Lagos Photo Diary

This post is comprised of photos from last month’s trip to Lagos, Nigeria. It wasn’t practical to lug around my professional camera so all of these photos are from my iPhone, with the exception of some professional photos from my cousin’s wedding at the end. I stayed with family and didn’t dine out too much so didn’t include the typical travel post-type information but if you have any questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer! Scroll for lots of pictures and a few details from the trip.

Balogun, Lagos Island

view from inside a keke in Balogun, Lagos, NigeriaAfter picking up fabric and other goodies at Balogun Market, my cousin insisted we ride a keke, which was a fun experience. More of my recommended travel experiences in Lagos are here.

display of ankara fabric for sale at Balogun Market, Lagos, Nigeria

Elegushi Beachfeet in sand at Elegushi Beach, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

Elegushi Beach, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

I was not beach ready at all (nearly ruined these shoes) but my nephew had fun and that’s all that matters. Elegushi beach is located in Lekki and we stopped off before heading to the mainland to depart.

Lekki Market

beads for sale at Lekki Market in Lagos, Nigeria

woven goods for sale at Lekki Market, Lagos, Nigeria

Dash of Jazz drinking fresh coconut water at Lekki Market, Lagos, Nigeria

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fresh cut coconut and straw

dry goods at Lekki Market, Lagos, Nigeria

Fresh fruit stand in Lekki, Lagos, NigeriaWalking around markets was probably the most time I spent out in the heat and, let me tell you, it’s no joke. I was drenched and thankful I wore a lightweight dress each time. Fresh fruit stands are abundant in Lagos and my cousin recommended I cool off with a fresh coconut upon entering Lekki Market. She’s a genius.

In Transit

fresh plantain for sale along Lekki Expressway, Lagos, Nigeria

glass bottle of groundut

small chops from 12 Baskets in Lagos, Nigeria
Small chops from 12 Baskets

Nike Art Gallery

entrance to Nike Art gallery in Lekki, Lagos, NigeriaDash of Jazz inside Nike Art Gallery in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

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Nike Art Gallery is an art-lover’s dream. It’s filled to the brim with artwork and you can’t take photos of the pieces themselves. More on this visit here.

Freedom ParkCoke bottle chandelier at Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria

Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

Dash of Jazz outside Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

View through a keke in Central Business District, Lagos, Nigeria

outside Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

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Art installation in tree at Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

statue at Freedom Park in Lagos, NigeriaFreedom Park is beautiful and meaningful, and I think everyone should go! More about it here.


Yoruba women at traditional wedding in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

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reading of formal marriage proposal at traditional Yoruba wedding ceremony


Yoruba wedding ceremony, Lagos, Nigeria

reading marriage proposal letter

Nigerian wedding traditions

Nigerian wedding

family celebrating at Yoruba wedding in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

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My cousin’s wedding was the main event and primary reason for this trip. I had the honor of reading the formal proposal letter from the groom’s family to our own and was sprayed with Naira afterward. The entire wedding was out of this world and such a pleasure to attend. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks for reading!

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  1. What beautiful photos! I’m totally impressed that they’re from your iPhone, too! But I definitely understand not lugging around your bigger camera. I often rely on my phone when I have super busy travel days. And that wedding celebration looked wonderful! So nice for you to be able to make the trip there for the wedding. 🙂

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