million people with 80% of this population on the Lagos Mainland. The Lagos Mainland also has unique food centers, shopping, leisure facilities, and more. Local dishes can also be located at certain corners of the roads to provide food for both local workers and formal workers.

Lagos Island

Lagos Island is an island located on the outskirt of the Lagos Mainland. The Lagos Island is also located on the Atlantic Ocean and can be accessed through the Third Mainland Bridge. Lagos Island can also be accessed through two different links such as Eko Bridge and Western Avenue. This Lagos Island includes urban neighborhoods like Ikoyi, Victoria, Lekki, Obalende, CMS, Ajah, and more. It has beautiful architectures that feature Brazilian, Portuguese, and British Victorian architectures. Lagos Island is cleaner and well structured, it is tree-lined and crimes are less.

Also, Lagos Island posed to be the financial environment of Nigeria with the settlement companies’ headquarters. This means you can find the headquarters of major companies on the Island. Lagos Island also hosts one of the largest markets in Nigeria.

In addition, Lagos city is a nice and beautiful place to live in; it also has its drawbacks which include lack of road networks, irregular supply of electricity, unemployment, and lack of complying with laws on traffic, building, and sanitation. Several areas in the city are trying to change the way they are viewed by educating its people on the need for personal hygiene and building of more unique structures.


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