What happened next wasn’t expected until after a couple of months… maybe a year even. At least it’s here, we’ve got the Covid-19 vaccine and life can finally be back to normal! I thought as I closed my eyes and continued to imagine.
Could it be? I smiled as I picked a pen and paper to compile a list. Oh yes, it could! I scribbled out something new.
Six hours later, it was all a dream.
After that wild fantasy, I got thinking about places I’d really like to visit when this pandemic is all over. And before the weekend, I came up with a ten-pointer.
Ahem! Could we please get started.
10 AMAZING PLACES I WANT TO VISIT AFTER THE PANDEMIC
Badagry is one of the many towns located on the outskirts of Lagos.
It shares boundaries with Benin and is very popular among travellers making their way through Seme Border.
Many centuries ago, the Badagry ports were equipped for slave trade activity. Boats would dock at the ports and traders would exchange slaves for ceramic bowls, bottles of gin or big cannons. How ridiculous was that!
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Anyone interested in learning more about this horrific times can visit any of the museums scattered in the vicinity.
The town is also known for many firsts as described by Tamara, you will discover the first story building; the first Bible translated to Yoruba; the first well and the first primary school in Nigeria among others.
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#2. GET ARENA
GET Arena is the capital destination for go kart or motorsport enthusiasts in Lasgidi. It is situated opposite Oriental Hotel, behind Lekki toll gate at Plot 6 Abila Oniru/BIS Way, Oniru Estate, Off Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Lekki, Lagos.
The kart racing venue is a great hangout for families, friends, couples or fun seekers and it is currently recognised as the first and most challenging racing track in Nigeria.
According to this writeup on Wikipedia, the arena has been closed down permanently. I do hope this is because of the pandemic and nothing else.
The venue incorporates a bar and grill, indoor game arcade, restaurant and private event space. So it’s not always about racing.
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#3. KALAKUTA MUSEUM
The Kalakuta Museum formerly called Kalakuta Republic was the home of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Why Kalakuta Republic?
The name “Kalakuta Republic” came to Fela when he was imprisoned for “corruption of minors and possession of cannabis.” He was locked up for eleven months in 1974 in a jail called the Kalakuta cell. Upon his release, the revolutionary music icon decided to rename his residence Kalakuta Republic.
The Kalakuta Museum is run by one of his sons, Kunle Kuti and it showcases personal effects, clothing, shoes, recording studio, prints, paintings and pictures of the great legend.
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It is located at 7 Gbemisola Street, Off Toyin Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.
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#4. NATIONAL MUSEUM
As a kid in primary school, I was part of excursions to Oluomo Rock, The National Theatre and of course, National Museum to mention a bunch.
What’s impressive is that after all these years, the domestic museum has remarkably maintained its mark for promoting arts, history and culture.
Established in 1957, the National Museum is nestled in Onikan, just beside the Lagos City Mall and opposite The Muson Centre. If you’re coming in from the mainland, it’s on the same street as Tafawa Balewa Square.
I can recall some attractions including the Mercedes Benz of former Head of State, Murtala Mohammed. He was assassinated in the vehicle and the bullet pockets haven’t escaped my memory since.
Other exhibits include Jemaa Head, Benin Mask, Igbo-Ukwu and Nok Art.
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#5. NIKE ART GALLERY
Nike Art Gallery is the one place I’ll definitely love to see again.
Being an African art enthusiast, I visited the creative space about two years ago and I penned this short review.
In Osogbo, I was also opportune to see the second location of the art gallery. There are four locations all together in Kogi, Abuja, Lagos and Osogbo.
Nike Art Gallery is the largest in West Africa and with over 7,000 artworks up for display, it is one of the best places in the continent to appreciate different forms of African art.
I liked the reception during my last visit, I was with some friends and at the end of our tour, the guide adorned us with colourful traditional attires for a group photo. It was pretty cool.
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#6. ONIRU PRIVATE BEACH
The last time I was at any beach was…. well I can’t remember unless I’m prompted to say I visited the former Bar Beach as a kid, that place is now the site of Eko Atlantic City.
So, you can just imagine how long ago.
Maybe I’m not much of a beach goer but since I did a review of Favour’s trip to Oniru Private Beach, it has received the most views on this blog and even ranked page one on Google Search.
This is the more reason that I want to visit for myself, to check what makes everyone love it so much.
Fun activities at the beach include sunbathing, horseback riding, surfing, swimming, quad biking and trying out spicy delicacies.
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#7. SKATE CITY
Skate City is nestled in the big black box. Yep! Maryland Mall.
It is located on the first floor of the mall and this fun space is stocked to keep your adrenaline pumping!
I literally don’t know why I skipped the roller skating area the last few times I visited Maryland but this review from Adeyinka kinda changed my mind.
Services at Skate City include quad and inline skates; padded walls, rugs and helmets for extra safety; hoverboard rides and skating classes.
Photo Credit. Eko City Guide
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#8. THE FIVE COWRIES TERMINAL
Five Cowries Terminal is a popular white clad building on the Lagos island cityscape. It serves as an embarking and disembarking point for water transport users in the Mega-city.
Situated in the affluent Ikoyi neighbourhood, the facility was built by MTN Nigeria and donated to the Lagos State Government in 2018.
It features a jetty, waiting area, restaurant, bar, administrative blocks, ticketing offices, restrooms and ATM gallery.
Inside, there’s a section dedicated to indigenous art and there’s also some cool ‘water keg’ murals hanging from the ceiling. The murals were carefully pieced together by Mrs Polly Alakija.
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#9. THE NATIONAL ARTS THEATRE
The National Arts Theatre is rumoured to be a lookalike of General Yakubu Gowon’s military peak cap. It was completed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 1976 just in time for FESTAC ’77.
This iconic monument can be seen all the way from the Third Mainland Bridge.
Today, it accommodates a 5,000-seater Main Hall with a collapsible stage, two capacity cinema halls and several artworks.
The National Arts Theatre is located in Iganmu, Lagos Apapa Local Government, Lagos.
Photo Credit. TVP Adventures
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#10. TERRA KULTURE
The last time I saw Terra Kulture was in Bling Lagosians, funny how this movie is also the founder’s directorial debut but it’s not so shocking now because of her impeccable reputation for stage plays such as Saro the Musical, Wakaa the Musical, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens.
Speak of talent.
Terra Kulture is a creative space that quadruples as an art gallery, restaurant, bookstore and auditorium. It is very popular for its series of stage plays and the Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts.
This critically acclaimed destination is perched on Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Although, there’s been no recent activity at this major cultural hub because of the pandemic, I know that when it’s all over thousands more including myself will definitely come visiting.
Photo Credit. TVP Adventures
Terra Kulture was founded in 2003 by Nigerian lawyer, Bolanle Austen-Peters.
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These aforementioned locations are free or closely affordable for visitors, and only require little recovery and high patronage when this virus walks out on us.
So, after all’s said and done, which one do you think comes out on top? If you reside in Lagos, have you visited any of these places? If not, do you have a list peculiar to your own city? I’ll like you to share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks in advance and cheers to many blissful days ahead.
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