By far the largest city in Nigeria, but no longer its capital—since 1991, that's been Abuja—Lagos is a bustling, frenetic center of business, one of the largest settlements in Africa. Consisting of numerous municipalities, its center is Lagos Island, where its business district sits, while its port is the largest and busiest on the continent. Lagos sits aloof from the country’s oil disputes and civil insurrections elsewhere, and is becoming a tourism hot spot for travelers with an interest in culture. It has long been an African center of music (the late Fela Kuti being one internationally recognized superstar), so groups can expect lively music and entertainment in Lagos event venues.
The main airport is Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS), approximately 15 miles north of the center of Lagos. It has service from all over Europe and to New York City on Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest airline.
Chief among convention venues in Lagos, the Eko International Expo Centre is connected to the large, 604-room Eko Hotel & Suites and can cater to 2,000 persons for meetings and receptions and 1,200 for banquets. Other hotel venues in Lagos include the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, which has six meeting rooms for up to 110 persons. Also here are the 195-room Southern Sun Ikoyi, which is run by South African hotel company Tsogo Sun and has three meeting rooms and a banquet room for 100 persons, and 49-room Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel. In Ikeja, another Lagos business district and close to the airport, is the 264-room Sheraton Lagos, which has 17,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 420 persons. Also there is the 471-room Golden Tulip Festac Lagos Hotel & Conference Center in the district of Festac Town, which has a ballroom for 500 persons among its events facilities.
Lagos has a broad array of unusual meeting sites, which underscores its modernity. On Lagos Island, the Civic Center on Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue is a bright, noticeable building with two meeting rooms and three banqueting spaces, the Grand Banquet Hall, Panoramic View Hall, and Floating Restaurant; while The Musical Society of Nigeria, known as the Muson, has the 1,000-seat conference center Shell Nigeria Hall with two adjacent function rooms, 376-seat Agip Recital Hall and 100-seat La Scala Restaurant. Also, choose from the recent Darlington Hall, which accommodates up to 1,000 persons for banquets and 1,200 for meetings; The Hall at Yetunde’s Apartment, a modern space that has banquet room for 300 persons and meeting space for 600; and the tented Royal Marquee Events Center, which can cater to up to 1,200 persons. Another new arrival is the Kalakuta Republic Museum, a museum in the former—and once declared “independent” from the rest of Nigeria—home of musician Fela Kuti, which most likely will have some events provision.
Multi-culturalism is alive in Lagos if its restaurants are any indication. Those perfect for groups on Lagos and Victoria islands include Reeds Thai Fusion Restaurant, which has a private lounge for 70 persons; Lagoon Restaurant, with Brazilian, Indian, Japanese, and Lebanese food; beautifully, subtly decorated Lebanese spot Piccolo Mondo Restaurant & Lounge, which has music on occasion; and Talindo Steak House. A good choice for Nigerian cuisine is Yellow Chilli, which has a main restaurant, bar, terrace, and garden.