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Funke Ogunkoya-Futi’s travel guide deepens knowledge of Lagos


There has been no waning of well-written travelogues and incisive illustrations about people and places. Funke Ogunkoya-Futi’s Lagos Travel Guide is in that line. It is, probably, one of the most insightful travel books on Lagos.

Aside from being a coffee table material, the guide provides access to the inner workings and passions of Lagos and Lagosians.

Named after the Portuguese word for lagoon, Lagos has been a Yoruba port, a British political centre and, until 1991, Nigeria’s capital. It sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon.

The 146-page book breaks down each part of the city into its own section — Where to shop, cuisine to taste and how to absorb the city of Lagos safely.


Aside from having the fourth-highest GDP in Africa, it is cultural powerhouse of the country and has an exploding arts and music scene that will keep you engaged till past dawn.

From one of Nigeria’s most highly recognised travel writers, this is a definitive book on visiting Lagos, Nigeria, as it captures the frenetic energy of the city, the crowded and colourful streets. This book, written with love and respect for Lagos, reveals beautiful experiences in Lagos many people rarely hear.

Detailed and easy to read, the guide gives you the desire to visit Nigeria. It creates awesome mindset awareness that enables you familiarise yourself with Nigeria cultures and places, if you are visiting.

The guide exposes the mystery, the charm and all that Lagos has to offer to the bold travelers looking to immerse themselves in a truly African experience.


The book literally captures the heart and soul of Lagos. It is a personal, honest and engaging perspective of the wondrous city from the eyes of the top change makers.

Gravitating between the Island and Mainland, Ogunkoya-Futi takes her reader to spots and places to enjoy in Lagos. You’ll discover Lagos’ must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems, the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay, exclusive interviews with Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye (owner ‘Nike Art Gallery’), colour-coded chapters to every part of Lagos, from Victoria Island to Lekki, Ikoyi to Badagry, a lightweight format, so you can take your guide with you wherever you go.

Ogunkoya-Futi creates a travel guide that literally captures the heart and soul of Lagos. She also suggests books by indigenous authors to read, and famous musicians such as King Sunny Ade and Fela.

This is not a boring book. It is very practical for someone visiting Lagos for the first time or not familiar with the city. It provides good overview of where you can find everything you are looking for. It is highly recommend for a visitor who wants to interrogate Lagos.


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