50 Facts About Lagos



  • Lagos is the 5th largest economy in Africa and projecting to be the 3rd by 2020.
  • Lagos is the 2nd fastest growing city in Africa and the 7th in the world.
  • Lagos generates over 75% of its revenue internally.
  • Metropolitan Lagos accounts for over 53% of manufacturing employment in Nigeria.
  • Lagos accounts for 32% of the National GDP.
  • Lagos consumes more than 60% of the country’s energy.
  • Lagos hosted the 2nd All African Games in 1973.
  • Lagos hosted the 18th National Sports Festival – Eko 2012.
  • Onikan Stadium known as the “Lagos City Stadium”, was built in the year 1930.
  • Lagos hosted the first ever Beach Soccer Nations Cup in Nigeria.
  • Lagos hosts a City Marathon annually.
  • The GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup is one of longest-running and Biggest Grassroots Football Competition in Africa.



  • Lagos is the entertainment headquarters of West Africa.
  • The fifth post-Beatles album “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney was recorded in Lagos in August and September 1973.
  • Lagos hosts the One Lagos Fiesta – The biggest entertainment and talent Hunt Show in the country, as an end of the year celebration annually.



  • There are approximately 25,000 Primary and Secondary Schools in Lagos State.
  • The recently launch Code Lagos programme aims to teach 1million Lagos residents to code by 2019.
  • Nigeria’s first higher educational Institution and the third in Africa, Yaba College of Technology was founded in the year 1934 in Lagos.
  • The first Private Polytechnic in Nigeria is located in Lagos – The Lagos City Polytechnic established in 1990.
  • The Educate Lagos E-Library Portal is the first of its kind in Nigeria.
  • The Ready.Set.Work Project was set-up by the Lagos State Government to tackle employability challenges of graduating students in Lagos state.
  • There are 25 Government and Private Tertiary Institutions in Lagos.
  • Lagos is divided into 6 Educational Districts – Educational District 1-6.



  • Lagos is home to the popular “Eyo” Festival.
  • The Tafawa Balewa Square hosted Nigeria’s independence in 1960



  • Lagos State has the best statistical documentation and geographic information systems in Nigeria to resolve complexities of land use and to aid in day-to-day decision making.



  • Lagos State has some of the most beautiful and sandy beaches in Africa.
  • Badagry in Lagos is home to the Slave Trade Museum.
  • Lagos is home to the biggest Hotels in Nigeria including Eko Hotel & Suites, Sheraton Hotel and Protea Hotel.
  • The Lagos State Freedom Park located in Lagos Island preserves the country’s colonial heritage.



  • Lagos is home to one of the largest and busiest airport in Africa; Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
  • 82% of International Airline departures within West Africa originate from Lagos
  • Lagos handles 80% of Nigeria’s import traffic.
  • The 5 terminals and ports in Lagos generates more than 50% of the nation’s port revenue.



  • Lagos State has a comprehensive security strategy (the Safe City project) to enable central security surveillance.
  • Lagos State has a helicopter surveillance system
  • Nigeria’s first dedicated emergency call centre was started in Lagos State.



  • Lagos is the smallest but most populous state in Nigeria.
  • Lagos has 2 main Islands – Lagos Island and Victoria Island
  • Lagos is home to more than 22 Million inhabitants
  • Lagos has a population density of about 5000persons/km2 making it one of the most densely populated cities in Africa.



  • The First Storey Building in Nigeria is in Badagry town and was built in 1845.
  • Lagos has the longest bridge in Africa – Third Mainland Bridge, almost 12 kilometers.
  • The first bridge built in Lagos is the Carter Bridge in 1901.



  • Lagos state was created on 27th May, 1967.
  • Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori people.
  • Lagos was the capital of Nigeria from 1914 to 1991.
  • Lagos was named after the Portuguese word for “Lakes” by Portuguese explorer, Rui De Sequeira in 1472.
  • Lagos operated as a separate colony till it’s merger with former Western Nigeria in 1951.



  • The Lagos Island General Hospital is the oldest Nigerian hospital – built in 1893.
  • Lagos has West Africa’s first Air-operated emergency medical service.
  • Lagos State has 24 general hospitals.