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See 10 Popular Places in Lagos and Their Original Names. Wow!

Someone shared this info on Whatsapp and we feel its good we post it for reference purpose. I was particularly surprised at the way some of the names metamorphosed into what we call them today.

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Ojota

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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

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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

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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 igbon” meaning a red-bearded man. It later became Apongbon.

Magodo

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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

 


Epetedo

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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

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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.

 

Broad Street

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Broad Street used to be one of the longest and widest streets in the city. It got its name from its broadness.

 


Agidingbi

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The British Naval forces invaded Lagos in 1885 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 gi din gbinnn”. Which means a loud groundbreaking noise. The name Agidingbi was borne out of this.

 

Victoria Island

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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

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

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