A few weeks ago, we brought you this intense article and based on responses, it is here for an encore as we give you our highest ranking posts for the first quarter of 2018.
Hey there, I really do hope you enjoyed our article on Port Harcourt which was published last week. This week we are going west to VI- Lagos and doing our best to guide those who would like to visit that part of Nigeria.
According to Wikipedia, Victoria Island (VI) is an affluent area that encompasses a former island of the same name that sits between Lagos Island and the Lekki Peninsula in the Lagos Lagoon. It is the main business and financial centre of Lagos in Lagos State, Nigeria. Victoria Island is one of the most exclusive and expensive areas to reside in Lagos. The town and island lie within the boundaries of the Eti-OsaLocal Government Area (LGA).
Now that we’ve gone through all the links in the previous paragraph, let’s hear from some of the residents and get a better idea of what to expect in VI.
Jasper is a business man who grew up in Abuja but has been living in Lagos for the past 7 years.
On People: The people in general do not have your time. Not saying they are mean – far from it. But everybody seems so focused on one goal or another and if you do not have something to offer, you probably would feel lonely.
On Security: Victoria Island is quite safe. I have no challenges with leaving for work at 5am or going for a jog at 9pm. Even though we are not as busy as mainland, you could say VI doesn’t sleep. Still you want to exercise a degree of caution as you would in any other place.
Mercy was born and bred in Lagos. She currently works as a caterer in Victoria Island.
On food: If you are like me, you want to experience food where ever you go. In Victoria Island, though there are a lot of great places you can get great food, I would suggest you try out R.S.V.P at least once during your visit. You’ll be glad you did.
On Shopping: I am not much of a shopper but I have a good eye for good products. In VI we are blessed with great shopping brands such as Mega Plaza. In there, you can find pretty much anything you are looking for.
On Housing: Housing in my part of Lagos is not cheap but you get what you pay for. In Oniru and VI Extension, you can get fairly cheaper housing as compared to areas like Idowu Martins. By ‘fairly cheaper’ I mean N1,000,000 per annum for a one-bedroom apartment.
Charles is studying environmental sciences in the US but his parents live in Victoria Island. He grew up on the Island and still visits at least once a year. Here are his recommendations.
On Leisure: Silverbird and Filmhouse Cinemas are still my ‘happy place’ when ever I am back in Nigeria. The staff members are friendly and the places have this air of fun and relaxation. The food they serve in there are also great.
On Night life: Oh Caliente! Between Club Quilox and Caliente I can’t decide which I prefer. Well these two places are great for those who like to club. Of course your pocket must be ready for such luxuries. These places are awesome for drinks, music and dancing away. The bar tenders are professional and they can fix you those drinks you see James Bond taking. Try them out.
Mindy is a choreographer and Yoga Instructor who does most of her work in Victoria Island. Here are her tips for those who are visiting Victoria Island.
On Leisure/Entertainment: I am a fun-loving person so when I go anywhere, I go snooping for fun. In VI, GET Arena in Oniru Estate is one place you are sure to have fun. I personally enjoy the go-carts and other games they have, then I settle in for some of their wonderful food.
Other great recreational places are Freedom Park on Hospital Road, and Silverbird Galleria on Ahmadu Bello.
Now I want to visit VI again thanks to all these great recommendations. I hope we’ve all learned something about this great part of Lagos. Check in with us for more of these city guides in the future. Till then, stay cool.