"Welcome to Lagos"
WELCOME TO LAGOS GUIDE SHELL OUTPOST OFFICE - LAGOS Address: Shell 2nd Avenue Compound. Ikoyi Office Hours: Mon & Wed - 10:00am to 12:00noon Email: email@example.com Mobile: (080) 2536 8723 Table of Contents Preface ................................................................................................................................. 2 General Information ............................................................................................................ 3 Living in Lagos Security Public Transport Domestic Staff Drivers Repairing Household Appliances Schools ....................................................................................................................................... 6 Pre-Schools & Nurseries Primary & Secondary Schools Local Opportunities for Adult Education General Health ........................................................................................................................... 9 Medical Assistance Optician Dentist /Orthodontist Physiotherapist Pharmacy Malaria Water Communications ....................................................................................................................... 12 Postal System Mobile Phone Local & International Calls Shopping .................................................................................................................................. 14 Shopping Malls & Department Stores Supermarkets & Stores Bakeries Meat Fish Fruits & Vegetables Wines, Bears & Spirits Furniture, Soft Furnishing & Ornaments Electrical Goods Lighting Gift Shops Bookshops & Newspapers Dry Cleaning Hairdressers & Beauty Salons Flowers & Plants Film Processing Clothing .................................................................................................................................... 23 Men’s & Women’s Wear Children’s wear & Toys Cafés & Restaurants .................................................................................................................. 25 Cafes Restaurants Home Delivery & Take Away Food Computers ................................................................................................................................ 28 Computer Services Religion & Charities .................................................................................................................. 29 Religious Services Charities Sports & Social Activities ........................................................................................................... 30 Sports Clubs Sports Activities within the Shell Community Social Clubs and Organizations Entertainment ........................................................................................................................... 33 Cultural Activities Markets Cinemas For the Kids At home Currency .................................................................................................................................... 35 Lagos Outpost Page 1 February 2008 Preface The purpose of this booklet is three-fold: Firstly, to introduce Shell newcomers or visitors to Shell Life in Lagos and help make the first few weeks here a bit less stressful. Secondly, to supply a rough guide of shops, restaurants and facilities frequently used by the expatriate community in Lagos. Thirdly, to illustrate that Lagos has a lot to offer in the way of things to do and that life in Lagos can be as quiet or as busy as you like. As Lagos is an ever changing city, you may wish to inform the Outpost Office at Shell 2 nd Avenue compound of any changes since publication or give any further information you think would be useful in this booklet. We welcome feedback. The Outpost office is open on Mondays and Wednesdays (10:00am – 12:00m) and visitors are always welcome. We can be reached on Shell Extension: 64293 or if calling from a non Shell Extension on Telephone Number: (01) 276 4293 – during office hours. Alternatively on Mobile 0802 53687223. Enjoy your stay in Lagos and make the most of the many activities and travel opportunities. The information in this booklet has been compiled with the help of Cristina Baca, Elizabeth Doody and the Lagos Outpost Team and from recommendations and information from Shell Expatriate wives or extracted from a more comprehensive guide to Lagos namely “Lagos Easy Access. The Guidebook”. Any comments made are the opinion of the person who visited or recommended the shop or restaurant mentioned, therefore you may find you do not always agree with the comment. Lagos Outpost Page 2 February 2008 General Information Living in Lagos Lagos consists of three islands, Mainland Lagos Island, Victoria Island and Ikoyi. All Shell expatriate staff, apart from a couple of exceptions, live in Compounds consisting of a number of flats, a swimming pool and some other sports facility, i.e. Tennis courts, squash courts or gym These apartments are all on Ikoyi in 19 different locations. Namely AA Court (23 Bourdillon Road), 5 Bourdillon Road, Cadwell, 7-9 Glover Road, 37/39 First Avenue, Frith Hill, Foreshore Terraces on Banana Island, Kingsway Courts, Lakeside Mews, 14a Lugard Avenue, MacDonald Court, Monique Water Gardens, Niger Towers, Queens Drive, Rebecca Court, Ruxton Gardens, 10 Second Avenue, Shell III (1 Shell Trustees Close), Templegate (15 Temple Road ). Shell offices are all on or near the Lagos Island West. With Nal Towers and Freeman House by the Marina and Snake Island which is an island location off the harbour. In general most of the expatriate families spend the majority of their time on Ikoyi or Victoria Island. This is because between them, they have a good range of schools, shops and restaurants and unless you have to go to the airport, a market or the beach there is no real necessity for the employee‟s family to go to Lagos Mainland. Security Although Lagos has the reputation of being a not-so-safe city, most expatriates encounter few problems while living here, although care should always be taken. Life in Ikoyi and Victoria Island is quite safe and most expatriates feel comfortable driving in these areas during the weekend. A driver is considered necessary when leaving the islands, and during the week because of heavy traffic, parking and dealing with minor traffic incidents. For security reasons, it is also advisable to have a driver, especially after 6pm. Road blocks are a common sight but they cause few problems. Occasionally you may be stopped and asked for money, but if you are polite and calmly refuse to pay, you are usually waved on. Always keep personal and car documents in the car. In the event of an emergency arising, Police Response Teams can be contacted on 01-264-5432 or 01- 263-4060 or Shell Ext. 65461 and 62611 or from your mobile 01 276 5461 or 01 276 2611 Security is good on the compounds and most people feel as safe, if not safer, living in them as they do in their own homes in their base country. Public Transport There are two main types of public transport in Lagos, the “Danfo” (i.e. a small yellow or green and white bus) and the “Okada” (i.e. a motorbike taxi) neither of which are recommended for your use. Vehicles are in a precarious state; roads are full of potholes; which combined with poor driving and lack of traffic signals, makes travelling by public transport unsafe and unreliable. When flying out of Lagos it is always wise to confirm your bookings at least 72 hours before leaving. As overbooking is a common practise here. Also make sure you are early for your flight. Some airlines allow you to check in on line, e.g. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic but please check with your airline before leaving for the airport. Domestic Staff It is normal to have a contract with any staff you employ, stating hours to be worked, duties to be carried out, length of probation period, salary, bonuses, clothing allowance and any other benefits you are willing to give them. Lagos Outpost Page 3 February 2008 A Christmas bonus of a month‟s salary is normal, as is 4 weeks paid leave, a clothing/uniform allowance twice a year, money for a bed and cooking appliance for the nannies /steward and a month‟s salary for every year worked when the contract is terminated. It is acceptable to ask for a medical check to be carried out before you employ domestic staff if you want. This would normally be for your account. This can be done at St. Nicholas Hospital, 57 Campbell Street. Tel. No. (01) 260.0070-79. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org If you want your potential staff to have an aids test done you must discuss this with them beforehand and have them sign a consent form, accepting that they will not get the job if the Aids test is positive. The names of a few nannies and stewards of families that are leaving or have left recently are available at the Outpost Office; otherwise ask around for recommended staff. It is not advisable to take any staff without good references and it is worth considering employing them for a 3-month probation period. Once you take on a nanny or a steward or cook one of them will be entitled to use the staff accommodation on site. Before they get access to this accommodation they first need an identity card which they can get from the Estate Manager. Each apartment is allocated staff quarters for one employee who can bring only one other family member to live with them. There is a driver‟s room on each compound but this is shared accommodation and normally used for short-term stays only. Drivers It is strongly advised to have a driver in Lagos. The heavy traffic and bad road surfaces plus frequent petrol shortages resulting in queuing for hours for petrol make having a driver more like a necessity than a luxury, especially for those families with young children. Before you take on a driver, it is always a good idea to have references from his previous employers. Many families have kept on the drivers from previous expatriate families. In Nigeria, it is accepted that your driver will also carry out certain jobs for you like carrying your shopping into the apartment and running errands on your behalf. A talk with your colleagues and friends is always a good idea, to get a better idea of what sort of tasks you can expect him to do and what he will expect from you by way of payment for his services. It is advisable to clarify terms, conditions and hours of work before you take your driver on permanently, bearing in mind that not all drivers are willing to work over-time. Rates of pay will vary from household to household depending on his hours of work and the amount of work he has to do for you. All drivers for Shell families must have a Shell Identity Card to get into the office. This can be arranged by the employer phoning office extension Victoria Makanjuola (Freeman House ext. 65028) or Nnamdi Onyeka (Freeman House ext. 62049) and informing them when your driver will be coming, then sending the driver to the office in Freeman House to collect an I.D. card. Drivers must have passed a Shell Defensive Driving course as well as hold a Nigerian Drivers Licence before driving a Company car because the car belongs to the company not to you. For the above two reasons it is much easier to take on a driver who has worked for a Shell family before than one who has not. Expatriate drivers also have to pass the Shell Defensive Driving course. It does not matter if you have been driving for several years and have licences from many different countries to prove it, you will still have to obtain a Nigerian Drivers License before you can drive your Company car and have valid insurance to cover that car. Details can be found on the SPDC Website. Lagos Outpost Page 4 February 2008 Repairing Household Appliances Any repairs or faults to the air-conditioning, phone system, electricity and plumbing will be carried out by Provast or the individual Compounds Service team on request. Provast on the Shell Compounds will change bulbs on fitted lights however personally owned electrical appliances, computers and lamps and gas bottles are your own responsibility. Mr. Adewale at Mob. No. (080) 3352 0303 has proved to be reliable for fixing electrical appliances. Names of trained workmen can be obtained from the Outpost Office. Please be aware these are workmen who have been recommended by expatriates who have used them. Lagos Outpost Page 5 February 2008 Schools If you would like to speak to someone whose child attends one of the following schools please contact the Outpost Lagos Office and we will give you the name and number of a relevant parent who can give you some general information on the subject. Pre-Schools & Nurseries School Comments International Mother and Baby Play Group Mon, Wed and Fridays from 9:30am to 11:30am British Deputy Commission Club Ages: Newborn to 5 years 4 Reeve Road (off Glover Road), Ikoyi An excellent range of indoor and outdoor toys Tel: (01) 683.796 All nationalities welcome. Run by volunteers Footsteps Playgroup Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 12:30pm 8 Seventh St. Inside Osborne Forshore Estate, Ages: 2 – 4 years, could also take children between 1 Ikoyi and 2 years old Tel: (01) 474.0360 Headmaster: Titi Oshin (080) 2314.0850 American Parents Cooperative Centre Follows the American syllabus Probyn Road, Ikoyi Close communications with the American School Tel: (080) 8415.0791 Holidays are linked with the American school Little Acorns Montessori School Monday to Friday from 8:15am to 1:00pm 30 Maitama Sule Street, Ikoyi Ages: 1 - 5 years Tel: (01) 267.1222 / (01) 471.8557 Primary & Secondary Schools School Comments American International School Lagos Established in 1964. Incorporation with US Embassy Behind 1004 Federal States, V.I. and Tacoma School District and Klein School District Ages: 4 - 14 years Tel: (01) 261.7793, (01) 461.0986, (01) 461.0987 Fully accredited by Middle States Association of Fax: (01) 261.7794 Colleges and Schools Children are screened before they are given a place. Website: www.aislagos.com Standardized tests are used Email: email@example.com Specialist teachers: Music, Art, Drama, PE, I.T., Orchestra and Vocals High standard of education considered being one point above the American national average Extensive after school activities arts and sports (Saturday – sports only) Waiting list for certain age groups – usually younger children Facilities include: gymnasium, swimming pool, playing field, 3 tennis courts, 2 computer labs, 2 portable laptop computer labs, 3 science labs, library Lagos Outpost Page 6 February 2008 St. Saviours Primary School Established 1951, a non-profit primary school 54 Alexander Road, Ikoyi Ages: 4 ½ - 11 years P.O. Box 413, Lagos Follows the British National Curriculum Tel/Fax: (01) 269.0969, (01) 269.5922 Approximately 300 children in the school Website: www.stsavioursschool.com A two form entry with an average of 17 children per Email: firstname.lastname@example.org class Specialist teacher for French, Music, RE and I.T. SATs results are freely available Independent exams are taken (coaching is available) for entry into private schools in the UK, e.g. Wickham Abbey and Cheltenham Girls School Inset training for teachers in the UK Ashville College Facilities include: sports field, multipurpose gym, computer room, art room, library There are up to 30 various after school activities British International School Ages: 11 - 18 years 1 Landbridge Avenue, Oniru Estate Follows the British National Curriculum – GSCE, AS Lekki Peninsula Levels and A Levels P.O. Box 75133, V.I., Lagos Offers external exams through Cambridge International Examinations Tel: (01) 774.8066, (01) 774.7852 Website: www.bis-lagos.org.uk Facilities include: multipurpose Hall, science lab, Email: email@example.com library, 2 computer labs The Netherlands School Dutch-speaking school 13 a/b Walter Carrington Crescent, V.I. Ages: 4 - 12 years Follows the Dutch Curriculum Tel: (01) 461.5337, (080) 3332.9049 Website: www.thenetherlandsschoollagos.com English lessons for all children Email: firstname.lastname@example.org After school activities include: chess, hockey and recorder Facilities: sports field, computer room, science labs, swimming pool, gym, kitchen German School, Lagos Follows the German Curriculum Beachland Estate, Ibafon, Apapa Supported by the German School Association, P.M.B. 1190 approved by the German Ministry of Culture and Education Tel: (01) 587.5481 Ages: 3 - 19 years Fax: (01) 587.2010 Equivalent of A level exam, with all certificates and graduations equal to those in Germany After school activities include: swimming, football, recorder, cooking, computer games Facilities include: library, computer room, science labs, art room, foreign language facilities, photographic lab, swimming pool French School Follows the French Syllabus 16 Younis Bashirun St., Lekki Peninsula Ages: 3 - 18 years Lagos Outpost Page 7 February 2008 Tel: (01) 270.0545, (01) 270.0546 Accepts non-French speaking students under certain Website: www.lyceefrancaislagos.ac-nantes.fr conditions Email: email@example.com Facilities include: computer lab, art room, music room, sports field, gym Local Opportunities for Adult Education Alliance Francaise 4C Ruxton Road, opposite Home Science Primary School, Ikoyi Tel.: (01) 891.1341 Offers French language courses, Bilingual Secretarial Studies, Micro Computer Training, and is the only approved translation service provider to the French Consulate for legalized administrative documents. The Spouse Vocational Assistance (SVA) is frequently used by those spouses wishing to pursue further educational courses. Full details of the policy can be found in Expatriate Services Communication – 03/1998, obtainable form your local HR department. Lagos Outpost Page 8 February 2008 General Health Medical Assistance At the time of writing Shell employees and their families can receive treatment from the listed hospitals below: Hospital Address Contact Details Freeman House Freeman House (fifth floor) See box below 21/22 Marina Road Lagos Island The Reddington Hospital 12 Idowu Martins Street, Tel: (01) 271.5341, (01) 271.5342 firstname.lastname@example.org Victoria Island (01) 271.5343 (next to Mega Plaza) (01) 262.1234 (Emergency) Fax: (01) 261.0442 The Lagoon Hospital Off Liverpool Road Tel: (01) 580.4063, (01) 587.4081, www.lagoonhospitals.com Apapa (01) 545.0119 (01) 773.6996 (Emergency) Fax: (01) 776.2433 The Shell Medical Centre offers 24 hours in-patient and out-patient services to employees and their dependents. There are four bedded wards for in-patient admissions as well as facilities for anti-natal and post-natal care and for infant welfare. There is a 24-hour emergency service with 2 ambulances on call. In exceptional circumstances arrangements can be made to medi-vac patients out of the country. Currently, the Shell Medical Centre is under evaluation to assess the viability of maintaining the entire hospital ward. The plan is to maintain the outpatient facilities, including the laboratory and the pharmacy. A decision is expected to be taken in 2008. Family members need to obtain an identity card from the Security Department to enable them access to the clinic. These cards can be obtained on the 2nd Floor of Freeman House. General Out-patients Monday to Friday 7:00am to 12:00m Consultation Clinics: Out of these hours it is advisable to check whether there is a Doctor available at the clinic There are Doctors at the Clinic on Saturday mornings though in general Saturdays and Sundays the clinic is open for emergencies only Medical outpatients Shell extension 65070 or 65204 Numbers: Medical Emergency From internal extension beginning with 64, dial 65550 or dial 9 and ask for Numbers: Medical Emergency From internal extension beginning with 65, dial 122 From outside line, dial the operator at Freeman House at (01) 260.1600 or (01) 260.1800 and ask for Medical Emergency The Reddington Hospital and the Lagoon Hospital have both have been assessed as satisfactory to International Standards by independent experts. They also have established medical protocols and ongoing improvement plans which are being closely monitored by Shell Health staff. If you are admitted to one of these hospitals, your care will be overseen by a Shell doctor. Many expatriates tend to visit the Reddington Hospital as it is conveniently located in Victoria Island. Lagos Outpost Page 9 February 2008 At the Reddington Hospital and the Lagoon Hospital a BUPA International Card must be shown before treatment; this should be obtained before arriving in Lagos. Optician If you need an optician or other medical specialist in general the Shell Clinic will refer you to them otherwise the services below have been use by expatriates and are quite reliable. Medical Address Telephone No. Optician Plot 880 Tel: (01) 262.2837 Bishop Aboyade Cole St. Victoria Island Eye Doctor Plot 867A Tel: (01) 811.7009 Bishop Aboyade Cole St Mob: (080) 2318.4446 Victoria Island Dentist / Orthodontist A good dental clinic used by many expatriate adults and children is: Schubbs Dental Clinic 22B Milverton Road, Ikoyi Telf.: (01) 461.5195, (01) 472.4513, (01) 267.2790 The team of dentists is highly trained and efficient. The surgery has some of the latest technology it is extremely hygienic, well equipped and offers a high standard of treatment. Appointments are easily arranged and there is not usually a long waiting list. Prices are competitive with those paid in the UK. Physiotherapist If you need a Physiotherapist, Heide Ogumbigi on Mobile No. (080) 3345.1111 has been used by one of the expatriate families and was found to be pretty good. Alternatively, as with all other medical specialists, the Shell Clinic can put you in contact with or refer you to any medical specialists you may need. Pharmacy Should you require any nonprescription medicines it is always advisable to get your tablets or medicines from the Shell Clinic rather than a local chemist or better still, take them in from your home country yourself. If for some reason this is not possible, these are a couple of Pharmacies Shell expatriates have used. Shop Address Phone No. Comments Med Plus Eko Hotel Mall Ajose Adeogun Street (01) 270.5689 Victoria Island Woolworths Plaza (01) 262.1223 307 Adeola Odeku Street (080) 2317.8438 Victoria Island Mondi Pharmacy & Shop 13, Lafayette Shopping Mall Well stocked. Has make-up, Stores Ltd. vitamins, lotions, perfumes, Sanusi Fanfuwa Street (01) 262.0617 greeting cards and fun fridge Victoria Island magnets! Lagos Outpost Page 10 February 2008 Malaria Malaria can be fatal and it kills over two million people a year. It is a parasite, which is carried in the saliva of the female mosquito and is passed into the blood stream once you have been bitten. It can then attack various organs including the liver. Malaria is the only disease for which you will be advised to take prophylactic drugs. Before visiting Nigeria make sure you have consulted your GP or Shell medical adviser and are well informed about this parasite. He will recommend a prophylactic drug, which will best suit your family needs. People born and raised in a malaria area have a partial immunity but you may find that your staff also succumbs to it from time to time. Water Do not drink water straight from the tap. Use bottled water or else boil water from the tap for 10 minutes and filter it before drinking it, using it for hot drinks or for cooking. It is advisable to soak fruit and vegetables for 30 minutes in water to which Milton has been added before the fruits and vegetables are eaten. It is a good idea to bring your Milton Tablets with you as they are quite expensive and you do use it frequently. Lagos Outpost Page 11 February 2008 Communications Postal System The postal system here does work, but it is very slow and from experience the mail does not always arrive in the same condition you sent it in. Main Post Offices are located at: 2 Oluiwa Road, Alfred Rewane, Ikoyi; and 23 Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island However it is better if you have your own home country stamps so you can ask someone who is going back to your home country to post your mail for you or use the Shell internal expatriate mail. Mobile Phones Shell will provide the employee with a mobile phone and you can join a business package. Reception from your mobile phone varies depending on your service provider, but in general it is pretty good. To make an international call from your mobile press the 0 button until a + appears then dial the usual international number. If you require a second phone these can be bought at your own expense from: Shop Address Phone No. Comments Several mobile service providers Several Shops at The The Palms Shopping Mall including Glo, MTN, Celtel and the Palms Shopping Mall Lekki Expressway Nokia Shop Century 21 Mall Mega Plaza 14 Idowu Martins Street (01) 262.4626 Victoria Island 4 Aromire Road Sells handsets, SIM cards, phone MTN Office (off Kingsway Road) cards and mobile line services Victoria Island Lafayette Shopping Mall Telephone Warehouse Sanusi Fanfuwa Street (01) 262.2282 Victoria Island The price of phones and SIM cards are very reasonable. You can have a phone that works on a scratch card system similar to the pay-as-you-go systems elsewhere. Phone cards from mobile service providers including MTN, GLO and CELTEL are readily available from street sellers who come to your car in go slows. Alternatively, a monthly billing system can be organised with any of this service providers directly at their offices or through the Shell Co-op Ext. 65221. Local & International Calls To make a local call to a landline, you need to dial 01 + the required phone number To make a local call to a mobile number, dial the prefix, i.e. 080 or 070 + the mobile number. To dial a Shell extension from an outside line or a mobile you would dial 0127 + the extension Some compounds, i.e. Shell 1, Shell 2, Shell Trustees, Rebeca Court allow you to make international calls by i) asking the operator to dial it for you or ii) sending a formal request into the telecom dept. to provide the international access for your own VGC line so that you can dial direct by dialling 0 09 + country code +city code+ local number. You can lock your phone for international calls only or any calls, with a personal pin number which you can request by contacting the helpdesk on your Shell phone, phone number 1511. Lagos Outpost Page 12 February 2008 You can make international calls from your mobile, office or other providers. The cheapest way to make an International call is to use Skype or any of the internet services provided online. Alternatively, you can buy calling cards, i.e. Next Card or All Talk Card readily available on the street. Alternatively, Pees Gallery (opposite the 1 st Avenue Compound) sells Quick Connect cards for 250 Naira, 500 Naira and 1000 Naira which make calls even cheaper still. These cards operate by giving you a pin number that you register with a Cards company phone number and then you dial in the number required. Lagos Outpost Page 13 February 2008 Shopping Everyday items are normally available in Lagos, though you may have to shop around to get exactly what you want. If there are any special items you really cannot do without, it is an idea to buy a few extra when these items suddenly appear in stock. Below is a list of some of the more popular shops used by the expatriate community of Lagos; however there are a lot more besides, as new shops appear all the time as old ones may close down. So don‟t be surprised if one of the shops listed below no longer exists by the time you get round to visiting it as was the case when I went looking for a restaurant mentioned in “Lagos Easy Access. The Guidebook”, a guidebook which is a much more comprehensive guide to shops, restaurants and information on Nigeria than this booklet. There are a few Shopping Centres, which are well worth a visit if you do not want to drive around to do your shopping. Shopping Malls & Department Stores Shopping Mall Department Address What to find? Comments Store Falomo Awolowo Road Quintessence (good African arts and Shopping Centre Ikoyi crafts shop), book shops Small art gallery, basic supermarket, Handy as it is 2A Osbourne Road clothes shops, internet café, curtain opposite 1st and 2nd Pees Gallery Ikoyi material shop, shoe shop, china shop, dry Avenue, but nothing cleaners special Onikan Goodies (supermarket), Italian Close to Freeman Lagos City Mall Lagos Restaurant, pharmacy, book shop, House (Shell Main (beside Tafawa Balewa) clothing stores Office) Shoprite (huge grocery store), Game Lekki Epe Expressway (discount store), Nu Metro (6 screen The Palms Lekki Peninsula cinema complex), cafés, boutiques, The place to go over Shopping Mall (next to British bookstores, mobile operators, gift shops, the weekend International School) hairdressing salons, cosmetic shops, ATMs, etc Sports shops, office furniture shops, Century 21 Mall 14 Idowu Martins St. clothes shops, electrical and household Newly refurbished (Mega Plaza) Victoria Island appliances shops. Supermarket next door Supermarket, gift shop, shoes, evening 7 Bishop Aboyade Cole Very nice bar and dress shop, handbags, shirt shop, Dream Plaza St. Chinese Restaurant childrens clothes/toys and shoe shop, Victoria Island on the top floors Chinese Restaurant Hair & Body care shop, Toy shops, Plot 642c Akin Adesola Children‟s clothes and shoe shops, Large Nice plaza for Elpina Plaza St. Home Appliances shop, men‟s shirt shop, mothers with young Victoria Island material shop, pharmacy, supermarket children and more Children and adults clothing shops, Lafayette Sanusi Fanfuwa St. African material shop, designer clothes Shopping Mall Victoria Island and ladies underwear shops, shoes and bags shop, gift and cards shops, computer Lagos Outpost Page 14 February 2008 shop, pharmacy, mobile phone shop Guru Plaza Large supermarket, gift section, watches, Park ‘n’ Shop Furniture shop a bit 47B Adeola Odeku St. electrical goods, furniture, bed linen, Dept. Store dated Victoria Island office furniture, lighting Cinemas, coffee shop and Chinese food, Silverbird 133 Ahmadu Bello Way Art Shop, Dress and accessories shop and Galleria Victoria Island more Supermarkets & Stores Supermarkets in Lagos tend to sell everything from food, cleaning materials to bedding, towels, cutlery and crockery, newspapers and stationery only the choice can be very limited. Store Address Phone No. Comments The Palms Mall The centrepiece of the Palms shopping Lekki Peninsula Mall is a South African supermarket – Shoprite (next to British International Shoprite, with a well stocked selection School) of goods 192 Awolowo Road (01) 267.0623 Fairly comprehensive range of toiletries, Ikoyi cleaning items, tinned/dried/fresh and Goodies Eko Court Complex frozen foods and wines. Reasonably 237 Kofo Abayomi St. (01) 262.5470 priced Victoria Island Small food supermarket with Canaro at 13 Taslim Elias Close delicatessen foods, cheeses and cold Manuela’s Victoria Island cuts from Italy. You have to be a Residence (part of Manuela‟s Residence) member and spend at least N10,000 every time you go. Very expensive Reasonable selection of juices, sauces, tinned and frozen foods. Also has 7 Bishop Aboyade Cole St. Dream Plaza electrical goods, stationery, Victoria Island kitchenware, towels and toiletries, toys, and some children‟s books Small food supermarket with Plot 1297B Akin Adesola St. delicatessen foods and cheeses from Victoria Island La Pointe (01) 261.1971 France. Also some fresh imported (past Eko Hotel towards Bar fruits/vegetables on Thursdays only (try Beach) to be there before noon to find any left!) Large store with a comprehensive range Guru Plaza, of goods including fresh meat. Limited (01) 262.3291 Park ‘n’ Shop 47B Adeola Odeku St. fresh vegetables flown in from Jos. In- (01) 262.3295 Victoria Island store bakery. Large gift, clothes, furniture and electrical section upstairs Supermarket 14 Idowu Martins St. (01) 262.4624-6 Well stocked supermarket. Very Mega Plaza Victoria island (01) 262.0534 reasonably priced Bakeries Goodies and Park n’ Shop also sell bread and cakes but for a larger selection any of the below are good. Homemade cakes also found at La Pointe. Lagos Outpost Page 15 February 2008 Shop Address Phone No. Comments 20-24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave. Bakery, ice creams & delicious cakes. Cactus Victoria Island Also, Café with take away 21A Fofo Abayomi St. (01) 262.7548 Candy Patisserie Victoria Island (01) 262.7549 Expensive but delicious croissants, 267A Etim Inyang Crescent Chocolat Royal (01) 262.3055 bread and patisseries. Also home-made Victoria Island chocolates and ice cream (01) 261.0096 Bakery with limited supply of imported 29A Akin Adesola, St. Frenchies (01) 261.0186 French goods. Good take-away pizzas Victoria Island (01) 264.7263 and ice cream Delicious cakes and pastries and Ocean View Complex Ocean View croissants. Also a very nice and clean Adetokumbo Ademola St. Bakery coffee shop. Situated in carpark left of Victoria Island main snack bar. Meat There are a number of places where you could good meat as per below. You could also get meat delivered from independent local vendors. Mr. [Jeremy] provides good quality meats (beef, chicken, pork, lamb) at a reasonable price; he can be reached at Mobile No. (080) 3328.2014. To place an order you just need to send him an SMS; do not forget to add your name and address for delivery. Store Address Phone No. Comments 192 Awolowo Road Fairly comprehensive range of fresh Goodies (01) 267.0623 Ikoyi meat, reasonably priced Has a good fresh meat counter with a Lafayette Shopping Mall selection of ready spiced meats. Has Lafayette Sanusi Fanfuwa St. (01) 262.2282 good Arabic style breads, olives and Victoria Island feta cheese Adetokumbo Ademola St. Fresh meats, fruit and vegetables from Victoria Island France usually on a Thursday. Very La Pointe (01) 261.1971 (past Eko Hotel at Bar Beach good quality but more expensive than end) other supermarket meat Guru Plaza Limited fresh meat but quite a good Park ‘n’ Shop 47B Adeola Odeku St, (01) 262.3291-95 selection of frozen meat. Sells pork, Victoria Island lamb and goat Fish For freshly caught fish and various sized prawns there is a Fish Market on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street. Usually, best in the late afternoon. But be aware it is at the side of the road. Otherwise frozen fish prawns are available at most of the supermarkets and at the following: Shop Address Phone No. Comments Home delivery, but for a minimum 4A Eletu Ogabi St. (01) 761.6000 order. The Fish Shop Victoria Island (01) 262.6300 Website: www.primstar.com (off Adeola Odeku St.) (01) 760.7474 e-mail: email@example.com Lagos Outpost Page 16 February 2008 Also sells frozen chicken, kebabs, Pisces Nigeria 32 Burma Road (01) 587.7611 juice, rice and milk. E-mail Ltd. Apapa (01) 587.7662 firstname.lastname@example.org Fruits & Vegetables A limited supply of fresh fruit and vegetables are available at Park n’ Shop, Goodies and the places mentioned below but mostly street markets beside the supermarkets and at Lekki Market (on the Lekki Epe Expressway towards the Chevron Complex) have better choice and quality. There are a couple stall holders on Glover Road and one on Thompson Road. Stall/Store Address Phone No. Comments Call or e-mail Monique or Glory for info Plot 8b, Block C metal Box on stock before making the long Rd. Ogba Industrial Estate (01) 433.1816 Teratiga Ltd. journey to Ikeja. They have fresh fruit Ikeja (080) 3324.1422 and veg deliveries from Jos (yellow entrance gate) Terratiga1lagos@yahoo.com Supplies farm products e.g. Potatoes, Toyin Saliu Fruit 10 Thompson Avenue Carrot, Onion, Tomato, Orange, Ent. Ikoyi Cabbage and eggs. Near Adeola Odeku St. Good quality food with a good range. Idowu Martins St. Junction Very friendly Victoria Island Plot 1297B Akin Adesola St. Imported fresh vegetables e.g. Lettuce, Victoria Island La Pointe (01) 261.1971 mushrooms, red peppers, celery, (past Eko Hotel towards Bar usually on Thursdays Beach) Wines, Beers & Spirits Park ‘n’ Shop and Goodies have a reasonable selection of wines and some beers and soft drinks. You can also buy drinks from the following shops: Shop Address Phone No. Comments Several drinks stalls selling alcohol and Lekki Epe Expressway fizzy drinks. But be selective about the Ilasan (Lekki) Lekki Peninsula ones you buy from. Also sells various Market (towards Chevron complex) tinned and dried food. Have to bargain to get a good price Lafayette Shopping Mall Good selection of spirits, with limited Abi’s Liquor Sanusi Fanfuwa St, beer and wine Victoria Island Good selection of reasonably priced 120 Awolowo Road (01) 267.2603 wine. Also sells olives, parmesan Best Trade Ikoyi (080) 3853.9594 cheese, tuna, tinned tomatoes, espresso coffee and Italian wine Plot 1297B Akin Adesola St. Victoria Island Has a good selection of African and La Pointe (01) 261.1971 (past Eko Hotel towards Bar French Wines and cheeses Beach) Park ‘n’ Shop Guru Plaza (01) 262.3291-95 Good selection of wine, beer, liquors Lagos Outpost Page 17 February 2008 47B Adeola Odeku St. and imported minerals Victoria Island Furniture, Soft Furnishing & Ornaments Shop Address Phone No. Comments Will make any style of wrought –iron 14 Bristol Road (01) 587.2355 and wooden furniture. Has catalogues. Proteus Ltd Apapa (01) 587.0698 Also good upholsterers. Any curtains (off Liverpool Road) (01) 545.0006 and soft furnishings custom made 97 Awolowo Road (01) 269.5457 Chesterfield Some nice leather suites Ikoyi (01) 269.5373 Good selection of African style Signature 107 Awolowo Road (01) 776.0900 furniture and ornaments. Special pieces Art & Interior Ikoyi (080) 3317.7676 rather than essential furniture as it is Design expensive. Also frames pictures Good selection of African furniture with Plot 283A a catalogue of furniture they‟ve made, Colours in Africa Akin Olugbade St. (01) 262.5754 paintings and ornaments and soft Victoria Island furnishings. Reasonably priced Lovely shop with good quality European Illuminaire 43C Akin Adesola St. style furniture and lighting. Probably (01) 262.1538/9 Limited Victoria Island very expensive as no price tags on the items Makes curtains and upholstery on the Tan Edor 240 Ojora Close (01) 262.0247 spot. Also makes furniture and Experience Victoria Island mattresses Accessories and soft furnishings. Plot 1659, Olosa St. (01) 320.0555 The Homeshop Curtains, towels, sheets, bath rugs, Victoria Island (01) 261.5072 picture frames and scented candles 307 Plaza 2nd Floor The Homestore (01) 320.4888 Heavy wooden furniture and ornaments Adeola Odeku St. Ltd. (01) 791.8888 and soft furnishings from India Victoria Island 270 Ozumba Mbadiwe St. Reasonable selection of furniture. Good Victoria Furniture (01) 262.1376 Victoria Island selection of desks Electrical Goods Shop Address Phone No. Comments A discount retail chain that offers The Palms Shopping Mall customers products ranging from Game Lekki Epe Expressway household electronics to beauty Lekki Peninsula products Elpina Plaza Allied (01) 261.7222 Good range of large and small Pot 642c Akin Adesola St. Home Appliances (01) 261.6919 electrical items. Reasonably priced Victoria Island Ahmadu Bello Way Large selection of large and small Victoria Island (01) 261.0497 electrical goods. Also water filters, Cash ‘n’ Carry (West of Akin Adesola, (01) 261.0605 fans, water dispensers, stabilisers, opposite Bar Beach) glassware and kitchenware Lagos Outpost Page 18 February 2008 7 Bishop Aboyade Cole St. Good selection of electrical goods also Dream Plaza Victoria Island some BBQ‟s and small safes Century 21 Mall Great selection of all electrical (01) 262.4626 Mega Plaza 14 Idowu Martins St. appliances. Also household goods, (01) 613.341 Victoria Island stabilisers, stereos, phones, safes etc. Guru Plaza Large selection of Music Centres and Park ‘n’ Shop 47B Adeola Odeku St. (01) 262.3291-95 televisions as well as electric kitchen Victoria Island appliances Lighting Shop Address Phone No. Comments Sells wall lights, ceiling lights, 1st Floor spotlights, light switches, door knobs Ideal Home 103 Awolowo Road (01) 269.0373-4 and hooks and a few chandeliers and Ikoyi lamps Lovely selection of very unusual Illuminaire 43C Akin Adesola St. chandeliers and wall lights. Probably (01) 262.1538/9 Limited Victoria Island very expensive as no price tags on the items Not much to look at from outside but 16 Napex has a reasonable selection of lamps. La Lumiere 3 Walter Carrington Cr. (01) 262.060 Also sells lamp shades, pictures, Victoria Island candles, ornaments and greetings cards and paper Has a good selection of chandeliers, 270 Ozumba Mbadiwe St. Victoria Lights (01) 262.1376 wall lights, ceiling lights and outdoor Victoria Island lamps Gift Shops If you are looking for African gifts and are in the mood to barter, then Lekki Market off the Lekki Epe Expressway, towards the Chevron complex, has a good selection of African Art, Crafts and beads and DVD‟s and CD‟s. If you do not want to barter then the following shops have a reasonable selection of gifts. Shop Address Phone No. Comments Falomo Shopping Centre Expensive but nice shop with wide Quintessence Awolowo Road (01) 269.4680 selection of African crafts and Ikoyi clothes, gifts and home accessories Plot 283A Good selection of African crafts along Colours of Africa Akin Olugbade St. (01) 262.5754 with some furniture and paintings. Victoria Island Reasonably priced Platz 1089 European style gifts, silk flowers, Nettetal Adeola Odeku St. (01) 461.2672 vases, scented and non-scented Victoria Island candles 43C Akin Adesola St. Obi’s Gift Victoria Island Household gifts Boutique (beside Illuminaire Limited) 46 Adetokumbo Ademola (01) 774.6924 Out of Africa St. (01) 493.6318 Lagos Outpost Page 19 February 2008 Victoria Island Upper Floor Good selection of Nigerian humour Lafayette Shopping Mall Wrappings (01) 555.8225 greeting cards, gift bags and wrapping Sanusi Fanfuwa St. paper and gifts Victoria Island Bookshops & Newspapers For National news The Guardian, This Day and Punch are good newspapers and can be bought along with some magazines from the street sellers. For a foreign newspaper, magazine or book these are available for sale at the Bookshop at the Eko Hotel as well as at any of the places detailed below. Alternatively, daily newspapers can be accessed on line Papers can be delivered daily to your flat by leaving name and Flat number with the guards. Shop Address Phone No. Comments Books, magazines and journals. Falomo Shopping Centre Glendora Children‟s books. Specialises in African Awolowo Road (01) 269.2762 Bookshop literature, philosophy, history, Ikoyi tradition and culture Alfred Rewane Road Ikoyi Hotel Mostly Nigerian books. Some US and UK (formerly Kingsway Road) (01) 269.1522 Bookshop books, newspapers and magazines. Ikoyi Falomo Shopping Centre Large selection of children‟s, language The Bestseller Awolowo Road and Nigerian books Ikoyi The Palms Shopping Mall Wide selection of Nigerian as well as Bookshop Second Lekki Epe Expressway some US and UK books, newspapers and Floor Lekki Peninsula magazines. Children‟s books The Palms Shopping Mall Bookshop First Some books and magazines and Lekki Epe Expressway Floor stationary Lekki Peninsula Payless 3 Shopping Mall (01) 262.1223 Bookshop 307 Adeola Odeisu St. (01) 262.5849 Victoria Island Le Meridien Eko Hotel Bookshop at the Adetokunbo Ademola St. (01) 262.4600 Has international books and papers Eko Hotel Victoria Island Dry Cleaners Shop Address Phone No. Comments 1/F Pees Galleria The Clothes Clinic 2A Osborne St. Ikoyi Plot 1088 Adeola Odeku St. (01) 270.1327 Excellent service. Garment care Victoria Island (01) 320.0225 www.garmentcareltd.com (opposite Park „n‟ Shop) (01) 320.0235 Lagos Outpost Page 20 February 2008 Hairdressers & Beauty Salons Salon Address Phone No. Comments Very nice place. Excellent Spa. Good Magbon Close (01) 271.9672 BMS Spa & Gym massages, facials, manicures and Ikoyi (080) 3854.0869 pedicures Top floor of Goodies Many people that have use this Hairdresser (080) 3705.0553 Victoria Island hairdresser are happy with the results Proflex 20/24 Ozumba Mbadiwe (01) 482.2223 Kohl and Amber Raymond cuts and colours well St. (01) 790.6700 Victoria Island Manuela 13 Taslim Elias Close (01) 251.5714 Residence Victoria Island (01) 262.2647 Uses and sells Clarins products. Great (01) 262.2721 226B Muri Okunola St. Spa, facials, massages, manicures, Montaigne Place (01) 320.4188 Victoria Island pedicures, weight loss treatments, (080) 3713.0408 aromatherapy The Nail Studio 9 Bishop Aboyade Cole St. (01) 269.3619 Manicure, pedicure and nail sculpture Hairdressers Victoria Island Flowers & Plants Local flowers, plants and plant pots for the terraces or in the house are available at Roadside Stands however flowers from Europe are available but tend to be rather expensive Shop/Stall Address Comments Corner of Bourdillon Rd. & Thompson Local flowers, baskets, pottery and plants Roadside Stall Rd. available but must bargain Ikoyi Corner of Glover Rd. & Thompson Rd. Roadside Stall Plants and local flowers Ikoyi Lovely shop with fresh flowers from Europe. 114 Awolowo Rd. Does lovely dried flower arrangements and Flowerstalk Ikoyi fresh flower bouquets. Also has a few nice gifts. (Diagonally opposite Mobil Station) But can be pricey Guru Plaza Park ‘n’ Shop 47B Adeola Odeku St. Limited supply of fresh flowers Victoria Island 4 Idowu Martius St. Petals and More Shop 8 in a long row of little shops Victoria Island Film Processing Shop Address Phone No. Comments 11Alhaji Ribabie Road Artron Colour Ikoyi Pee Jay Photo 158 Awolowo Road Rolls of film can be developed within a (01) 681.370 Express - KONICA Ikoyi day. On request it could be done Lagos Outpost Page 21 February 2008 within 20 minutes 2nd Floor Falomo Shopping Centre Three days film processing. Also takes Photo Factory Awolowo Road passport photos Ikoyi Silverbird Galleria Shop at Silverbird Can get photos developed for N100 Victoria Island (01) 791.0395 14 Idowu Martins St. Kodak Consumer Centre. Tig Digital (080) 2329.7517 Victoria Island Prints digital pictures from numerous Fotoprints (080) 3313.2953 (Next to Mega Plaza) sources (080) 5545.1764 Lagos Outpost Page 22 February 2008 Clothing In general it is best to buy your clothes before you come to Nigeria. A good supply of cotton shirts, Blouses, tee shirts, and shorts are advisable as it can get quite hot and humid during the day. Also with frequent washing here, clothes do tend to discolour a lot quicker than you may be used to elsewhere. If you are the sociable type, some formal wear would also be useful as there are a few occasions where this is required though in general in the evenings dress code tends to be smart but casual. There are a number of ladies and gents clothes shops scattered around Victoria Island and it is probably possible to find an outfit in one of these. However if you are really stuck there are a few shops in some of the shopping Malls where you may pick up something. Alternatively ask around for a recommended tailor (that is what most people tend to do) and buy material from Balogun Market. Men’s and Women’s Wear Salon Address Phone No. Comments Handy as opposite to 1st and 2nd 2A Osbourne Road Pees Gallery Avenue. There are a couple of ladies Ikoyi clothes and shoe shops in the Mall Davida Shirt 21B Kofo Abayomi St. Reasonably priced men‟s shirts and Makers Victoria Island blouses. Next to Candies bakery There are three ladies clothes shops Lafayette Sanusi Fanfuwa St. selling designer blouses, underwear and Shopping Mall Victoria Island evening wear. And on the ground floor there is a children’s clothes shop Guru Plaza Park ‘n’ Shop 47B Adeola Odeku St. (01) 262.3291-95 Clothing department on first floor Victoria Island Children’s Wear & Toys Shop Address Phone No. Comments 36A Awolowo Road Clothing, toys, balloons, books, and Kidstuff (01) 680.840 Ikoyi decorations and cakes The Palms Shopping Mall Game Lekki Epe Expressway Decent variety of toys for any age Lekki Peninsula Selection of children‟s toys, games and 7 Bishop Aboyade Cole St. Dream Plaza books and party invitations. Also Victoria Island Chicco‟s is on the first floor Not quite the same choice as its 21B Idowu Martins St. (01) 773.0729 Mothercare namesake in Britain but quite well Victoria Island (01) 261.0359 stocked Guru Plaza Good selection of children‟s toys and Park ‘n’ Shop 47B Adeola Odeku St. (01) 262.3291-95 games. Also some children‟s clothes on Victoria Island the first floor Shopping Centre Nice clothes for children aged 6 months Ruff N Tumble Plot 230 Muri Okunola St. to 16 years. Some clothes made in Victoria Island Frances and Italy others made locally Lagos Outpost Page 23 February 2008 Elpina Plaza Baby and nursery items and toiletries, Tutto Chicco Plot 642cAkin Adesola St. (01) 290.5139 toys and children‟s clothes. Also has Victoria Island car seats and baby walkers Lagos Outpost Page 24 February 2008 Cafes & Restaurants There are several restaurants and cafes in Lagos. The following are just a few. For information on other restaurants see "Lagos Easy Access. The Guidebook". Cafés Café Address Phone No. Comments The Palms Shopping Mall Good cafe at the Mall. Good salads, Cafe Vergnano Lekki Epe Expressway sandwiches, hamburgers, milkshakes, Lekki Peninsula coffees, some desserts, etc. (01) 261.0235 Salads, sandwiches, burgers, crepes, Plot 1296 Akin Adesola St. Bungalow (01) 261.7644 pizzas, platters and desserts. Also a Victoria Island (080) 4217.0270 takeaway and delivery service 20-24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Good pizzas and salads. Large selection (01) 262.4928 Cactus Ave. of main courses. Outside patio (01) 262.4929 Victoria Island overlooks Five Cowrie Creek Good selection of ice cream, salads Candy Patisserie and sandwiches. Can choose cake, (includes the old 21A Kofo Abayomi St. (01) 262.7548 pastry or whatever from the shop and Mega Plaza Victoria Island (01) 262.7549 have it with tea, coffee or fresh juices Coffee Bar) in the café AIM Plaza Chocolat Royal Etim Inyang Crescent (01) 262.3055 Good snacks Victoria Island 114 Awolowo Rd Small café upstairs. Nice cappuccino (01) 270.1629 Flower Stalk Ikoyi and toasties but service a bit slow and (01) 267.1819 (opposite Mobil Station) a bit expensive Above the bakery. Pizza, sandwiches, 29 Akin Adesola St. (01) 261.0096 Frenchies and grilled food. Excellent espresso Victoria Island (01) 264.7263 and cappuccino Delicious cakes. Would write a message Pearl Garden 10A Tiamiyu Savage St. on your cake, i.e. Happy Birthday at no (01) 270.8889 Café Victoria Island extra cost, you just have to wait 5 minutes and it is done Nice bright airy place with good 283A Akin Olugbade St. (01) 270.2606 Roberts Café coffee, and even frappuccino. Victoria Island Reasonable selection of snacks Snack bar in the Ocean View Complex Reasonably priced large snack bar with (01) 261.3555 Ocean View Adetokunbo Ademola St. great mezze dishes. Nice coffee shop (01) 262.0954 Complex Victoria Island. bakery next door Restaurants Restaurant Address Phone No. Comments 3/4 Odo-Ogun Close International By Lalupon Close (01) 269.2455 Good Mezze also does outside catering. Piano Club Off Keffi Street (01) 269.2465 E-mail : email@example.com Ikoyi Lagos Outpost Page 25 February 2008 1Bankole Oki Road (01) 267.0231 Good international food. Also nice for Moorhouse Sofitel Ikoyi (01) 267.0239 lunch. Has a nice Sunday buffet lunch. Awolowo Road (01) 271.5593 Reed’s Ikoyi Very good Thai restaurant. Expensive (01) 271.5594 (above Chicken Republic) Alfred Rewane Road (01) 269.5337 Japanese, Chinese and Thai food. The Golden Gate (formerly Kingsway Road) (01) 269.5339 Reasonably priced. Sushi must be Ikoyi (01) 269.5346 ordered 24 hours in advance. (01) 461.9124 Bangkok 244 Muri-Okunola St. Thai Food. Very good. (01) 555.8772 Restaurant Victoria Island Also does takeaway (080) 3555.8772 Nice restaurant specialising in 1303 Akin Adesola St. Bonzai (01) 792.0157 Japanese cuisine but rather expensive. Victoria Island Keep for special occasions. Bottles Mexican & 8B Fabac Close Mexican and International Food. Great International Ligali Ayorinde St. atmosphere and Margaritas. Cuisine Victoria Island www.bottlesnigeria.com Plot 1296AkinAdesola (01) 261.0235 Cocktails, Burgers, crepes, pizzas, Bungalow Street. (01) 261.7644 platters and desserts. Victoria Island (080) 4217.0270 Dancing in the evening 1c Ozumba Mbadiwe Rd. (01) 261.1888 Brazilian BBQ. Delicious food and a fun Churrasco Victoria Island (01) 261.8334 night out! Eko Meridian Adetokunbo Ademola St. (01) 262.4600 International food. Poolside Terrace Victoria Island (01) 262.4619 With theme night on Fridays 27A Oju Olobun Close Superb Italian food . Nice atmosphere. Il Sorriso (01) 774.9382 Victoria Island reasonably priced Indigo restaurant 242B Muri Okunola St. (01) 270.1880 Small Indian restaurant with very good and bar Victoria Island (080) 3775.5755 food Manuela’s 13 Taslim Elias Close (01) 261.9736 Excellent pizzas for a reasonable price Residence Victoria Island (01) 261.5714 Karimu Kotun St. Chinese. Up market but not too Marco Polo Victoria Island pretentious. Delicious Chinese food. Good service. 10A Tiamiyu Savage St. Pearl Garden (01) 270.8889 Not likely to be disappointed. Victoria Island expensive 3rd and 4th Floor Very modern and spacious bar and (01) 461.2056 Saipan Restaurant Dream Plaza Chinese restaurant. Good food. A bit (01) 461.2057 and Bar Bishop Aboyade Cole St. pricey. But worth it for the (01) 790.4388 Victoria Island surroundings Talindo Steak 7B Karimu Kotun St. (01) 262.4269 Delicious steaks, excellent ambiance. House Victoria Island (080) 2365.5880 6 Ahmed Ohnibudo St. Chinese very clean, good décor, great The Regent Victoria Island service, good food. Excellent dim-sum 1 Alhaji Babatunda Jose Villa Medici Formally festival Rd (01) 261.0484 Super ambiance Victoria Island Lagos Outpost Page 26 February 2008 Home Delivery & Take Away Food Café Address Phone No. Comments (01) 461.9124 Bangkok 244A Muri-Okunola St. Thai Food takeaway and home delivery. (01) 555.8772 Restaurant Victoria Island Very good. Reasonably priced 080 3555.8772 (01) 261.0235 Salads, sandwiches, burgers, crepes, Plot 1296 Akin Adesola St. Bungalow (01) 261.7644 pizzas, platters and desserts for Victoria Island (080) 4217.0270 takeaway and delivery service AIM Plaza (01) 262.3055 Chocolat Royal Etim Inyang Crescent, Takeaway menu (01) 262.3056 Victoria Island Indigo restaurant 242B Muri Okunola St. (01) 270.1880 Has take away menu and bar Victoria Island (080) 3775.5755 19b Plot 975 Idejo St. Piccolo Mondo Off Adeola Odeku St. (01) 792.7922 Cafe upstairs. Take away Victoria Island (01) 774.9880 Pizza home delivery and take away. 60A Adeslo Odeku St. St. Elmo’s (080) 2321.8201 Extensive pizza and subs menu. Soft Victoria Island (080) 3301.5181 play area for children upstairs Lagos Outpost Page 27 February 2008 Computers Computer Services All Shell Compounds have internet wiring and Broadband connection, the cost of which is already deducted from your salary. If you have any problems with your Broadband connection contact your estate manager. With a general computer problem IT Helpdesk may be willing to help. Below there is a list of places where you can get computer appliances: Shop Address Phone No. Comments The Palms Shopping Mall Wide variety of computer supplies, PC Outlet Lekki Epe Expressway including PCs, laptops, printers, Lekki Peninsula cartridges, etc. 2/F Mega Plaza Computer and Office supplies includes (01) 261.5601 Office Max Ltd. 14B Idowu Martins St. diskettes, paper, printer cartridges etc. (01) 774.1060 Victoria island Some computer and office furniture (01) 262.9267 Nice airy shop with good selection of Office Xtra 3A Karimu Kotun Street (01) 790.1188 office furniture, pens, pencils and (office Stationary) Victoria Island (01) 790.1199 computer accessorises Lagos Outpost Page 28 February 2008 Religion & Charities Religious Services Below there is list of some of the Religious services in town. Once a week a number of ladies run Bible Studies, if interested contact Shell Outpost for details. Places of Worship Address Phone No. Comments Anglican Brad St & Taifa Belawa Sq. Services: Sunday 8:00 am & 10:00 St. Saviour’s Church Lagos am Catholic Church for Majority of the people that Lekki Peninsula expatriate families attend are expats Fellowship of Sundays School for 3 Ud Street on Osbourne Church for Lagos kindergarten till 9 years old. Estates Christians Ladies Bible Class Services Ikoyi Sunday morning Church of the Falomo Square Services: Saturday 8:00 am & Assumption-Catholic Ikoyi 10:00 am 5 Lateef Yakande Avenue (01) 269.1467 Ikoyi Baptist Church (formerly Bell Avenue) (01) 269.0737 Services: Sunday 10:30 am Ikoyi (01) 269.0345 Ribadu Road Syrian Club Mosque Inside Syrian Club Ikoyi Adetokunbo Adenola Street Eko Hotel Mosque Inside Eko Hotel Victoria Island St. Anastasia Church Iddo (Behind Leventis) Open during Easter only Greek Orthodox Victoria Island Charities There are numerous ways to do charity work in Lagos. Whether it is raising money by attending a charitable event or helping organise one by yourself, the opportunities are limitless. For more hands on involvement there are a number of orphanages and homes where your involvement would be most appreciate. To find out how to get involved you can join one of the Expatriate Woman‟s Associations, ask around the expatriate community to see what others are involved in or contact the Joint Lagos Women‟s Group through Laila Peysson on Telephone Number (01) 269.5799 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org She will be able to put you in touch with the organisation that is involved in the type of charity work you are interested in supporting. Lagos Outpost Page 29 February 2008 Sports & Social Activities Sports Clubs There are a number of sports clubs in Lagos for more detailed information see “Lagos Easy Access. The Guidebook”. The most popular clubs are: Club Address Phone No. Comments Gym, fitness programmes with Magbon Close BMS Spa & gym (01) 271.9672 personal trainers. Superb Ikoyi equipment Ikoyi Club Road Can be signed in by member but Ikoyi Club 1938 (Golf) (01) 269.3485 Ikoyi tends to be busy at week-ends Magazine Point Contact Lagos Yacht Club P.O. Box 613 Richard Wilmott Races most Saturdays Lagos Island (01) 269.4467 NE of Lagos Off old Ibadan Road, Sagamu Golf Club Pay 600 Naira to enter the camp Inside WAPCO Estate, Elephant Cement Club Pay 2000 Naira for 18 holes golf After cement factory, Sagamu Eko Meridian Hotel Adetokunbo Ademola St. (01) 262.4600 Fitness centre, gym, steam bath, Fitness Gym Victoria Island Ext.6248 sauna and massage 22-24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Squash Courts, gym, steps, Ave. Pro-Flex Gym (01) 262.4946 aerobics, modern exercise Victoria Island equipment (opp. B-Jay‟s Hotel) Sports Activities within the Shell Community Tennis: Shell 1 and Shell 2 each have a tennis court and are open to all Shell expatriates. To book a court at these compounds put your name down on the Tennis Court Booking sheet at the security gate. Tennis lessons are available and very reasonably priced. Contact numbers for coaches can be obtained from Outpost. Fun tennis competitions are often held at Shell 2 and all levels of players are welcome. Golf: there is quite an active golf group within the community. Running: a few people run regularly during the week starting from 1st Avenue. Walking: Some people walk from Frith Hill (one of Shell‟s compounds) to Banana Island usually on Wednesdays at 8:00am. Circuit Training: often takes place in the gym at 1st Avenue. Yoga classes: are run at some of the Shell compounds. Ask for details when you arrive. In interested in any of these activities contact the Shell Outpost ladies, details on the front page. Many of the Shell compounds have some facilities including: gym, swimming pool, tennis court, squash court and playgrounds with swings and slides for small children. Lagos Outpost Page 30 February 2008 The Beach There are three main beach areas near Lagos that are frequented by expatriates, generally at the week- ends. Badagery Beach which is on the road to Cotonou towards Benin. Normally reached by private motor boats this tends to be the beach where most corporate beach huts are located. A quiet beach with nice coastline but rough sea. Eleko Beach is about 45 minute drive from Ikoyi on the Lekki Epe Expressway past Lekki Market, turning right at Km 56, providing there are no go slows of course. A palm fringed beach with several small expatriate owned beach huts. Quiet on a Saturday but very busy on Sundays with vendors selling fruit, vegetables, fish, prawns and various arts and craft items. Tarkwa Bay is a sheltered beach along the Lagos Harbour. It is accessible by boat from the Osborne Jetty at Ikoyi. Modern jetties situated along Victoria Island coasts also provide powered boats to the remote islet. This beach provides a pleasant outing with relatively safe swimming conditions. Picnickers may hire deck chairs and an awning at affordable rates on the beach for relaxed, casual comfort. Locals sell delicious pineapples, coconut and other varieties of fruits. The beach is relatively isolated and lends visitors the luxury of privacy in a beautiful setting off the path. Since the beach is only accessible by boat, getting there is half the fun and enhances one‟s fascination with this locale. The Company‟s owned or leased boats are available to convey staff and their personal guests from Osborne to the Tarkwa Bay jetty. From there, it‟s a 500m walk to the Shell Beach House through the local community. Information and details on the procedures can be found on this link for those who have access to Shell Intranet: http://sww.scin.shell.com/ep/epg/snepco/news/en/1283/31309/article.aspx Some Info Comments Application can be made via e-mail to SNEPCO HR Employee Services Lagos: Application Process email@example.com In the website you will have detailed information and rules regarding: Pre-departure information What to bring along Rules on photography Things to bear in mind Arrival procedure Respect for the environment Details regarding the Outward Journey Telephone numbers to have at hand Info regarding food and drinks The Shell Beach House is equipped with the following: Indoor Games, i.e. Scrabble, Draught (Checker & Chess), Table Tennis Beach House Facilities Barbeque Grill & Coal Equipped kitchen with gas cooker, freezer, refrigerator, cookware Lawn benches Lagos Outpost Page 31 February 2008 Social Clubs & Organizations There are a number of social clubs and organisations in Lagos. These are just a few. For a more detailed listing see “Lagos-Easy Access. The Guidebook”. Organization Address Phone No. Comments American Embassy 16 Oyinkan Abayomi Dr. Restaurant, bar and sports (01) 269.3720 Guest Quarters (GQ) Ikoyi facilities Social events, charity work and American Women’s P.O. Box 53696, Falomo outings to various places in Club Ikoyi Nigeria British Women’s Contact British High Various social activities, fund Group Commission for details raising and charity work Society functions firstname.lastname@example.org lagoscaledoniansociety.com Lagos Caledonian (01) 774.8904 (H) Contact Doug Cooper Scottish Country Dancing Society (01) 261.6226 (W) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Deputy British High 4 Reeves Road (01) 262.4600 Commission Club Wednesday Night. British Beer Ikoyi Ext.6248 Open Night Contact any Spanish or Very active group. All Spanish and IberoAmerican Portuguese speaking Portuguese speakers welcome. Women’s Group Consulate for details email@example.com The NFS organizes a wide variety of trips and activities. To participate you have to be a Nigerian Field Society Check their website member. Annual subscription NGN 2,000 www.nigerianfield.org Lagos Outpost Page 32 February 2008 Entertainment Cultural Activities Muson Hall 8/9 Marina, Onikan, Lagos Island This is a centre for all sorts of entertainment from private functions like the St. Andrew‟s Night Ball to Christmas Concerts, Jazz and Classical Concert to plays and Music and Drama festivals. Maison de France The French Cultural centre opposite the Ikoyi Hotel on Alfred Rewane Road, not only gives French lessons but has a Cyber Café, snack bar, Media Library and the Paillote which holds regular concerts or plays. For information on courses or concerts contact (01) 269.2365 or (01) 269.2035. National Museum Situated in Onikan, the entrance is on Awolowo Rd. opposite the Muson Centre Telephone: (01) 263.6075 or (01) 792.7241. This is the only museum in Lagos and is definitely worth a visit. The museum has a large collection of Nigerian cultural artifacts. Attractions include Symbols of Power and Authority, Benin Court Art, Governments of Yesterday and Today, etc. There are also frequent temporary exhibitions. The museum is open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Every Wednesday the museum organises cultural lectures from 10:00am to 11:00am. These take place in the boardroom and a contribution of at least N300 is expected at the end of each lecture. Markets If you enjoy bartering at local markets then there are plenty of places in Lagos to do this. The most popular markets with expatriates these days are the Ilasan (Lekki) Market and the Balogun Market. The Teyuosho Model (Yaba) Market was also a popular market with expatriates but a fire burned the market down at the end of December 2007. Tips: i) prices do go up at week-ends; ii) always bargain - never accept the first price a vendor gives you; and iii) it can be worthwhile, especially at Balogun, to hire one of the area boys to carry your goods, to avoid being pestered by other area boys or just to show you around the market if you are looking for something specific. They will expect a dash of N200 at the end for their trouble. Lekki Market situated on the Lekki Epe Expressway towards the Chevron Complex is an open-air market. It is divided into two sections, an Arts and Crafts section and a fruit, vegetable, herb, foodstuffs and drinks section. Prices tend to be cheaper than in the supermarkets and street markets but you must bargain. The vendors can be a bit pushy in the vegetable section. This market is popular for its vegetables, soft drinks, beer and wine. Balogun Market is a very large market that sells all sorts of things; you can find anything you like here but as it is not as small and “organized” as Lekki you have to look around for what you want. Bring flat shoes (snickers if possible) and a bottle of water. The market sells foodstuff, clothing, curtain and dress material, shoes, toiletries, sewing items, fashion wear, specialty items, accessories, books, jewellery, children's' items, Souvenirs as well as machines, equipment, spare parts, office equipment, stationery, consumables, household appliances, Electronics, etc If buying curtain material but be aware the material is usually „seconds‟ so always check for flaws in the fabric. Balogun is very close to Freeman House, ask your driver to drop you at the market and let him park the car at Freeman House, it is safer. Lagos Outpost Page 33 February 2008 Cinemas Nu Cinemas: The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki Epe Expressway, Lekki Peninsula. Silverbird Cinemas: Silverbird Galleria, Plot 133, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. www.silverbirdcinemas.com City Mall Cinemas: The Lagos City Mall, Onikan, Lagos (opposite Muson Centre beside Tafawa Balewa). For the Kids Go-Kart Racing: Hemenga grand prix Car Park. 4 Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos. This is a popular haunt with the younger teen-agers. Charges by the minute. Aqua Park: Funtopia Water Park, Km 35, Lekki Epe Expressway. It is opposite Pan African University, about 4 minutes after Victoria Garden City and about 5 to 10 minutes after the Chevron Compound on the left hand side. Further information can be found on www.funtopia- ng.com or at Tel. No.: (01) 818.4386 / (080) 3535.2117 / (080) 2377.0694 Fantasyland: Children‟s amusement Park on Alfred Rewane Rd. (formerly Kingsway Rd.) Ikoyi. More appropriate for very small children rather than older ones. This place is also used by Nigerians for their private functions and meetings. At Home Television: All Shell compounds have cable/satellite television from DSTV a South African provider with a number of news, sports, drama and film channels. More information can be found at their website: www.dstv.com. FSTV is also available, information on their channels can be found at www.fstv.info. Lagos Outpost Page 34 February 2008 Currency The unit of currency in Nigeria is the naira, written as “N” preceding the numerals. Notes come in denominations of N1000, N500, N200, N100, N50, N20, N10 and N5. It is useful to maintain Naira checking accounts to avoid such situations this can be done at the First National Bank. Also be prepared to sometimes carry around large bundles of Naira. At the time of writing, April 2008, the exchange rate for the US Dollar, the Sterling Pound and the Euro were as follows: 1USD = N 119; 1GBP = N 238; and 1EURO = N 174. The current exchange rate can always be found online at www.oanda.com or at any other internet FX Currency Convertor. 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