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Ikeja Electric adds 34 additional Band A feeders in Lagos

This decision comes in recognition of Ikeja Electric's demonstrated ability to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of daily availability, surpassing industry standards.

FG clarifies on how Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will impact Landmark Beach Resort

Umahi clarified during an interview with Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday that the redesign aimed to avoid demolishing existing infrastructure along the original route developed by the initial planners.

Lagos Lawyer achieves record-breaking walk across Third Mainland Bridge

In an exclusive conversation with The Record, Akingbemila disclosed that her curiosity about the possibility of walking the distance and the duration it would take motivated her to undertake the challenge.

Fire engulfs 14 buildings in Lagos Island Market

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement issued on X disclosed that the fire originated from the refuelling of a generator.

JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu appoints Pelumi Nubi as Lagos Tourism Ambassador

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet on Monday, stating that she also got a brand new car, a new home in Lagos, and a customised plate number as gifts from the Lagos State Governor.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Eko Lifestyle

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

Best spots to find delicious street food in Ikeja

This discovery, that street food in Lagos could be tastier than what I was accustomed to at home, sparked my exploration of the diverse culinary offerings on the city's streets, despite concerns on their hygiene.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

Persons Of Interest

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

I moved to Lagos for love and found so much more, Zimbabwean lady, Ngamira, shares her experience

Instead of returning to either Zimbabwe or her second home in Zambia, she decided to follow her heart to be with her partner in Lagos, Nigeria.

Homeschooling in Lagos: Mother of two, Tomilola, shares her thrilling journey

“I initially planned to homeschool my son till he was five years old when we would be more comfortable with sending him out into the world. After starting my homeschooling journey, I fell in love with it.”

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

News Desk

Ikeja Electric adds 34 additional Band A feeders in Lagos

This decision comes in recognition of Ikeja Electric's demonstrated ability to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of daily availability, surpassing industry standards.

FG clarifies on how Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will impact Landmark Beach Resort

Umahi clarified during an interview with Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday that the redesign aimed to avoid demolishing existing infrastructure along the original route developed by the initial planners.

Lagos Lawyer achieves record-breaking walk across Third Mainland Bridge

In an exclusive conversation with The Record, Akingbemila disclosed that her curiosity about the possibility of walking the distance and the duration it would take motivated her to undertake the challenge.

Fire engulfs 14 buildings in Lagos Island Market

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement issued on X disclosed that the fire originated from the refuelling of a generator.

JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu appoints Pelumi Nubi as Lagos Tourism Ambassador

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet on Monday, stating that she also got a brand new car, a new home in Lagos, and a customised plate number as gifts from the Lagos State Governor.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Eko Lifestyle

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

Best spots to find delicious street food in Ikeja

This discovery, that street food in Lagos could be tastier than what I was accustomed to at home, sparked my exploration of the diverse culinary offerings on the city's streets, despite concerns on their hygiene.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

Persons Of Interest

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

I moved to Lagos for love and found so much more, Zimbabwean lady, Ngamira, shares her experience

Instead of returning to either Zimbabwe or her second home in Zambia, she decided to follow her heart to be with her partner in Lagos, Nigeria.

Homeschooling in Lagos: Mother of two, Tomilola, shares her thrilling journey

“I initially planned to homeschool my son till he was five years old when we would be more comfortable with sending him out into the world. After starting my homeschooling journey, I fell in love with it.”

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

A bowl of Egusi soup and pounded yam wrapped in plantain leaves. Credit: Omon Okhuevbie/The Record.

In a city famed for its fast pace and an illustrious gastronomy promise, Lagos is a food lovers delight. From traditional meals to street food, the palette is filled and overflowing for anyone seeking to experiment with their taste buds. However, it is not everywhere you get to eat an eminently satisfying serving of pounded yam – a delicacy that has earned its place in the pantheon of sumptuous African dishes.

In Lagos, most restaurants serve poundo yam, masquerading it as pounded yam to their customers to avoid the cost and stress of making the traditional pounded yam.

Poundo yam is a processed yam flour that can be easily prepared into a dough-like consistency. Lovers of pounded yam choose pounded yam over poundo because of its authentic taste, smooth texture, and cultural significance.

This is why Ile-Iyan restaurant stands out in the Lagos food scene as it truly embodies the essence of pounded yam. True to its name, Ile-Iyan restaurant is the ultimate destination for enjoying well-prepared pounded yam with a variety of soup options.

If you’re in Lagos and on the mainland in search of the perfect spot to savor meticulously prepared pounded yam with a delightful bowl of Egusi or Efo-riro soup, Ile-Iyan is the place for you.

Situated opposite the well-known Raddison Blue Hotel in Ikeja GRA, this recently opened restaurant in January is an extension of its branch in Lagos Island, near Lekki.

This restaurant features a one-storey container setup. The ground floor offers a cozy patio with sunlight and fresh air for customers who prefer an outdoor dining experience. On the lower level, though somewhat compact, guests are provided with limited seating, while the spacious upper floor invites eager customers to relax on raffia mats around low tables adorned with throw pillows.

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

From waitresses and female supervisors adorned in Ankara and Aso-Oke woven Iro and Buba to the Boho Chic decor, guests are served delicious dishes, helped with utensils that include wooden bowls and cups. It truly captures the essence of Yoruba culture.

While technically opening at 9am, the restaurant typically serves food from 12pm. The optimal visiting hours are between 1pm and 8pm, as it closes by 9pm.

The wait for my meal was prolonged because they prioritize preparing each order fresh, especially for the pounded yam. Despite the 30-35 minute wait, the meal was worth it, and I found it delicious.

The restaurant’s price range spans from N6,000 to N22,000. With N6,000, you can enjoy two wraps of pounded yam, a soup of your choice, and two goat meats. They are generous with the soup, providing more than enough for the ordered wraps of pounded yam.

Ile Iyan’s menu includes enticing options like village rice, featuring basmati rice in palm oil sauce, served with peppered snails, and smoked fish.  The menu also includes grilled plantains, fried yams, peppered snails, as well as grilled chicken and turkey.

For beverages, you can choose from regular sodas, fresh pineapple, or orange juice. However, a nod to tradition could be further amplified with the inclusion of palm wine on the beverage list, enhancing the overall traditional experience.

Your taste buds deserve a traditional adventure, and Ile-Iyan is here to offer it. Don’t just read about it, let your senses savour the experience firsthand. Your next culinary escapade awaits at Ile-Iyan, where Yoruba heritage comes alive on your plate.

Omon Okhuevbie
Omon is a staff reporter at the Ikeja Record.

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