Lagos Island is the principal and central local
government area of the Metropolitan Lagos in Nigeria. It is part of the Lagos
Division. As of the preliminary 2006 Nigerian census, the LGA had a population
of 209,437 in an area of 8.7 km². The LGA only covers the western half of Lagos Island;
the eastern half is under the jurisdiction of the LGA of Eti-Osa.
Lying in Lagos Lagoon, a large protected harbour on the coast of Africa, the
island was home to the Yoruba fishing village
of Eko, which grew into the
modern city of Lagos.
The city has now spread out to cover the neighbouring islands as well as the
Lagos Island is connected to the mainland by
three large bridges which cross Lagos Lagoon to the district of Ebute Metta. It
is also linked to the neighbouring island
of Ikoyi and to Victoria
Island. The Lagos
harbour district of Apapa faces the western side of the island. Forming the
main commercial district of Lagos, Lagos
Island plays host to the
main government buildings, shops and offices. The Catholic and Anglican
Cathedrals as well as the Central Mosque are located here.
Historically, Lagos Island (Isaleko) was home to the Brazilian Quarter of
Lagos where majority of the slave trade returnees from Brazil settled.
Several families lived on Broad
street in Marina.
The poorer eastern side of the island contains the main markets and the
poorer housing. The island is extremely crowded and congested and attempts have
been made to build new roads out over the lagoon in order to improve traffic