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Ebute- Metta, The Centre of Lagos

History, modern day progress and future challenges come together in Ebute-Metta. The foundations and architecture of the Old Lagos and unplanned waterside settlements are bombarded by a constant influx of both new dwellers and traffic passing through on the way to Lagos and Victoria Islands.

This 20 square km area is very densely populated; Ebute-Metta is now home to almost a million people.  Thousands have no running water or sanitation, let alone access to services such as schools or healthcare. Many are forced to live in makeshift houses on the edges of planned infrastructure. The lure of better living has enticed many to seek opportunities close to the heart of Lagos, the biggest and fastest growing city in Africa.

Despite the conditions people go to work, children grow up and life goes on. The people of Ebute-Metta are content with what they have, welcoming visitors and showing hospitality. We share their dreams and visions of “A Better Day In Lagos”.


A Better Day In Lagos” is a portfolio of CSR programmes in Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland, set up by The Mayflower Foundation

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Mayflower concept, design and management by New Era Partners

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