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Lagos State Map - Local Government areas

  • Date Created January 19, 2005
  • Capital Agege
  • LGA Chairman Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi
  • Land Area 182 sq km (70 sq mi)
  • Population 459,939
  • GDP 4 billion Naira

When the kolanut plantations in the Agege area started to flourish it attracted huge settlements. Agege experienced rapid development and became a powerful center of the kolanut trade. These settlements attracted different people of different backgrounds and interests such as laborers, and most of these were Hausa. Whenever the Yorubas needed labourers for jobs such as cutting of trees, they would engage the services of the Hausa people. Because of this work the immediate area where the Hausas lived was named ‘Ilu Awon Ageigi’ which translates as ‘Town (Ilu) of the tree cutters’. The name Agege was thus formed out of the word Ageigi.