6 amazing facts about Lagos
Lagos is the most populous and important financial centre in the country.
Lagos is noted for its beach resorts, nightlife, and activity, and is the world’s sixth-largest city by population.
Lagos State is one of the 36 states that make up Nigeria. Lagos, although being the country’s smallest state, is the most populated and a significant financial center.
Here are some interesting facts about this megacity, some of which you may already know and others which you may not.
1. It has the Tallest Building in West Africa
The NECOM House Towers, which stands 160 meters above the city, is the highest structure in West Africa.
2. Until 1996, the Third Mainland Bridge, which connects Lagos Island to the mainland, was Africa’s longest bridge, extending 11.8 kilometers. Ibrahim Babangida Bridge is the official name of the bridge, which was built by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.
3. Lagos Handles 80% of the Country’s Imports
The majority of Nigeria’s imports are handled in Lagos. Lagos port, which is located on Nigeria’s southwest coast, processes 80 percent of the country’s commodities.
This port is also regarded as one of Africa’s top ten.
4. Before colonization, Lagos was known as Eko. It was a significant slave-trading centre, which the then Oba of Benin Ado and all of his predecessors maintained for nearly four centuries, until 1841 when Oba Akitoye succeeded to the throne of Lagos and sought to outlaw slave-trading.
Local merchants were outraged by the planned transfer and ousted the king, exiling him and installing Akitoye’s brother Kosoko as Oba.
5. When Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960, Lagos remained the capital. As a result, Lagos served as Nigeria’s capital from 1914 to 1991, when it was replaced by Abuja as the Federal Capital Territory.
6. Lagos’ geographic border was Lagos Mainland until the arrival of Benin’s. Lagos Island, formerly a pepper garden and fishing station, was the seat of the Oba of Lagos. There was no one living there. During its early history, its first ruler, Oba Ado, gave it the name Eko. Lagos was also ruled by the Kingdom of Benin for a while.
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