So you have decided to take that bold step, Retirement home in Nigeria, better still everyone you know is in Lagos, so the question is where do I turn to, Mainland or Island. Confusion, confusion, confusion!.
Expats moving to Lagos will find themselves in a crowded, chaotic and noisy metropolis which is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. The city is made up of a collection of islands that are separated by creeks and the Lagos Lagoon. Bridges connect the islands to the Lagos mainland and smaller sections of some creeks have been sand filled and built over.
However, new developments are popping up everywhere, gone are the days you have to build your home on a virgin road only to find 10 years down the road its turned into a pothole or worse still a busy high road. Luxury estates are everywhere, providing security, 24 hr light and everyone is more likely to be in the same financial bracket as you. Whether you decide to go Mainland or Island really is a personal choice. However more than half of expats reside on the Island
PLACES ON THE ISLAND
Ajah & Surrounds
Ikoyi & Surrounds
Lagos Island & Surrounds
Lekki & Surrounds
Victoria Island & Surrounds
There are only a handful of areas and suburbs in Lagos that offer expats a reasonable quality of life in terms of accommodation, amenities and convenience. The majority of expats living in Lagos reside on Victoria Island,Lekki, Ajah, Ikoyi,Apapa andIkeja.
The majority of Lagos residents (Lagosians) live on the mainland of Lagos, which consists of the main districts of Ebute-Meta, Mushin, Surulere, Agege, Oshodi, Yaba and Ikeja.
Ikeja is the capital of Lagos State and is the most exclusive residential area on Mainland Lagos. Ikeja was once a well-planned and quiet residential suburb, initially built during the colonial period to house the upper classes. The Government Reserved Area (GRA) of Ikeja, in particular, is still home to a number of high-ranking Nigerian officials and their families. Large residential properties can be found here, with accommodation typically in the form of detached houses, bungalows or semi-detached duplexes.
Over the years Ikeja has also developed into a prime commercial and industrial area, with some houses being turned into office complexes. It is also home to Nigeria’s main airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Most roads in Ikeja are paved and the neighbourhood is seen as fairly secure, largely owing to the presence of the Police College and the Ikeja Military Cantonment.
Ikeja also offers many entertainment options, including night clubs, restaurants and bars, the Lagos Country Club, and many fancy international hotels can also be found here. The Ikeja City Mall, one of Nigeria’s newest and largest malls, is also located in Ikeja. The mall hosts numerous African and international brand shops.
From mainland to island, Lagos offers a range of things to put on your ‘to do’ list, whether you hang out in affluent Ikoyi, commercial Victoria Island or the older and more bustling areas of Yaba or Surulere. If you’re after a slice of the city’s history, stick to Lagos Island, where some of the city’s oldest buildings (or remnants of them) can be found. The Cuban Lodge (40 Odulami St), with its combination of British and Brazilian architecture, is close to the Water House (12 Kakawa St) and Vaughan House (29 Kakawa St). These properties were owned by freed slaves and still stand today, although they’re pretty much used as business premises, rather than buildings of cultural heritage.