Naira Land. (Nigeria🇳🇬)

Lagos the largest city and commercial hub of Nigeria. Sometimes in the evenings when the heat goes down and the city has a slower pace, I go out with friends to restaurants and cafès

Groove in Las Gidi 

To many people, Lagos simply is Nigeria.Africa’s second-largest urban area (only Cairo is larger), it’s a true mega-city with an astonishing 12 million or so people calling it home. A serious player in the out, then Lagos will provide just what you want.

The Centre of trade that is Balogun Market. Direct from the ports to market. The market is located on Lagos Island in Lagos State. The market has no particular address because it sprawls across so many streets on the island. It is recognized as the best place to buy fabrics, shoes and all sorts of wears.

In Nigeria both men and women love Precious Coral Beads during their traditional ceremonies and are a must-have bridal fashion accessory of every Nigerian bride (and groom) who is preparing for her traditional marriage or engagement ceremonies.

Each African Bead carries its own story a rich history. Today the tradition of beads continues to be.

The statement beads are very cultural.

It is amazing how Lagos between Muslims and Christians without there been no conflict. 

One God One Nation

   In a city size of Lagos, it’s important   that you pick the location of your evening out with care. Lagos traffic jams-go-slows-are one of the city’s most famous features, and getting anywhere can take plenty of time. Once you’ve sorted Ikoyi from Ikeja, and the difference between Victoria and Lagos Islabds, you can plan your night out.

Club Life 

the city that never sleeps

Lagos nights often begin with chi chi cocktail at a restaurant or hotel lounge with waterfront views before moving on to a booming poolside party or club, with the latest afrobeats. Victoria Island’s Adetokunbo Ademola Street is popular. After a night of dancing, the search for a late-night snacks such as a roadside suya.

Lagged freneticatmospheremakes fabulous fashion and stylish nights out.

Hard Rock Cafe westfoster

The sprawling metropolis is packed with exciments.

Our Bridge; Lekki-Ikoye Link Bridge (Lekki Toll Gate)

This beauty is easy to photograph, gorgeous from almost every angle. It is one of the most beautiful stucture and the first cable-stayed  Bridge built in Lagos. The 1.36km cable-stayed bridge linked Lekki to Ikoyi and thu the most used alternative route to Lekki, Ikoyi and environs. It was commissioned about 3 years ago; the 29th of May 2013 by the former Governor of Lagos State, BabatundeFashola. It was constructed by Julius Berger Nigerian Plc and cost a whooping sum of 29 Billion Naira. The toll gate is located at the Lekki end of the bridge.

Apart from vehicular traffic, the bridge also serves as a recreational facility. The Nollywood career has already skyrocketed; making an appearance in various movies shot in Lagos,  sometimes getting even more screen time than the leading actors themselves lol. The bridge is the perfect location for prewedding shoots and it is completely free to the public. ExerciseFitness inclined residents of Lekki phase 1 and Ikoyi use the wide curbs of the bridge for jogging and running, usually in the early mornings and evenings.“Mack Zuckerberg jogged on this bridge when he visited Nigeria and if that doesn’t make it the official Lagos jogging route, I don’t know what will. As the hottest jogging spot, relationship experts say your chances of meeting a young, warm blooded member of the opposite sex while running or jogging on this bridge are pretty high”. Laura Ikeja 

Bridges are very important. It allows safe passage where previously it was not possible or much more difficult. Bridges allow you go to school, seek medical help and go to work without having to negotiate a busy road, a dangerous railway line or a fast flowing river.

Lagos Style

Express yourself in Nigeria’s streetwise fashion capital.

Crosstown Traffic 

Plot your route through Lagos with a bit of local know-how.

Dar es Salaam 🇹🇿

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam (from Arabic: دار السلام‎ Dār as-Salām, “the house of peace”; former capital of Tanzania.

Until 1974, Dar es Salaam served as Tanzania’s capital city, at which point the capital city commenced transferring to Dodoma, which was officially completed in 1996. The city is located on the Swahili Coast. Largest city in East Africa and the fastest growing cities in the world. It has a population of about 4,360,000 people. Also the largest and most populous Swahili-speaking city in the world.

The city is an important economic Centre and is said to be the richest city in Tanzania.

Notwithstanding, Dar es continues to remain a focus of central government bureaucracy. It is still the most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film and television and a leading financial centre.

Julius Nyerere International Airport

The city is the leading arrival and departure point for most tourists who visit Tanzania, including the national parks for safaris and the islands of Unguja and Pemba.

Kariakoo is a ward in the IIala District of Dar es Salaam. The name derives from a corruption of that of the British “Carrier Corps”, that used to be based in this area. Today, Kariakoo is mainly known for its extensive market, that spans several city blocks located on 67 Swahili Street.

This market is vital to local Tanzanians. It is the biggest market in East Africa and a huge variety of products are being sold such as vegetables, fruits, spices, meat, household products, shoes bags, beads etc. etc.“It is worth it just to wander around and see if there is anything that interests you. Everyone is willing to bargain a bit as long as you are in a buying mood and perhaps want more of what they have to offer.

Be sure to bring local Tanzanian shillings or the equivalent about of USD. In many situations, they prefer USD since their currency fluctuates quite a lot. Make sure you know the exchange rate if you are taking USD.” The best shopping time is is Saturday morning 😉

I Use Bajaji from City Style Hotel at Sinza Mugabe to the craft market. I enjoy the way it shake shake also Cheapest means of transport so no bargaining. I had a good chat with him also improve my Swahili.

Tanzania shiling know as Tshiling.

The Tallest Statue in Africa 🌍. Le Monument de la Renaissance (Dakar, Senegal 🇸🇳)

The African Renaissance Monument (French: Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine) is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Ouakam suburb, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and built by Mansudae Overseas Projects, a company from North Korea.

Preparation on top of the 100-meter high hill began in 2006, and construction of the bronze statue began 3rd April, 2008.

Originally scheduled for completion in December 2009, delays stretched into early 2010, and the formal dedication occurred on 4th April, 2010, Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.

It is the tallest statue in Africa.The monument is made of 3-centimetre thick metal sheets and depicts a family group emerging from a mountaintop: a full-length statue of a young woman, a man, and held aloft on the man’s raised left arm, a child resolutely pointing west towards the sea.

On 3th April 2010, the African Renaissance Monument was unveiled in Dakar in front of 19 African heads of state, including President of Malawi and the African Union Bingu wa Mutharika, Jean Ping of the African Union Commission and the Presidents of Benin, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania and Zimbabwe, as well as representatives from North Korea, and Jesse Jackson and musician Akon, both from the United States, all of whom were given a tour.

President Wade said “It brings to life our common destiny. Africa has arrived in the 21st century standing tall and more ready than ever to take its destiny into its hands”. President Bingu said “This monument does not belong to Senegal. It belongs to the African people wherever we are.

I’ve got most of the info. from google  and also from the curator during my visit.

December 22, 2016

Nike Art Gallery

 Nike Art Gallary (Lagos, Nigeria) TheBiggest  Art Gallary in West Africa


NIKE DAVIES OKUNDAYE

Nike Art Gallery is named after the founder, Nike Davies Okundaye, a renowned artist and designer.

Nigerian Batik and textile designer who also lectures at Harvard University and is cherished across the world for her great art works. She is the beautiful woman behind this beautiful art works and place.

Contemporary art lover will appreciate visiting the Nike Art Gallary deemed one of the most important and influential modern art space in west Africa (West Africa’s biggest Art Gallary). Features over 7,000 diverse artworks ranging from textiles, sculptures and paintings from various Nigerian artists.

To visit here means prepared to be exposed to great contemporary works of paintings, sculptures and textiles. Housed in a five-storey tall building, located at Lakki Phase 1 Penisular Lagos. Nike has branches in Abuja, Osun and Kogi but their Lagos location seems to be more interesting with it four floors of art Works. 

Getting into the the gallery, I was so staggered by astonishing sculptures, beads and textiles. Buy painting,tradition is kept alive and culture is preserved.

This art works give me life.I won’t rest till I can buy one without being nervous. one could spend days up here hunting fabulous art collection. Art is not what you see but what you make others see, it is a way for me to live out loud. Come with me, let’s  explore.

The future belongs to the curious children. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, spoke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.

#ExperiencingLagos

#LagosViews

#OmoEko

#Lasgidi

I have read about the gallery on magazines, Twitter, instagram and on TV (MTV). Even though, it was on my bucket list but I don’t know how to make it happen.  Khadijah Aja Tambajang, made it happened, despite her busy schedule and work she made it up to me, all the way to the Gallery.

December 20, 2016

Jazz hole

JAZZHOLE is one of the oldest book store and a music store on the Island.

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Jazzhole is highly recommended  by an award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. she has visited and made mentioned of ‘JazzHole’ in her book ‘Americanah‘. I visited and fall in love with the spirit, it’s one of my favorite spots really so cool, vintage looks everywhere plus good music (Fela Kuti’s), books (Chimamanda’s) and African artwork.Duro, Kunniran and Keziah Jones on Jazzhole gigOne of the most interesting music stores I’v been to•Afro-Folks Master Blackman Akeeb Kareem•Jazzhole gigThe iconic and very relevant Jazzhole always a must visit. Shelf after shelf of superb records and books  line to the wall to the back.

Uncle Kunle, the owner of Jazzhole is extremely knowledgeable, I love his spirit

A music shop, book shop and cafe all in one spot. The Jazzhole is an oasis of calm within the bustle of Lagos. If you are a lover of good music, books, and African artwork, the Jazzhole is a haven for you. Jazzhole Records is an independent label located at 168 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. It was in the 90’s together with the Glendora Book library, the cafe offers about 40 varieties of tea, which comes served in individual tin tea pots with jars of dark brown sugar. The coffee crumble cake is delicious, the sandwiches three slices high. it is credited as one of the best music shops and cultural centres within the country. It is an African lounge with endless Jazz and Soul music, and also a place where you can read from the largest collection of good books.

They also do monthly art exhibitions showcasing the African strength in literature, music, arts, and more. In the evenings there is a live jazz band while the audience is scattered all over giving rise to a very cool environment. And the vintage look.

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