THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NAMES OF POPULAR PLACES IN LAGOS.

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THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NAMES OF POPULAR PLACES IN LAGOS.
OJOTA


At a period in the late 18thcentury,Ojota was a military settlement where soldiers practiced shooting or perfected their shooting skills. It will be right to call it a shooting range actually. The area had several gun firing spots and became known as “Oju Ota” in Yourba which means”Bullet spots”. It later metamorphosed into Ojota as it is fondly called these days

ABULE EGBA

TThis area is on the outskirts of Lagos  and got its name from the early settlers who were Egba people from Abeokuta. It was first called “Abuleawonegba” in Yoruba, which means “Village of Egba people”.

APONGBON

Apongbonis one of Lagos’ most popular markets and it is also quite close to the popular Oke-Arin market. It got its name from the then acting governor of Lagos colony, William McCoskry, who had a Red Beard.
The Yorbas who couldn’t pronounce the colonial governor’s name decided to describe him by his red beard and started calling him “Oyinbo to ponniigbon” meaning a red-bearded man. It later became Apongbon.

MAGODO

It is currently a highbrow area in Lagos mainland that was formerly a place for traditionalists. In the past Magodo was a sacred land. The residents had a lot of taboos and one of them was to avoid using mortars and pestles, “Ma gun odo” which means “Don’t pound it”.

EPETEDO

It is the historical area in Lagos Island where some of the followers of erstwhile deposed and exiled Oba of Lagos, Kosoko settled in the 1860s.The area is named after the early settlers who were Epe traders. It is also where the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, Late Chief MKO Abiola declared himself President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the annulment of the elections.

EBUTE-METTA

It is one the earliest harbor docks where British ships berthed at. It was a hub for trade and commerce in colonial times. It is a fusion of the words “Ebute” which means seaside in Yoruba and “Metta” which means three. It is a very ancient part of Lagos, many of its houses were built during the colonial era.

AGIDINGBI

The British Naval forces invaded Lagos in 1885 under the pretext of stopping slavery and human sacrifice. The noise their canon made was very loud and the sound was heard round the streets of Lagos Island. The people described the sound as “Agb din gbinnn” which means a loud groundbreaking noaise. The name Agindingbi was borne out of this.

VICTORIA ISLAND


It is named after Queen Victoria of Endland who was Queen from 1837-1901.

IKEJA

Historically, Ikeja consists of 78 communities and the earliest settlers in Ikeja and its environs were Aworis who migrated from Ota, an Awori town in Ogun State about 24 km North of Ikeja township. It was in the wake of migration of Yourbas from Ile-Ife to Ota in the 15th century.

SOURCE:http://nigeriarealestatehub.com/history-behind-names-popular-places-lagos.html/

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