Africa’s largest city “Lagos”
Lagos, one of Africa’s biggest cities, covers only 1,000 km2 but has a population of about 13 million people, making it bigger than Tokyo.
Nigeria has a population of 170 million people, but the population is now concentrated in large cities, and it appears that Lagos will continue to grow at an exponential pace.
Before visiting, I had read a lot of bad things about Lagos, such as “Africa’s three most vicious towns,” “insecurity,” and “nothing.”
I don’t believe the picture contains any errors, and I can’t refute it. However, when I visited the area, I found it to be surprisingly fascinating, and I didn’t get the feeling that it was unsafe.
This time, I’m going to keep track of my walking in Lagos. The pictures aren’t as good as they usually are. This is because I was scared of surveillance, but if I point the camera at it, it makes problems for those who oppose it, and if I point it at the cops, I just shoot once.
I’ll use a few pictures and a lot of sentences in my writing.
Walk on Victoria Island
The city of Lagos can be separated into three distinct regions. The largest is the “Mainland” (where an airport is located), followed by “Lagos Island” and “Victoria Island.”
The mainland is where most people begin their lives and is heavily populated with suburban areas. Lagos Island is a bustling trading hub with shops and bus stations throughout the day. Victoria Island is the economic hub of the city. Buildings and embassies are lined up, and office staff in suits and high-end automobiles can be seen.
First of all, I walked around Victoria Island.
A minibus, motorcycle taxi, or three-wheeled taxi will take you to Victoria Island. I walked from the TBS bus terminal on Lagos Island to Victoria Island-Lekki because it was my first visit (a luxury residential area).
A bridge connects Lagos Island and Victoria Island, but few people move over it. Since it is morning, there is a traffic jam. Driving etiquette is often lacking, resulting in several interruptions.
When I asked the police officer if it was safe, he said, “It’s okay,” so I walked with caution.
Walk on Lagos Island
You’ll probably notice the word “CMS” when you’re staying in Lagos and listening to or looking at the destinations of minibuses and BRTs. It is convenient to know this, because “CMS” is an abbreviation of “Church Missionary Society” and refers to the central area of Lagos Island. So if you take the CMS bound for the time being, you can get to the center. By the way, TBS stands for “Tafawa Balewa Square” and is near the National Museum. “Idumota” is the largest market in Lagos, “Demote Market”. Please use it as a reference when using public transportation.
Even if you say “go to Lagos Island”, you will be returned “Where is Lagos Island?”, So it should be convenient to remember the place name a little.
Start walking on Lagos Island from CMS. As you can see from the BRT bus stop or walking on Broad St, there is a cathedral. And there are many buildings around it.
It felt somewhat old-fashioned and reminded me of Nairobi, Kenya. The city is full of minibuses, cars and three-wheeled taxis, and there are many people. Some people were dancing around that area, and I felt like Africa.
I walked forward while admiring, “Is this the largest city in West Africa?” I want to put out the camera, but I put up with that motivation and remember it in my own eyes.
Head north on Broad St to Tinbu Square. I thought I’d go straight, but I changed direction and entered “Ali St”.
This is unpaved and there are many shops selling small items such as home appliances and electrical appliances at both ends of the road. It’s Akihabara in Lagos.
I didn’t take pictures because it was difficult to get the camera out, but I could see a frame of Lagos.
How about Lagos rice?
Can you imagine it as Nigerian rice? I can’t do it, and I wasn’t sure if I was in Nigeria.
However, what I was eating at Lagos was “bukkake rice” or “bukkake pasta”. It’s street food.
This was delicious and cheap, so I always ate it during my stay.
There are many food stalls, and rice, pasta, and sauce are in the pot.
I thought, “Oh, this kind of system” is that most food stalls are “sold by weight”.
So when deciding on rice or pasta, say “200 naira!” Or “300 naira”. Then the aunt will serve that much.
This is the same for the source. When meat and fish are added, the price is fixed for one piece, and you will get as much as the price. The source is free.
Pasta and rice start from about 50 naira (about 28 yen). There is also a store with a minimum of 100 naira (about 56 yen).
I think 100-200 naira (about 56-112 yen) is just right for one meal. Meat and fish are about 50 naira (about 28 yen) per piece.
The sauce can be spicy, so be sure to ask “is it spicy?” Maybe there is water. However, there is usually a drink stall next to the stall, and even if you don’t have one, drink vendors are walking around, so you don’t have to worry about drinks.
It comes out like this for the time being. “The Bukkake Rice”. I liked this simplicity. You can also mix pasta and rice.
The sauce is spicy, but there were many meats sauce-like sauces and it was delicious. It’s not that hot.
Lagos remains one of the best cities I’ve visited in Africa.