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Lagos State, sometimes referred to as Lagos, is a state located in the southwestern part of Nigeria. It is economically one of most busiest states in Nigeria. The capital of Lagos State is Ikeja.

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Lagos State

Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó  (Yoruba)
Flag of Lagos State
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Country  Nigeria
Geopolitical Zone South West
Date created 27 May 1967
Capital Ikeja
Number of LGAs 20
Area
 • Total 3,577 km2 (1,381 sq mi)
Population
 (2006 census)
 • Total 9,113,605
 • Estimate 
(2012 by LASG)
17,552,940
 • Rank 1st of 36
 • Density 2,547.8/km2 (6,598.9/sq mi)
GDP
 • Year 2014
 • Total $91 billion
 • Per capita $4,333
Time zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 code NG-LA
HDI (2018) 0.673
medium · 1st of 37
Website lagosstate.gov.ng

History

Lagos State was created on 27 May 1967. It was previously known as Eko until the arrival of Portuguese merchants. The word Eko was coined out from a Yoruba word "Eko" (English: war camp). The first settlers of Eko were the Aworis.

Local Government Areas

Lagos State is divided into 20 local government areas from 5 administrative divisions. The local government areas include:

  • Agege
  • Alimosho
  • Ifako-Ijaye
  • Ikeja
  • Kosofe
  • Mushin
  • Oshodi-Isolo
  • Shomolu
  • Apapa
  • Eti-Osa
  • Lagos Island
  • Lagos Mainland
  • Surulere
  • Ajeromi-Ifelodun
  • Amuwo-Odofin
  • Ojo
  • Badagry
  • Ikorodu
  • Ibeju-Lekki
  • Epe

People

Lagos State consists of Yoruba people but Lagos also attracts foreigners and Nigerians.

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