Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and former capital city of
Today, Lagos continues to be a commercial center, as it was for much of its history. Portuguese explorer Sequeira visited the area in 1472, naming the area around the city Lagos, meaning lakes. From 1704-1851 it served as a major center of the slave trade. In 1841 Oba Akitoye ascended on the throne of
Lagos was formally annexed as a British colony in 1861. This had the dual effect of crushing the slave trade and establishing British superiority over palm and other trades. The remainder of modern-day
The city is the commercial and industrial hub of Nigeria, with a GNP that triples that of any other West African country. It has greatly benefited from
Lagos comprises several islands such as Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Isale-Eko. It harbors Nigeria's leading port, the
More than half of Nigeria's industrial capacity is located in Lagos's mainland suburbs, particularly in the Ikeja industrial estate. A wide range of manufactured goods are produced in the city, including machinery, motor vehicles, electronic equipment, chemicals, beer, processed food and textiles.
A view of downtown Lagos Ferries and highways link the parts of the city together. However, transport links within Lagos are congested, due to the geography of the city, its explosive population growth, as well as bad roads and bad driving habits. An agency called Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) has been created to solve the transportation problems in