PLACES OF INTEREST LAGOS
While you are in Lagos, you might want to check them out...
LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTRE, KM 19, LAGOS-EPE EXPRESSWAY, LEKKI
Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) is a nature reserve sited on the Lekki Peninsula of Lagos. Established as a conservation tool for Nigeria’s southwest coastal mangrove resources, it is also an information centre for environmental education.
Its nature reserve consists of a mosaic of secondary forest, swamp forest and savannah grassland. Meandering through it all is a 2km nature trail boardwalk, suspended on metal frames. Highlights of the trail include the tree house built on a stout dawadawa tree (Pakia biglobossa). Atop you can enjoy glimpses of Mona monkeys and brightly feathered birds. For an even better view there is an aerial canopy walk which traverses the LCC high in the treetops. The Nation Station is an indoor recreational island in the middle of the reserve, which is popular with children. Over 1.5m tourists from over a hundred countries have visited the LCC since 1998.
FREEDOM PARK, OLD PRISON GROUND, BROAD ST, LAGOS ISLAND
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The Freedom Park Lagos is now a peaceful place for individual and collective contemplation and interaction, and is dedicated to preserving the Lagos colonial heritage and the history of the old colonial prison. It is a serene memorial and leisure park and a must-visit for open-air concerts, shows, plays and for viewing art collections. The park was once Her Majesty’s Prison, constructed during the colonial period in Nigeria to hold criminals and other persons inimical to colonial rule.
Famous political inmates included Herbert Macauley, Obafemi Awolowo and Lateef Jakande.
Begin with a tour of Kongi’s Harvest Gallery housing some of Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka’s collection of artworks and artifacts. Follow this with a stroll through the park and look at some parts of the prison that have been preserved. Continue past the ponds and fountains to the food court. Once refreshed, visit the mini-museum, see the amphi-theatre then finish off with a dance under the moonlight to the music of the regular band.
‘….Converting restraint into freedom is the most marvelous statement that any oppressed people can make’……Professor Wole Soyinka.
ELEKO BEACH, ELEKO, LEKKI
A breezy escape, 45 mins drive from central Victoria Island, Eleko beach is a public beach popular for its clean stretch of sandy beach. There are numerous bars and restaurants serving locally caught fare and a barbecue can be arranged at the beach huts which can be rented on a daily basis along with deck chairs and stools. Artwork created by local artists are also available for purchase at the beach market where a certain amount of bargaining is expected.
Keep belongings with you and pay close attention to swimming safety as the Atlantic Ocean tides can be unsafe.
TAKWA BAY BEACH, TARKWA ISLAND
This lovely manmade bay is accessible by boat only. An evening ramble over the old railway lines and along the beach towards Lighthouse Beach is quite refreshing. Lighthouse Beach is named after the 110 year old lighthouse that guided the entrance to Lagos harbour in colonial times. Tarkwa Bay is relatively safe for swimming as it is sheltered from the raging Atlantic waves. Lighthouse beach however is much less safe. You can get a fairly cheap return ticket for the trip from one of several jetties. The two main ones are; Fiki’s Marina (08033065636) and Tarzan’s Jetty (08033038511).
KALAKUTA MUSEUM, 18 GBEMISOLA ST, IKEJA
The Kalakuta Museum is the renovated home of one of Nigeria’s biggest cultural exports, the late Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, whose story, music and popularity continues to interest fans worldwide even in death. Sponsored by the Lagos State Government, the Museum which is on three floors, is a fitting tribute to a musical icon and people’s advocate. There is the opportunity to pay your respects at Fela’s mausoleum and the rooftop bar offers an enjoyable view and a cold drink.
Ask before taking photos of the exhibits and avoid rush hour traffic by going between mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
THE NEW AFRIKA SHRINE, 1 NERDC Rd, AGIBINGBI, IKEJA
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The Afrika Shrine was first started in the early 1970s by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti but was burnt down. The new replacement is now run by his son Femi and daughter Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti. Aside the live music, the shrine also provides other services. You can eat here or take out. It is a cool spot for groups and friends to chill out.
Every first Saturday of the month, is the Fuji show and Femi and Seun Anikulapo-Kuti usually perform at the shrine whenever they are in town. The Shrine has different quotes of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti on it walls and gives you an insight into the thoughts of the late Afrobeat legend. Also available is a food court where you can get shawarma, small chops and asun. The New Afrika Shrine is the living legacy of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Yearly, the shrine hosts the Felaberation Festival.
THE BADAGRY HERITAGE MUSEUM, BADAGRY
Badagry is about 80 km from lagos and played a prominent role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The museum’s habitat is a well-preserved example of colonial architecture; built in 1863, it was formerly the office of the District officer when Lagos was under colonial rule.
At just over a decade old, the Heritage Museum was established to display documents, photographs and other relics of the time. While visiting Badagry town a visit to the ‘Point of No Return’ which was the last stop for the transported persons on African soil is recommended. It is accessible by canoe. Badagry is also the site of the first storeyed building in Nigeria. Building started in 1842 and finished in 1845.
LUFASI NATURE PARK, LEKKI
Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative (LUFASI) is an urban forest park that sits on 20 hectares of land on the Lekki - Epe Express Way. This area was a patch of pristine coastal rain forest that has been protected since the Lekki Peninsula development started over 25 years ago. It contains some of the last populations of the endangered Ekki “Iron Wood” tree (Lophira Alata), the critically endangered Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes Monachus) and the Great Hornbill (Buceros Bicornis).
LUFASI is also home to the great nature park; a relaxation centre for adults with a fully equipped play park and football pitches for youngsters. Visitors can enjoy horse and donkey rides through the picturesque natural environment. The LUFASI Education Center provides interactive climate change and conservation workshops to schools and organisations facilitating transformative environmental solutions for the community.
QUINTESSENCE. Tasteful and exclusive art gallery and shop. Parkview Estate Gate, Ikoyi and 69 Admiralty Way, Lekki. www.quintessenceltd.com
NIKE ART GALLERY. Houses four floors of paintings, sculpture and African cultural works. 2 Elegushi Rd, Lekki Expressway. www.nikeart.com
TERRA KULTURE. A leading destination for visitors and Nigerians seeking to learn about Nigerian arts, food, fashion, theatre and history. 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island. www.terrakulture.com
JAEKEL HOUSE MUSEUM. A beautifully restored museum celebrating the prime of the Nigerian Railway Corporation during colonial times. Federal Rd, Railway Compound, Ebute Metta, Lagos. 08023638490
JAZZ HOLE. This is a rare music store, bookstore and coffee shop rolled into one. 168 Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi. www.glendorabooks.net
NATIONAL MUSEUM. Founded in 1957 by the English archaeologist Kenneth Murray. King George V Rd, Onikan, Lagos. Open weekdays 9-5pm. 01 2636005.
CRAFT MARKET, LEKKI. Quintessential open air African market - a must for every visitor to Lagos. A 25 min drive from central Victoria Island known by most taxi drivers.
MUSON CENTRE. The Musical Society of Nigeria owns its own choir and orchestra and seeks to promote the performance and enjoyment of classical music and the performance of arts. 8/9 Marina, Onikan, Lagos. www.m-u-s-o-n.com
SIGNATURE GALLERY. Established in 1992 and is a source of excellent works of art, furniture and sculpture. 107 Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi. 08033177676.
NATIONAL ARTS THEATRE. Acknowledged as an architectural and cultural landmark it houses the National Gallery of Modern Nigerian Art. Iganmu, Lagos. Tues – Sat 10 -3pm. 01 2830200.
The night scene in Lagos is a lively combination of music, dance, food and drink. There are numerous bars, sports bars and restaurants where the weary visitor can wind down, meet with friends or listen to great live music. There’s the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja where Femi, son of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, thrills the audience, or the more laid back lounges on the Island, where a more serene environment exists. There are so many good restaurants and bars in Lagos that many it would be very difficult to mention all of them here.
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