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Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is a port city, the most populous agglomeration in the African country of Nigeria. The agglomeration is the exact name of this location, since form an administrative point of view, it is remarkable that Lagos is a city and no city office can really be found.

Reason for this is the exponential growth of the townspeople. An interesting fact is that at the beginning of last century they were only 37 000 in number. Today, nearly 8 million people live in Lagos, making it the largest city after Cairo. Not accidentally, this African agglomeration is in the top 20 list for fastest growing cities in the world. Reason for the migration to Lagos is that after World War II, huge waves of migrants from across Africa were directed to the Nigerian city. The second wave of migration occurred in the 70s of last century, when the Nigerian oil boom caused the uncontrolled settlement in the former Nigerian capital Lagos. Today, however, have been established responsibilities between local authorities, who take care of road infrastructure, transport, energy, education and health.

The huge metropolis is on islands, separated by inlets. To the southwest is the mouth of the Lagos Lagoon. In translation from Portuguese, Lagos literally means "lake". The two main islands, forming an agglomeration are Lagos Island and Victoria Island. The islands are separated from one another via bridges.

Lagos Island is a business point of agglomeration - there is representations focus of many business organizations here. Many modern high-rise buildings fill the island. Shopping fans can satisfy their most discerning whims. On the island Glover Memorial Hall, and the Cathedral, built by the Nigerians, in honor of Jesus Christ can be visited.

In the past, Lagos was colonized by Portugal and Britain. This largely determines the image of the locals.

Today, Lagos is the official commercial and industrial center of Nigeria, whose GDP is three times larger than any West African country.

It is known as the colourful center of African music and nightlife. More and more clubs open in Lagos, making it an irresistible attraction for evening fun. The city is home to many modern styles of music that quickly became popular worldwide.

Places worth visiting are the Nigerian National Museum, the residence of the spiritual leader of Lagos (Oba's Palace), Altar of Fellah – a popular music and political agitator of Nigeria and the Church Of All Nations.

Among the biggest attractions of the city is protected Lekki Conservation Park. In the park, visitors can walk among the swamps with crocodiles, wooden bridges and to observe the abundant wildlife typical of Africa in their natural environment.

Lagos takes care of some beautiful beaches where the Atlantic Ocean washes its waters. The most famous beaches are Bar Beach and Lekki Beach.

Close to Lagos are the towns Ikorodu and Epe.

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