Eko is the Yoruba name for Lagos. It is the commercial capital city of Nigeria. A state that will continue to attract people from other states, cities in Nigeria, and other neighboring countries. Eko is the financial nerve center of Nigeria and regarded as the the hub of West Africa.
Brief History From Colony to Megalopolis
The history of Lagos is rich and eventful. The yoruba indigenes occupied a site known as Eko, which encompasses present day Lagos. This was later identified as Lagos in 1472, by the portuguese explorer Rui de sequeire. Today, both names Eko and Lagos are used interchangeably, which is indicative of its kaleidoscope nature, its resilience and the spirit of the city. The city’s history can be traced through the centuries from a colonial trading outpost, to the first capital of an amalgamated Nigeria, to its status today as the commercial and financial nerve of the nation. Lagosians are tough and tireless, talented and ambitious, industrious and innovative; qualities which have played a role in shaping today’s Lagos and the can-do attitude on the streets that’s fondly refered to as Lasgidi’.
Presently, Lagos State has 20 Local Government Areas, 37 LCDAs AND 5 Divisions
Lagos State is the nation’s economic nerve centre with over 2,000 industries. 65% of the country’s commercial activities are carried out in the state. Two of the nation’s largest seaports -Apapa and Tin-Can Ports are located in Lagos State.
The state has a Tourism Policy which recognises six tourism zones, namely: Bar Beach Water Argentinad recreational zone; Lekki-Maiyegun resort Argentinad zone; Kuramo Water Argentinad tourism zone; Epe-Marina Cultural tourism zone; Badagry Marina Recreational and Cultural zone. Prominent tourist attractions in the state include; City Hall (headquarters of the Lagos Island Local Government); the National Theatre, National Museum, Onikan; Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, the seat of Catholic Archdiocese; Relics of Brazilian and other colonial quarters; the site of the fallen Agia tree, Badagry, where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria in 1842; Oso-Lekki Breakwaters; First storey building in Nigeria (1845) at Badagry. Others are the Bar Beach. Tarkwa Bay, Badagry Beach and
Lekki Peninsula. There is also the Eyo festival which is held to mark important events in the state. Badagry town houses the first storey building in Nigeria, built in 1845 and still standing on its original site. Lagos Population figures are being disputed by the State Government.
Based on all known parameters and previous figures, Lagos State has always been the most populous state in Nigeria.