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5 Facts About Lagos You Should Know

Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and is also one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are many facts about Lagos that most people do not know about. Keep reading to learn more about Lagos.

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1. Lagos was once the capital of Nigeria. From 1914 - 1991, Lagos was the capital state of Nigeria. The state has hosted several government functions both under colonial rule and after independence.

2. Lagos hosts the largest port in Nigeria. The Port is said to serve as the major economic door to the nation. Operated by Nigeria Ports Authority, The Port of Lagos is divided into the Apapa port, Tin Can port. Both ports are located on the Gulf of Guinea.

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3. Lagos State has 20 local governments. There are also five divisions namely, Badagry, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Lagos (Eko), and Epe. Due to the populous nature of the state, the 20 Local Government Areas have been further divided into 56 Local Council Development Areas. It is important to know these facts as they might come in handy at any time.

4. There are over 30 beaches in Lagos. This is because Lagos is a coastal city. It shares a major part of its borders with the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches serve as a great tourist attraction and relaxation spot. There are many private and public beaches to explore in Lagos. Make some time out to visit when next you are in the state.

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5. Lagos has the longest bridge in Nigeria. The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest in Nigeria. It connects Lagos Island to the mainland. Until 1996, the Third Mainland Bridge was the longest in Africa. The eight-lane bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC. The bridge is a sight to behold, especially at night with lights.

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Lagos is a destination for many Nigerians and foreigners. Have you been to Lagos before? What do you love about Lagos? Tell me in the comments below.

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