An Overview of Lagos

Lagos is currently the second most populous city in Africa (after Cairo), and currently estimated to be the second fastest growing city in Africa (7th fastest in the world), immediately following Bamako.

Formerly the capital of Nigeria, Lagos is a huge metropolis which originated on islands separated by creeks, such as Lagos Island, that fringe the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by long sand spits such as Bar Beach which stretch up to 100 km east and west of the mouth. From the beginning, Lagos has spread on the mainland west of the lagoon and the conurbation, including Ikeja and Agege, now reaches more than 40 km north-west of Lagos Island. The city is the economic and financial capital of Nigeria. The multi-ethnic nature of the place made it hard to get a good grip on the the place (source).

Lagos is Nigeria’s most prosperous city, and much of the nation’s wealth and economic activity are concentrated here. The standard of living in the city is higher than in the rest of Nigeria, as residents have considerably greater access to food, fresh water, indoor plumbing, and modern technology. The Port of Lagos is Nigeria’s leading port and one of the largest in Africa. It handles imports of consumer goods, foodstuffs, motor vehicles, machinery, and industrial raw materials (source).

With a population of over 17.5 million, Lagos is growing ten times faster than New York or Los Angeles.  If this growth rate continues, the UN estimates that Lagos will become the third largest metropolis in the world by 2015, just behind Tokyo in Japan and Bombay in India (source).

Religion in Lagos

Lagos is a home for almost every language and creed in Nigeria. This includes the complicated and diverse religious character of Lagos State. This particular nature of Lagos populace and its multi religious syncretism hinges on the premis of religious tolerance. These have defiled the purity of religion. A typical Lagosian loves to be accepted by all religious groups; thus, they are found felicitating and having solidarity with other religions apart from which they are affiliated. This attitude is most common among Christians and Muslims. Politically and socially, religious syncretism of Lagosians has prompted peaceful co-existence among the various groups (source).

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