Mapping the old shoreline

Lagos island's coastline has been through dramatic changes since the 1850s. This series on the history of the coastline looks to the hidden and long forgotten parts of the island: Alakoro Island and Ẹlẹgbata Creek in the west, and the large lagoons of the northeast: Isalẹgangan and Idumagbo.

The old coast

Lagos in the 1890s

Evidence of Lagos's old shores can be found in historical maps; and ArcGIS can help us find the past beneath the present city. Follow the links below to find out what lies beneath contemporary Lagos.

A floating island in the city?

Alakoro: Island or Swamp?

William Lawson's maps of Lagos from 1885 shows Alakoro as a floating island, but in reality, it was a low lying part of the city, covered by swampy terrain. But by 1908, it was gone...

Coming soon!

Lagos history is rich and mutilayered. Check back for frequent updates.

from Iddo to Faji

We used to have a tramway

For a few years, Lagosians could depend on regular tram service to get them conveniently between Ereko and faji markets, or even from the post office to PWD stores. What happened?

Tribute to Professor Deniga

Notes on Lagos Streets

From Reclamation Road to Agarawu, the streets of the city are filled with stories about the past.

Walking in the City

Historical Processions

Processions have an important role in the history of the city. Many of these have a religious bent, whether to do with Christianity, or even in honor of traditional religion such as the egungun.