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Location within Lagos Metropolitan Area
Location within Lagos Metropolitan Area
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
City Lagos
 • 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 mainland of Lagos in Lagos State, Nigeria, with an area of 23 km². At the last census in the year 2006, there were 503,975 inhabitants, with a population density of 21,864 inhabitants per square kilometer.

History and Overview[edit]

Festac '77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture was a cultural jamboree held in Surulere Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977.[1]

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.[2] However, in preparation for the 2009 Under 17 FIFA World Cup the facilities were improved, and the event kicked off successfully in October 2009.[3][4]

Contrary to media perception of Nigeria's Nollywood film industry and its origin, a number of film production studios started and emerged from Surulere during the city's heyday of the late 1980s well into the 1990s.[citation needed] It was home to the monthly magazines Newbreed and President, founded by Chief Chris Okolie, until publication ceased in the early 1990s.

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. It's also the place, popular Nigerian musician, Wizkid sang about in his one of his most widely acclaimed single "Ojuelegba".[5]

Landmarks and places[edit]

Notable people[edit]

The following is a list of notable people who were either born in, lived in, are current residents of, or are otherwise closely associated with or around the city of Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.


  1. ^ Jonathan, Randall (February 14, 1977). "FESTAC: Upbeat Finale". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "The abandoned National Stadium in Lagos (Editorial)". The Guardian (Lagos). Guardian Newspapers Limited, via 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2008-02-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ Solomon Nwoke (8 October 2009). "U-17 - Surulere Gets Ready". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (23 October 2009). "Nigeria ready for U17 World Cup". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  5. ^ "MAMA 2016: Wizkid wins Best Male Act - Premium Times Nigeria". 22 October 2016. 

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