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10 things you need to know about the newly commissioned Lagos Red Line Rail

The RedLine Rail, a pivotal part of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit system, is set to debut as the fastest train in Africa, boasting an impressive speed of 330 km/h.

Tinubu commissions 37-km Lagos Red Line

Governor Babajide Sanwoolu said the launching of the red line is not just about connecting Lagos but for growth and sustainable future.

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.

From Cinema to Cuisine: Exploring Afefeyeye restaurant cultural tapestry

The night time brings the restaurant to life, Tuesday through Sunday, with special activities. From karaoke to live band performances featuring highlife, Fuji, or Juju music.

JUST IN: Lagos announces 24-hr total closure of Third Mainland Bridge

This move comes as part of the ongoing efforts by the contractor to address and enhance the structural integrity of the bridge.

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

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.

Police stations, their locations, contact in Ikeja

The list ranks the stations in no particular order, but provides a guide for anyone in the Ikeja area with information that would come in handy when they are in an emergency situation.

Discover Tarkwa Bay, cheapest beach in Lagos

Uwaje Rachel, an accountant at a Lagos audit firm, values her leisure time. Tarkwa Bay beach is her preferred destination, offering relaxation and enjoyment.

‘Men need self-care too’: Expert shares tips for managing mental health in Lagos

Ikeja Record’s bi-weekly Twitter space on Tuesday offered practical tips and insights on managing your mental health in Lagos.

Eko Lifestyle

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

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.

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.

Step by step guide to purchase the Lagos to Ibadan train ticket online

The primary advantage of buying tickets online is the ability to reserve your seat in advance. You can simply show your online ticket to an official on crowded days, bypass the queue and receive your reserved ticket promptly.

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

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."

Guinness World Record: From Law to Arts, Oyinlola Odumewu’s journey to becoming an accomplished artist 

As a child, she had her drawings of cartoon characters all over her room but didn't take art seriously until after Law School in 2016. While working as a lawyer in Lagos, she explored makeup artistry, switched to face painting, and rediscovered her love for drawing and painting.

Space Bar is trying to launch a rocket into space – Founder, Damilola Obiokeke

In an interview with The Record's Omon Okhuevbie, he discussed his plans for Space Bar Africa and the future he sees for the Nigerian space industry.

I bought some machines I use with my NYSC allowee – Lagos Bag Maker

"I find it easy; I feel anything you have passion for, you’ll do it with enthusiasm and be happy."

News Desk

10 things you need to know about the newly commissioned Lagos Red Line Rail

The RedLine Rail, a pivotal part of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit system, is set to debut as the fastest train in Africa, boasting an impressive speed of 330 km/h.

Tinubu commissions 37-km Lagos Red Line

Governor Babajide Sanwoolu said the launching of the red line is not just about connecting Lagos but for growth and sustainable future.

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.

From Cinema to Cuisine: Exploring Afefeyeye restaurant cultural tapestry

The night time brings the restaurant to life, Tuesday through Sunday, with special activities. From karaoke to live band performances featuring highlife, Fuji, or Juju music.

JUST IN: Lagos announces 24-hr total closure of Third Mainland Bridge

This move comes as part of the ongoing efforts by the contractor to address and enhance the structural integrity of the bridge.

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

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.

Police stations, their locations, contact in Ikeja

The list ranks the stations in no particular order, but provides a guide for anyone in the Ikeja area with information that would come in handy when they are in an emergency situation.

Discover Tarkwa Bay, cheapest beach in Lagos

Uwaje Rachel, an accountant at a Lagos audit firm, values her leisure time. Tarkwa Bay beach is her preferred destination, offering relaxation and enjoyment.

‘Men need self-care too’: Expert shares tips for managing mental health in Lagos

Ikeja Record’s bi-weekly Twitter space on Tuesday offered practical tips and insights on managing your mental health in Lagos.

Eko Lifestyle

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

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.

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.

Step by step guide to purchase the Lagos to Ibadan train ticket online

The primary advantage of buying tickets online is the ability to reserve your seat in advance. You can simply show your online ticket to an official on crowded days, bypass the queue and receive your reserved ticket promptly.

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

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."

Guinness World Record: From Law to Arts, Oyinlola Odumewu’s journey to becoming an accomplished artist 

As a child, she had her drawings of cartoon characters all over her room but didn't take art seriously until after Law School in 2016. While working as a lawyer in Lagos, she explored makeup artistry, switched to face painting, and rediscovered her love for drawing and painting.

Space Bar is trying to launch a rocket into space – Founder, Damilola Obiokeke

In an interview with The Record's Omon Okhuevbie, he discussed his plans for Space Bar Africa and the future he sees for the Nigerian space industry.

I bought some machines I use with my NYSC allowee – Lagos Bag Maker

"I find it easy; I feel anything you have passion for, you’ll do it with enthusiasm and be happy."

Lagos House Hunting Horror Stories: Gender, ethnic biases still persist

Blocks of apartments. Credit: PropertyPro.NG.

One month before her rent was set to expire, Adadichie Ugochukwu, a product manager at a healthcare startup, began her search for a new apartment in the Abule-Egba and Iyana-Ipaja areas of Lagos. She was shocked after her first house inspection with an agent when the landlord’s solicitor rejected her because she was a single lady from the southeastern part of Nigeria. 

“Immediately, I wrote my name, and he asked where I was from and if I was married. I answered and told him I was single. He said the house owners don’t want any ‘Omo Ibo.’ I legit thought it was a prank,” Ugochukwu shared with The Record.

This experience was bewildering for her because she never expected her tribe to be a hindrance to finding her dream apartment in Lagos. Back at her family home in Anambra, Ugochukwu’s room is currently inhabited by corp members from the South-Western region of Nigeria who were accommodated without concerns about their state of origin.

Uchechukwu secured an apartment four weeks later but her landlord was unconvinced about her ability to pay rent because she was working a remote job.

Employment is evolving with the rise of remote work. Traditional office setups are now giving way to remote opportunities, providing flexibility and work-life balance. This shift has been accelerated by technology and the COVID-19 pandemic enabling people to work from anywhere, reducing the necessity for physical office presence.

She mentioned, “They had issues with a single girl working remotely getting the apartment, but it didn’t take anything to convince them.”

For Peace Popoola, a Meta Campaign manager, who relocated from Ibadan to Lagos, her house-hunting experience in both states was equally stressful. Her major grouse is that she was obligated to pay for the house agent’s transportation fee for each inspection trip, even when the places didn’t match her requirements. 

“The fact that the prices were outrageous. The rooms would be very tiny and they would cost as high as N900,000 or one million naira,” she bemoaned.

Sadly, the exorbitant cost of rent does not meet the quality of accommodation in Lagos. Lagosians are  paying thousands of naira for cramped rooms, small toilets, and narrow passageways. This is a challenge that Popoola and other Lagos residents face during their house hunting.

Can monthly rent payments help alleviate the high cost of renting in Lagos? 

In 2021, former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, during a weekly State House Briefing in Aso Villa, Abuja, proposed that landlords and property owners should collect rent on a three-month basis.

This suggestion was aimed to address the issue of unaffordable housing for Nigerians. The former Minister of Works and Housing specifically pointed out that in Lagos, landlords often demand excessive amounts for two or three years of rent.

“The housing shortages that exist especially in all parts of the world are in the urban centres, not in the rural areas. It is a problem caused as a result of urbanisation where people move from rural to urban areas and then it creates a supply and demand problem,” Fashola said.

As Lagos rapidly develops, visitors and inhabitants face discrimination as they try to settle down.

Lagos, with an estimated population of about nine million inhabitants, is ranked as the most populated city in Africa. When house hunting in Lagos, the odds are stacked against you due to the monthly influx of people.

Lagos landlords and landladies have become more explicit about their preferences and the peculiar qualities they seek in tenants. On October 22, 2023, a Lagos real estate agent named Dodo Kunle tweeted to advertise an apartment with a condition: “No Yoruba allowed, only Igbo.” 

This tweet stirred up over a thousand people who found it hard to believe that such tribalistic attitudes still exist in Lagos.

Chinenye Okechukwu, a Product Marketing Specialist, described house hunting in Lagos as one of the most frightening and uncomfortable experiences. She mentioned that house agents often arranged meetings in obscure places and didn’t pay much attention to her preferences.

“Need I mention the blatant misogyny that goes on while house hunting in Lagos? They will tell you they need a man to come and serve as your guarantor or they need to know that you have a man and you are not going to be bringing numerous men to the house,” she told The Record.

Okechukwu shared an instance from her apartment search around Lekki in Lagos, where a landlord asked her about her occupation and showed no interest in renting to a small business owner.

As someone who has moved to three different houses in Lagos over six years, I have experienced a lot, from agents taking me to dilapidated buildings to being rejected due to my age and single status. I can tell you that house hunting in Lagos is not for the faint of heart or those on a tight budget.

Amid all the chaos and frustration, house hunting in Lagos can often feel like an uphill battle. But as we navigate this real estate jungle, remember, that every setback is just a step closer to finding that perfect place to call home. 


If you’re about to embark on this challenging journey, we have some useful house-hunting tips for you. Just like a story with its twists and turns, your house-hunting journey will eventually lead you to a happy ending and your ideal home in this vibrant city of Lagos.

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

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