Wake up to a cultural trip to the Oba of Lagos Palace in Lagos Island. The palace is the home place of the king of Lagos. The place is built like a typical African palace with a touch of africanism. After a fire outbreak, the palace was renovated and given more beauty. At the palace, you can take pictures and also see the Ogun shrine. Ogun is the god of iron and the shrine is manned by a priestess. The Oba goes to pray at the shrine before embarking on a journey. There is also a shrine for eshu and a very large courtyard.
Lagos State offers a great variety of parks and your next stop will be in one of beautiful parks of the state. At 9:30am, you will be taking a walk in park at the Freedom Park. At this park, you can have an alone or family and friends time at the memorial or leisure park area which was formerly a prison known as Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. Serving currently as a National Memorial, a Cultural site, a Historical landmark, Arts and Recreation centre, the park is a great way for everyone going and old. Freedom park is currently a serene abode for individuals, collective visitors, families and interaction is open to the public every day. While at the park, you could see a play, take beautiful pictures, see the open prison where top individuals in Nigeria were held captive or just enjoy the atmosphere that makes for a good picnic spot.
Your next stop for this tour is National Arts Theater at 11am. The structure of the building is tastefully made like the hat of a military hat because it was built during the military era in Nigeria. In a section of this building lies the collection of National gallery of modern Nigerian art. It has a 5000 seater main hall and two cinema halls too. At the theatre, you can watch a play performance, take pictures, watch a movie or even take an educative exhibition to new arts. One of infrastructural masterpieces in Nigeria, the building is the official performance center for Nigerian arts and culture. After enjoying a play or an exhibition at the theatre, you can head to the restaurant or the bar to enjoy a great meal while washing down with a drink or a beer as you wish. The surrounding of the theatre is also a great place to relax with its nice lush grasses where occasions hold too.
Balogun market on Lagos Island is the next stop and it’s one of largest markets in West Africa. To tour the whole of the market is time consuming because it spans a lot of streets. You can buy wares from the market too as fabrics, shoes and other things are sold at the market. Balogun market is a great place to see a small part of the hustling and bustling of the Lagos metropolis.
If you are looking to have an insight into the life of great afro beat king Fela anikulapokuti, the Kalakuta museum is the right place to be in. The museum was built to allow us better understand the life and struggles of Late Afro beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. One can catch a high at the museum as the building used to be the house of the legend. On getting there, you can see the dresses fela used in performing, his small pants, his room and on getting to the upper terrace, you can catch a band rehearsing or performing. It is known for being the home to the relics from the life of Fela. You can take pictures and also listen to great and provocative songs of the great legend.
08:00am-09:00am Oba of Lagos Palace
09:30am-10:30am Freedom Park
11:00am-12:00pm National Theatre
12:30pm-13:30pm Balogun Market
14:30pm-15:00pm Kalakuta Musuem
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