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Lagos State – "Centre Of Excellence"

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 then.

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.

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 then. 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.

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.

[tab:Geography] Situated in the southwestern corner of the country and 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.

Lagos State map

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.

Cities & Towns
Other important cities and towns include Ikeja, Victoria Island, Ikorodu, Ikoyi, Epe, Apapa, Badagry, Agege, Isolo, Ikotun Yaba, Surulere, Iju, Ipaja.

[tab:Attractions] National TheatreNational Theatre
Located in the heart of Lagos, the theatre which was constructed in 1976, is a multi-purpose national monument for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Nigerian arts and culture. Read more

Ikoyi Club Golf CourseIkoyi Club Golf Course
The Ikoyi Club Golf course is a par 71 course made up of 18 holes, totaling 5838 meters in length. Each hole is portrayed by unique features such as sand traps, fairway bunkers, water and huge trees. Read more

Lekki Conservation CentreLekki Conservation Centre
The nature park which covers a land area of 78 hectare is one of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) foremost conservation project sites. The centre serves as biodiversity conservation icon and environment education centre. Read more

Hermitage Garden ResortHermitage Garden Resort
With an expansive and soothing environment, Hermitage Garden Resort has luminous beach front and their luxurious mini-villas all offer wonderful ocean views with its own balcony. Read more

Lagos Bar BeachLagos Bar Beach
This is the main beach on Victoria Island, along Ahmadu Bello Way and one of the more popular beaches in Lagos State. The beach runs from the Institute of Oceanography in the west to the Eko Hotel in the east. Read more

Eko Tourist Beach ResortEko Tourist Beach Resort
Eko Tourist Beach Resort is a privately-managed beach that provides fun seekers and picnickers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of conventional beaches in Lagos State. There is also the beach restaurant serving quality foods and drinks. Read more

Halem Seaside ResortHalem Seaside Resort
This is a top Nigerian resort situated on an exclusive beach over-viewing the Atlantic ocean on the Lagos coastline. It is about 30 minutes boat cruise from Victoria Island. Read more

Takwa Bay BeachTakwa Bay Beach
This is a sheltered and arguably the most popular beach in Lagos situated along Lagos harbour. The beach which is accessible by boat from Osborne Jetty, provides a pleasant outing with a relatively safe swimming conditions. Read more

Whispering Palms Beach ResortWhispering Palms Beach Resort
Located in Iworo, Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State, the resort lies on the Lagoon and typifies the beauty of the area’s cool Atlantic breeze, sillica sands, palm trees and chirping birds. Read more

Lacampagne Tropicana Beach ResortLacampagne Tropicana Beach Resort
This resort offers a unique blend of natural environments which include a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. Read more

Jhalobia Recreation Park & GardensJhalobia Recreation Park & Gardens
Jhalobia Recreation Park & Gardens is a carefully planned beautiful and unspoilt park and garden space that provides an ideal setting for superb white weddings, Islamic Nikai, Traditional marriage, registry or engagements. Read more

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