BY BOLAJI ALONGE
Aerial shots of Lagos remain fascinating to many, as a bird’s eye view is presented of the city we call home. The panoramic view of Lagos Island is breathtaking.
Lagos (Yoruba: Èkó) is a city in the Nigerian state of Lagos. The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest in Nigeria, as well as on the African continent. It is one of the fastest-growing in the world and also one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the megacity has the highest GDP and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent.
Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation. However, the state capital was later moved to Ikeja in 1976, while the federal capital moved to Abuja in 1991. Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present-day Lagos, also known as “Metropolitan Lagos”, and officially as “Lagos Metropolitan Area” is an urban agglomeration or conurbation, consisting of 16 LGAs, including Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State. This conurbation makes up 37% of Lagos State’s total land area, but houses about 85% of the state’s total population.
Drone shots of Lagos Island, showing more of Marina, Victoria Island, Ikoyi have been added to the ones put together three years ago when I got the opportunity to go up an abandoned 25 storey building (Independence House) across from King’s College, Onikan.
The adventure of going up the sixty-year-old concrete building covered in soot from a raging conflagration almost three decades ago remains a thrill.
I was able to get great shots atop this building that was commissioned by the British government in 1960 as a testimonial to and as goodwill support to Nigeria’s independence. In the last three years, more adventures have been added to the Lagos experience and sharing some of them with you.
Here are more photos:
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