Lagos Landmarks

Third Mainland Bridge

The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria to the mainland, the other two being the Eko and Carter bridges. It is the longest bridge in Africa. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to the Herbert Macaulay Way,Yaba. The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990; it measures about 11.8 km in length.

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Aro Meta (Three White Cap Chiefs of Lagos)

Aro Meta popularly called the “three wise men” is meant to welcome people coming into the city of Lagos. The Aro Meta, a white granite sculpture of three Lagos white-cap chiefs is not just a mere sculpture; it is rich in its meaning. The three sculpted chiefs depict the three kinds of traditional greetings on Lagos Island (Eko). Eko refers to the indigenous people of Lagos occupying mainly Lagos Island.

Their clenched right fists symbolize a strong belief in the supremacy of the right over the left. All of them display clenched fists with the right hand always placed over the left. Not only that, the statues also robed in intricately tied wrappers with the ends flung across the right shoulder.
This is not a coincidence, because in the Yoruba culture, the right hand signifies acceptance and respect while the left hand is viewed with revulsion because it is often used to perform unsavory tasks and chores. Initially, Aro Meta was located at the former Lagos-Ibadan toll gate from where it was moved further to the bridge linking Ojodu and Alausa secretariat.

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Tafawa Balewa Square

Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) was where Nigeria’s independence celebration took place on October 1st 1960 with the Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, delivering his independence speech. TBS is bordered by the 25-storey independence building, which was for a along time, the tallest building in Nigeria. The entrance to the square has 4 white giant horses suspended above the gate and 7 red eagles; these are symbols from the national emblem signifying Strength and Dignity respectively. TBS was concessioned to a private developer – BHS International and is expected to be turned into a world-class facility that will boast of a 5000-seater convention centre, conference halls, a 5-star hotel, 1,500 spaces shopping mall, 10 floor creativity block, 60-floors offices, 200 luxury apartments and 10,000 spaces of car park.