Lagos

06 December, 2014
Lagos

Nigeria is located on the western part of Africa with oil as the cornerstone of its economy. As the most populous nation in Africa, Nigeria dominates the region economically and culturally.

Named after the Portuguese word for lakes, Lagos was created in May 1967 and was the capital of Nigeria until 1991.  With a local area of 999.6 km², the population is estimated at 21 million, making it the largest and second-fastest growing city in Africa. An average temperature of 75°F(24°C) in July which is the coldest month and 84°F(29°C) in February, which is the hottest.

Lagos presents an atmosphere of various cultures, histories and traditions from Yoruba kingdoms, museums and spiritual shrines to the legacy of the infamous “Biafra War” and slave ports. Some points of interest include:

Jankara Market – the largest market in Lagos where you’ll find everything from clothing and pottery to even fetish markets that sell herbs, traditional medicine and juju potions.

The National Museum – the museum founded in 1957 has notable collection of archaeological and ethnographic art. It also displays the terracotta human head from Jemaa (Circa 900 to 200 BC) of Nok and the bullet-riddled car in which Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in 1976.

New Afrika Shrine – a replacement for Fela Kuti’s original shrine which was burnt down and run by his children offers the best show in town. It offers both free and paid concerts with the Seun Kuti (Fela’s most approximate reincarnation) playing on the last Saturday of every month

Others are The Tafawa Balewa Square, Festac town, Lekki Conservation Centre, The Remembrance Arcade and the Slave Jetty in Badagry

Universities include The University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Pan-African University, National Open University of Nigeria, Caleb University, Lagos State College of Health Technology, Lagos State University College of Medicine and Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

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