Lagos is one of the crown jewels of Africa, and a must-see for anyone on a trip to Nigeria. This active, multi-faceted city has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the top 5 things to do on your first (or next) trip to the beautiful city of Lagos, Nigeria.
Visit Freedom Park
Freedom Park is a huge cultural hub in downtown Lagos Island. The old colonial prison grounds have been revitalized into a center thrumming with art, culture, and recreation. You can find a gallery, a food court, museum, and much more. Annual events like the Lagos Reggae Festival and Eko Theatre Carnival are also held there. There’s always something to do in Freedom Park, guaranteed!
Bask in the Nightlife
In Lagos, the night never really ends on the weekends. On Victoria Island, you’ll find the streets packed with bars and nightclubs, with other highly-regarded establishments in Lekki, Ikeja, and Ikoyi. Some nightclubs make a point to operate on Sundays for tourists and locals alike who are still looking to dance and enjoy the nightlife as much as possible before Monday hits.
Take In The Art Scene
Lagos’ art, music, and literature scene can be found at two fantastic venues: The Jazzhole and Bogobiri. Live music, literature, and great food and drink can be found at both. If you’re an art enthusiast itching to see what the Nigerian art scene has to offer, these are two fantastic starting points among many.
Divers, rejoice! Lagos has some beautiful diving locations for certified scuba divers. Check out the Jet Ski Club on Victoria Island for directions to diving hotspots or joining a local dive group if you need a dive buddy for your next underwater excursion.
Enjoy An Owambe Party
Owambe (lit. “it is there” in Yoruba slang) refers to some of the most colorful and fun social events you can find in Lagos, and can include weddings, birthdays, and even remembrance parties. These gatherings are often attended by socialites who are ready to let their hair down in beautiful traditional garb. This, paired with tons of food and drink, live indigenous music, dancing, and general merriment, makes for some extravagant parties in Lagos all year round. Most of the time, pretty much any well-dressed person can participate in an owambe!
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