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Meaning Of Oju Elegba, Ikeja, And Some Areas In Lagos State

Lagos means "lakes" in Portuguese, the language of the first European immigrants known to visit the settlement.

1. Ikeja is an abbreviation meaning Ikorodu and Epe Joint Administration. It was coined by colonial administrators for ease of administration. Before military rule in the early in the 1970s and 1980s, Ikeja was a well-planned, clean and quiet residential environment with shopping malls, pharmacies and government reservation areas.

2. Ojota

In the 18th century, the Ojota area was military settlement where soldiers practiced their shooting or perfected their shooting skills. There were several gun firing spots which became known as “Oju Ota” which means “Bullet spots” in Yoruba. Later, the name metamorphosed into Ojota as it is fondly called now.

3. Oshodi was named after Balogun Landuji Oshodi Tapa, a Nupe boy who was adopted and raised by Oba Eshinlokun of Lagos. Chief Balogun Landuji Oshodi Tapa was an outstanding warrior and a statesman.

4. Oju Elegba

Oju Elegba literarily means “the eyes of the cane owner”. The name Oju Elegba originated from the idol called Elegba, whose shrine was located at a spot called Oju. However, the name Oju Elegba emanated from the description of that spot which is Oju Elegba, meaning the shrine of Elegba.


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