In between meals, how do you wish to spend time within the metropolis?
I used to go thrift procuring at locations like Katangua. It was so low-cost and I might purchase loopy ‘matches. Now I’m going to the mall. There’s additionally Nike Art Gallery, it’s extremely African, and Kó—that is the primary gallery I ever went to, and it is so stunning. Everybody’s there.
The place do you head for dinner?
I like The House restaurant. That is our correct hangout place. It is made like a home, with completely different rooms with a sofa, and a TV, so my associates and I get the room that appears like a lounge. We will play video video games and so they have actually good meals there. They’ve these potato chips which might be so good, I at all times ask them to pack some up for me.
After dinner, what’s your go-to spot for an evening out?
I normally do not drink, however W Bar is the place individuals go to drink and dance a bit. I’m going to Oti’s. It is a jazz membership, very low-key, and it is run by this older man. He loves me and my associates as a result of we’re all musicians. So we go there to hang around, we get to play the piano, and all of the music they play is previous—like data of Nina Simone. He has photos of when Nina Simone was in Lagos, and different historic individuals who have been there within the jazz membership. It’s totally old skool. We’ll hang around ‘til like 3 a.m. regardless that they technically shut earlier. He lets us keep and makes nice espresso.
When you’ve got a pal visiting, do you might have a particular spot you’re taking them to?
That place I discussed with the rooster wings? Generally we’ll purchase the meals and go to an empty seaside the place we will sit on the rocks and eat. We discuss, we snicker, we make movies. A lot of the seaside is de facto good—like Ilashe Seaside, or this stretch we name Lighthouse Seaside as a result of there is a view of a lighthouse. I normally rent a ‘banana boat’, which is only a small boat, and the boys answerable for it’s going to construct a tent, and catch and grill fish for you. You simply present up on the seaside and might discover somebody to rent for the day.
Any facet journeys outdoors town that you simply advocate?
Landmark Seaside is one other good one, good for the day however you may as well keep in a single day. It is a 50-minute yacht experience from the center of Lagos to Ilashe or Landmark seashores [Ilashe connects to the mainland; Landmark is on Lagos Island]. Lakowe is much from town, however individuals will go only for the weekend to relax, to play golf. I’ve by no means been however it at all times appears to be like so stunning.
Is there part of town you want extra individuals frolicked in?
I want those who got here to Lagos went extra to the mainland than simply the island; the island is gorgeous, however it’s made to look that manner. Once you go to the mainland, you are feeling all the pieces is extra genuine. There are secure locations you may drive to on the mainland, like Ikeja, Magodo. I grew up in Ijaiye which is secure and really native, however it’s far. On the island, meals is in a correct constructing or restaurant, however on the mainland you will discover individuals cooking outdoors, and persons are shopping for it proper as the woman is cooking the subsequent batch—attempt meals like ofada rice, or àmàlà from a neighborhood vendor.
What do you suppose individuals misunderstand concerning the metropolis?
I was ‘individuals,’ I used suppose Lagos had an excessive amount of noise, or an excessive amount of occurring, however all the pieces is for a cause. It’s a must to soar into the rhythm of Lagos to grasp Lagos, or you may really feel very misplaced. However when you perceive the rhythm of Lagos, there’s not an excessive amount of occurring. It’s a must to know the place to go, the right way to keep away from visitors, it is advisable to at all times have money with you, these are the sorts of issues it’s important to perceive about Lagos to actually take pleasure in Lagos.
It isn’t the form of metropolis you may go to for under someday. I really feel like everyone that involves Lagos at all times needs to remain longer.