10 things to do in Lagos

by | Nigeria

Apr 16, 2024

Being unarguably the best place to be in Nigeria, Lagos never runs out of wonders to keep you enthralled. Here are some of the best things to do in Lagos when you visit this wondrous, loud, and bustling city.

1. Visit The New Afrika Shrine

Also known as Kalakuta, this place which has gained popularity and reverence over the years was created by Femi-Anikulapo Kuti, a musical icon. The Afro-beat creator was an activist whose impact on the Nigerian/African music scene has not been matched since his death in 1997. 

Although previously burned down, thanks to his children, Femi Kuti and Yemi, who have also found fulfillment in their own right, the Shrine has not fallen to pieces. 

Open all days of the week, the best day to visit the Shrine is on the last Saturday of the month when you are very likely to catch Femi Kuti who will usher you into one of the best live performances you will ever experience. 

On one hand, the Shrine offers safety to all her guests while on the other, freedom to plunge into your wild and carefree side. 

2. Explore the Wonders of Terra Kulture

Launched in 2003, the recreational and educational organization works hard to ensure knowledge of the intricacies of the Nigerian community does not go unnoticed. The educational centre promotes culture, art, language and every other piece that makes up Nigeria

Being the first privately owned multipurpose theatre in the country, over 30,000 visitors have come on excursions, school tours, and even classes. The facility boasts of over 300 art exhibitions, 70 book readings and counting, and even 140 plays. Exceptional plays and musicals such as “Moremi the Musical” and “Fela’s Republic and the Kalakuta Queens musical” have been graced on their stage. 

One thing that makes it stand out is its child-friendly environment. Visiting this place ensures your child has as much fun as you would. The cooking classes they offer to kids is one of such thrilling activities.

3. Go paintballing

In search of a way to bond with family and friends? Then paintballing is the activity for you. Imagine you were a member of a military squad in war. Exclude the danger, include the thrill and adrenaline, there you have your go to activity. 

4. Attend an Owambe

You cannot say you have had the proper Lagos experience without attending at least one Owambe. Owambe is a Yoruba word that translates to party, and parties make up the fabric of Lagos’ culture. It is a common saying amongst the Lagosians that “Life is hard enough. Make a party out of it”. 

Lagos parties are like none other you have ever seen. Ranging from the colorful fabric to the overflowing food, drinks, and meat, these parties will leave you hyped for as long as you can remember. The only requirement is an invite from someone who knows someone and a beautifully made native wear which is known as Asoebi. Fun fact: it is usually the uniform for the occasion. 

5. Shop

Shopping in Lagos is a whole experience. You just need to have loads of money because there are an endless supply of things to buy. Anything that can be sold can be found in a Lagos market. 

The best part is that commodities in these markets are sold cheaper than you can find anywhere else in the country. It is not an uncommon thing for traders from all over Nigeria to be found traveling long distances to buy their wares in Lagos. 

6. Party

You might mistake this one for Owambe but it’s not. Take Owambes to be those occasions that you get to eat so much food but you constantly have to behave properly because you are under the scrutiny of the Nigerian Aunties. 

In Lagos parties with no aunties, you are sure to have unlimited doses of fun. Everything is sure to make you happy. From the music to the drinks and finger food, you sure would be in for an unforgettable time. 

With the amazing beaches in Lagos, attending a beach party is a must-do. Landmark Beach Resort is one such place. Lagos Nightlife is one of the most popular things it is known for, so a nightclub is highly recommended. 

7. Visit the Beaches

Lagos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. 

If you have some days to spare, many of these beaches offer you the most relaxing housing options. With this wide range comes a variety of prices and definitely, whether private or public, you would find one that matches your budget perfectly. Just check in with a tourism company to find the safest and most convenient place for you.

8. Pedal Boating

If you are working on a budget but still want to have the time of your life, pedal boating is just the activity for you. Imagine a boat in which you are seated with your favorite person, sipping some good wine while enjoying the serenity of the Lagos Lagoon. Even better, your favorite music plays gently in the background. 

9. Sample Nigerian cuisine

You cannot say you have had the proper Nigerian/Lagos experience if you leave without trying out the local food

Indulge your palates in the goodness of some steamy Jollof rice and chicken. Traditional dishes like Amala and ewedu, the staple meal of the Yoruba people, pounded yam and egusi soup is a must have. 

10. Learn Culture at Nike Art Gallery 

A good time in any location is never complete without learning the culture of its indigenous people. 

Owned by Nike Davies-Okundaye, this gallery is one of the biggest in West Africa; it houses over 8,000 pieces from various Nigerian and African artisans. Art works that tell stories just waiting to be heard by you. 

Lagos is such a fascinating place to be

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