Fun Non-Tourist things to do in Lagos

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Fun Non-Tourist things to do in Lagos

These activities will fill your everyday life in Lagos with fun. Since we have covered activities that can help tourists enjoy their stay in Lagos in a previous article, we thought to write one for everyday people in Lagos. Here are some Fun Non-Tourist things to do in Lagos.

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Fun Non-Tourist things to do in Lagos

Many things can be considered non-tourist adventures in a town that never sleeps. Lagos is one such town. Even the simplest things, like making it through the Lagos traffic is a very adventurous tasks. You can’t spend so much time searching for adventurous things to do in a town filled with different characters and stories. In this article, we have compiled a list of fun and non-touristy things that you can enjoy and have a fun-filled time in Lagos.


1.      Eat at a Mama Put: 

A Mama Put is also known as a ‘buka’. Buka is a local restaurant that is found by the roadside. It is normally one of the adventurous things to do in Lagos. Their local dishes will make you fall in love with the culture of the people and want to explore the city more. The dishes are mouth-watering, yummy, and very delicious. And it is mostly cheaper than most restaurants. However, you may want to go with a local to avoid confusion or disturbances during this adventurous journey.


2.      Go Beach Surfing: 

One thing you can easily discover about Lagos is that it is sitting on the Atlantic ocean. This explains the mystery of so many tourist banks here. It offers a long list of aquatic events that one can engage in, but unfortunately, surfing is not one of them. This could be because people do not believe they can get so much reward by just laying on a surfboard and allowing the waves of water to do their job. This perception is very wrong. Beach surfing is one of the most rewarding and adventurous things that one can do. It is a water sport that sporters are most enthusiastic about because this adventurous activity in Lagos will not only bring fun memories, it will go a long way to keep you fit. So head on to the beach and have a blast!


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3.      Watch a Football Match: 

Nigerians and Football are like five and six. Most Nigerians can’t go a week without discussing football or seeing a football match. The thrill, energy, and discussions that occur during a football match are exhilarating and create beautiful bonds. One of the best places to see a football match is Lagos because, in a city filled with diversity and different opinions, you can learn a lot and have different experiences. And yes, you can watch the football match from home, but you will be missing out on that vibrant feel of the football culture in Nigeria. Places like Freedom park and Heineken House Lagos are some of the locations we recommend for seeing a football match.


4.      Attend Owambe: 

Owambe – a word you cannot visit Lagos and not hear. Owambe is a Yoruba word that means “it is there” and with Lagos party, everything is there. From food to drinks to music, nothing is missing. In Lagos, every other weekend is a party night. However, Owambe is not only attributed to night parties. Owambe can be weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, etc. Anything Lagos party is an Owambe, and it is always worth celebrating. Legends say that if you attend an Owambe in Lagos and do not have the time of your life, then something is seriously wrong. So meet with a trusted friend in Lagos and go to a party. You can thank us later.


5.      Visit Fela Shrine: 

Fela Shrine, a.k.a The New Afrika Shrine in Agidingbi, Ikeja, is a hot spot for music lovers and culture lovers in Lagos. The shrine was opened in October 2000 in celebration and honour of the memory of the late Fela Kuti. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was an artist that spoke against bad governance and corruption. He supported human rights, and he pioneered Afrobeats in Nigeria. The New Afrika Shrine is a place to go if you want to enjoy live music in its raw element. If you feel like moving with a good Afrobeat while enjoying a nice drink that ignites your love for the culture, then The New Afrika Shrine in Lagos is a place to be.

There are a lot of non-touristy activities that one can engage in especially in a city like Lagos. Some of these activities can be hiding right under your nose, so go out and explore Lagos and you will find a lot of activities to engage in.


Can you think of other Fun Non-Tourist things to do in Lagos for an everyday Lagosian?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.


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