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The capital of Lagos State, Ikeja is home to the largest shopping mall in the state, which should keep the shopaholics smiling. This is where you will find the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and the Femi Kuti's Africa Shrine. Once home to the Yoruba people, the area was continually raided for slaves until the mid-19th century. It became a residential and industrial suburb during the mid 1960s and in 1976 became the capital of the Lagos state. There has recently been educational and huge infrastructure development, plus the city is home to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, as well as the Accident Investigation Bureau. Coworking venues have now appeared on the streets of Ikeja for its tech savvy youth with big ideas.
Nigeria is dubbed “Africa’s India” for its demographic stats. Today the population is “only” 173 million, making it the largest country in Africa. It’s expected that this figure will reach half a billion (2050) and likely a billion by the turn of next century. Its people are predominantly English speaking and it's becoming a hub for social businesses with some startups solving local issues whilst making money, such as "Wecyclers". Nigeria has a huge market that's getting bigger every year and is the cultural epicentre for African youth through movies and online publications. Both Google and Facebook have opened up their own hubs and launched accelerator programs. The country is on track to draw more venture capital than its South African and East African counterparts.
With so much buzz happening in Nigeria it is little wonder that cities such as Ikeja are seeing coworking spaces opening in their streets.