5 main advantages of living in Lagos

by Sean Lana

I was born in Lagos and spent my first 18 years of life on the Mainland.

Here are the advantages of living in Lagos:

1. Street Smartness

Lagos will teach you how to be street smart. I once purchased a fake phone padded with fufu at Computer Village, Ikeja. Such happens so often that you are forced to be smart the hard way.

2. Interpersonal Skills

Lagos will boost your interpersonal skills. This is a multicultural state with different tribes and nationalities.You will always meet new people, and each experience teaches you how to interact with them.

3. Job and Business Opportunities

Lagos is a state with so many opportunities and resources. If you are really hardworking, you will earn yourself a honest living and grow financially. Do not listen to those negative comments about Lagos State. New York City or San Francisco also share the same story (or similar) with Lagos.

4. Time Management

Waking up very early in the morning is something that is very important in Lagos. I spent some years in Ogun state and the lifestyle there seems so relaxed. No stress or gridlock. Whether you live on the Mainland or Island, it’s impossible to avoid traffic in Lagos.

This experience will teach you how to get your life together and make plans. Anybody that stays in bed till 7 am during weekdays in Lagos must be damn lazy! You probably have heard of the word “Ji masun” — it means “Wake up, stop sleeping!”

5. Social Life

Lagos can be fun. You can always have a nice weekend at different recreation centers, or visit the beach or simply enjoy the night life.


Sean Lana holds a Bachelor’s in International Business from Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

He loves travelling and learning new cultures and languages.

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