Lagos Travel Guide

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Lagos Overview

Lagos is a metropolis in Nigeria with over 21 million people living in the city and surrounding area. It is also the most populous African city, with current estimation of being the seventh fastest growing city in the world. Until, 1991 Lagos was the capital of Nigeria (Abuja has since been the replacement). However, the city is the economic and financial capital of the country, where the nation's wealth and economic activity are heavily concentrated.

Lagos lies in south-western Nigeria in Lagos state, on the Atlantic coast in the Gulf of Guinea, which is west of the Niger River delta. There are three major urban islands of Lagos in Lagos Lagoon, comprising of Lagos Island, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island. These 3 islands are separated from the mainland by the main channel draining the lagoon into the Atlantic, which forms Lagos Harbour.

The major areas of Lagos are Ikeja, Ikoyi, Victoria Island (VI) and Apapa.

Ikeja is the capital of Lagos state. It is where the international and domestic airports are located.

Victoria Island or VI to the locals is the currently where the vibe is. The head offices of major banks are in VI. It is also deemed to be safer than most area as good clubs and restaurants are located here. Although majority of the embassies had moved to the capital, some countries maintained a high commission or branch in VI. There is a British High Commission as well as the American Consulate.

Whilst Lagos may not be on the list for top tourist destinations, due to it being primarily business-oriented, as well as carrying the reputation for been a fast paced area, tourist attractions due include Oba's Palace, the National Museum, and the beach resorts.