Reasons Why Lagos is the Greatest City in Africa.

GDP : $95 Billion.

Population : 22 million.

From second tier city to a financial metropolis to Africa’s 5th biggest economy, Lagos has changed beyond recognition in just over a decades.

A fundamental change is the sheer volume and speed of infrastructure being built, which is just incredible.

Lagos Apapa Port located in Tin Can Island is one of the biggest in Africa, generating over N 3 trillion in annual revenue.

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Public Transport

Ten years ago Lagos had no functioning train system. Today there are rail crossings with elevated road structures. There is a light rail system with six lines. The light rail system employs the latest train authorisation systems, automatic train protection (ATP) and in-cab signalling in all of its lines.

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A BRT Bus station.
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A BRT Bus station.
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Everybody takes public transport these days.
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Passengers waiting for the BRT Bus. Its airconditioned and has free Wifi. Notice the neatness and order.
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Passengers waiting for the BRT Bus. It is airconditioned and has free Wifi. Notice the neatness and order.

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Twenty years ago, there was no clearly defined CBD. The real business focus was in  Today the CBD has matured and you now see one of the most iconic syklines and bridges in the West Africa ; pretty much all built in fifteen years.

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Tinubu Square, Lagos.
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PearL Towers Eko Atlantic. In just over a decade we now see the emergence of a city right out from the Atlantic.
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PearL Towers Eko Atlantic. In just over a decade we now see the emergence of a city right out from the Atlantic.
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PearL Towers Eko Atlantic. In just over a decade we now see the emergence of a city right out from the Atlantic.
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Lagos paronamic skyline cityscape.
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Lagos paronamic skyline cityscape.

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Lagos paronamic night skyline cityscape.
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Lagos paronamic night skyline cityscape.
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Lagos paronamic night skyline cityscape.
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Lagos paronamic night skyline cityscape.
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Lagos paronamic night skyline cityscape.
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Lagos paronamic night skyline cityscape.
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Amazing Lagos sunset backdrop
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National Arts Theater Lagos. The National Arts Theater is the primary centre for the performing arts in West Africa.

The hardest thing about listing reasons why Lagos is the greatest city in the Africa is trimming it down. After a lot of sieving, here’s what we’re left with.The most beautiful structures in West Africa are found in Lagos.

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Five years ago, Lagos laid out an ambitious plan to promote sports in the country, saying it would reduce taxes for relevant companies and would build facilities to enable the average sports venue area per person to reach 2 square meters. The result? The city with the most public sporting complexes in West Africa.

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ROADS

I guarantee you there are few other roads in Africa that has as many roads and bridges as Lagos.

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Lagos is saturated with bridges connecting the mainland to the islands.

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Third Mainland Bridge. The longest bridge in Africa spans 12 kilometres over water.
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Third Mainland Bridge. The longest bridge in Africa spans 12 kilometres over water.
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The longest bridge in Africa spans 12 kilometres over water.
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The longest bridge in Africa spans 12 kilometres over water.
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The Ikoyi bridge . One of the most beautiful bridge in Africa.
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The Ikoyi bridge . One of the most beautiful bridge in Africa.
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A picturesque view of the Ikoyo bridge.
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The Ikoyi bridge . One of the most beautiful bridge in Africa.

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Lagos is saturated with bridges connecting the mainland to the islands.
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Lagos is saturated with bridges connecting the mainland to the islands.

 

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Recreational Centres.

People in Nigeria love to partake in a wide range of sports, games, and leisure activities, which you can observe during a stroll in the park or at traditional festivals or competitions. Nigerians are very sociable and would rather spend time with others than alone.

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On weekends you will find parks full of people, both young and old, from dawn to dusk, engaging in various sports and leisure activities.
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On weekends you will find parks full of people, both young and old, from dawn to dusk, engaging in various sports and leisure activities.
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On weekends you will find parks full of people, both young and old, from dawn to dusk, engaging in various sports and leisure activities.

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Nigerians like to spend their free time outdoors as much as possible.

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Parents will take their children outside to a myriad of outdoor activities and games played inside are often played at the park.
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Parents will take their children outside to a myriad of outdoor activities and games played inside are often played at the park.
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Parents will take their children outside to a myriad of outdoor activities and games played inside are often played at the park.
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Parents will take their children outside to a myriad of outdoor activities and games played inside are often played at the park.
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The birth place of Nigeria’s vibrant  movie industry -Nollywood, which happens to be the second biggest movie industry in the world.

The energy in Lagos is what makes it one of the greatest cities around — it’s the Nigerian Dream, where everything and anything is still possible. Capital of Africa’s fashion, arts film and music industry, Lagos is ravishing in colours.

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