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Ikeja Local Government Area
Ikeja shown within the State of Lagos
Ikeja shown within the State of Lagos
Country Nigeria
StateLagos State
 • Total49.92 km2 (19.27 sq mi)
 • Land49.92 km2 (19.27 sq mi)
39 m (128 ft)
 (2015 estimate)[1]
 • Total861,300
 • Density17,254/km2 (44,690/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Ikeja is a town and local government area of Lagos State, Nigeria. It serves as the capital of Lagos State.[2] Ikeja is known for being a well-planned commercial settlement with shopping malls, pharmacies and government reservation areas.

Etymology[change | change source]

Oral history has it that the word Ikeja was first coined from the Benin word Ikehdia (English: military watch station).

It is also believed that the first colonial administrators in Lagos abbreviated Ikorodu and Epe Joint Administration to Ikeja for easy administration.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Metro Lagos". City Population. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. Books LLC (May 2010). Local Government Areas in Lagos State: Ikeja, Amuwo-Odofin, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Badagry, Oshodi-Isolo, Eti-Osa, Surulere. General Books LLC. ISBN 978-1-155-21653-9.