LAGOS CITY GUIDE: WHAT TO DO IN EGBEDA8:37 pm
If you've met me on a good day and asked where I live in Lagos, my first response would be everywhere! This is true because I have family living in different parts of Lagos. But the real truth is I've lived longest in Egbeda, my parents' house.
Egbeda often gets ridiculed as a backward part of Lagos that is way behind the rest of Lagos.. while that may be true in some aspects I can categorically say Egbeda has evolved way past what Nigerian twitter says. I'll first off like to debunk the "no light" fallacy there's actually a more stable power supply at these ends than at some high brow parts of Lagos.
Although I may not be the best person to give a detailed descriptive guide on all you can do in Egbeda because I spend more time leaving than actually living here, I will try all the same and narrow this guide to 2 sub topics.
Why I love Egbeda
I won't say exactly where I live but it's a quiet part, in a little hidden street. Honestly, its the greatest escape from the normal Lagos hustle and bustle. Aside from my mummy's cooking, I'm constantly drawn back here by the minimal lifestyle.The bigger parts of Lagos can sometimes make me feel lost, it's a small city in the scheme of things and I like to feel like I'm off the grid sometimes.
Shopping: Trust me, the market at Ogunlana is buzzing with fashion retailers that have any piece you can find from Lekki to Ikeja. Everything is relatively cheap and most likely a #100 naira okada away! We may not have an Iam Isigo showroom around but hey, there's a three storey building boutique, Style House nearby in Akowonjo.
The Egbeda main market has a range of food stuff, house supplies, electronics and much more to buy, the beauty is that they expect you to bargain so get ready for some surprisingly cheap buys.
What to do in Egbeda
There are so many different but special places to chill and let off some steam around. If you're looking for a perfect spot to hang out with a couple of friends, take a quick swim and have a few drinks, I'll advise The Pavilion (Unity estate), De Santos hotel (Santos layout) or Havannah Suites (Gowon estate).
Pizza at Dominos (Ikotun) or Catfish pepper soup at The Dems (Vulcanizer)? Allow your sense of taste to be dazzled
Nightlife: Okay I'm not sure of the security level but Ruby's Lounge (Micon b/stop) looks decent enough. If you're also about turning up at The Place , there's a branch in Akowonjo.
Sunday's are lit with Sunday Buffet at SnP restaurant , just beside Santos Layout. You can also enjoy live band action at De Santos hotel.
There's not much to explore in terms of art and nature parks.And little or no spaces with cool designs for instagram photos , but the bright yellow wall at Buy Rite could make for a pretty cute instagram snap. The true Lagos feel is here and that's the most important for me.
I can't wait to keep sharing more city guides like this, especially for parts of Lagos I'm more acquainted to.
Photocred: The Place, The Pavillion, Havannah Suites google search
I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about what makes Egbeda unique. Have you been to Egbeda before or do you live here too?
OR if you are planning a visit soon I would love to hear from you!
Love and Light