Lagos is the most popular and populous city of Nigeria. It is not known to many but has significant importance for Nigeria. Most of Nigeria’s economy is dependent on Lagos. Lagos is famous throughout Africa for its music scene and its musical nights too. Lagos has given birth to a variety of styles such as the Nigerian-styled Hip hop, Highlife, Juju, Fuji, and many other forms of music. Lagos is the center of the Nigerian movie industry, often referred to as 'Nollywood.' Idumota market on Lagos Island is the primary distribution center.
Many films are shot in the area of Lagos and its surroundings. The cinemas are gradually losing their supporters to the movie industry. Yoruba-spoken films happen to be the most watched in the cinemas, followed by Indian films. Films are not premiered for a long period of time in the western sense especially with Yoruba-spoken films. The English-spoken films controlled mainly by the Igbo are the most popular and move directly from the studios to the market. This shows the importance of Lagos in terms of music and film industry. Lagos, subsequently to the re-modernization project achieved by the current administration of Governor, is gradually becoming a major tourist destination being one of the largest cities in Africa and in the world. Lagos is currently taking steps to become a global city. It has a lot of tourist attractions and many tourist come and visit this marvelous city every year.
The 2009 carnival festival which took place on the April 25th was a step toward world city status. Currently Lagos is primarily known as a business-oriented and a fast paced community. As mentioned above a lot of Nigeria’s economy is depend on this city, now they want to promote it the other way around too for tourist, movies, recreation activities and stuff like that. Lagos has a number of sandy beaches by the Atlantic Ocean. Two of the popular beaches include Bar Beach and Lekki Beach. However in January 2009, a privately owned zoo was commissioned in the area of Lagos as it serves as a home for many animals that originate from Africa. It is a fully endorsed project by the Lagos State Government.
Lagos has a variety of hotels ranging from three star hotels to five star hotels. They are building many more to attract tourists so that they could have a relaxing time over there. Some of the popular hotels include Welcome Centre Hotels, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Federal Palace Hotel, Stop Over Motels, Ikoyi Hotel, Sofitel Lagos Moorhouse Ikoyi, Eko Hotels and Suites. Visitors are mostly attracted to Nigeria's rich culture, entertainment scenes and vitality which Lagos city offers. Tourist attractions include Oba's Palace, the Nigerian National Museum, Shrine of Fela, the beach resorts and Church Of All Nations. They are doing a lot more these days in order to come up with innovative and attention seeking things to promote tourism and promote is as a commercial city too besides business.