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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
Country  Nigeria
Geopolitical Zone South West
Date created 27 May 1967
Capital Ikeja
Number of LGAs 20
 • Total 3,577 km2 (1,381 sq mi)
 (2006 census)
 • Total 9,113,605
 • Estimate 
(2012 by LASG)
 • Rank 1st of 36
 • Density 2,547.8/km2 (6,598.9/sq mi)
 • 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


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


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

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Estado de Lagos para niños

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