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Lagos State

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Located in south-west geopolitical zone of Nigeria, Lagos State was created on May 27th 1967 by virtue of the state (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree 14 of 1967, which restructured Nigeria into a Federation of twelve States at the time. The state is divided into twenty local Government areas which include Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Eti-Osa, Ibeju-Lekki, Ifako-Ijaye, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Lagos-Mainland, Mushin, Ojo, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu and Surulere.

Geography: Covering a total area of 3,577sqkm, this elongated state spans the Guinea coast of the Atlantic Ocean for over 180km, from the Republic of Benin on the west to its boundary with Ogun state in the east. It extends approximately from latitude 6°2′North to 6°4′North, and from longitude 2°45′East to 4°20′East. Of its ., about 787sq. km. or 22 percent is water.

History: Lagos State in May 27th 1967. The state, which was formerly the capital of Nigeria before being moved to Abuja in 1976, is tagged the “centre of excellence” as the state is the commercial nerve center of the country which hosts over half of the total industrial investment in Nigeria and the commercial activities.

Weather/Climate: Annual rainfall ranges from 2031mm in the western half of the state to 2032mm The rivers, creeks and lagoons in the state ram 2540mm in the eastern half. However, very small ify and join each other in a rather intricate fashion, portions in the extreme west have annual precipitation From the west, the Badagry creek enters from the volumes of 1270mm to 1524mm only.

On the Republic of Benin and it is joined in the north, about whole, the state lies in the southern half of the 24km. from the Nigeria-Benin border, by the Yewa country with over 75 per cent multiple years of pre River. Then comes Ologe Lagoon, looking almost cipitation. The abundance of rainwater makes the like the Caspian Sea in shape. The rest of the state a relatively droughtfree zone in the state is dominated by the Lagos lagoon.

People & Culture
Lagos is part of the Yoruba speaking South western of Nigeria but the population is made up of every tribe in the country and different nationalities of the world. The original inhabitants are the Aworis in Ikeja, the Eguns (Ogu) in Badagry area, the Ijebus in Ikorodu and Epe while Lagos Island consists of a mixture of Benin, Eko Aworis as well as repatriated Yoruba and other immigrants from Brazil and Sierra Leone after the abolition of slave trade.


Lagos, subsequent to the re-modernization project achieved by the current administration of Governor Raji Babatunde Fashola, is gradually becoming a major tourist destination, being one of the largest cities in Africa and in the world. Lagos is currently taking steps to become a global city. The 2009 Eyo carnival (a yearly festival originated from Iperu Remo, Ogun State) which took place on April 25, was a step toward world city status. Currently, Lagos is primarily known as a business-oriented and a fast paced community. Lagos has a number of sandy beaches by the Atlantic Ocean a few are Badagry beach, Eleko beach, Elegushi, Alpha beach. Two of the most popular beaches include Bar Beach and Lekki Beach. Lagos has a variety of hotels ranging from three star to five star hotels. Other places of interest include The Tafawa Balewa Square, Festac town, Lekki Conservation Centre, The Remembrance Arcade and the Slave Jetty in Badagry

Some of the popular hotels include Four Points, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Federal Palace Hotel, Stop Over Motels, Ikoyi Hotel, Sofitel Lagos Moorhouse Ikoyi, Eko Hotels And Suites, and The Palmview Manor. Visitors are mostly attracted to Nigeria's rich culture, entertainment scenes and vitality which Lagos city offers. Tourist attractions include Oba's Palace, the Nigerian National MuseumShrine of Fela, the beach resorts.



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