Lagos for Dummies: An Ugotalksalot City Guide

Lagos. Home to between 12 and 21 million people -depending on who you ask. The land of opportunities, wealth and traffic from hell.  Lagos is what Nigeria wants to be when it grows up, what almost every other state in the country can only dream about. If you blow in Lagos, you have blown in Africa. But with all of it’s glamour, Lagos can be very overwhelming. So let me help you break it down, so you don’t get confused.

  1. There are many smaller Lagoses


Lagos is divided into 5 parts:

Lagos Mainland; where most of the regular folks stay,

Lagos Island; for the rich big boys and girls, high life lovers and some longer throats.

Banana Island; for those whose fathers are close friends with Dangote, or people who are just mad.

What I like to call ‘the Ogun state annex’; all those people living in Ogun state but claiming they’re in Lagos

And finally, there is Ikorodu; because that place is so far it should be a state on its own. The beautiful thing about Lagos is that she does not discriminate. Whether you live in Ogun state, inside water or on sinking sand, we are all Lagosians.

  1.  We  are Lagos and we are plenty

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Let me give you some perspective, if you ask the New York Times, there are roughly 21 million people in Lagos. The UN says that Ghana’s population is about 27 million, New York has 8.4 million people, London has a little more with 8.7 million people, Berlin has 3.5 million people or that Paris has a little over 2 million people, you get my point? So, if you think you’re just going to walk inside Lagos with one Ghana-must-go bag or Louis Vuitton suitcase (I don’t discriminate), and come and out hustle the hustlers that have been here since, you are very silly. But not wrong, it’s still possible.

  1. Bring your own water. Lagos has none for you.
Image from Nairaland

If you are thinking about moving to Lagos, make sure you come with your pumping machine. If you can bring your borehole, that is even better. I’m not kidding, bring your borehole with you. You will just create a small space in your compound, or estate and drop it there.

Why? Because Lagos State, unlike other states, does not supply water to its residents. Well, technically, the Lagos State Water Corporation says it supplies water to maybe 30% of Lagos residents, but, I personally have not seen any house that doesn’t have a GeePee tank pretending to be a DSTV dish.

  1. The most important word is BUS

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You may also know it as danfo or molue or whatever you like. But you know what? Bus na bus.. If you come to lagos thinking you can taxi your way around town, oh my God, you’re not even ready. Also if you think that a big boy like Lagos would have a train system that could get you to most places, you are also not ready. It’s not like Lagos doesn’t have money, I mean this is the biggest boy in all the 37 lands (Abuja included), Lagos just has more important things to do. Things like finishing the $6bn Eko Atlantic and Banana Island.

  1. Where will you base?

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Finally and most important thing you need to know, where will you live? If you’re expecting me to answer that question, you’re not serious at all, you can stay there and keep waiting. I should leave my blog and start finding accommodation for you? Are you okay at all?

With all that being said, welcome to Lagos. Bring your patience, your GeePee tank and your hustle; don’t say I didn’t warn you. Have a nice stay.

All Images unless otherwise stated are from  Rotimi Okungbaye check him out!


UgoTalks To Azõm Designs


1. Please tell us about yourself.

My name is Ngohire Azoom, creative director and founder of azõm, a creative design startup. I’m an aspiring designer and student of architecture. I’m an art enthusiast and inspiration junkie.




2. How did you fall in love with Photography and Makeup?

I’ve been into the arts since I was little. In my quest for inspiration in other fields of art I practice, the images I came across always had me captivated. These images stirred up so many ideas, emotions, and thoughts. That quality was something I also wanted to achieve and master with my art. 



3. What were the earliest days like for Azõm Makeup and Photography?

azõm’s earliest days, were sketch books, crayons and pencils, photography and makeup weren’t even in the picture, I started off making greeting cards and bespoke clothing, but everything was all just a bunch of ideas I’d draw down or write about. When I did eventually start taking make-up and photography practically, the results were rough, but you could always identify the idea behind the finished work.



4. How do you balance a backbreaking course like Architecture with the lights and cameras of Makeup and Photography?

On this journey, like any before me, I have learnt a lot. I must say it hasn’t been easy, especially because I’m a designer that needs time. So, I work with the time I have to do what needs to be done.


5. You’re in the business of beautification, what’s your perception of beauty?

I wouldn’t say beautification; for I believe every entity in itself created by God is beautiful. Instead I like to see it as a creation or re-creation process. However, my perception of beauty is attractive, whether physical or not, whether flawed or not, if it draws my attention it is beautiful. beauty is detail, all the minute things that make up a whole being and sets it apart from others make it beautiful.



6. As an architect, makeup artist and photographer there are few things as important as inspiration, what would you say is or are your banks of inspiration?

The internet, I’m always shopping for inspiration, looking for what people are thinking, feeling, saying or doing. I have characters in my mind that have been around for a very long while whose persona and beliefs inspire me too. My vision, I look to my future to see what I should be doing now. 



7. What are your most memorable achievements as an architect, photographer and makeup artist?

Being recognized to whatever magnitude by professionals in the industries has been memorable. Just being able to improve and level up on my skill, is also something always worth remembering for me, 



8. Where do you see azõm makeup and photography in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see azõm as a growing firm that has expanded and is still expanding gradualy into the diverse fields of art. I see azõm thriving as a design brand in the global market with a few notable projects to show for, but you never know with the kind of development going on in technology, we could be there in 5.



9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself in Lagos, precisely Eko Atlantic  running the head Quarters of my firm. I should be a registered architect by then and welpast mastering design. I see myself working with my alumni association on very exciting projects and a mom.

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