Checkout 10 Popular Area In Lagos & Their Original Meaning Behind Their Name

Published 2 years ago by: onuigbo felicia
at 02:01 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)

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Lagos is a fascinating city.
Most of the popular areas we pass through in Lagos every day have history behind their names. Here’s the history behind some popular areas in Lagos.
1. Ojota
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.

2. 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”.

3. Apongbon
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.

4. Magodo
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

5. Epetedo
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.

6. Ebute-Metta
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.

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

8. Agidingbi
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 gb din gbinnn”. Which means a loud groundbreaking noise. The name Agidingbi was borne out of this.

9. 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.

10. Ikeja
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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freethinker at 02:47 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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ficull at 04:11 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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I thought Victoria island was named after Lord Lugard's wife (who is Victoria as well)??
Larry28 at 04:18 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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christianity at 04:34 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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Poster,also get me same news about sokoto,jigawa,ebonyi and bayelsa.cos Lagos is not the only state in da zoo
Jeonleon at 05:43 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: ficull on 04:11 PM, 24/02/2017
I thought Victoria island was named after Lord Lugard's wife (who is Victoria as well)??

Her name was Flora...
akinmanchy at 06:05 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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Ok noted

abcdqwer at 08:07 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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you do well
jeroba1 at 08:37 PM, 24/02/2017 (2 years ago)
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