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Capital Ikeja
Land Area & Rank 3,577 sq km (37)
Year Created May 27, 1967
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, APC
Deputy Gov Idiat Adebule
L.G.A 20
House of Assembly 40
Major Areas/Towns Ikeja (capital), Oshodi, Ikorodu, Epe, Babagry, Surulere
Local Dialects Yoruba
Motto “Centre of Excellence”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 9,013,534 (2)
Male: 4,678,020
Female: 4,335,514
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-1-4979430
SSG: 234-1-4971487
Info: 234-1-4979030-9
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Plot 78, Ralph Sodeinde St
Opp Ministry of Finance,
Tel/Fax: 09-2340795

Lagos Liaison Office:
Block 7, 3rd Floor,
State Secretariat, Alausa
P.M.B. 21344,
Ikeja, Lagos.
Tel: 01-4934793
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Agege Agege
Ajeromi-Ifelodun Ajegunle
Alimosho Ikotun
Amuwo-Odofin Festac Town
Apapa Apapa
Badagry Badagry
Epe Epe
Eti-Osa Ikoyi
Ibeju-Lekki Akodo
Ifako-Ijaiye Ifako
Ikeja Ikeja
Ikorodu Ikorodu
Kosofe Ogudu
Lagos Island Lagos Island
Lagos Mainland Ebute Metta
Mushin Mushin
Ojo Ojo
Oshodi-Isolo Oshodi
Oshodi Oshodi
Surulere Surulere
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Oba's palace built in 1670, Oshodi Court, Independence Fountain at central Lagos, also called Tinubu Square (Donated by the Lebanese Community in Lagos at Nigeria's Independence in 1960) National Museum at Onikan, Lagos Tennis Court, City hall; headquarters of Lagos Island Local Government, one of the oldest Local Government in Nigeria, Old National Assembly Complex at Race Cource, Tafawa Balewa Square, National Theatre, Bar beach, Eleko beach, Lekki beach among others.

First Storey building in Nigeria at Badagry built in 1845, Slave Trade Chains shacks and locks at Badagry, Trade Fair Complex, Whispering palms resort, Murtala Muhammed International Airport-Ikeja, forest reserves, and CMS Grammar School The first secondary school in Nigeria.

Important Events: Eyo festival, Egungun festival, Jigbo festival, Igunnuko festival, Agemo festival and Ifa cultural festival.

Akodo Resort
Lagos Epe Express way
Akodo, Lagos
Tel: 2341-4702865

Aquatic Hotels
Water Parks
31/37, Toyin Street
Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-2557642, 4972279
Mobile: 0806 8823231
Email: reservations@aquatichotels-waterparks.com
Website: WWW.aquatichotels-waterparks.com

Bluenest Hotels Ltd
9, Osolo Way, off Int. Airport Road
Ajao Estate, Isolo
Tel: 234-1-8124466, 4730033
Fax: 234-1-4521153
Email: bluenesthotels@hotmail.com

City View Hotel
1, Taiwo Close, off Kudirat Abiola Way
Oregun, Ikeja
Tel: 234-1-4933309, 7905511
Mobile: 0803 0814050
Fax: 234-1-3453123
Email: info@cityviewhotel.com
Website: WWW.cityviewhotel.com

Excellence Hotel & Conference Centre
Ijaye/Isheri Road
Ogba, Ikeja
P O Box 1370, Ikeja
Tel: 234-1-4710780, 4922924, 4923329
Fax: 234-1-4922134

Federal Palace Hotels
6-8, Ahmadu Bello Way
Victoria Island
P.O.Box 1000, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-2623116-25
E-mail: fedpalhotel@micro.com.ng

Hotel Bellissimo
Lekki Express Way
Before Chevron Roundabout,
Tel: 234-1- 4613610, 5555901, 5555905, 5555907
Fax: 234-1-4613614
Email: reservation@hotelbellisimo.com
Website: WWW.hotelbellisimo.com

Lagos Airport Hotel
111, Obafemi Awolowo Way
Ikeja, Lagos.
Tel: 234-1-4978670-9
Mobile: 0803 4773117, 0802 3217767
Fax: 234-1-4937573, 4970620
Email; infoweb@abs.net
Website: WWW. Lagosairporthotelltd.com

Lagos Hilton Hotel
Hilton Drive
Off Allen Avenue
P. O. Box 2199
Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-4936176-7, 4964947
Fax: 234-1-4936195

LA PORCH Corporate Suites
1192D Olugbosi Close
Off Bishop Oluwole Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-7739814
Mobile: 0802-3109997, 0803-7217000

Lagos Travel Inn
39, Toyin Street,
Ikeja Lagos.
Tel: 234-1-4970785, 4970794-5

L'Hotel Eko Meriden
Adetokunbo Ademola Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-2624600-19, 2614444.

Mainland Hotel
214, Denton Street
Oyingbo Ebutte metta
Tel: 234-1-800300-19

Protea Hotel (Oakwood Park)
Lekki Epe Express Way, By Chevron Roundabout
Lekki Peninsula, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-2702900
Fax: 234-1-2700024
Email: reservations@oakwoodng.com

Rockview Hotel
23 Road
Featac Town

Sheraton Hotel & Towers
30, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way
Ikeja, Lagos
Tel: 234-1-4978660-9
Fax: 234-1-4970321-2
E-mail: reservation_lagosnigeria@ittsheraton.com

Stopover Hotel
Airport Road, Ajao Estate
Isolo, Lagos.
Tel: 234-1-4523642, 4523563, 4707557-8
Fax : 234-1-4523839

Tamarin Hotel
Adekunle Fajuyi Street
Ikeja G. R. A.
Tel : 234-1-4979160-9
Lagos, popularly called “EKO” by the Locals, is a state of many colours. The name Lagos was given by Portuguese explorers in 1472. Ikeja, the capital is an acronym of Ileogbo, Ikorodu and Epe Joint Administration, by the colonial masters. While the local name “EKO” was said to have been given by King Ben Orogbua. The founder was an Ife prince called Olofin who first settled in Isheri and later at Iddo with his Thirty two (32) children. Eleven of the children; Olumegbon, Oloto, Oniru, Onisiwo, Oluwa, Ojora, Onitolo, Aromire, Onikoyi and Elegushi exercised control over respective section allotted them by their progenitor. They are the ancestors of the Idejo class of Chiefs, the land owning class distinguished by their stately white caps.

The Aworis settlers were later joined by waves of other settlers. First among them were the Binis who arrived Iddo mid 16th Century (Circa 1550) and later relocated to Enu Owa; Isale Eko on the northern, offshore of Lagos. The Binis played a crucial role in the history of the Lagos Monarchy.

The population was boosted by influx of people from various parts of the country they include the Hausas, Nupes, Ijebus and other refugees from Yoruba Civil wars and the Fulani Jihad. The Nupes and other northern emigrants occupied Lafiaji Ago (Obalende) and the precincts of the Lagos Central Mosque while the Mahies and Ogus settled at Oke Faji.

Ikoyi and Victoria Island were occupied by refugees from the former Gold Coast (Ghana) victims of the Ashante Fanti Civil war, while the Lekki peninsula was occupied by the Aworis, Ijebus and Dahomeans.

The abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in the 19th Century also brought two waves of settlers who played major roles in the socio political history of the city; these were Sierra Leonian and the Brazilian returnees. Sierra Leonians or “Saros” in Local parlance settled in Olowogbowo and Ofin areas of the business districts. The Agudas as the Brazilian refugees were called occupied an area between Tinubu and Campus Square. Last but not the least was Epetedo, occupied by returnees from Epe who had followed king Kosoko to exile.

The ethnic heterogenity of Lagos has earned the state the name of “Mini Nigeria”. Though the Yorubas are in majority, it is assumed that there is no Nigerian family that is without a representative in Lagos. In 1851, the British conquered Lagos and established the Colony of Lagos. In 1859, the first secondary school in Nigeria;

C. M. S. Grammar School was established in Lagos. In 1904, the state became the capital of Nigeria, then Southern Protectorate, a status it occupied till December 12, 1991 when the seat of power was relocated to Abuja. Nothwithstanding, the state still remains the commercial nerve centre of the country. The state is the site of many Nigeria Pioneering structures such as the first and largest Sea Port, Railway and International Airport, the Stock Exchange, Central Bank among others.

In 2003, the Federal Government withheld the state’s Local Government statutary allocation claiming that the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Government in the state created additional Local Government in contravention of the law. A constitutional imbroglio ensued. The state went to court and won; yet the fund was not released.

On July 28, 2005 the state government reverted to the old twenty local Governments as a compromise for the release of the fund, part of which was indeed released, but further release was then tied to a fresh election into the twenty local governments. This the state rejected because some other PDP states which had a similar issue were never subjected to a fresh election. In 2007, the new government under President Umar Yar’ Adua released the held fund.  


In the North and East by Ogun State; in the West an International border by Republic of Benin; and in the South by Atlantic Ocean.


Generally, Lagos is characterised by low coastal plain with a substantial part of the land below the sea level. The topography is between 30 and 100 metres above sea level. The state is drained by a network of Lagoons, rivers, creeks and swamps which account for Twenty Two (22) percent or 787 square kilometers of its total land mass. The state is referred to as a wet land environment.


It has a tropical climate, high humidity, heavy rainfall and thick clouds all year round. There are two seasons, the rain and dry seasons. The rain season begins in April and peaks in June, decreases gradually and ends in October. The dry season is between November and March. The Harmattan, characterised by cold, dusty and dry winds occurs between late December and February. The state is under the influence of two winds The South West Monsoon winds and the South East Trade winds. The former brings the rain, while the latter the harmattan.


The state has 983 elementary schools; 305 junior high schools; and 294 senior high schools. At higher level; the state has two universities, two polytechnics, and three colleges of education.


Lagos is Nigeria's financial, commercial and industrial nerve centre with over 2,000 manufacturing industries and over 200 financial institutions including the country's premier stock exchange. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). It also houses the Nation's monetary authority. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The state harbours sixty percent of the Nation's total industrial investment, it also attracts about sixty- five per cent of Nigeria's commercial activities. It's the headquarters of multinational conglomerates like; UACN, UNILEVER, John Holt, BEWAC/VYB, Leventis, Churchgate, Chevron, Shell and Mobil. The Nation's giant public enterprises are all located within the state. There is also a concentration of Trading Associations and Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and Industries.


The following are agricultural produce in Lagos State; ;Cassava, Maize, Plantain/Banana, Cashew, Fish, Shrimps and other various sea foods, vegetable, Kolanut, Coconut, Ginger, Pineaple and Rubber.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Clay, Silica Sand, Bitumen and navigable waters.

Famous Natives:

Herbert Macaulay (Nationalist/Politician), Molade Okoya Thomas (Industrialist), Razaq Okoya - Eleganza (Industralist), Abibatu Mogaji - Mrs (Merchant/Women Leader), Jaiye Randle (Chartered Accountant), Lateefat Okunnu - Mrs (Politician), Adekunle Ojora (Industrialist), Kofoworola Bucknor - Mrs (Politician), Femi Okunnu (Lawyer/Politician), Eniola Fadayomi - (Lawyer), Yinka Rhodes (Industralist) Ola Vincent (Administrator/CBN Governor (1977-1982)), Sola Rhodes (Lawyer), Seye Ogunlewe (Politician), Ibitola Sotuminu (Justice), T. O. S. Benson (Lawyer/Politician), Musiliu Smith (Police officer(IG) Rtd), Alade Odunewu - Allah De (Journalist), Jide Kosoko (Actor), Jadesola Akande - Mrs (Lawyer/Educationist), Olufemi Taire - Mrs (Administrator), Abah Omotunde Sagoe - Mrs (Administrator), Rilwan Akiolu - Monarch (Oba of Lagos), Akin Kekere-Ekun (Banker), Peter Rufai (Footballer), Akeem Olajuwon (Basketball Player), Joseph Dosun (Footballer), Olabode George (Politician).  
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