lagos-nigeria, the largest city in Africa

Political History of Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria is undoubtedly the largest city in Africa. The city is located in the southwestern part of Nigeria and it is the former federal capital city of Nigeria. Lagos is a mega city no doubt. Its population is up to 8,029,200 and it is among the leading cities in the world in terms of size and resources. The city stops being the federal capital city in 1991.

The federal government might have moved out of Lagos to Abuja, but Lagos still remains the hub of activities in Nigeria. In actual fact, many government properties and offices are still operational in Lagos. Many businesses also have their headquarters in Lagos. These companies may have offices in Abuja, but they dare not close up their offices in Lagos considering the commercial and economic impact of the city of Lagos in Nigeria. Even Abuja does not have the same commercial strength of Lagos.

Most of the populations of Lagos is concentrated on Lagos Island. Without doubt, Lagos is the biggest of all the cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lagos is not part of Nigeria originally when the British took over in 1866. At a later time anyway, Lagos was aligned to the rest of Nigeria and it served as the headquarters of the British government in Nigeria. It was so till independent in 1960. However Lagos ceased being the capital in 1991 when the military government of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida moved the federal capital to Abuja.

Economy, Infrastructural Pride & Business in Lagos

Lagos is also the richest city in Nigeria and one of the wealthiest in the world. Lagos is able to generate its revenue via the tax they are able to collect from the various business that are located in the city. Its closeness to the Atlantic ocean also makes it one of the busiest commercial hubs in Nigeria and Africa. Its sea port is always busy and most of the time jam-packed. Presence of the federal government in Lagos is due to the fact that the city served as federal capital in times past and this is one of the numerous factors that also contributed to its economic growth as a city.

Lagos has up to 4 islands and each of these islands is easily connected to one another via a number of bridges. These bridges are some of the features that make Lagos simply wonderful. Lagos is a low-lying city. And it is not higher than 7 feet above sea level. Lagos is also blessed with magnificent hotels. Check out the top 5 star hotel in Lagos.

The main residents of Lagos are in Lagos Island and the place is more or less a slum. The streets are narrow, the houses are poor and the place is generally overcrowded. Lagos consists of several multistory buildings. It is the place for many of the top educational, administrative, finance and commercial outlets in Nigeria today, even more than what Abuja can boast of.

Lots of companies are located in Lagos and some of them are manufacturing industries, pharmaceutical industries, cosmetics industries, textile industries, soap and paint industries, metal work industries, and beverage processing industries. Lagos houses the custom quay also and Apapa Port is among the busiest in the world.


  1. Eu sempre ouvia falar de Lagos como capital. Mas depois disto a oportunidade de saber mais ainda não havia acontecido. Agora como que um andarilho cibernético a gente vê ao vivo como é a cidade. Não existe desigualdade entre os humanos, existe diferença. A desigualdade é do mundo. E esta desigualdade terá um julgamento no desfecho final da história humana. Esta coisa é magnífica. Se pararmos no presente e não nos lançarmos para frente sem parar, ficamos muito confusos. E nesta confusão nos afogamos nas disparidades das desigualdades do mundo. Esta é uma tendência perigosa de nos revoltarmos com o presente, ainda que não concordemos. É que eu estava andando pela cidade de Calgary no Canadá e tempos depois eu estava andando pelas áreas perimetrais de Lagos na Nigéria. Graças a Deus não fiquei confuso. Eu aposto no desfecho final. Paulão de Tarso me ensinou que a vida flui mais confortável se mirarmos o que não vemos. Fiquemos com Deus…:)


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