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Deola Sagoe

Governor Babatunde Fashola

Believe it or not, there’s no city like that of Lagos.

QCP TV in collaboration with the Lagos State Government presents a bird’s eye view of the city that never sleeps. From the food, to fashion, the scenery to the many events that keep BellaNaijarians interested with the photos, Lagos is fast becoming one of Africa’s top and valued metropolitan cities.

In this clip, designer Deola Sagoe, Governor Babatunde Fashola, musician Femi Kuti, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Former Governor of Lagos State) and Francesca Rosset (Managing Partner, Kinabuti LTD) among others, tell us why they love Lagos.

For me, Lagos is home. A city that connects to me on so many levels. What is it you? Watch the clip and let us know!


  1. Hilda

    June 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I used to HATE Lagos until recently..check out my blog at


  2. Concerned_Boyfriend

    June 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Lies, lies, and more lies!!

    • Meme

      June 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      what about security???? No one is saying anything about making the city safe.
      I love Lagos, i lived and grown up there, but my biggest worry is…. How safe is the city?

    • oge

      June 14, 2013 at 1:39 am

      My dear…what about Festac, Ajegunle, Satellite…tchew!

    • Lilly

      June 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Even the US have a ghetto, so be proud of urs

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Hahahahaha!! Bring it on, BN readers, it’s Friday and I deserve some good laughs after a grinding week…

  3. Jennifer

    June 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I love the video and also love Lagos a lot and i must commend Gov Fashola because he has done well. But one aspect i don’t like is the fact that everytime they talk about “How beautiful Lagos is”, they always concentrate on the Island only., throughout this video i did not see any scene from the Mainland. Why is that?? Its sad that in this dream of Lagos being a mega city they only concentrate on the Island so what happens to the mainland and people that live there. I live in victoria Island so am not talking based on the fact that i live on the Island.. Am just wondering why the mainland is always left out of this Mega city plans the gov always talks about.

    • popo

      June 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      most likely because Lagos city/colony was originally the Island it did not include Ikeja, Ikorodu etc which are part of the current day state. Eko oni baje is originally for the island, but people use is simultaneously because the state is called Lagos now.

  4. Prism of an Immigrant

    June 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    The lagos of the one percent

    • Naijah

      June 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Gbam. Elitist but I guess New York is similar. All I ask is that they ensure social mobility and create basic amenities for the poor as well. A bridge in Apapa too, Accessibility to Housing for Middle Class and Newly Married Incentives

  5. Prism of an Immigrant

    June 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    But I still like the video sha. We have to counter the negative image of Africa and Nigeria by telling the stories of our successes and prosperity

    • yeayea

      June 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      my exact thoughts @ one percent! nevertheless, i like the committent they are demonstrating, however some of things they said like lagos being “safe” made me cringe…that is far from the truth…they are working towards safety, but bad roads, robbery and the like is far from safe.

  6. Neel

    June 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Lagos is not just VI & Lekki. It’s Idumota, Surulere, Isolo, Mushin, Ikotun, Isale Eko and everywhere else that the vast majority of Lagosians live.

    While I respect and praise Fashola for doing things that actually add value, as his tenure has progressed I view his policies more and more as elitist. He and the ACN do not have a socialist agenda, and only seem to remember and woo the Lagos working class when an election looms. 
    Lagos is not just VI & Lekki. It’s Idumota, Surulere, Isolo, Mushin, Ikotun, Isale Eko and everywhere else that the vast majority of Lagosians live.

    While I respect and praise Fashola for doing things that actually add value, as his tenure has progressed I view his policies more and more as elitist. He and the ACN do not have a socialist agenda, and only seem to remember and woo the Lagos working class when an election looms.

    • vikky

      June 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Gbam! God bless u! why cant they also concentrate on developing the main land too.. Also they fail to realize that development comes with the provision of constant electricity supply which is lacking in lagos.

  7. hmm

    June 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Not really a fan of Mr Tinubu……….Lord knows as far as i am concerned Fashola is the face of lagos….as someone whose family has investment in lag and schooled there for a while …i use to dread Lagos a bit and preferred Abuja & PH(funny enough).. the traffic was alarming…but ever since fashola came in he has really done a lot…and im loving it………congrats sir…i hope the next governor continues with the vision and we as blacks start developing a maintenance culture…..the BRT buses are slowly looking dead already….Maintenance is key…

  8. Toolz ni

    June 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    If only Lagos could be cut out and be a country on its own with Fashola being the president…That’l be a new ‘CHINA’ .I am so scared of what might happen after he leaves.I pray there will be someone who will be able to maintain that standard.

    • ami

      June 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Was just about to say something similar. I pray the next governor continues the project he started and do more. Someone who is even better than him.

  9. Nice Anon

    June 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Deola Sagoe is so cool. I just like the aura she exudes. Simple yet chic.

    [email protected] apple of Africa.

  10. neon

    June 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    The same lagos where a man got killed last sunday for 20k he was withdrawing at the ATM. hiss, Eko ti baje already.

  11. nich

    June 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    we know that fashola is the best that can become president…..yet the youths are silent, the church, the civil servants…………but everyday these same youths want to go abroad to enjoy facilities that can be possible in nigeria if only people can make this man lead nigeria…………….even dubai that was a desert and still a desert…..thousands of nigerians are now living there. i can only believe in africa until eko atlantic city comes alive….

  12. Not quite

    June 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Fashola has done a good job and I commend him for it. However, this is not the accurate depiction of Lagos at all. This is the Lagos of the rich! Lagos in its totality is not this glamorous and there is still a lot of suffering and lack of basic amenities. It’s as if they are trying to sell Lagos to tourists but who are they kidding, we Lagosians know the real deal!! *hiss*

  13. Keeping it real!

    June 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    All I keep hearing is master plan master plan, master plan that will take 50 years!

  14. ms lala

    June 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Exactly….he came and provided for the rich…… fire trucks…police cars ….blah blah but nothing for the poor man….seriously fashola the poor will not miss you when ur tenure is over

  15. nawaooo

    June 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    plz oo they shud not forget oshodi, ikeja, muslin. all those places are also lagos state. plz

  16. Lagosian

    June 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Abeg, electricity nko o?

  17. jibola

    June 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I love everything about this video, what it portrays, fashola’s work in its entirety. Nobody is saying this is all of lagos, but I mean the same way BBC makes a documentary abt lagos and just focuses on ajegunle, mushin, etc….to pass across their negative messages. is the same way the government is trying to present something positive to the world, this would encourage international relations, tourism, investments etc……Just saying.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      June 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

      What you call the “negative message” that the BBC portrayed in the progame ‘This Is Lagos’ is, very sadly, the reality for the other 99% not living the luxe and entitled life which Fashola’s 1% are living in.

      And no offence but no way in heck is this video going to cause your average international investor to suddenly jump right up from his board meeting to announce a massive injection of capital into the Lagos economy (well, maybe execpt the Chinese investors who may soon be re-writing our Nigerian constitution in Mandarin). The average international investor wants to see more efforts at tackling security issues, a corrupt government and a glaring absence of basic infrastructure. Otherwise, all we get left with are IOCs (Shell/ENI/Chevron/ExxonM/Total) who are draining our oil while bribing our leaders and laughing all the way to the bank and, again, the chinese selling us mass-produced low quality tat.

    • BougieGuuurl

      June 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      *sighs* Help me tell them!

    • BougieGuuurl

      June 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Help me tell them please!!

  18. Ngum

    June 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Great initiative but it looks a tad overly polished. I’d have liked to see a bit of the hustle & bustle Lagos is famous for and to hear from everyday people about why they love the place.

  19. new bride

    June 14, 2013 at 12:46 am

    In Jesus mighty name, I will live long enough to see the Lagos of my dreams…AMEN!!!!!

  20. NNENNE

    June 14, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Governor Fashola is doing great things but I dream of a time I will touch down in Lagos or any other city in Nigeria, go to the park, or street corner and safely pick up a taxi to my destination.Safely ask strangers for directions without fear.

    BTW, I was reading a daily newspaper today on my way to work and found out that NYC is proposing to ban STYROFOAM cups and plates. If NYC with all of its ability to recycle garbage is doing this,what about us. If they succeed all the Styrofoam utensils in China will find its way to Nigeria. How much garbage do we recycle?
    Just hope someone in authority is the house!
    Prevention is better than cure.We need to keep our environment clean.Not just in Lagos but other cities too.
    It was terrible the last time I was in the east.

  21. omonaijanimi

    June 14, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I am reading comments and i can say a lot of people’s comment show why Nigeria will find it hard to move forward… This promo is aimed at bringing international investment into Lagos and not to portray all areas of Lagos. Do you think the USA shows the bad part of it’s cities? Any tourism or invenstment promo is aimed at showing the good part. No one will show you the bad part of New Orleans in the US but they will show people having fun and partying.
    All those complaining if you want a video potraying all of Lagos then make one. Yes Lagos has issues with crime, eletricity, water, traffic, high cost of living/housing etc. but at least 2/3 of these issues are common to all mega cities – yes i mean NYC, London, Atlanta, Milan, Buenos Aires, New Orleans etc. and i can keep naming – all which i have lived in. That is life – there will always be the haves and have not’s.
    And by the way i am not a have but i work hard and very hard and everytime i go back to Lagos i see the difference – it is not perfect but it is trying to move forward. Eko oni baje…

    • Adams

      June 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Exactly…i dont get it this pple

    • fedup

      June 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Thank you! You took the words out of my mouth….all people do is continually GRIPE and GROAN about the state. What have YOU done to change things? DO you you pay your TAXES? Are you registered to VOTE? Did you VOTE in the last election? Do you KNOW who you Local Government Chairman is? Have you started any initiatives in your community to CHANGE what you do not like?

      Just food for thought…..

  22. Ides of March

    June 14, 2013 at 5:36 am

    At least he is doing something and we can see visible change. What is wrong with the rest of the olodo governors? What would it take for them to get their acts together?!

  23. zzzzz

    June 14, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Lagos is CHAOS

  24. tessa

    June 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    that dirt ya’ll call Lagos is AFRICA’S BIG APPLE?
    I laugh in chinese.

  25. PH Boy

    June 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I believe Gov. Fashola is a noble person, however the politics of ACN will not let him execute his mandate to the max. Truth be told Lagos is changing but we are not ready for the world yet. Why clamor for foreign investments when there are no firm support systems on ground to sustain it; security and power knocks the chips off the table. The cost of running a business in Nigeria especially in Lagos is beyond ridiculous! hotel costs, transportation/housing/ diesel, corruption e.t.c.

  26. naijaaddict

    June 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

    All those saying this ad is right are long will it take tourists to know the truth? A matter of days….The developments in Lagos is much appreciated, but it would be better appreciated if we are not working like we are window dressing. There are areas in Lagos mainland where people pay taxes (note that 80% of people who work on the island live on the mainland); yet development is on a standstill in their areas. I know roads in places like Egbeda, Egbe etc that the roads are not motorable. Yet you collect tenament rates and taxes left, right and centre. ACN has rendered local governments useless……they can’t be held accountable. Lagos State working is not about one man (Fashola), and if he thinks it is, the he’s not a team player. Your local governments must be seen to be working….and presently, they are not. I want to see a Lagos where people get value for what they pay for; even okada riders and market women pay taxes ( at least you give them daily tickets which are paid for), they deserve motorable roads, drainages, water etc. NYC, London, Milan have ghettos but they also have project houses, roads, water, power etc. Lagos cannot in anyway be compared to these cities. We pay taxes, yet we pay for our roads, out drainages, our security, power etc; I’m sick of this window dressing drama (even Tinubu did much better with Aregbesola as commissioner of works, they got to the suburbs); stop ignoring the poor or they’d hunt you. Increased crime rate is inevitable where the poor are continuously ignored.

    • Bimpe

      June 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

      My dear, Lord will bless you. Don’t mind this rich and middle class ignoramuses. As long as they have, the rest of the state can go to blazes. The inherent selfishness in the Nigerian people is astounding, that is why I can never live in that place again, and I will gladly pay my taxes to Mr Osborne the exchequer. There are ghettos everywhere you go to, no doubt but this fake pretentiousness is so synonymous with Lagos it has spread to the corridors of government. Look at the people they interviewed. All in plush environments. They do not represent Lagos at all. We see all their fakery everyday on BN, those who live in Lagos lament about the fakery especially on the island. This ad just validates their nonsense posing. I’m sure, the day planning permission is given to build an airport on the Island, the rest of Lagos will be forogtten. They only step on the mainland to fly out or go to Abuja. My parents live in Ikeja which should be a gbadun area abi, but the whole place is full of crap and people say Lagos is working. Even the so called Island, let it rain for 5 minutes and you will see all their window dressing falling apart. You put it aptly, window dressing. I rather watch the BBC documentary which shows the true nature and shames the government to action, than watch this ad full of lies. Play this ad in an open air field in Iju or Egbeda and see if they will not stone the screen. A society where the 99% are ingored and the 1% get everything is a fialed society. They should not forget what happened to the French nobility o. One day the people they ignored will come for them. Pata pata they will block off third mainland bridge, but you can still get to the Island via Epe and Ikorodu. The day of reckoning is coming. Lagos is not Eko hotel and Suites, Lagos is not Toke Makinwa, Eku Edewor and the rest of the socialites attending parties and events on end that add no value to the larger society. The day the little boy in Idumota has access to the same kind of hospital as a princess in VI, then Lagos will work. NHS dey Peckham, NHS dey brixton, NHS dey Chelsea and Kensington. The same electricity and fire service in Canary Wharf is the same in Luton. Enough said. This ad just makes me angry i swear. When are we going to have compassion. When will love thy neighbour as they self mean anything to us. When, when Oluwa when

    • Anonymous

      June 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Please calm down…while I see your point completely, you are on the outside looking in. Nobody is saying things are perfect in Lagos, in fact, far from it. The point is that there have been improvements, which if you lived in Lagos, you would have noticed. This, I believe, is what this video is highlighting, at the same time trying to sell a positive image of Lagos to the world (mind you I have lived on the mainland all my life).

  27. lala

    June 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Rome was not built in a day. Lagos can’t become london in a day! its a gradual process. All that matters is that they are actually working on making this state better and we can tell (that is those of us who can see ofcourse) that he is actually working. Give it time peeps!!

  28. Abasiama

    June 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This brought a stab of homesickness to my stomach. I like the documentary and I love Lagos and I can’t wait to return.
    I don’t see the need for the complaints here. This is obviously a tourism initiative so the grimy parts of Lagos aren’t in focus, and rightly so. When BBC released Welcome to Lagos a lot of us were upset, saying it was just one story of Lagos. Well, guess what? This is another story of Lagos. In every major city in the world, there are swanky neighbourhoods and lower-class neighbourhoods. There are rich people and poor people. Those are the facts. That’s why many Nigerians work very hard to improve their quality of life. There are things that they don’t expect the government or anyone else to do for them.
    The world already knows the Lagos we all know – the stifling traffic, the murky lagoon, the open gutters, the heat, the crime, the poverty. Now, the world is ready to meet the new Lagos. I’ll show my friends, my classmates and my flatmates this video with pride. Eko oni baje o!

  29. Rena

    June 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Fashola is doing a great job! Ten years ago, who would have thought Lagos will be what it is today? All you silly people who do not understand what the objective of this video is should go get an education…

    • Anonymous

      June 14, 2013 at 11:25 am


  30. lakelizzy

    June 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Im visiting Nigeria after some years andto me Lagos is MADNESS!!! I haves so much to say which I will keep for later. I visisted Ado in Ekiti state and I was happy that there is still some sanitiy in this country. I mean why do people speed so much and rive so recklessly onthese horrible roads. I refuse to believe that all the rich people and govt officials drive at all in this country . If they do, they must be driving onthe cloud people are just too selfish. It stirs so much anger in me. How do u have3 lanes yet you see 5 cars squeezing themselves in andno one is saying anything. I dont understand how alll the celebrities in this country drive around in this condition and yet there are so many reality shows and all thesestupid red carpets everywhere. Do Nigerians think ? I know we are brilliant people which makes me even more sad . All I see is suffering and happiness co-exisiting. Just few of my observations…

  31. Anonymous

    June 14, 2013 at 10:42 am


  32. EfKay

    June 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Nawa o!!! Nigerians!!! How can you say he is working only for the rich or the island? What of Oshodi that he tushed up? What of BRT? The bulk of the route is on the mainland after all, and I think it’s free for students in uniform. A good number of roads on the mainland have been repaired. Every time I visit Ozone cinemas I’m amazed at how good the road still is. Lawma and Lastma work in all areas of Lagos last time I checked and not just the island. I could go on and on. Yes there is still a lot to be desired no doubt, but Fashola is working for all of Lagos and if you look closely you will see it. So what if we have an Ajegunle? New York City has Queens and Brooklyn. And to the person who said there was no shot of the mainland, watch again and you will see Ojota. Let’s appreciate the good the man is doing. The video puts our best foot forward yes, but we all do the same. There’s a reason we ladies dress nice to that first date with the hawtt bobo and make sure not to reveal any of our dark secrets while showing off how intelligent we are. *side eye* abi I lie??

    • Anonymous

      June 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

      EfKay, may God bless you for your comment. I’m really, really proud of Governor Fashola, he is CLEARLY working – ha ahn that Oshodi alone that you mentioned, the difference is CLEAR.

      I live in Yaba. Murtala Mohammed way, Herbert Macaulay (all the way down, even the drainage that used to cause wahala in the rainy season has been sorted), University road, the inner Alagomeji roads, Sabo…Abeg things are not perfect yet, true, but let us give credit where it is due. Surulere nko??? Adeniran Ogunsanya, Eric Moore, Adelabu, Ogunlana, Aguda – there have been changes on the mainland too!!!

  33. iyare

    June 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    an innovative and inspirational video…..but we should forget the vicious circles of poverty in NIGERIA even in LAGOS……kudos

  34. no hater

    June 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    @effak brt do you use brt i dont think so because i do everyday and its crappy what about the bus drivers do you know how much area boys collect from them everday and as for free transportation in brt yes the children stand in the bus because they dont pay tickets try taking a brt bus from tbs or cms to mile 12 everyday and back and you would see you think foreign investors are stupid or you think they dont know better when we stop decieving ourselves and speak the truth then we would have the nigeria we dream of or you think a primary school child who has to stand in a bus will not one day be the first to start a revolution

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