Lagos is one of the largest cities in the Nigerian State. The city is not only the biggest in Nigeria but also in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lagos is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. The city is also known as the hub of financial operations in Africa. This is one of the most developed cities in Nigeria. The city also has one of the largest and busiest Seaports on the continent.
Data and Facts
- The total population of the city is around 16,060,303 according to the 2018 census. It is the most populous city in Nigeria.
- Lagos is mostly an urban center.
- It is the largest city in terms of area and population as well
- The development of the city is going at a high pace.
- It is producing the fourth-highest GDP In Africa
- The city is also known as the collection of Islands.
Lagos is divided into seven different local government areas and towns. This city was the capital of the country until 1976. Lagos was founded by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba.
Lagos is the center of development in Nigeria with rapid economic advancement. In the GDP of Nigeria, Lagos has a 10% contribution. It is a commercial and financial hub. That is why it holds a very important place in the country’s economy. There are a large number of commercial banks and financial institutions in this city. The city is also the hub of Telecommunications in West Africa.
As we know, there are so many financial and banking institutions in this city and that’s why the network of business opportunities is also wide in this city. The financial hub of the country invites investors to explore financial opportunities in the fields of finance and banking.
There is no doubt, the infrastructure of the city is really good. It also has the largest and most expensive road network. It has a decent suburban train system. It also operates around the city ferry service.
There are many technology ventures that are currently working in this city. With the rapid advancements happening in the technological field, Lagos has emerged as a technological hub. As the Nigerian economy is rising so is the requirement of technological equipment. Lagos is becoming the center of fulfillment for that need.
Social Wellness and Human Resources
The ranking of the city in Social Wellness and Human Resources of Lagos is really impressive and the government is always taking new initiatives to improve this.
The city has many schools and colleges. The education system in Lagos is working on the 6-3-3-4 System. There are four steps in the system including Primary, Junior Secondary School (JSS), Senior Secondary School (SSS) and university. Most schools in the city are boarding schools and the top schools of the city are Federal government college Odogbolu (FGCOdogbolu) and Federal government college Kano (FGCKano). These colleges provide high-quality education to students. Some of the colleges are popular around the country. These Federal government colleges are FGC Lagos, Kings College, and Queens College.
There are several high-class hospitals in this city. The medical facilities in the city are also the best in the country. One of the best hospitals in the city is the Oldest Nigerian Hospital located in Lagos. The health care system in the city is operated by the government and private sector both. Private hospitals in the city are quite expensive for citizens in comparison to public hospitals.
The Media of the State is also powerful and many new agencies and old newspapers are working in the city.
Due to the alluring and vibrant nightlife of Lagos, the city is famous for the music scene as well. Many types of music trends are popular such as Nigerian hip hop Sakara music, highlife, juju, fuji, Afrobeat, and Afrobeats. The city is also the center of the Nigerian Movie Industry and is known as the Nollywood. Many film festivals are also held in this city.
There are many buildings of historical importance and museums in this city. The popular among those are the National Museum of Nigeria, the Central Mosque, Christ's Church Cathedral (CMS) and Oba's Palace (Iga Idunganran).
The popular sport in the city is Football. In the beginning, the Lagos Football Clubs such as Bridge Boys F.C. MFM F.C. and First Bank played in the Nigeria National League. The team of Nigeria National Football Team is known as the Super Eagles. It is quite famous around the world.