Yaba: the Pulse of Lagos Mainland
Even though few people will admit it, Lagos is divided into two residential areas; those who reside on the Island and those who reside on the mainland. Both areas are separated by one of the longest bridge in Africa-the third mainland bridge. And one of the most popular hubs or cities on the mainland is Yaba. You can refer to it as the heartbeat of Lagos Mainland.
Yaba is a cosmopolitan hub for blue chip companies, startups, relaxation spots as well as many educational institutions. In addition, Yaba is not devoid of the Lagos madness. Major areas in Yaba include Onipanu, Akoka, Commercial Avenue, Herbert Macaulay Road, Alagomeji, and Tejuosho amongst others. Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 Hotel booking portal unveils the heartbeat of the mainland.
Top three landmarks
Yaba College of Technology
Bearing the same name with the city, Yaba College of Technology is Nigeria’s premier higher education institution. It was founded in 1947 as a successor to Yaba Higher College. It is popularly referred to as YabaTech. Hence, don’t be surprised if you hear people refer to the institution by this name.
Queens College is one of the foremost secondary school in Yaba. It was established on October 10, 1927. Interestingly, the school is one of the landmarks you should check out when you are in Yaba. It is not difficult to locate. Simply ask anyone around the Yaba axis and you will be given the direction.
Yaba Baptist Church
The Yaba Baptist Church is an imposing structure which you cannot miss if you are driving in from the Jibowu axis of Lagos. The Church was established in 1937 and it is one of the most important worship centers in Yaba. It is arguably one of the oldest churches in Nigeria.
Where to Sleep
Yaba is a cosmopolitan city that offers you everything depending on your taste and style including hotels. Some of the hotels you can book in Yaba on Jovago.com are Apollo Hotel, Precinct Comfort Services, Niger Palace Hotel, Hadmof Inn, and Banilux Guest House. The prices are very affordable.
From the posh restaurants to the mama put, they are all available in Yaba. You can watch movies at Ozone Cinemas on Commercial Avenue, eat at White House, Signature or Firewood and party at Roadrunners Clubs. Yaba is a one-stop centre for everything and anything you want.
Where to shop
Tejuosho Ultra Modern Shopping Centre, and E-centre are places where you can do all your shopping whether is conventional or unconventional shopping. In addition, there are many stores where you can make small purchases.
The hugely popular Yaba market is located in Yaba. At the market, many traders beckon on you to patronise them even without you approaching. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the sight and sounds of Yaba.