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"Surulere" redirects here. For the Local Government Area in Oyo State, see Surulere, Oyo State. For the song by Dr SID, see "Surulere"
Local Government Areas of Lagos; Surulere highlighted
Local Government Areas of Lagos; Surulere highlighted
Surulere is located in Nigeria
Surulere shown within Nigeria
Coordinates: 6°30′0″N 3°21′0″E / 6.50000°N 3.35000°E / 6.50000; 3.35000
Country  Nigeria
State Lagos State
Local Government Area Surulere
 • Total 23 km2 (9 sq mi)
 • Total 503,975
 • Density 22,000/km2 (57,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Surulere is a residential and commercial Local Government Area located on the Lagos mainland in Lagos State, Nigeria, with an area of 23 km². It is part of Metropolitan Lagos. At the last census in the year 2006, there were 503,975 inhabitants, with a population density of 21,864 inhabitants per square kilometer.


It is home to the Lagos National Stadium (capacity 60,000) built in 1972 for the All-Africa Games. The stadium has been allowed to become increasingly dilapidated since 2002.[1] However, in preparation for the 2009 Under 17 FIFA World Cup the facilities were improved, and the event kicked off successfully in October 2009.[2][3]

It was home to the monthly magazines 'Newbreed' and 'President', founded by Chief Chris Okolie, until publication ceased in the early 90s.

One of the most popular places in Surulere is Ojuelegba. It is known for its crowded setting and regarded as one of the busiest places in Lagos.It is one of the key transport nodes of Lagos, connecting the city's mainlands with Lagos Island and Victoria Island.


  1. ^ "The abandoned National Stadium in Lagos (Editorial)". The Guardian (Lagos) (Guardian Newspapers Limited, via 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2008-02-13. [dead link]
  2. ^ Solomon Nwoke (8 October 2009). "U-17 - Surulere Gets Ready". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (23 October 2009). "Nigeria ready for U17 World Cup". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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Coordinates: 6°30′N 3°21′E / 6.500°N 3.350°E / 6.500; 3.350