Stella Dimoko Sunday In House Gists - Things You Need To Know About Places In Lagos


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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Sunday In House Gists - Things You Need To Know About Places In Lagos

Names don't pulp up from the blues ........

Lagos has a history!

Ojota used to be a military settlement in the late 18th century and soldiers practised their shooting there. The area had several gun firing spots and became known as “Oju Ota” in Yoruba which means “Bullet spots”. It later metamorphosed into Ojota which it is called now.

Abule Egba
This area is on the outskirts of Lagos and got its name from the early settlers who were Egba people from Abeokuta. The area was first called “Abule awon egba” in Yoruba, which means “Village of Egba people”. It later became “Abule Egba”.

Apongbon is one of Lagos’ most popular markets, and it’s also quite close to the popular Oke-Arin market. It got its name from the then acting governor of the Lagos colony, William McCoskry, who had a Red Beard. The Yorubas who couldn’t pronounce the colonial governor’s name decided to describe him by his red beard and started calling him *“Oyinbo to pon ni agbon”* (Apon l'agbon) meaning a red-bearded man. It later became Apongbon.

Magodo is now a posh area, but in the past, it used to be sacred land. The residents had a lot of taboos and one of them was to avoid using mortars and pestles, “Ma gun odo” which means “Don’t pound it”. It later became Magodo

Epe is named after the early settlers who were Epe traders. The area became dominated by the Epes and they still trade there until today.

Ebute-Metta is one of the earliest harbour docks where British ships berthed at. It was a hub for trade and commerce in colonial times. Ebute-Metta is a fusion of the words “Ebute” which means the seaside in Yoruba, and “Metta” which means three. The three shores are Iddo, Otto and Oko baba.

 Broad street
Broad street used to be one of the longest and widest streets in the city. It got its name from its broadness. However, Broad Street was later changed to Yakubu Gowon Street but later changed back to Broad street when Gowon was accused of participating the coup that led to the death of Murtala Ramat Mohammed.

The British Naval forces invaded Lagos in 1851 under the pretext of stopping slavery and human sacrifice. The noise their canon made was really loud, and the sound was heard round the streets of Lagos Island. The people described the sound as “A gidi n gbinnn”. Which means a loud groundbreaking noise. The name Agidingbi was borne out of this.

 Victoria Island
Victoria Island was also a major hub for commerce and British ships berthed there often. It’s named after Queen Victoria of England who was Queen from 1837-1901.

Ikeja, the capital of Lagos, is actually an abbreviation for “Ikorodu and Epe Joint Administration”, IKEJA. It was coined by the colonial masters for ease of administration.”



  1. How a small island can have so much power as to conquer half of the world baffles me! I have so many questions to ask God, all fingers are truly not equal. Thanks Stella for the enlightenment.

    1. Its not as you see it. At the time, England was the world power and had every means and tools to overcome weak and uncivilized territories. Even Portugal, Greece, Italy were so powerful back then.

    2. Swear down. Oyibo no be skin colour. These people had finished developing themselves and then had the resources to travel thousands of miles away from home to conquer the world.

      Mba! Oyibo can't just be about skin colour.

  2. Good afternoon everyone and happy Sunday afternoon
    Don't know about Lagos

  3. Gop_female_fashion28 May 2023 at 16:09

    Thanks, interesting and informative

  4. Eko o ni baje, o baje tii!!

  5. Very informative and interesting, thanks Stella

  6. This is so educative! Thanks Stella


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