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Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city and sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Victoria Island, the financial center of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques, and nightlife.
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Key Facts & Information
- Lagos is the city and chief port of Lagos state, Nigeria. Until 1975 it was the capital of Lagos state, and until December 1991 it became the federal capital of Nigeria. Ikeja replaced Lagos as the state capital, and Abuja replaced Lagos as the federal capital.
- Lagos, however, remained the unofficial seat of many government agencies. The city’s population is centred on Lagos Island, in Lagos Lagoon, on the Bight of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea. Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city and one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.
- By the late 15th century, Lagos Island had been settled by Yoruba fishermen and hunters, who called it Oko. The area was dominated by the kingdom of Benin, which called it Eko, from the late 16th century to the mid-19th century.
- Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people in the 15th century.
- Under the leadership of the Oloye Olofin, the Awori moved to an island now called Iddo and then to the larger Lagos Island.
- In the 16th century, the Awori settlement was conquered by the Benin Empire and the island became a Benin war-camp called “Eko” under Oba Orhogbua, the Oba of Benin at the time. Eko is still the native name for Lagos.
- Lagos, which means “lakes”, was a name given to the settlement by the Portuguese. Throughout history, it was home to a number of warring ethnic groups who had settled in the area.
- Following its early settlement by the Awori nobility, and its conquest by the Bini warlords of Benin, the state first came to the attention of the Portuguese in the 15th century.
- Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequeira visited the area in 1472, naming the area around the city Lago de Curamo. Another explanation is that Lagos is a Portuguese named after a major port in Portugal —a maritime town that, at the time, was the main centre of Portuguese expeditions down the African coast.
- Lagos is a port city and the most populous city in Nigeria.
- The metropolitan area originated on islands, including Lagos Island, that were protected from the Atlantic Ocean by sand spits.
- The city has expanded onto the mainland west of the lagoon, however, with Ikeja, the capital of Lagos, and Agege over 25 miles northwest of Lagos Island. Lagos has a population estimated at 21 million in 2016, which makes it the largest city in Africa.
- The Lagos State Government estimates the population of Lagos at 17.5 million, although this number has been disputed by the Nigerian Government and found to be unreliable by the National Population Commission of Nigeria, which put the population at over 21 million in 2016.
- An architectural masterpiece and cultural landmark, the edifice is one of the few properties of the country that has stood the test of time.
- Being home to everything art, the National Theatre provides an avenue to learn a lot more about art while having fun in its lush environment.
- Hi-Impact Planet offers world-class fun for the young and old, friends and families.
- There are games, rides and other entertaining attractions for the young and young at heart.
- Tarkwa Bay is sheltered beach located near the Lagos Harbour. It is popular with swimmers and water-sports enthusiasts, also home to a welcoming resident community.
- This colorful delicacy is food to many West African Countries, not just Nigeria. Ingredients of Jollof rice include rice, onions, tomatoes, chillies and a variety of spices.
- Nkwobi is a popular Igbo delicacy prepared from spiced cow leg marinated in a richly flavoured sauce of Utazi leaves and palm oil.
- Pounded yam is one of Nigeria’s most popular dishes that can be served with a variety of soups like Egusi, Ogbono, Vegetable, and Okro soup.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Lagos across 19 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Lagos worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Lagos which is Nigeria’s largest city and sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Victoria Island, the financial center of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques, and nightlife.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Lagos Nigeria Facts
- More Facts
- Lagos Timeline
- Info Complete
- My City
- Decode and Describe
- Food Trip
- Only in Lagos Nigeria
- Be a Tour Guide
- Narrate the Words
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