Stella Dimoko This Is Lagos!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

This Is Lagos!

Just how well do you know the history of Lagos...With dates!

1855 - Baptist Academy Lagos founded‎

1859 - CMS Grammar School Lagos founded‎

1889 - Court House built

1894 - Bank of British West Africa established

1897 - Lagos Chamber of Commerce established

1899 - Briton William MacGregor becomes governor of Lagos Colony

1900 - Ibadan-Lagos railway begins operating

1901 - Oba Esugbayi Eleko in power

1908 - Lagos Municipal Board of Health

1909 - King's College, Lagos founded

1911 - Kano to Lagos railway begins operating and Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society chapter established

1913 - Apapa wharf built

1914 - Lagos becomes capital of the British Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria

1917 - Lagos Town Council established

1921 - Population of Lagos, 98,303

1923 -Ansar Ud Deen (religious group) and Lagos Women's League established

1922 -Nigerian National Democratic Party founded in Lagos

1925 - Oba Ibikunle Akitoye in power

1926 - Nigerian Daily Times newspaper begins publication

1928 - Oba Sanusi Olusi in power

1931 - Tom Jones Library open

1932 - Oba Falolu in power

1939 - Yaba Estate built

1943 - Art Exhibition Centre and Lagos Museum open

1945 - Holy Child College Obalende establish

1946 - Anglican Cathedral built and Nigerian Breweries incorporated

1947 - Yaba College of Technology founded

1949 - Oba Adeniji Adele in power

1950 - Mayoral council established; Abubakar Ibiyinka Olorun-Nimbe elected as mayor of lagos.

1951 - Lagos becomes part of the Western Region

1957 - Nigerian National Museum founded

1958 - Stationery Stores Football Club founded

1960 - Lagos Stock Exchange and Nigeria Acceptances Limited established

1961 - Nigerian Institute of International Affairs founded

1962 - University of Lagos established

1963 - Independence House built

1965 - Adeyinka Oyekan II becomes Oba

1967 - Lagos State created and Mobolaji Johnson becomes governor of Lagos State

1972 - Lagos National Stadium built

1973 - 2nd All-Africa Games held
1975 - Eko Bridge built. Federal Government College Lagos founded
Adekunle Lawal becomes governor of Lagos State

1976 - National Arts Theatre built

1977 - Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture

Fela Kuti's Kalakuta Republic compound in Mushin burns down
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research established in Yaba
Ndubuisi Kanu becomes governor of Lagos State

1978 - Ebitu Ukiwe becomes governor of Lagos State

1979 - Murtala Muhammed International Airport opens
Alhaji Lateef Jakande becomes governor of Lagos State

1980 - Lagos Plan of Action drafted

1981 - Winners' Chapel megachurch begins

1983 - Vanguard newspaper begins publication

1984 - Gbolahan Mudasiru becomes governor of Lagos State

1985 - Newswatch magazine begins publication

1986 - Mike Akhigbe becomes governor of Lagos State

1988 - Raji Rasaki becomes governor of Lagos State

1990 - Third Mainland Bridge opens and Lagos City Polytechnic established

1991 - Federal government relocates from Lagos to Abuja
Tell Magazine begins publication
Diamond Bank opens
Lagos Business School established

1992 - Nigerian Air Force C-130 crash
Michael Otedola becomes governor of Lagos State

1993 - Olagunsoye Oyinlola becomes governor of Lagos State

1994 - PM News newspaper begins publication.

2001 - The Daily Independent newspaper begins publication 

2002 -City divided "into 57 local council areas
Pan-African University, Lagos established
Lagos armoury explosion

2003 - Oba Rilwan Akiolu in power
The Sun newspaper begins publication

2004 - Silverbird Cinema in business

2005 - Business Day newspaper begins publication
Population: 8,767,000 (urban agglomeration)

2006 - The Nation newspaper begins publication

2007 - Babatunde Fashola becomes governor of Lagos State
Teslim Balogun Stadium built

Centre for Contemporary Art founded

2009 - Nike Centre for Art and Culture opens

2010 - Lagos Photo festival begins

2011 - Lagos Fashion Week begins

2012 - Makoko slum razed and Lagos Countdown begins

2013 - Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge opens. Makoko Floating School 

built, Eko Atlantic development construction begins.
2014 - Lagos Marathon begins

2014 - Ebola virus outbreak

2015 - Akinwunmi Ambode becomes governor...

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  1. Replies
    1. Lagos my father land. Love Lagos like kilode

    2. 1855, Bapt. Acad and 1941 sister school Reagan Memorial Baptist Secon School later moved to commercial avenue... School motto: love one another.
      Any proud Reaganites in the house?

    3. 1945- my sec school was founded ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    4. Classic chic, what school is that?

    5. God bless thee our Reagan Memorial

    6. Queen's College founded 1927.

  2. Rich history of Lagos.

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  3. ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽถAint no party Like A Lagos Party๐ŸŽธ

    Eko Oni Baje!!

  4. IRepOndoTown

  5. Incomplete. Where is my almighty queen college

  6. Why did they add Ebola outbreak?...smh..they might have also included the year clifford orji was eating people..

  7. 1927 Queen's College Yaba was founded

  8. 1996, Buba Marwa became the governor of Lagos State. He handed the baton to Tinubu in 1999. Buba Marwa, a military man I like & his beautiful wife.

  9. Educating...

    I always knew that of the King's college as it was my Dad's alma mater.

  10. Something is wrong. Fashola didn't build Teslim Balogun Stadium, he renovated it.

  11. Good to know,itesiwaju ipinle eko lo je wa logun,Eko for show.

  12. wonderful piece although not complete....

  13. The only state they don't say welcome to Lagos, they tell you this is Lagos state.

  14. So why are they not celebrating 130 or 150 years instead of selling themselves short with a 50 year celebration ?

    1. In fact the thing tire me. However Lagos was called Eko before that time I think! Eko Akete


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