Top 5 Interesting Facts About Lagos

A scene from Lagos, Nigeria. Editorial credit: UnsulliedBokeh /
A scene from Lagos, Nigeria. Editorial credit: UnsulliedBokeh /

Lagos a city in Nigeria, is also one of Africa’s major financial centers. Here are some interesting facts associated with this city:

5. Lagos Is The City With The Third Highest Number Of Millionaires In Africa

Lagos is home to around 130 individuals of ultra high net worth (UHNWI) with over $30 million of net assets excluding their private residence. This is the third highest figure in UHNWI’s of any city located on the African continent. The two cities ranking above Lagos in this ranking are Johannesburg in South Africa and Cairo in Egypt.

4. Lagos Is The Only African City In The List Of “The World’s 10 Most Populated Cities”

With a population of more than 16 million, Lagos is Africa’s most populated city and the 4th most populated city globally. It is one of the world’s fastest growing cities. The population is increasing here at a rate of about 275,000 per year. People from other parts of Nigeria and the neighboring countries migrate to Lagos in search of a better life and new economic opportunities.

3. Lagos Is The Birthplace Of Many Styles Of Music

The city is famous throughout the continent for its rich culture and music. A number of styles of music like the Afrobeat, Nigerian hip-hop, juju, Fuji, Sakara music, etc., have evolved in this city. The vibrant nightlife of Lagos has also encouraged the music scene in the city.

2. Lagos Is Associated With Black Cultural Identity

One of the most famous and developed cities in Africa, and a melting pot of many African cultures, Lagos is regarded as an important location for black cultural identity. Festivals like the Lagos Black Heritage Carnival, Festac Food Fair, etc., promote African culture, cuisine, music, dance, and more.

1. Lagos Has One Of Africa’s Busiest Ports

The Port of Lagos is one of the continent’s largest and busiest ports. The Nigerian Ports Authority handles the administration of the port area. Oil and petroleum are the most important products that are exported from the Port of Lagos. The export of these products accounts for 14% of the national GDP and 90% of the country’s foreign exchange.


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