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Lagos is a city in Nigeria’s Lagos state. The metropolis, together with its surrounding conurbation, is the biggest in both Nigeria and Africa. It is one of the world’s fastest expanding cities, as well as one of the world’s most populated metropolitan agglomerations.

Lagos is a significant financial center in Africa, with the continent’s highest GDP and one of the continent’s biggest and busiest ports.

Lagos began as a port city on a collection of islands that are now part of the Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin, and Apapa Local Government Areas (LGAs). The islands are separated by creeks that fring the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, while being protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits like Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) east and west of the mouth. The city extended to the west of the lagoon as a result of increasing urbanization, including regions that are now part of the Lagos Mainland, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, and Surulere. As a result, Lagos was divided into two distinct areas: the Island, which was the original city of Lagos before it spread onto the Mainland. Until the creation of Lagos State in 1967, this city area was governed directly by the Federal Government through the Lagos City Council, which resulted in the division of Lagos city into the current seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the addition of other towns (which now make up 13 LGAs) from the then Western Region to form the state.

After the formation of Lagos State, Lagos, which had been the capital of Nigeria since its union in 1914, became the capital of Lagos State. However, in 1976, the state capital was relocated to Ikeja, and in 1991, the federal capital was relocated to Abuja. Despite the fact that Lagos is still often referred to as a city, the current Lagos, also known as “Metropolitan Lagos” and formally as “Lagos Metropolitan Area,” is an urban agglomeration or conurbation made up of 16 local government areas (LGAs), including Ikeja, Lagos State’s capital. Although this conurbation covers just 37% of Lagos State’s total geographical area, it is home to 85% of the state’s population.

Metropolitan Lagos’ precise population is unknown; according to federal census statistics from 2006, the conurbation has a population of about 8 million people. The Lagos State Government, on the other hand, contested the statistic, subsequently releasing its own demographic estimates, which placed the population of the Lagos Metropolitan Area at about 16 million. Unofficial estimates put the population of the region at 21 million in 2015.

Lagos – Info Card

POPULATION :  • Urban: 13,123,000    /     • Metro: 21,000,000 (estimated)
FOUNDED :  15th century
LANGUAGE : English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani
RELIGION : Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
AREA :• Conurbation 1,171.28 km2 (452.23 sq mi)  • Land 999.6 km2 (385.9 sq mi)  • Water 171.68 km2 (66.29 sq mi)  • Urban 907 km2 (350 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 41 m (135 ft)
COORDINATES : 6.455027°N 3.384082°E
ETHNIC :  Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%

Tourism in Lagos

Lagos is progressively becoming a prominent tourist destination, as a result of the re-modernization project carried out by the previous government of Governor Raji Babatunde Fashola. It is one of the biggest cities in Africa and the globe. Lagos is in the process of becoming a global metropolis. On April 25, 2009, the Eyo carnival (a annual celebration that started in Iperu Remo, Ogun State) was a step toward global city designation. Lagos is now recognized for being a business-oriented and fast-paced city.

In Lagos, there are several festivals, each with its own set of offerings and conducted at various times throughout the year. Eyo Festival, Badagry Festival, Lagos Black Heritage Carnival, Lagos Carnival, Eko International Film Festival, Lagos Seafood Festival, LAGOS PHOTO Festival, and The Lagos Jazz Series, a unique brand for high quality live music in all genres with a concentration on Jazz, are just a few of the events. The popular event, which began in 2010, takes place over a 3-5 day period at a variety of high-quality outdoor sites. The music is as eclectic as the crowd, with Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Afrobeat, Hiphop, Bebop, and classic Jazz among the genres represented. The festivals include dance and song entertainment to keep visitors entertained throughout their stay in Lagos.

The Atlantic Ocean features a variety of sandy beaches in Lagos, including Badagry Beach, Eleko Beach, Elegushi Beach, and Alpha Beach. Bar Beach and Lekki Beach are two of the most prominent beaches in Lagos. Lagos offers a wide range of hotel options, ranging from three to five stars. The Tafawa Balewa Square, Festac Town, Lekki Conservation Centre, The Remembrance Arcade, and the Slave Jetty in Badagry are all worth seeing.

Climate of Lagos

Lagos has a tropical wet and dry climate (Aw) that is close to tropical monsoon conditions (Am). Lagos has two rainy seasons, with the biggest rainfall occurring between April and July and a lighter rainy season occurring between October and November. In August and September, there is a short dry period, followed by a prolonged dry season from December to March.

Between May and July, monthly rainfall averages over 400 millimetres (16 inches), drops to 200 millimetres (8 inches) in August and September, and goes as low as 25 millimetres in December (1 in). The primary dry season is accompanied by harmattan winds from the Sahara Desert, which may be particularly powerful between December and early February. The greatest maximum temperature ever recorded in Lagos was 37.3 degrees Celsius (99.1 degrees Fahrenheit), while the lowest was 13.9 degrees Celsius (57.0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Average high °C (°F)32.2
Average low °C (°F)22.3
Average rainfall mm (inches)14.3
Average rainy days1. 

Economy of Lagos

Lagos is Nigeria’s economic hub, accounting for a large amount of the country’s GDP. The island’s core business center is where the majority of commercial and financial transactions take place. This is also the headquarters of the majority of the country’s commercial banks, financial institutions, and large enterprises. Lagos is also West Africa’s key information, communications, and telecommunications (ICT) centre, with the potential to be the continent’s largest ICT market. Lagos boasts one of Nigeria’s and Africa’s greatest living standards.

The Port of Lagos is Nigeria’s most important port and one of Africa’s biggest and busiest. The Nigerian Ports Authority manages the facility, which is divided into three sections: Lagos Port, which is located in the main channel next to Lagos Island, Apapa Port (the container terminal), and Tin Can Port, which are both located in Badagry Creek, which flows into Lagos Harbour from the west. There is a railhead at the port.

Between 1997 and 2000, the port saw a significant increase in the volume of crude oil shipped.

Oil and petroleum products account for 14 percent of Nigeria’s GDP and 90 percent of its foreign currency revenues.

Internet, Comunication in Lagos

GSM and CDMA networks are available in Nigeria. The majority of international GSM networks are available here through roaming partners. Local pre-activated GSM (SIM) connections may be acquired for a very low price from anywhere in the country. A SIM costs Naira 200/-.

At times, the networks in certain sections of Lagos might be highly unstable. On certain days, you won’t be able to make a phone call at all, or you won’t be able to charge your phone for the most of the day, making business very tough. However, it is only done on occasion, which is why, if you want to remain for a long time, you should have at least two phones or a dual sim phone.



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