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“Ikeja, Apongbon, Victoria Island, Magodo,…” – History Behind Names Of Popular Lagos Cities And Towns

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“Ikeja, Apongbon, Victoria Island, Magodo,...” – History Behind Names Of Popular Lagos Cities And Towns

Ever wondered how many popular cities and towns like Ikeja, Apongbon, Victoria Island, etc in Nigeria’s ‘Center Of Excellence’ came about? These are some facts to help you with the answers.

Ojota
In the late 18th century, Ojota served as a military outpost where troops could practice their shooting. Due to its numerous cannon fire locations, the region was given the Yoruba name “Oju Ota,” which translates to “Bullet Spots.” Later, it changed into Ojota, the name it currently goes by.

Abule Egba
The early inhabitants, Egba people from Abeokuta, gave this region on the outskirts of Lagos its name. In Yoruba, the place was initially referred to as “Abule awon egba,” or “Village of Egba people.” Later, it was renamed “Abule Egba”.

Apongbon
One of Lagos’ most well-known marketplaces is Apongbon, which is not far from the well-known Oke-Arin market. Its name was inspired by William McCoskry, the Lagos colony’s acting governor at the time and owner of a red beard. The colonial governor’s name was unpronounceable to the Yorubas, so they began referring to him as “a red-bearded guy” or “Oyinbo to pon ni agbon” (Apon l’agbon) because of his red beard. Later, it was renamed Apongbon.

Magodo
While Magodo is today an upscale neighborhood, it was formerly considered hallowed ground. One of the many taboos observed by the locals was “Ma gun odo,” which translates to “Don’t pound it,” which prohibited the use of mortars and pestles. Later, it changed to Magodo

Epetedo
Epe got its name from the early immigrants, who were tradesmen from Epe. The Epes took control of the region and are still active traders there today.

Ebute-Metta
One of the earliest ports in a harbor where British ships berthed was Ebute-Metta. During the colonial era, it was a center of trade and commerce. The words “Ebute,” which in Yoruba signifies the beach, and “Metta,” which means three, are combined to form the phrase “Ebute-Metta.” Iddo, Otto, and Oko Baba are the three coasts.

Broad Street
In the past, Broad Street was among the city’s longest and broadest streets. Its broadness gave rise to its name. Broad Street was afterwards renamed Yakubu Gowon Street, but it was eventually reverted back to its original name when Gowon was suspected of taking part in the coup that killed Murtala Ramat Mohammed.

Agidingbi
Under the pretense of ending human sacrifice and slavery, British naval forces attacked Lagos in 1885. They created an extremely loud noise with their cannon, and Lagos Island’s streets were filled with the boom. “A gidi n gbinnn” was how the people characterized the noise. it denotes a thunderous bang. This led to the creation of the term Agidingbi.

Victoria Island
Victoria Island served as a significant commercial centre and frequently hosted British ships. It bears the name of England’s Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901.

Ikeja
The name “Ikorodu and Epe Joint Administration,” or Ikeja, is really an acronym for Lagos’ capital city, Ikeja. The colonial overlords created it to make administration simpler.

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