Lekki is a city in Lagos State, Nigeria. It is located to the south-east of Lagos city. Lekki is a naturally formed peninsula, adjoining to its west Victoria Island and Ikoyi districts of Lagos, with the Atlantic Ocean to its south, Lagos Lagoon to the north, and Lekki Lagoon to its east; however, the city's southeast, which ends around the western edge of Refuge Island, adjoins the eastern part of Ibeju-Lekki LGA.
The city is still largely under construction, as of 2015, only phase 1 of the project had been completed, with phase 2 nearing completion. The peninsula is approximately 70 to 80 km long, with an average width of 10 km. Lekki currently houses several gated residential developments, agricultural farmlands, areas allocated for a Free Trade Zone, with an airport, and a sea port under construction. The proposed land-use master plan for Lekki envisages the Peninsula as a "Blue-Green Environment City", expected to accommodate well over a residential population of 3.4 million in addition to a non-residential population of at least 1.9 million.
Part of the Lekki peninsula was formerly known as Maroko, a slum, before it was destroyed by the Raji Rasaki-led Lagos State military government. One of its neighbourhoods, Lekki phase 1, has a reputation of having some of the most expensive real estate in Lagos State.
Tourist sites and monuments
- Apapa/Tin Can Island Ports Complex – Hub of Nigeria's maritime/shipping industry.
- Enu Owa Shrine, Isale Eko.
- lga Idunganran, Isale-Eko, – Official residence of the Oba [King] of Lagos since 1670.
- Lagos Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos.
- Holy Cross Cathedral — Cradle and seat of the Roman Catholic Mission in Nigeria.
- Nigeria Conservation Centre, Igbo-Efon, Eti-Osa.
- Old Colonial Nigeria Secretariat, Marina Lagos.
- Old Federal Parliament Building, Race Course, Lagos.
- Old Glover's Hausa Guard Mosque [Obalende Central Mosque], Obalende, Lagos.
- Tafawa Balewa Square, Race Course – National Ceremonial Parade Ground, 1863–1991.
The proposed Lekki-Epe International Airport would serve the area as a second airport for Lagos, and the Green Line of the future Lagos Rail Mass Transit will connect Lekki with Lagos city.
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