Lagos the Lag city (aka Lasgidi or Gidi for short) is the city of "brains" and "gentle" hearts. In Lagos, everybody learns faster why because Lagos is a "fast" city and there is nothing like a "first Lagos experience". Although Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, Lagos state (the city of lakes) is the most populous state in Nigeria and also the most populous city in all of Africa. Not just that, Lagos is also among the top 7 fastest growing cities in the world today.
Lagos state has a population of over 16million people and a total land area of about 999.6km.km with the population density around 8000 per squared kilometers making Lagos one of the most densely populated cities in all of Africa. Lagos state used to be the capital of Nigeria from 1914 to 1991 after which the capital was moved to Abuja.
About 60 years ago, less than 300,000 people lived in Lagos and everyone used to say Lagos was gorgeous but today more than 15 million people live (mostly in slums) on the same piece of land putting much pressure on the available natural resources.
In other words, Lagos is a mega city full of slums with the majority living in extreme poverty and hunger. About 2 out of every 3 people living in Lagos today live in slums. Lagos (without the slums) is the "New York City" of Nigeria where most Nigerians from small towns and villages across the country go to chase their dreams. Meanwhile, about 30% of all road accidents in Nigeria occur in Lagos because of the dangerous traffic of humans and vehicles.
Despite the extreme poverty and hunger in some places, Lagos the city of lakes remains the heart and soul of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. There are people from every country in Africa, every ethnic and racial group living in Lagos today. Because of the "fast" life in Lagos, only the strongest and the smartest survive in the city of Lakes and if you can survive in Lagos, there is no place on earth you cannot survive. Despite having a reputation as the most corrupt and perhaps the most "unfriendly" city in all of Africa, most Lagosians are very welcoming and hospitable people especially to "friendly" strangers and they tend to be protective of such strangers. Hospitality is not just part of Lagos but the entire country of Nigeria. Several Nigerians despite the harsh living conditions in some places are very hospitable people.
What can you do in Lagos as a tourist? Well, there is nothing like a "first Lagos experience" and you can learn about life in Nigeria and Africa as a whole faster in Lagos than anywhere else in Africa. The Tourist attractions in Lagos city include the sacred Oba's Palace which is the administrative and spiritual corner stone of the Benin Kingdom. The Oba's vast Palace has stood in the same place for over 700 years and you can learn more about the culture, traditions and a lot more about West Africa just by visiting the Oba's Palace. The National museum of Nigeria is also located in Lagos city. Here you can learn more about Nigerian arts including sculptures, paintings, archeological findings, etc. The Shrine of the great Fela Kuti (the greatest Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and a pioneer of Afrobeat music. Fela was also a human rights activist, and a political maverick) is also found in Lagos city.