The National Arts Theatre, a Landmark in Surulere.
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Surulere is a residential and commercial Local Government Area located on the mainland of Lagos in Lagos State, Nigeria, with an area of 23 km2 (8.9 sq mi). At the last census in the year 2006, there were 503,975 inhabitants, with a population density of 21,864 inhabitants per square kilometer. The local government area is bordered by Yaba, Mushin and Ebute-Metta.
During the rapid urbanization of Lagos, the city expanded to the west of its lagoon, which included present-day Surulere. Families from different regions of the country have historically settled in Surulere. In addition to the local settlers of Lagos, during the nineteenth century, various emancipated African Brazilians and Cubans, who were referred to as Aguda or Saros, settled in Surulere. Nigerians from the Northern region initially ended at Idi-Araba, while many people from the eastern part were in various quarters but predominantly at Obele, Ikate, and Aguda areas. Residents of Lagos Island who bought or leased land from the government and Aworis settled in New Lagos. In contrast, others lived in the neighborhoods of Itire, Lawanson, Ojuelegba, Animashaun, and Shitta. The New Lagos neighborhood, also known as the Surulere Re-Housing Estate, is among the first public housing projects in Nigeria. Itire, one of the quarters in Surulere has a recognized traditional authority in the Onitire of Itire.
Festac '77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture was a cultural jamboree held in Surulere Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977. It is home to the Lagos National Stadium (capacity 60,000) built in 1972 for the All-Africa Games. The stadium has been allowed to become increasingly dilapidated since 2002. However, in preparation for the 2009 Under 17 FIFA World Cup the facilities were improved, and the event kicked off successfully in October 2009.
The main commercial streets in Surulere are Western Avenue, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Adelabu, Ogunalana drive and Aguda, various open markets are dispersed in different neighborhoods. Industrial establishments are predominantly located at Iponri, Coker and Iganmu. One of the most popular places in Surulere is Ojuelegba. It is known for its crowded setting and regarded as one of the busiest places in Lagos.It is one of the key transport nodes of Lagos, connecting the city's mainlands with Lagos Island and Victoria Island. It's also the place, popular Nigerian musician, Wizkid sang about in his one of his most widely acclaimed single "Ojuelegba".
Film production studios started in Surulere during the late 1980s well into the 1990s. It was home to the monthly magazines Newbreed and President, founded by Chief Chris Okolie, until publication ceased in the early 1990s. The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria MBGN beauty pageant and competition took place at the National Arts Theatre in 1988. In 2018, international sports brand Nike Inc collaborated with Wizkid to release a limited edition sports jersey, bringing notoriety on the cultural presence of Surulere and the city of Lagos to the global scene.
The Beyoncé video "Key to the Kingdom" from Black is King features the Surulere National Arts Theater prominently in its opening shots.
Landmarks and places
- National Stadium Lagos.
- National Arts Theatre.
- Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Lagos.
- Teslim Balogun Stadium.
- Tastee Fried Chicken.
- Amala Shitta.
- Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA)
- Ansar Ud Deen
- Leventis Store (Defunct)
- St. Anthony's Catholic Church
- Randle General Hospital
- Nigerian Breweries
- Vivian Fowler
- Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping mall
- UTC Supermarket (Defunct)
- Eko Bridge
- Birch Freeman High School
- Kernel Recreation Park
- Bode Thomas Street
- Iponri community
- Eric Moore Towers
- Helmbridge Study Center
- Afro-Spot (Fela Kuti's first shrine)
- Wavecrest College of Hospitality
The following is a list of notable people who were either born in, lived in, are current residents of, or are otherwise closely associated with or around the city of Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
- Eric Olawolu Moore,† a member of an Egba royal family.
- Wizkid, Internationally recognized music recording artist.
- Waidi Akanni, Former national footballer and executive.
- Babatunde Fashola, Politician and former governor of Lagos State.
- Teslim Fatusi, International footballer.
- Ade Olufeko, Award-winning technologist and entrepreneur.
- Desmond Elliot, Actor and politician.
- Sam Phil-Ebosie,† Nigeria’s youngest commercial flying pilot.
- Ramsey Nouah, Internationally recognized film actor.
- Bankulli, Singer and songwriter.
- Folashade Sherifat Jaji, Noteworthy chemist and civil servant.
- Tade Ogidan, Film and television director.
- Damilola Adegbite, Actress and television personality.
- Aliko Dangote, Nigerian billionaire.
- Linda Ejiofor, Tinsel television actress.
- Rilwan Akiolu, Traditional Oba of Lagos.
- Bose Kaffo, Professional table tennis player.
- Femi Gbajabiamila, Lawyer and politician.
- S.B. Bakare †, Stevedore Businessman
- Bukky Ajayi †, Film Actress.
- Ikenna Azuike, British Nigerian lawyer and broadcaster.
- Simi, Soul singer and song writer.
- Samuel Okwaraji †, Footballer (Died during 1990 world-cup qualifier)
- Lanre Tejuosho, Politician.
- Hakeem Olajuwon, Retired professional basketball player, 2× NBA champion.
- Pepenazi, Nigerian recording artist
- OJB Jezreel †, Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer.
- Nneka Isaac Moses, Nigerian Actress and fashion designer.
- Tayo Aderinokun †, Bank executive.
- Henry Dele Alake, Nigerian journalist, activist and technocrat.
- Ken Nwadiogbu, Visual Artist.
- Seyi Sodimu, Singer songwriter.
- Victor Olaiya, trumpeter and highlife musician.
- Adewale Maja-Pearce, writer
- A. Igoni Barrett, writer
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- "ALIKO DANGOTE Reveals His Other Sides •What He Told CNN About His Life". happenings.com.ng. Happenings NG. Archived from the original on 17 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
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