TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN LAGOS
Lagos, popularly called “Eko,” is a beautiful and vibrant city with numerous side attractions ranging from relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Lagos to visiting museums, art galleries, relaxation spots, markets, shopping malls, and floating residences. One of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Lagos, initially emerged as a port city that originated on a collection of islands and remains the most populated city in Nigeria.
Lagos, being a lively city, there’s an abundance of parties, festivals, and events you can attend, historical and cultural landmarks to visit as well as sports activities to engage in. The city’s internationally known art scene is thriving, with many galleries and cultural centers as proof and live music and dance performances, which take place within lots of locations all over Lagos. If you enjoy music and the arts will find Lagos an incredible source of entertainment and inspiration.
From knowledge to fun, history, craft, entertainment, and even tranquility, Lagos has something for everyone!
Here is a list of seven top things to do in Lagos!
TAKE A WALK ON AFRICA’S LONGEST CANOPY WALKWAY AT THE LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER
The Lekki Conservation Centre is top of many lists of things to do in Lagos. This vast expanse of green space is a quiet place of peace, nature, and wildlife hidden inside one of the world’s most congested cities.
You can tour the center, where you’ll walk on planks over mangroves, learning about the fauna and flora, which are native to the area. You’re very likely to stumble upon monkeys eager to snatch your camera and also birds and fishes of different species. If you’re in luck, you might see a crocodile or a snake.
Run by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, this center has a vast tract of wetlands set aside for wildlife viewing. To get the best view and feeling, you should visit in the morning!
LOUNGE AND EXPLORE HAPPINESS AT THE BEACH
Lagos is a port city with numerous sandy beaches. It offers opportunities for boat trips and other water sports. You get to rent chairs, raffia shades and beach huts at most of the beaches. As well, surfboards, jet skis, and pedal boats are put up for rent in some private beaches.
Famous beaches in Lagos include the Tarkwa Bay, famous for having some of the gentlest waves in Lagos, ideal for both swimming and learning to surf. Elegushi Beach, known for its nightlife, is another popular beach. The beach has several bars and cafes where you can enjoy drinking, eating, and socializing in the evenings. The most popular being the Lagos Bar Beach on Victoria Island is a natural sand bar lined with bars and shops.
Another appealing way to have fun is to visit La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort. When you get their package, you have access to a private beach, swimming pools, a mangrove forest where you can spot monkeys and tropical birds, and so many other add-ons. YOu can engage in activities, including family boat cruises, jet ski, and kayak rentals, fishing in the lagoon, and horseback riding.
EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE ARTWORKS AT THE WONDERFUL ART GALLERIES.
When it comes to art galleries, Lagos is the place to visit. Several galleries are showcasing both contemporary and traditional art from all over Africa. The most popular is the Nike Art Gallery, which is run by one of Nigeria’s most important artists, Nike Okundaye. This astonishing four-storey space hosts several Nigerian artists, sculptors, and craftsmen honing their skills as well as all floors filled to the brim with one of the largest collections of African art on the continent.
There’s no entrance cost, which makes it a great fun but free thing to do in Lagos. You also get a rare opportunity to make a new artwork purchase. The Nike Art Centre is something akin to an art gallery, an artist retreat, and workshop, and home rolled into one. And if you’re lucky, you’ll meet the sweet and free-spirited Nike herself who may grace you with a new Yoruba name.
Terra Kulture is another artistic place worth visiting. It’s a complex that has a gallery, an art center, craft shop, cafe, bookshop, and other facilities that’ll relax your mind.
GET ENLIGHTENED AT THE KALAKUTA REPUBLIC MUSEUM
The Kalakuta Republic Museum is a must-visit for both those that have heard of the famous musician and activist – Fela Kuti and those that haven’t. Located in Fela’s former house and resting place, the museum tells you the story of Fela’s music, activism, and unique lifestyle. In the museum, you’ll get personal artifacts and items relating to his career on display. These items include the late megastar’s bedroom, which has been left intact. The museum is run by Fela Kuti’s children, who are often present and willing to discuss Fela’s life and legacy with visitors.
ENJOY A TIME OUT AT THE FREEDOM PARK.
Freedom Park is one of Lagos’ famous landmarks. It was a former colonial prison turned into a park with ponds and fountains, an open-air concert stage, and is used as a venue for art exhibitions. While there, you might get to see some permanent displays which detail the history of the location. Located in the middle of Lagos Island, this park is one of the most famous and visited hangout spots in the city. Every evening is fun as live music attracts and entertains the crowd. Some annual events that take place here include the Eko Theatre Carnival, the Lagos Reggae Festival, Black History Month commemorations, and the Adire Heritage Festival.
GET ENLIGHTENED AT NIGERIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Nigerian National Museum, located at Onikan, Lagos Island, offers a fascinating look at traditional Nigerian life over the centuries. This place was established in 1957 and has great collections in archaeology, ethnography, and traditional art.
Exhibits include tribal costumes, sculptures, artworks, coins and pottery from the various regions and cultures of Nigeria. The highlight of the collections found here is the Jemaa Head, a terracotta sculpture attributed to the Nok culture, which existed between 900 to 2000 B.C. The museum also houses the bullet-riddled vehicle in which the country’s former Head of State – late General Murtala Mohammed – was murdered in 1976.
This museum also operates a nonprofit crafts center, which stocks a good range of batik cloth, woodcarvings, and textiles at fixed prices. Guided tours of the museum are available.
SPICE UP YOUR NIGHTLIFE
Nightlife activities in Lagos never really end, even though they are majorly restricted to the weekends. They take breaks and then return with more buzz. Raving nightclubs and lounges line the streets of Victoria Island, with some other highly rated ones scattered around neighborhoods in Ikoyi, Lekki, and Ikeja. Spice Route, Escape, Rumours, and Velvett are just a few of the many locations that sizzle on weekend nights, bumping music that makes you never want to leave the dance floor. Other nightclubs such as Cova and Cocoon Sundaze operate especially on Sundays to cater exclusively to those who either still have the energy to spare or prefer Sunday nights out. A trip to Lagos can’t be complete without an exploration of its nightlife since Lagos is known as the city that never sleeps.
Other places to explore include the Makoko floating village, the Tafawa Balewa Square, National Theatre, and the African shrine, to name a few.
We wish you the best as you embark on a fun visit to Lagos. Don’t forget to book your flight with Travel Beta.
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MODE 9
Babatunde Olusegun Adewale is a popular Nigerian rapper and lyricist who goes by the stage name, Mode 9. The rapper has been in the industry for a very long time and is one of the leading rappers in Nigerian music history. He has recorded several albums and also had mixtapes released to his name. He is also a multi-award winning rapper, having a record of most wins at the Headies Awards. He owned the “Lyricist of the Year” award category for a long time and no one has been able to dominate as much as he did in recent times. Join me as I take you through his early life and childhood, music career, personal life and some of his songs.
MODE 9’S EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
The rapper was born on the 14th of June 1975 in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents who hailed from Osun State. He is the third children of his parents. His secondary school education was at Agboju Seconday School and then he proceeded to Federal Polytechnic, Bida in Niger State where he bagged a degree in Building Technology. His music influences were Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.
MODE 9’S MUSIC CAREER
Mode 9 started music as far back as the early 2000s. He released his debut project in 2004 for “Malcolm IX”. The album enjoyed a fair amount of success and it helped gained the rapper popularity in the industry. He was known for his incredible rap style and fast became one of the lead rappers in the industry. He released another album two years later in 2006 for “Pentium IX”. At the time, he was already recognised as a good lyricist and rapper and he was already bagging awards for it.
Mode 9 didn’t stop at that, he released several other albums. He has recorded eight studio albums and five mixtapes to his name. He has also released five featured albums with the most recent recorded with Black Intelligence for “Hence4th” in 2018. His most recent album was in 2019 for “Monument”. The rapper, at a time, stopped releasing his albums in Nigeria because he felt Nigerians gave up on him.
His awards list is quite the collection. He has won 9 Headies Awards to his name and bagged the Lyricist Award of the Year seven times in a row, which still stands as a Headies record. He also has won a number of Channel O Awards for music videos.
MODE 9’S PERSONAL LIFE
Mode 9 loves to keep information about his personal life private. There is no known information about if the veteran rapper is in any relationship.
MODE 9’S SONGS
Some of his songs include;
- Where Una Dey
- Nigerian Girls
- Elbow Room
- Kaiser Flow
- 419 State of Mind
- It’s a Goal
- 360 Poetry
- Super Human
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MO CHEDDAH
Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter who goes by the stage name “Mo Cheddah”. She always loved music as a child and even started singing from a young age. Her big break came with the release of her song titled “The Finest” featuring Sauce Kid and Tito. Following the release of the track, Mo Cheddah went on to drop even more songs and then her debut album. “Komaroll”, “If You want me” and “Destinambari” featuring Phyno are three of her other big songs in her career. Join me as I take you through her early life and childhood, music career, personal life and some of her songs.
MO CHEDDAH’S EARLY LIFE AND CHILDHOOD
The talented singer was born on the 26th of October 1990 in Lagos though she hails from Osun State, Nigeria. She was the fourth of five children. She had her early education in Lagos with her primary school education at University of Lagos Staff school and her secondary school education at Our Lady of Apostles school in Yaba, Lagos. After that, she proceeded to the University of Lagos to pursue a degree in Creative Arts.
MO CHEDDAH’S MUSIC CAREER
Mo Cheddah’s music career started from when she was 12. She got signed to a record label named Knighthouse Entertainment when she was 13. At the time she was still in school and she expected to be a child star. She used to spend time in studios during her holidays. She released her first song when she was 17 and from there she became popular. The first single was titled “Las Birdie”. She went on to record the song with Sauce Kid and Tito titled “The Finest”. The song was a hit upon release and helped her gain even more popularity. The song ultimately launched her music career.
Following up the previous successes of her singles, she dropped another hit titled “If You Want Me”. The song also enjoyed a period of success and got her the award for Best New Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in 2010. The video for the song also got Best Female Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards. Her debut album dropped in 2010 for “Franchise Celebrity”. She left her record label, Knighthouse Entertainment, after a while and went on to start her own which she called it “Cheddah Music”.
Mo Cheddah took a break from music when she was 21 because she wanted to enjoy a normal life. She came back after a couple of years.
MO CHEDDAH’S PERSONAL LIFE
She is married to longtime boyfriend, Bukunyi Olateru Olagbeji. Asides music, she is a fashion designer. She also runs a blog.
MO CHEDDAH’S SONGS
Some of her songs include;
- My Time
- Bad ft Olamide
- Tori Oloun
- Coming for You ft May D
- Destinambari ft Phyno
- See Me
- No be Money
- Wole Pelu Change
TOP THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PRINCE NICO MBRAGA
Prince Nico Mbraga might not be very popular but his hit single titled “Sweet Mother” is one of the greatest African songs to be released till date. The song sold over 13 million copies, even more than any of the Beetles classic songs. Together with his band for a couple of years, Rocafil Jazz, he recorded several other songs though none of them was able to match the success and greatness of “Sweet Mother”. His style of music is known as Highlife. Unfortunately, the singer died in 1997. Join me as I take you through his early life, music career, personal life and some of his songs.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA EARLY LIFE
The “Sweet Mother” crooner was born on the 1st of January in 1950 to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father. He was born in Abakaliki part of eastern Nigeria though he hails from Obubra in Cross River State. His father was a music lover and he worked to get salary from sawing timber. When he was still young, his father bought a Phillips radio and from there he listened and grew interest in music. He listened to songs like Bobby Benson’s Taxi Driver and Rex Lawson’s Yellow Sisi. He spent a couple of years in Cameroon growing up in the late 60s during the Nigerian Civil War. While in school, he learnt how to play several instruments such as conga, xylophone, drums and the electric guitar.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA MUSIC CAREER
His music style was influenced by his time in Cameroon. In 1970, he started music professionally as a member of a hotel band named “Melody Orchestra”. He later returned to Nigeria in 1972 and formed his own band, Rocafil Jazz. Their debut single wasn’t successful as they expected but they moved on to release a second for “I No Go Marry Your Papa”. The song enjoyed success locally in his part of the country.
Eventually the hit came with “Sweet Mother”. It came at a time when their recording contract had just been dropped by EMI. They got signed with an Onitsha based label named “Rogers All Stars”. He dropped the hit single with the band and then went as popular as going outside the country and then the continent. The huge success gained by the singer helped him go on tours in different countries including England. He performed with the likes of London based band, Ivory Coasters.
“Sweet Mother” appeared to be the only hit song the band would record and Prince Nico Mbraga quit music after a time when his band split and then he formed a new one. His hit song has been tagged as the best selling song in history by an African singer and was once voted as Africa’s favourite song by BBC. The song was also called “Africa’s Anthem”.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA PERSONAL LIFE
After he quit music, he focused on managing his hotel in Ikom, Cross River State. He named the hotel Sweet Mother Hotel. Prince Nico Mbraga died in a motorcycle accident on 23rd June 1997.
PRINCE NICO MBRAGA SONGS
- I No Go Marry Your Papa
- Sweet Mother
- Family Movement
- Wayo Inlaw
- Good Father
- Free Education in Nigeria
- Love and Unity for Africa
- Adam & Eve
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