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In this SUPER COLLABORATIVE writeup, my beautiful friend, Favour shares her Lagos itinerary. She journeyed to the city of excellence for a 7-Day time out and during her stay she visited a shopping mall (ICM), computer village, hotels, restaurants and ONIRU PRIVATE BEACH.
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#1. DAY ONE
While transiting, I observed buildings with surreal architecture like the Maryland Mall and ShepherdHill Baptist Church. Also, I listened to one of the most interesting stories, a funny lady in the Keke Napep shared how she was adopted by kidnappers.
Fact: Kidnappers are also called ajinigbe, gbomo gbomo or touch and follow in Lagos.
According to her, it happened at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) when this guy approached her for directions, the moment she replied she got mesmerised and didn’t even realise she withdrew her acceptance and clearance fees.
Later that day, the “juju” cleared off, she screamed when he attempted to rape her and was dropped off at an undisclosed location by 3am!
A friend of mine, Susan also had a similar experience at YABATECH difference is she didn’t have any cash. After a brief confrontation, the ransom-seekers left her unharmed.
Class Suites is a budget hotel located at 3 Anu Oluwapo Close, Off Agbaoku Street, Ikeja, Lagos and Lagos Travel Inn is located at 41 Toyin Str, Allen, Ikeja, Lagos. The latter features free WiFi and rooms come with a flatscreen TV while the former had packages for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I passed the night at Class Suites. Electricity there was constant and it was significantly cheaper than where I first checked, Lagos Travel Inn.
#2. DAY TWO
From Class Suites, I travelled to the Island through 3rd Mainland Bridge and was astounded by the number of landmarks with stunning scenery. Some of them were Church of Christ Cathedral at Marina, Tafawa Balewa Square and Kings College.
Fun Fact: 3rd Mainland Bridge is the second longest bridge in Africa.
Church of Christ Cathedral is the oldest Anglican Cathedral in the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, the church is exceptional and to be honest, it’s one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen. Tafawa Balewa Square and Kings College also had so much to offer, it was great to experience history at a glance.
After the Island episode, my rubbernecking continued at some amazing spots on the Mainland, I started at Ikeja City Mall (ICM) and finished with a tasty delicacy at Goat Hunters.
ICM was really big, it covered a lot of land mass and had nice features.
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During my short visit to the shopping mall, I couldn’t help but notice some restaurants especially KFC and Chicken Republic.
Ikeja City Mall is located at 194 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja. It opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Shoprite occupies the ground floor and the topmost floor is equipped with a terrace and play zone area.
IKEJA CITY MALL HIGHLIGHTS
- Silverbird Cinema
- Hairdressing/Beauty Salon
- Sweet Tooth
- Club and Bars
- Clothing Brands and Stores
- Ice-Skating Arena
- Disable Friendly
- Ample Parking Spaces
Next Stop, Computer Village, the busy gadget market was a whole mood. I didn’t expect to see such crowd there, vendors were screaming their lungs out, “swap your phone, buy new phone!”
Fun Fact: Lagos Computer Village Is West Africa’s Largest ICT Hub.
Later, I had dinner at Goat Hunters, it is an Indoor/Outdoor Restaurant accentuated by African and International Cuisine. I tried peppered croaker fish and it was really delicious. Other meals include goat head “isiewu” pepper soup, peppered goat meat, suya and assorted meat.
Goat Hunters is located at 3 Adeleke Street, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja.
Heard of Snowflakes? I don’t think so.
As my day tripping came to a close end, my friend mentioned he would be pulling over at Snowflakes. On hearing this, I had a mental image of flavoured ice cream but Snowflakes ended up been a laundry service.
Thursday was a wonderful day for sightseeing, it was today I witnessed an awkward moment in Allen.
To be precise by 7pm, some night workers were hanging around, c’mon that was way too early. The ladies scrammed as soon as they saw a police van approaching.
#3. DAY THREE
“Lip Balm, buy your pink lips here.”
I returned to Computer Village to purchase a phone.
At Ikeja underbridge, a lip balm was sold by young dudes. The most of them had disfigured pink lips because they tested the product on themselves.
At Oworoshoki where I stayed at night, electricity wasn’t constant. There was “light” twice a day, morning and night. The power also came on in the afternoon sometimes.
#4. DAY FOUR
Today I didn’t go out for “gist”, “owanbe” or “tatafo”, I was indoors at my friend’s house binge watching series.
I ate Golden Apple fruit for the first time, trust me, it was really good.
The outer layer tastes like apple and seeds at the core are similar to cucumbers.
#5. DAY FIVE
Oniru Private Beach whayasay!
I spent the day at the beach bruv.
The shore was very sandy and I had fun with the waves and shingle.
Getting to the beach, we used Taxify. The return trip was much more pleasant than going. Oniru Private Beach will be discussed in another post.
#6. DAY SIX
Mondays are for dishes!
I went shopping at a local market in Oworonshoki to buy chicken and other foodstuffs for a meal. It wasn’t half as populated as Computer Village.
I was alone all day cos my friend was at work, I also spent the day watching movies to avoid boredom.
#7. DAY SEVEN
Welcome to THE ENDGAME.
I escorted my friend to Yaba Market where she got a fancy slippers. She also bought some other items for resale.
I was opportune to explore Yaba Market, an open-air market where household items, clothes, books and foodstuff are sold, I didn’t like it because of the crowd. Traders from all over the market kept saying, “aunty, sister buy this buy that…we get am plenty”
Sincerely, if you don’t close your eyes to certain things you’ll spend every single dime because most commodities are really cheap!
I wasn’t stuck in real Lagos traffic until today, I had a firsthand exposure to what my friend plowed through everyday, closing from work 5:00pm and arriving home 7:00pm or later is a big deal.
My return trip commenced by 6pm, it was a seamless journey and I arrived Osogbo late in the night.
As an armature excursionist, I commuted twice in the Lagos danfo, and yes that’s an achievement!
Favour Bob-Manuel is a major contributor on ericotrips, her trip to Lagos first debuted here. She is an enthusiastic person, a lover of children and aspires to be a catalogue model. She is from Rivers State, Kalabari tribe.
Favour had a splendid time in Lagos state and hope’s to visit soon.
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