Location within Lagos Metropolitan Area
|• Total||23 km2 (9 sq mi)|
|• 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
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. However, in preparation for the 2009 Under 17 FIFA World Cup the facilities were improved, and the event kicked off successfully in October 2009.
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. 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".
Landmarks and places
- National Stadium Lagos.
- National Arts Theatre.
- Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Lagos.
- Teslim Balogun Stadium.
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.
- Wizkid, Internationally recognized music recording artist.
- Waidi Akanni, Former national footballer and executive.
- Babatunde Fashola, Politician and former governor of Lagos State.
- Bisi Ibidapo-Obe, Film Actress.
- Teslim Fatusi, International footballer.
- Desmond Elliot, Actor and politician.
- Ade Olufeko, Nigerian American technologist and entrepreneur.
- Ramsey Nouah, Internationally recognized film actor.
- Folashade Sherifat Jaji, Noteworthy chemist and civil servant.
- Tade Ogidan, Film and television director.
- Damilola Adegbite, Actress and television personality.
- Linda Ejiofor, Tinsel television actress.
- Rilwan Akiolu, Traditional Oba of Lagos.
- Bose Kaffo, Professional table tennis player.
- Femi Gbajabiamila, Lawyer and politician.
- Bukky Ajayi†, Film Actress.
- Ikenna Azuike, British Nigerian lawyer and broadcaster.
- Simi, Soul singer and song writer.
- Lanre Tejuosho, Politician.
- Ladi Oshinaike, Food Entrepreneur.
- Jonathan, Randall (February 14, 1977). "FESTAC: Upbeat Finale". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "The abandoned National Stadium in Lagos (Editorial)". The Guardian (Lagos). Guardian Newspapers Limited, via nigeriaworld.com. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2008-02-13.[dead link]
- Solomon Nwoke (8 October 2009). "U-17 - Surulere Gets Ready". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- Oluwashina Okeleji (23 October 2009). "Nigeria ready for U17 World Cup". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
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