In the spirit of President Macrons visit to Lagos, the need to review the most popular tourist sites in Lagos has risen.
In a list made by the Nation newspaper, here is a list of most visited places by tourist visitors to Lagos City:
1. Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN)
The fact that a church is topping this list might be surprising to many. SCOAN is run by Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua and is located in Ikotun in Lagos West. It is said to attract the highest number of tourists not just to Lagos, but to Nigeria as a whole.
Nation claims that, "Tourists from all over the world, cutting across different geographical locations, races and religions visit SCOAN on pilgrimage to worship, listen to Prophet Joshua and find solutions to their physical and spiritual ailments... The steady number of tourists that keeps streaming to the church is a testament to the church’s global popularity. The church has been visited by many sitting heads of governments, ex-presidents and foreign presidential candidates; many went on to win their elections."
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2. New Afrika Shrine
Popularly called Fela Shrine, it is the home of inspirational story-telling lyrics, sweet palm-wine, political banter, gyrating dance and a great high! It was built by Femi Kuti, a scion of Afro-beat legend, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Tourists visiting Lagos always feel the trip would not be complete without visiting the Shrine to have a feel of Fela’s music vibe. French President Macron claims to have visited shrine many times all those years ago when he was an intern at the embassy in Nigeria. It was therefore no surprise when he chose the Shrine as the place to visit during his tour of Nigeria.
3. Nike Arts Gallery
Founded by the legendary artist, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Ekundaye, Nike Gallery offers the total Nigerian experience. Tourists are welcomed with drumming and singing by the hospitable staff of the gallery in full Nigerian costume. The gallery features an adire/batik crash workshop where visitors are trained how to make batik, a treat of traditional delicacies like akara and puff puff, a dance class that tests one’s flexibility and foot dexterity and finally, the opportunity to tour the gallery which is filled with old, classic and modern Nigerian art works in different media. One could spend hours moving around the work.
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4. Freedom Park
Freedom Park is a former colonial prison located on Hospital Road, Marina, Lagos. It was opened in 1882, but later closed and abandoned for several years. In 2010, the old prison was turned into a cultural and recreation centre. The different prison cells have stories of past horror to tell.
5. Terra Kulture
The internationally acclaimed art house, Terra Kulture is the home of contemporary visual and theatre arts in Nigeria. It features a restaurant, a craft shop, a library, a language school and theatre and its central feature; the art gallery.
Others on this list are: Iga Idugaran at Isale Eko, Eko Atlantic City, Elegushi Beach and the National Museum