7 Places to Visit in Lagos

Director General Folorunsho Coker of NTDC shares his personal highlights of Africa's most exciting city.

By Tour Nigeria

Lagos Soundscapes - Field work photo by Emeka OgbohOriginal Source: African Artists Foundation

Lagos, the throb of Africa

Lagos has the most dense population of Black people in the world. There's nowhere else you will find more Black people per square meter. Although Lagos is the smallest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass, it is among the fastest growing states in the world. 

Impressive Flips (2015) by BAP ProductionsOriginal Source: Terra Kulture

#1: An electrifying vibe

Lagos is a world class destination with diverse people and a rich cultural heritage. The city's vibe is electric and a must experience. Get a taste of it by visiting the annual festivals including Lagos Fashion Week and LagosPhoto Festival. 

Boy among boats in Lagos lagoon shore (2019) by The Centenary ProjectThe Centenary Project

#2: Open air markets of Lagos

Epe fish market, Mushin and Alaba International market offers unique insights into the city's culture and vibe. Explore the freshly caught seafood, colourful arts and crafts, and a variety of antique goods. 

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#3: The city that never sleeps

Lagos offers a spectacular nightlife experience. The hustle-and-bustle in the city simply never ends, and it fuels the city's magical energy. Make sure to visit Terra Kulture for an unforgettable musical or catch a concert at the annual Homecoming Festival. 

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort (2020) by Adedotun AjibadeOriginal Source: Adedotun Ajibade

#4: Sunkissed beaches

Lagos is home to a number of sunkissed beaches, including La Campagne Tropicana, Ibeshi, Eko Atlantic, Elegushi, Oniru and Ilashe. Take a stroll underneath the palm trees, catch a wave with the surfers and enjoy the stunning sunsets. 

Suya, spices and oil on a grill (2019) by The Centenary ProjectThe Centenary Project

#5: A taste of Lagos

Lagos is a factory of culinary experiments with an unending parade of new fusion food; blending traditional recipes with modern cooking techniques to redefine and create delicious, mouthwatering cuisines. Enjoy a snack or try one of Lagos most popular street foods - suya. 

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#6: Makoko, a floating community

Makoko is a multicultural floating community that has the potential to be the first properly organised floating city in a mega city. Makoko has a thriving economy in that its a fishing community and within that fishing community there's also a trading community. 

Central Business District by Dayo AdedayoTour Nigeria

#7: A new Lagos that cannot be ignored

Eko Atlantic city is a clean and eco-friendly urban city. Its construction site is the largest in Africa today. The city's over 6,500,000 square metres of new land will provide ample space for people and businesses to thrive in a sustainable environment. It's a new Lagos. 

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About Folorunsho Coker
Folorunsho Coker was appointed Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation in 2017. His Public Service Career began in Lagos State in 1999 where he served the State in various capacities including; as Principal Aide to the Governor, Deputy Chief of Staff to the State Government, Founding CEO of the Lagos State Number Plate Production Authority and as Special Adviser on Central Business Districts. He also served as Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts & Culture and established the “ONE LAGOS BRAND”. As DG, NTDC he has conceived the ‘TOUR NIGERIA” brand to drive domestic consumption of tourism products in Nigeria, commercialize tourism and generate employment. The brand is hinged on the identification, exploration, exposition, enhancement and promotion of creative assets across the country using sustainable approaches.

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