The Double Four Restaurant is one of the trendy cafes located at the Palms shopping mall. Over warm pastries and a hot beverage, you can interact and have a chat with one of the friendly locals while getting to know more about Lagos. Afterwards take a ride down to Jakande market, one of our many large local markets on the Island. Bargaining is an important part of the African local culture-so be sure to negotiate as you have a wide range of selection to choose from - ranging from arts & craft, West African fabrics, beads and other African souvenir. In the market be sure to sample and try “Kunu” - a cool, refreshing local Nigerian Light clothing is advised due to the humidity and heat.
Lagos is well known for its islands and beaches, as it is surrounded by the Atlantic and emerging lagoons. Take time out for a wonderful short boat cruise passing historical coastal landmarks, traditional architecture and offering a glimpse of Third Mainland Bridge, the longest bridge in Africa. Grab local, tropical fruits from Falomo Bridge Market on your way back to the hotel, and enjoy the peace and warmth of a massage treatment at InterContinental Spa.
Life on the Island at night is picturesque from live bands crooning old classics to local Nigerian hits. Nigerian cuisine is varied from local to international. An evening dinner at the Terra Culture restaurant will give you an opportunity to experience local live music and sample the traditional delicacies – ranging from Amala (Cassava) to the local Nigeria favourite Hot & Spicy pepper soup. A local parlance you will hear a lot in Lagos is; Ekoo Ni Baje o! (Lagos will never spoil).
Yoruba is the most dominant tribe in the South-Western part of Nigeria and music culturally plays an important role in society. The talking drum ( Dun Dun) is the traditional instrument of the Yoruba’s. It is an hour glass shaped drum carved out of wood and leather cords that allows it to tweak and mimic the tone and parody of the Yoruba language. A skilled player can play a whole conversation.
Lagos as the “state of the Aquatic Splendor" was discovered by the Portuguese explorers, as a trading post which they called “Lago De Curamo”. In 1861 the British renamed it Lagos. Since 1960, Lagos was the capital of Nigeria, until 1994 - when the capital was moved to Abuja.
The official spoken language in Nigeria is English. There are 521 local languages spoken within the 36 states. The three major tribal languages are Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo commonly known as“WA-ZO-BIA”. WA which is Yoruba, ZO is Hausa and BIA is Igbo which all means come (together). Nigerian Pidgin English is also used informally and often as a second language by the locals. The origins of the language date back to early trade when returning descendants from the West Indies brought back phrases and words that were incorporated forming a new informal language.