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7 things you should do before you leave Lagos

Are you considering coming to Lagos, Nigeria for a vacation? Do not think about it twice anymore, pack your bags and get ready, because the decision to come to Lagos is one that you will always look back to with a broad smile.

I know you might not know how to go about your vacation, but trust me, once you are done with this list of 7 things you should do before leaving Lagos, you will not only look towards the trip with ecstasy and eagerness but your mind will also be filled with a thousand ways to create good memories on this trip.

Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria and the 6th largest city in the world, is home to 23.6 million Nigerians and foreigners alike. I also considered it the best place to visit for a vacation in Nigeria, not really because of its beauty, but because it holds so many significant cultural and artistic centers that will help you understand our cultures, traditions, and ancestors.

Their beliefs, thinking patterns, and lifestyles are all different.

These places, and many more around Lagos, serve as tourist centers that you would not be able to exhaust even in a month of vacation.

There are just so many things to do, places to visit, and lessons to learn that you might even consider extending your vacation. 

So if you are considering coming to Lagos for a vacation, or you are already in Lagos and you are wondering what to do to make your vacation memorable, here I have compiled a list of 7 things you should do before you leave Lagos, Nigeria.

This also includes places that a visit will keep you pondering again and again.

I know you are eager to know about these places and activities, so without much ado, let’s dive in.

7 things you should do before you leave Lagos

1. Get on a Keke.

You did not see that coming, right? I know you might be wondering what’s that and why is it here? I have my reasons.

A Keke is a type of tricycle found in Nigeria and generally used for transportation inside towns and cities.

This mini-car comes in different colors ranging from yellow to blue to red to green and any other, depending on the city’s color code.

The way I made it the first on the list is that you would be going to so many places while in Lagos, and Keke would be a good option as a means of transportation as it is less expensive than a Bol or Uber ride. 

It also allows you to mount and dismount easily and also communicate with vendors and other members of the community while on the ride.

So do you get why I picked it first? It is to make the rest of your journey exciting.

Now we have to know about our transport channel. Let us move over to the next.

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2. Pay a visit to the Nike Center.

This place will be beneficial to you, African or not. This is a place you get to see and learn about African arts and culture from different craftsmen and artisans from different parts of Africa, all in one place, practicing what they know how to do best.

This arts and cultural center, founded by Nike Davies-Okudaye, an African woman from Ogidi, Kogi State, is open to everyone 7-days a week. You only have to pay if you require a tour guide to take you around. With the tour guide, you also get the opportunity to visit four other art centers in four other states of Nigeria, but that is your choice.

3. Pay a visit to the Kalakuta Republic Museum.

this list of 7 things you should do before you leave Lagos, The Kalakuta Republic Museum is one you would not want to miss for any reason. You will agree with me that music is an integral part of any culture you can think of. No country or tribe overlooked traditional music because music is the soul’s food. Understanding a country’s musical patterns will help you understand its culture, people, and thought patterns, among other things.

If you want to understand the Nigerian culture and the Yoruba culture in particular, you should consider visiting this museum as it explains the music style and lifestyle of Fela Kuti, a popular Nigerian musician, and advocate of Yoruba culture. He was also a strong political activist who stood his ground amidst assault from the government to demand and advocate for the Nigeria that he wanted.

Not today, Fela Kuti is an Afrobeats legend.A combination of African music with American jazz.

So you will take it from me that this museum is a real go-to to broaden your knowledge of Yoruba culture and struggles alike.

A visit to the museum would give you an insight into why Fela did the things he did. 

You would get to see and learn a whole lot about him. His tomb and also very personal properties such as his favorite saxophone, and fit coat, including his shirts, shoes, and sweatpants, are all on display in this museum.

This museum, which was opened to the public in the year 2012, has continued to thrive and impact so many people all around Nigeria and beyond.

4. Go to Badagry.

A visit to Badagry is one I recommend to everyone, especially Africans and African Americans, to learn about the transatlantic slave trade and what happened to our forefathers as they were taken captive from their homes to be sold as slaves to the Europeans.

You will have the chance to visit the slave cells at the Mobee Royal Family Slave Trade Museum, the Heritage Slave Museum, the Seriki Fareni Abass slave museum, and many others. Imagine yourself in their shoes, being overcrowded in tiny rooms for months without any basic amenities to survive as they waited for the Europeans that would come and then off.

They were treated like animals and sold off by their very own countrymen, all for cannons and whiskey from the Europeans. You would get yourself into the minds of these men and see how broken they were.

You will also get to see the point of no return that took so many of our people away from us and made them live like animals.

A visit to Badagry is one everyone should make to witness the horrors and evils of slavery and the slave trade.

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5. On the list is a visit to Epe mangroves.

A visit to Epe mangroves will help you enjoy the peace and serenity that comes from preserved nature after you have witnessed the horrors of slavery.

Spanning over a landmass of one acre is lush green vegetation, undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of Lagos.

Epe mangroves allow you to not just see the mangroves but also canoe, especially if you have never been on a canoe before now. It also allows you to fish or learn to fish with the local fishermen.

You can also visit the Epe fish market, where you get to see different types of fish and other aquatic animals like crocodiles and alligators for sale.

Fish caught during your fishing can be made into a fish meal by the local women to serve as much as dinner for you and your friends alike.

All in all, a visit to the Epe mangroves is one that anyone who is a lover of nature and peace will enjoy at any time of the year.

6. Also, take a trip to Takwa Bay.

Just like Epe mangroves, Takwa Bay is another place to find peace of mind in the noisy city of Lagos.

Found several kilometers off Lagos Island, the peaceful Takwa Bay offers a variety of activities that will help you and your friends to have fun and enjoy and also relax your minds away from everyday troubles.

Surfing is a great sport you can enjoy at Takwa Bay as the tide is very friendly in this holiday resort.

You can also have a great time with photography as it has much beautiful sceneries that will make a good background for your photo.

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7. Sample the local cuisine.

What is the joy of being in Lagos if you do not enjoy the delicious local dishes that are indigenous to the different tribes that are part of the Lagos population?

These meals include Abacha, Ugba, is wu, pepper soup, Akara, Okpa, Ewa agoin, Boli, Suya, Amala, and Ewedu and so many more.

What’s more, these different meals are quite cheap and available all over Lagos; you can get them in restaurants, roadside vendors, and hawkers alike.

The taste of these meals, e.g. Suya (grilled steak), will have you wanting more.

So you should make the most of it now that you have the time. This post has taken you through a list of 7 things you should do before leaving Lagos.

Wish you all the best, and I hope you enjoy your stay in Lagos.

Don’t forget to leave your comments, contributions, and questions as we love to hear from you.

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