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You’ve heard about Lagos. Perhaps you’ve heard that you can find especially sumptuous meals at unbelievable costs on Lagos Island, or that Lagos fashion is edgy and infectious, and the art scene is spellbinding. Or, maybe you’ve heard of the constantly bubbling “streets”, the sacred cultures and traditions, and the entertainment mania. On the strength of these alone, Lagos should be on the list of places you must visit before you die. But, in case you were in doubt, we’ve rounded up eight excellent reasons why it should be your next stop.


Felabration
Felabration is not your average musical concert. The history, location, and features of Felabration make it the radically huge event that it is today. For one week in October every year, Nigeria marks the posthumous birthday celebration of the late Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, at the New Afrika Shrine. If you know anything at all about the iconic Fela, then you understand why the event is all the rave. People from all over the country and different parts of the world converge to partake in the high-octane festivities that come with Felabration’s programme line-up.

Dancers at the Afrika Shrine

Dancers at the Afrika Shrine | © Emmanuel Ogabi / Wikimedia

Lagos Carnival

This carnival’s history is as colourful as the main event itself. In the 19th century, after a wave of freed slaves from Brazil returned to the city, the first Lagos carnival (or “Fanti”, or “Caretta”) was held. The Lagos Carnival is a grand display of the city’s heritage and pride, filled with music, dancing, and elaborate costumes, and maintains close links to those witnessed in Brazil and Cuba. The event takes place in the month of May, during the Lagos Black Heritage Festival.

A Lagos party

“Ain’t no party like a Lagos party”, rightfully sings Nigerian R’n’B star Banky W. Regardless of whether it’s day or night, at a club or a owambe, Lagosparties are on another level of fun, energy, drama, and excitement, that make for great memories. Lagosians may get hit with economic downtimes of various sorts every now and then, but, you’ll find that (almost) nothing can interfere with a plan for a Lagos party. The good times always roll.

The fashion weeks

The Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) and Africa Fashion Week are two of the major annual fashion events in the country and the continent at large. They are where the who’s-who of fashion meet to keep up with the best of Africa’s rapidly scaling fashion design business. And Lagos is their prime destination. These events are usually packed with established and emerging talents, and extraordinary indigenous designs that showcase the distinctly cultivated taste in fashion that Africa wishes to share with the world.

A showcase at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week

A showcase at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week | © Chidi “Lex Ash” Ashimole / Wikimedia

Food and food combinations

Lagosians don’t do boring food. In fact, the natural spice and colour of Lagosians tend to be reflected in the interesting and tasty food flavours we combine and choose from. For instance, what could have been a simple meal of rice can easily turn out to be fried, or jollof – depending on the ingredients at hand – with a topping of fried plantains. Plantains are a delicious story for another day. Also, because of the multi-cultural complexion of Lagos, these foods come from every region of the country. Try the local soups and swallows, fresh fish pepper soup, asun(spiced goat meat), suya (chicken or beef shish kebab), as well as any other Nigerian delicacy you find on the menu. Let your taste inhibitions wander free.

Snack stands

Lagos’ snack habits are amazing. Lagosians can make a snack from pretty much any type of food or pastry. No matter the class of neighbourhood, there’s at least one stand where you can purchase frys (yam, plantain, and potatoes) with sauce, roasted or boiled corn with coconut or pears, beancakes, nuts, varied fritters, and a host more. The great thing about these snacks, especially if you’re more inclined to sweeter options, is that they don’t compromise your health. Although, in some cases, be prepared to stand some heat and/or smoke to get your desired snack. It’s usually worth it.

“Puff-Puff” (deep fried dough), a popular local snack

“Puff-Puff” (deep fried dough), a popular local snack | © Cynthia Okoroafor

Arts

The visual and performing arts sphere in Lagos is yet another charming and integral aspect of the city. A ticket to see a play at the Muson Centre in Onikan, National Theatre in Iganmu, or Terra Kulture on Victoria Island will not only entertain you, it will enrich you with knowledge and grant you insight into what makes Lagosians tick. Equally, being in Lagos brings you closer to the inspiration for the visceral works of Nigerian artists representing the country with their masterpieces in paintings and sculptures on the global stage.

A stage play at the Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos

A stage play at the Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos | © Cynthia Okoroafor

Popular culture

Popular culture thrives in Lagos. It’s a rare occurrence to visit Lagos and leave without learning the latest trends in dance, music, street fashion, hairstyles, slang, and urban sports. Because, as a matter of fact, even foreigners who have never been anywhere close to the city are familiar with the developments in Lagos popular culture. Lagosians are renowned for an innate instinct to create and innovate. There’s always some new ‘thing’ in town, perhaps made popular by a line in a song or by a small community

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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