“Lagos” means lake. “Eko” on the other hand has no meaning in Yoruba language. It is believed to be a corruption of the Yoruba word ‘oko’ (farmland) closely related Benin however, it means resting place of the king, it is believed to have been so named during the height of the Benin Empire. Historians also believe that the city was so christened by Portuguese traders sometime after the mid-15th century, derived from the word Lagoon, in honor of its water bodies. Lagos has in residence the highest numbers of millionaires in Africa.Second only to Cairo and Johannesburg.
Paul McCartney recorded his fifth post-Beatles album, Band on the Run, in an EMI studio in Lagos in August and September 1973. Lagos has one of the largest and most extensive road networks in West Africa. The actual name of the third mainland bridge is the Ibrahim Babangida Bridge
The economy of Lagos is among the fastest growing in the world
Lagos arguably hosts the Nigerian Movie industry known as Nollywood; recently ranked the second largest producer of movies in the world; Nollywood produces up to 200 movies every single week and her movies has won half of the yearly awards for best picture since 2005 Crispin Curtis Adeniyi-Jones (1876-1957) who the street in Ikeja, ‘Adeniyi-Jones’ was named after, was a medical director from Sierra Leone (a Saro). As a co-founder of NNDP, he won one of the Lagos 3 legislative council seats in 1923 and represented Nigerians for 15 yrs. The population of Lagos today (more than 10 million!) is about more than the total population of all Eastern states combined.
Mrs. FumilayoRansome-Kuti, legendary Fela’s mother, who lived in Lagos was one of the delegates that negotiated Nigeria’s independence in Britain University of Lagos is ranked to be the Second Best University in Nigeria by Africa Ranking. Lagos state has the most expensive island (estate) in Nigeria which is the home to Nigeria blogginguru Linda Ikeji, the CEO of glo and conoil Mike Adenuga among others
* Lagos state is the most expensive city to live in Nigeria and fifth most expensive in Africa.