A GLIMPSE OF LAGOS

Business Hours

The working week in Lagos starts Monday and ends on Friday, although some businesses operate on Saturdays.  Working hours are as follows:

Ministries
Weekdays:         08:00 to 4:00pm

Banks
Weekdays:         08:00 to 4:00pm
Saturday:            09:00 to 1:00 pm

Climate

Lagos has a tropical savannah climate that is similar to that of the rest of Southern Nigeria. There are two rainy seasons, with the heaviest rains falling from April to July and a weaker rainy season in October and November. There is a brief relatively dry spell in August and September and a longer dry season from December to March. Monthly rainfall between May and July averages over 300 mm (12 in), while in August and September it is down to 75 mm (3 inches) and in January as low as 35 mm (1.5 inches). The main dry season is accompanied by harmattan winds from the Sahara Desert, which between December and early February can be quite strong. The average temperature in January is 27°C (79°F) and for July it is 25°C (77°F). On average the hottest month is March; with a mean temperature of 29°C (84°F); while July is the coolest month.

Currency

The Currency used here is Naira (NGN). It is divided into 100 kobo

Culture

The people of Lagos city are art lovers. Lagos is known for its different style of music throughout Africa. Nigeria’s movie industry which is known as Nollywood, is also situated here.

Festival in Lagos

Lagos festivals offer a bit of culture for travellers to this region in Nigeria. Festivals vary in offerings each year and may be held in different months from the previous year. The Lagos festivals provide entertainment of dance and song to add excitement to travel during a stay in Nigeria. Plan the trip around a festival to learn more about the Nigerian people, culture and be entertained by their traditions.

Eyo Festival

The Eyo Festival is one of the Lagos festivals that is well known. With origins from 1750, this festival has masquerades of performers in white robes and dancers. The attraction is held in the Tafawa Belewa Square and has thousands of attendees each year.

The week of the carnival has different coluors of performers from the Eyo groups that are seen with a staff. Once the senior Eyo member is seen in public during a Sunday in April, the rest follow over the week signalling that the festival will take place on the next Saturday. This festival sometimes takes place in February or other months.

Yoruba Arts Festival

This World Festival of Yoruba Arts and Culture happens each April in Lagos. Promotion of art and culture from the Yoruba people is the base of the festival. Performers entertain the crowds while artists display their things in exhibitions.

Lagos International Jazz Festival

Enjoy local and international jazz musicians for this festival in Lagos. Held in varying months each year, the jazz fest sees about 20 different bands. Workshops and master classes are available for attendance. Exhibitions display photography and local artists. Relish local food while listening to the music.

Lagos Black Heritage Festival

The Lagos Black Heritage Festival takes place in April. Carnival processions stroll through the street in remembrance of the African slave trade story. Dance performances are given to animate the story over seven days of festivity. Art exhibitions and films are presented to retell the tales.Many visitors attend the festival each year. The tradition and modern styles of performance are given to provide visitors with a unique cultural experience in Lagos.

Lagos International Film Festival

The film festival takes place in the month of August. The film industry in Nigeria shows motion pictures from different genres. Set to promote the art of film in Lagos, this festival is also known as the Eko International Film Festival. Attendees are treated to several days of films being presented by locals and international filmmakers.

Geography

Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, lies in south Western Nigeria, on the Atlantic coast in the Gulf of Guinea, west of the Niger River delta, located on longitude 3° 24′ E and latitude 6° 27′ N. It is the economic and financial centre of Nigeria as most of the economic and financial activities are concentrated here. The best time to visit Lagos is from December to March.

Economy

Lagos is Nigeria’s most prosperous city, and much of the nation’s wealth and economic activity are concentrated here. Most commercial and financial business are transacted at the Central Business District situated in the island. This is also where most of the country’s commercial banks and financial institutions and major corporations are headquartered. Lagos has one of the highest standards of living as compared to other cities in Nigeria as well as in Africa.

History

Present-day Lagos is a modern state in South-Western Nigeria. Lagos history is something historians and fellow Nigerians find fascinating. Lagos geography is equally enchanting, covering a physical area of 3,577 square kilometres, of which one-fifth comprises quaint creeks and serene lagoons. Lagos is linked to the widely acclaimed Portuguese Age of Discovery of the 14th-15th century.

Language

English is the official language of Lagos however, Yoruba is also widely spoken.

Night life and entertainment in Lagos

Lagos is rapidly becoming the traveller’s destination of choice in Africa. Aside from its extraordinary cultural and historical offerings, one can have an excellent time out and about in its bars, restaurants while experiencing Lagos night life

Local Time

Lagos is one hour ahead of CET.

Population

The population of Metropolitan Lagos is 7,937,932 as per the 2006 census. Lagos is the second most populous city of Africa and is currently estimated to be the second fastest growing city in Africa and the 7th fastest in the world.

Religion

Islam and Christianity.