Iddo Island

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Coordinates: 6°28′8″N 3°22′49″E / 6.46889°N 3.38028°E / 6.46889; 3.38028

Iddo Island was an island opposite Lagos Island in Nigeria, but due to infill is now part of the mainland. Iddo Island is connected to Lagos Island by the Eko Bridge and the Carter Bridge.


Lagos was annexed by the Bini in the sixteenth century on the site of an earlier Yoruba settlement, and was known as Eko. The rulers of Lagos since then have all descended from the Benin warrior Ashipa who was the first Governor of the town, while the land owning aristocracy (Idejo) are Yoruba who trace their lineage to Chief Olofin.[1] Ashipa's son, Ado, built his palace on Lagos Island, and his grandson moved the seat of government to the palace from Iddo island.[2] The current ruler of Iddo, Oba Oyekan, is the biracial son of the late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan of Lagos.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Folami, Takiu. A History of Lagos, Nigeria: The Shaping of an African City. Exposition Press. pp. 3–4. ISBN 9780682497725. 
  2. ^ Williams, Lizzie (2008). Nigeria. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 110. ISBN 1-84162-239-7. 

External links[edit]

  • Postcard of Iddo Railway Station, circa 1920s