– Facts to know about Lagos state
– Lagos celebrates golden jubilee anniversary
50 Random Facts about Lagos
Lagos State celebrates her 50th anniversary which will become official on Children’s Day, May 27, 2017. Check out these facts about Lagos and see what you know about the state also known as Eko.
50 Facts about Lagos
1. The name “Lagos” was given to the Island settlement by the Portugese. “Lagos” means lakes
2. Of the 36 states in Nigeria, Lagos state is the smallest. Never mind all the hustle and bustle, the night life and every drama that it never fails to supply. It is actually the smallest state (in size) in Nigeria.
3. In spite of her small size, Lagos is the city with the largest population in Nigeria and in sub-Saharan Africa.
4. The capital of Lagos state is Ikeja.
5. The Lagos climate is mainly a savannah tropical climate.
6. In the 16th century, Lagos was conquered by the Benin Empire under the Oba of Benin at the time, Oba Orhoga. Before then itwas mainly inhabited by the Awori people.
7. Under Benin rule, the island became a war-camp which was called “Eko”.
8. Lagos is located in the south-western part of Nigeria
9. The languages that are spoken predominantly in Lagos today are Yoruba, Pidgin English and English.
10. According to historians, the Portugese were the first Europeans to discover Lagos in the 15th century.
11. Lagos was the federal capital of Nigeria until 1991 when the seat of government was moved to Abuja.
12. Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who is the current governor of Lagos is the 14th governor of the state and the 5th civilian governor of the state.
13. Lagos state has the tallest building in West Africa; the NECOM house towers stand at 160m above the city.
14. Some believe that Lagos was named for Lagos, a maritime town located in Portugal, which served as a base for Portuguese excursions into the African coast.
15. The popular yellow commercial buses in Lagos are also known as “Danfo“. The bigger versions of these buses are known as “Molue“. Hence, both are iconic features of Lagos life and have been the subject of some popular Nigerian songs.
16. The Awori fishermen and hunters, the first settlers on the Lagos Island, called it “Oko”.
17. Lagos state was created on the 27th of May, 1967.
18. The population of Lagos currently stands at about 21 million.
19. Portuguese explorer, Rui de Sequeira, who visited the Island in 1472 named the surrounding area “ Lago de Curamo”
20. In 2008, the Lagos state government commenced the Lagos BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) System which broke the monopoly of the Danfo buses and made transportation cheaper.
21. LAMATA stands for Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.
22. Oba Rilwan Akiolu is the incumbent and 22nd Oba of Lagos.
23. Banana Island in Lagos is the most expensive neighbourhood in Nigeria.
24. Lagos state has 20 local government areas.
25. Oba Ado was the first Oba of Lagos; he reigned from 1630-1669.
26. Lagos state shares a land border with Benin republic.
27. As at 2011, a Forbes article reported that a plot of land on Banana Island cost between $4 million and $6 million.
28. Lagos has been described as the “Jerusalem of Africa” because it houses more than five international Prayer and crusade camps. Some of the most prominent are the Redemption Camp and the Prayer City which attract visitors from all over the world.
29. Lagos has a state-owned university (LASU) and a state-owned polytechnic (LASPOTECH)
30. Lagos is the entertainment capital of Africa; majority of the most famous Nigerian musicians and actors reside in Lagos.
31. Lagos state houses an international airport and two seaports.
32. Iddo island is named after Oba Addo, the first Oba of Lagos.
33. The current Oba of Lagos is a retired police man
34. Lagos state is the main economic hub of Nigeria; it handles about 80% of the country’s imports.
35. Some of the most popular entertainment spots in Lagos are the National Arts Theatre, the New Afrika Shrine and Terra Kulture.
36.The Lagos state government has rolled out a 50 day event schedule which commenced on the 27th of march with a grand finale on Children’s day 27 May, 2017 in celebration of the state’s golden jubilee anniversary.
37. The Oba of Lagos’ palace was involved is fire incident. Some people have linked the incident to a misunderstanding which he had with the Ooni of Ife. An Ooni is supposed to be a direct descendant of Oduduwa, (regarded as) the progenitor of the Yoruba people.
38. The Eyo festival is making a comeback this year, on the 20th of May. The last festival was five years ago.
39. Dr Ameyo Stella Shade Adadevoh is recognised by many Nigerians as a hero whose timely actions in 2014 helped to curb and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Lagos and Nigeria. She died on 19 August, 2014 having contracted the deadly virus from a Liberian visitor, Patrick Sawyer, while trying to place him under quarantine.
40. LASU stands for Lagos State University while LASPOTECH stands foe Lagos State Polytechnic.
41. One of the events celebrating the golden jubilee of the state is an exhibition boxing match between five-time world heavyweight boxing champion named “The Rumble”, Evander Holyfield and former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
42. The referee slated for the charity boxing match is Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
43. Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh is the great grand-daughter of Nigerian founding father, Herbert Macaulay and a grand-niece of Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria.
44. Lagos is a beach city; it has more than 3 beaches.
45. Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg visited Lagos unannounced in August, 2015.
46. Badagry, a coastal town in Lagos was once a slave port and key point for export of African slaves.
47. The Economic and Financial Fraud Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria recently discovered about $43 million in an apartment located at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi in Lagos.
48. Nigerian musician, Wizkid, made a song about Ojuelegba, a popular bus station in Surulere, metropolitan Lagos in 2014.
49. A Lagos carnival would hold on May 13, 2017 both on the Island and Mainland.
50. St. Thomas Primary school in Badagry was the first Primary school in Nigeria. Rev. Golmer of the Church Missionary Society started the school in 1845.