10 Reasons Why Lagos Is Better Than Abuja

Over the years, many Nigerians have debated whether Lagos is better than Abuja with remarks been tossed like grenades across both sides. Sometimes, we are caught in a web of fierce argument about the two cities. However, Abuja and Lagos are famous and great cities in the country.

Abuja, the capital of Nigeria has become an upmarket city, popularly known as the ‘London of Africa'; but Lagos is the one of the largest city in Africa that best combines the diversities, character, foibles and strengths of Nigeria. We have highlighted 10 reasons why Lagos is better than Abuja:

1. The cost of living

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Have you ever wondered why almost everyone wants to be in Lagos instead of Abuja even though it is better developed and prettier? The reason is simple! Lagos is a city that is very affordable to live no matter your social status. It has become the home of everyone which means that you can comfortably live in Lagos with little compared to the luxury lifestyle in Abuja.

2. A city of dream where paupers become millionaires

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Let us face it, when it comes to becoming a self-made millionaire in Nigeria, there is no better place to be than Lagos. This is where anyone can start from the scratch and become a millionaire overnight. Everyone in Lagos is a hustler; they are always busy working or doing something that will bring them money. Lagosians are taught to be ‘street-wise’ unlike Abuja, where almost everyone behaves like ‘Ajebutter’ (rich) kids. There are many celebrities and millionaires who came from slums in Lagos today.

3. Believe it or not, you can find an affordable apartment in Lagos

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Yes, we know that the holy grail of Lagos expensive urban real estate is out there but this does not mean that everyone is living in luxury apartments that only wealthy people can afford. There are thousands of very affordable apartments if you are patient enough to find them. The rent in Lagos is not always as expensive as what Abuja would offer you.

4. Contagious lifestyle

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If you’ve ever lived in Lagos and Abuja, you would be quick to point out the boring social life that hovers around Abuja. The social life setting that you embrace in Lagos may never leave you. There are lots of necessary social behaviours in Lagos, like the small talks, fashion, communication and socialization that run deep in every fibre of Lagos. Lagos is where life begins socially and spread to other parts of Nigeria.

5. Tourism merges with adventure in Lagos

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Lagos is always bursting with activities with its posh hotels, restaurants and places to explore. This city has become the face of tourism compared to Abuja. You can immerse yourself in deep cultures, surroundings and histories- from spiritual shrines, beaches, parks and many more. The tourism journey in Lagos always gives a worthy run for your money because the fun never ends. Little wonder, thousands of tourists visit Lagos to have a lifetime experience.

6. Cheap transportation

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The transportation system in Lagos is far lower than that of Abuja. There are lots of transport alternatives like the BRT buses, Yellow buses, taxis cabs and tricycles for you in Lagos unlike Abuja where you can only get ‘London taxi’ and green-cabs, which are quite expensive and few. The high cost of ‘special drops’ can be discouraging and to compound your challenge in Abuja, trekking may be a Hercules task.

7. Home of entertainment – Nollywood

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It is only in Lagos that you see the highest number of celebrities and entertainers living in Nigeria. The city is vibrant with lots of social functions happening almost every day. Indeed, there is no dull moment in Lagos because it is a city where talents are born and grown. Lagos has earned its name not only as the music and movies birthplace, but where entertainment is done better than anywhere in Nigeria.

8. Social vibes – parties and nightlife

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Have you ever spent your weekend in Lagos? The vibe is felt in the air and the parties colourful, engaging, wild and sometimes crazy. There is no rule on how parties are going to be held, which means that you’ve got an array of choices for clubs, hookup spots, bars and hotels all waiting for you to join in the fun. People come to Lagos to celebrate their weekends because that is where the social activities make the difference.

9. Employment opportunities

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It is easier to get a job in Lagos unlike Abuja, where it is nearly impossible for one to get a job. With many international companies, small businesses and local investments in Lagos, there is always an employment opportunity. The metropolis has become a land of opportunity for thousands of Nigerians who come with nothing and end up very comfortable later.

10. Lagos has a sense of solidarity and love

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Love is always in the air in Lagos unlike Abuja where everyone is like an island. Talk about solidarity and support for a clause, it all begins in Lagos. Sympathy is quickly shared and support is gotten fast because everyone minds everyone’s business. A visit to Abuja would convince you that you are definitely on your own with its peculiar way of life even among neighbours. Nigerians living in Abuja live the fake lifestyle due to the high standard of living.

The Verdict: Lagos or Abuja?

Do you agree that Lagos is better than Abuja? Share your views and opinions with us in the comment below:

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Lagos is dah best compare to abuja……check most of the celebrities where did they start from?Lagos is a place for the rich n poor….

  2. Lagos better than abuja because Lagos make person strong and solve every difficult situation

  3. Doe av been to lag once nd ever been to abuja but i tink lag is a better place

  4. abuja is a place reserved 4 cool headed nigerians 2cary out gud decision 4 benefit of al nigerians even lagosians

  5. Lagos is d best place 2 hustle dan abuja

    • I prefer lagos dan abuja in 100.000,000% way

  6. Please leave your comment…I think i prefer lagos.lagos is 100 percent better than abj

  7. Lagos is far far better than abuja. abuja is boring but Lagos is a busy place full of activities and fun

  8. Lagos is far beta than Abuja 4 me I prefer lagos 2 Abuja

  9. Yeah lagos is better than abuja cos dats whr the legal criminals dat ruins our country live a cageful life so if u ar nt lyk dem u definitely become a prey.

  10. Please leave your comment…lagos all the way,a home 4 all

  11. Please leave your comment…Lagos is far better than anbuja. no two ways about it. is truly the land of opportuinity.

  12. Please nt everything you about lagos is true jare

  13. Uyo is the bomb!

  14. Undoubtedly,the enumerated points indicate Lagos is a better option,apart from that,i’ve experienced some and i know what it takes to stay in both of the cities.

  15. For what so ever reasons lagos is beta dan abuja.

  16. Please leave your comment…If u’ve ever lived in Lag u will succeed living in any part of the world.It’s far better than isolative life in Abuja.

  17. Abuja was born out of lagos. Take it or leav it. Lagos mother of all cities in niga

  18. Nice debate, Lagos is conducive I live at Surelere I can enjoy the impressive lyfestyle

  19. when u are talking about Lagos, is a place where u and agbero , insult because of change, insult is d breakfast before u get to ur destination (business ) Lagos is a place u can survival with d nature of ur attitudes, Lagos is a social place, were u discover talente, where u can implement entrepreneur with minimum of capital, Lagos is a place u wi never dull or lost ur sense in just a few secons of time. But if u are dulling in Lagos dere wi b no city to wake u ti coming of jesus christ. Lagos nothing like rest of mind, 24hrs active While Abuja is a place to relais wen u Hve ur money. But to say d fact we all seek where we can enjoying our life…………….

  20. Please leave your comment…while talking about lagos’s definition it was so endlessness in talk of transportation bill is very cheaper Dan abuja’s transportation,and in also talk of workmanship payments might b stressful bt eventually affordable…so,dere’s peaceful in lagos and lagos’s lifestyles so pleasures,awesomely,night party,,so all dis is after work nd also 4 weekend time..while abuja so expensively in everything such like their transportations bills,workmanship,etc..bt,abuja lives mostly 4 richest m/f,nd dere’s also peacefulness in abuja…..so dis life is d more u’ve,is d more u’ll enjoyed it.bt lets b passionate wit wot we’re doing nd do d right path…life goes on!!

  21. Yes I agree with u lagos is far better than Abuja although am living in Abuja but u shld understand

  22. Lagos is far far better than abuja is full of fun is not boring full of oppotunities so lagos is the best

  23. lasgidi pass abuja.
    abeg I need chick around ajah. 52E0447D

  24. Its unarguably factual that Lagos is better than Abuja in every aspect and respect. A cosmopolitan city that perfectly suits every kind of dream, aspiration and expectations.

  25. Lagos is a land of hope take it or leave it.I’m proud to be a lagosian.

  26. Please leave your comment.Lagos is far better than Abuja in everything,Abuja!is a state for the rich Lagos is a state for all,Lagos is a place things happen 24hrs.

  27. Heaven is better than both Lagos n Abuja

  28. I only want evry person to take this fact,;where ever u fined ur self in nigeria?make that place a home for you!

  29. leave this yan, after 100yrs u can then compare

  30. Lagos is full of fun, lessons n in Lagos u learn how to grow fast, compare to abuja. I remember my 4yrs in abuja was tough. Lagos remains Lagos. eko o ni baje

  31. I was born in lagos brought up in abuja. Will love to visit lag but I still luv abj oooooo

  32. Please leave your comment…all d same…pple must still live in abj….we can’t abondon it.

  33. Please leave your comment…we cant abandon abj

  34. Please leave your comment…all d same…pple must still live in abj….we can’t abandon it.

  35. The Traffic in lagos is enough reason to leave lagos for abuja..lagos is dirty the air polluted touts evrywhere, the rickety danfo bus pitiable..av spent time in both Abuja and lagos, no place can be like abuja..for ur information transport is cheaper in abuja

  36. it’s very cleared and is incomparable

  37. Lagos Is the best city in nigeria.

  38. Lagos the city of Uszilla’s……..Rep OJOTA,no where way u dey go for LG wey u no go pass OJOta even if u dey go Abuja self.

  39. I lived in Abj. for 3 years..harsh,fake life.Suffering n Smiling.Lagos is far better n conducive than Abuja

  40. if u can live in Lagos there is no where u can’t live in d world bcos Lagos will change ur orientation and be extra ordinary wise i love lagos

  41. Yes ooooo my people, Lagos is far better than abuja in many ways.

  42. It’s a waste of time to compare Abuja with Lagos…..absolute waste of time… It will take Abuja years to measure up with Lagos. I live in Abuja currently so i am writing from experience. QED

  43. I rep lasgidi,home away from home

  44. Lagos all d way, no where like lagos home of all

  45. like it or not lagos is the best place

  46. Please leave your comment…Lagos is better than abuja but some
    of ur observation is wrong, for instance transport in Lagos is more expensive 2 Abuja

  47. Please leave your comment…Most Nigerians like noisy environments and that is another name for Lagos! I hate noise and filth and that is why i prefer Abuja!

  48. Abuja all the way.

  49. I think Lag is beta than Abj. ONE LOVE LAGOS.

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