It feels like we haven’t done this segment in a long time. This interview is slightly different as I got two people to do it at the same time so you can see how people living in the same place can have different opinions about it.
Horses of the day – Oyin & Wale
Location – Lagos
Taken from Y-naija
Lagosians waiting to get on the bus popularly known as BRT.
Nickname – Eko, Las Gidi, Lag
Age Range – 25-35
Occupations – Lawyer/Auditor
Brief background: Both were born and brought up in Lagos.
What is Lagos like?
Oyin: Lagos is fun and chaotic, rich and penniless, sophisticated and savage, flamboyant and “raggedly” all rolled up in one.
Wale: Also known as Eko Akete, a cosmopolitan town with locals with from diverse origins. Lagos swings like a pendulum! Its sway initiates hidden delights in the hearts of occasional visitors who are often in town for business. There’s always some new found fast food, an opening opera, a government gig, an elite party, a job fair or boiling religious activity amid the uneasy traffic. Activities start to swing from early mornings and locals often depend on “Lagos-sense” to determine bus or driving route that’ll grant your logistics the required efficiency. There are often stern looks by commuters or by standers at bus stops (a part of Lagos sense that says one is ready for the hustle) but Lagosians are very hospitable and fun seeking than the stress of the city portrays.
What has been your favorite experience in Lagos so far?
Oyin: Living in Lagos, there is always a different experience.
Wale: Nightlife on the Island
What are your top 5 recommendations of things to do or see in Lagos?
1. Tarkwa bay or any of the beaches
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2. Freedom Park – Arts & recreation center on former Lagos Colonial prison grounds.
Image by Lape Soetan
3. Badagary slave Site – Former slave port/route in Lagos
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4. Terra Kulture – Nigerian cultural centre: Art, culture, lifestyle, educational center etc
5. Nike Art Gallery – Home of Nigerian arts and culture
Image by Folarin Kolawole
6. I know you said 5 but another is Lekki Conservation Center. – Nature park
1. Elegushi beach
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2. Eko Atlantic City – new city under construction off the Bar beach – V.I
3. Eyo Festival – Also known as the Adamu Orisha play. Yoruba festival unique to Lagos State.
4. Balogun Textile Market
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5. Freedom Park
Image by Lape Soetan
What are your food or restaurant recommendations in Lagos?
Oyin: White house (Sabo), Delta Kitchen (Surulere), Blu Radisson Hotel (V.I) and the buffet at Eko Hotel in V.I. White house and Delta Kitchen have mainly local dishes but you can get a mix of local and intercontinental at Blu Radisson and Eko Hotel.
You gotta try Suya at Akerele, Surulere, eat Amala and ewedu, do fish and chips at the beach or Ojez, and have some fresh pammy.
Wale: Amala Shitta in Surulere. That’s for local food only. I can’t think of any other place.
If someone is visiting Lagos for a day, where should they go?
Oyin: Wake up on the Beach! Beach!! Beach!!! Have breakfast by the sea. Set out for sightseeing at the Lekki Free trade zone and Lekki Conservation center.
Stop over at Nike Art Gallery, snack on boli and epa or roasted corn and ube.