Lagos, Nigeria

This is Lagos : 5 things to do

When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone? Have you ever been both scared and excited?

I put out a post about my intentions for 2018, which included touring more African countries. Well, have you heard the saying “be careful of what you wish for because you might just get it”? I got the opportunity to finally visit Lagos (aka Lasgidi) last month. Sis, they weren’t joking about the energy, traffic and crazy driving. The drive and tenacity of Lagosians is unmatched, it’s a love/hate relationship. Although I couldn’t wait to get back home, i will definitely love to go back. Here are a few places or activities I’d recommend if you’re planning to visit.

1. New Afrika Shrine – If you’re familiar with Fela Kuti, his work or his story then you’ve probably heard of the famous “Shrine”. Most weekends feature live band performances and if you’re lucky a special performance from the legendary Femi Kuti, saxophonist and son of the late Fela Kuti. When you go, ask for the bottled palm wine and peppered goat meat and enjoy an amazing musical experience.

Cost :N 1500 – N 5000

2. Gidifest – Tasty food, cocktails and amazing performances by your favorite Naija artists on the beach? Sign me up please!

Cost : N 10,000 – N 15,000

3. Lekki Conservation Center – This is home to the longest canopy walk in Africa and 2nd in the world. If you’re a nature lover and/ or an adrenaline junkie, this place is a must go. Apart from that, the park consists of a walk through nature, animal sight seeing, a 70 feet treehouse (which I climbed) and a family picnic area with floor games.

Cost: N 2000 – N 3000

4. Orchid Bistro – Some days call for a visit to a cafe to catch up on work while having a glass of wine. This location is the perfect place to feel serene and concentrate. Luckily, they have locations on both the mainland and the island, they’ve got you.

Cost: N 2000 – N 3000

5. The Place – This is your one stop restaurant for traditional Nigerian dishes, located hey’re located all over Lagos. Allow your taste buds to get adventurous too!

Cost: N 700 – N 1500

Eye Opener: It never occurred to me how deeply I loved my country until I was in Lagos. Not to say I didn’t enjoy my stay but I had a new found appreciation for Ghana. I’m more than motivated now to leave it in a better condition for the next generation to also be proud of.