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On the Atlantic Coast of the Gulf of Guinea in the southwestern Nigeria lies Lagos, the most populous and fastest growing city in the country. A major centre of the slave trade until 1851, Lagos is now Nigeria's most prosperous city with much of the nation's economic activity focused here. The metropolitan area, an estimated 3577 square kilometers, is a group of islands separated by creeks and lagoons. The three main islands in the Lagos Lagoon are Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Victoria.
Lagos Island is where you will find the central business district. It has the largest market in Lagos and is home to the Central Mosque and Oba's Palace. To the south of Lagos Island lies Victoria Island. Nigeria's largest mall and movie theatre are situated here as are several large commercial and shopping districts and trendy beaches. To the east is Ikoyi Island where the headquarters of the federal government and the government buildings are located. Ikoyi is a popular hotel district and visitors can enjoy a round on Africa's largest golf course. Lagos is famous in West Africa and beyond for its vibrant music scene. Several styles of music, such as highlife, Afrobeat, fuji and juju, have their routes here.
Lagos is a hectic, busy and bustling city with much to offer the visitor. Browse through the stalls at Jankara Market. Visit Oba's Palace and the National Museum where you can view important relics such as the traditional Benin Bronzes and the replica of the Festac '77. Simply laze on one of the many beaches in Lagos. From popular (and busy) inner-city Bar Beach, so called because of the sand bars that characterize the coastline, to more peaceful eco-tourism and private beaches slightly out of the city, visitors will find a perfect spot to enjoy the white sand, palm trees and Nigerian sun.