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SURULERE is a Yorùbá word meaning “Patience is profitable/rewarding“ It is a Local Government Area in Lagos State located on the Mainland. According to the 2006 national population census, there were 503,975 inhabitants, with a population density of 21,864 inhabitants per square kilometer.
During the rapid urbanization of Lagos, the city expanded to the west of its lagoon, which included present-day Surulere. Families from different regions of the country have historically settled in Surulere. In addition to the local settlers of Lagos, during the nineteenth century, various emancipated African Brazilians and Cubans, who were referred to as Aguda or Saros, settled in Surulere.
Nigerians from the Northern region initially ended at Idi-Araba, while many people from the eastern part were in various quarters but predominantly at Obele, Ikate, and Aguda areas. Residents of Lagos Island who bought or leased land from the government and Aworis settled in New Lagos. In contrast, others lived in the neighborhoods of Itire, Lawanson, Ojuelegba, Animashaun, and Shitta. The New Lagos neighborhood, also known as the Surulere Re-Housing Estate, is among the first public housing projects in Nigeria. Itire, one of the quarters in Surulere has a recognized traditional authority in the Onitire of Itire.
Interesting Facts About Surulere In Lagos
* Surulere can called be called the sports city of Lagos of the presence of two international sport venues
* The National Stadium and Teslim Balogun stadia are located in Surulere.
* Surulere is also home to the popular bus station, Ojuelegba.
* Adeniran Ogunsanya, is a famous street in Surulere and with some of the most expensive shopping centers and boutiques you can find in Lagos.
* For many years, the Nigerian Football Association Headquarters was located in Ogunlana Drive Surulere.
The National Stadium with the capacity of 60,000 was built in 1972 for the All-Africa Games. The stadium has been allowed to become increasingly dilapidated since 2002 but was renovated in preparation for the 2009 Under 17 FIFA World
* Adeniran Shopping Center was hope to such famous stores as UTC, Leventis,and Kingsway Stores
* Surulere is famous for its streets: Adeniran Ogunsanya, Adelabu, Ogunlana Drive, Bode-Thomas and Eric Moore.
* The former governor of Lagos State Babatunde Fashola grew up in Sururlere and had his early childhood there where he attended Eric Moore College.
* Surulere is also popular for its many suburbs like Itire and Aguda and Ojuelegba which has inspired themes in popular culture. Fela Anikulapo Kuti used the chaotic bus station to depict the theme of poor governance in Nigeria. It also recently was the title of a recent track by the pop star Wiz Kid.
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