Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, is one of the best destinations for premium art and craft in Africa.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people who visit Lagos get to experience first-hand the beauty of these creative products.
From the state’s mainland to its island, here are three must-visit places to appreciate and shop fashionable African craft and alluring works of art.
Think of this as a bucket list for the next time you visit Lagos.
Lekki Craft Market
Tucked away in Jakande market along Lagos-Epe expressway is the little Lekki Craft Market. The well-organised stores in the market have an ample display of crafts, artworks and clothing items (most of them handmade from as close as northern Nigeria to as far as Ghana).
The most fascinating thing about the craft market is that most of the items namely; leather shoes, bags, wallets, flip flops, baskets, purses, tie and dye clothing, locally-made jewelry, sculptures, artworks, etc, are affordable.
However, when asking around for the craft market, referring to it as Bar beach market is an easier way to get to where you are going.
Nike Art Gallery
Nike Art Gallery, owned by artist and designer Nike Davies Okundaye, is home to thousands of brilliant paintings, sculptures and architectural artworks.
But that is not all, the gallery also has Adire clothing, Batik, bead works, weaved, embroidered items and jewelry for sale.
If you’re a bookworm, you’re also in luck as the sale of a selection of various magazines and publications are available in the gallery.
Nike Art Gallery is located at Ikate Lekki leading to Elegushi beach, its unmistakable sign cannot be missed.
Located in Ikeja, Kalakuta Museum is one of the tributes to Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti, from his family.
The museum was originally the icon’s home.
Items like Fela’s musical instruments, his iconic underwear and gifts from thousands of his fans are the valuables worth appreciating in the Kalakuta Museum.
The museum’s name is an obvious derivative of Fela’s home, ‘Kalakuta Republic’, which was invaded and destroyed by thousands of soldiers in the ’70s.
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