Timeline of Lagos

Prior to 19th Century

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1472 - Ruy de Sequeira of Portugal names area "Lago de Curamo"
1600 - Ashipa becomes Oba
1630 - Oba Ado in power

Iga Idunganran built

1669 - Oba Gabaro in power
1704 - Oba Akinsemoyin in power
1749 - Eletu Kekere becomes Oba

Oba Ologun Kutere in power

1775 - Adele Ajosun becomes Oba
1780 - Eshilokun becomes Oba

1472 - 1780

19th Century

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1819 - Oba Idowu Ojulari in power
1836 - King Oluwole in power
1841 - Akintoye becomes Oba
1845 - Oba Kosoko in power
1851 - British capture Lagos
1853 - King Dosunmu in power
1860 - Catholic church established
1861 - Lagos annexed by the British
1878 - Methodist Boys' High School founded
1881 - Population: 37,452
1885 - Oba Oyekan in power
1889 - Court House built
1894 - Bank of British West Africa established
1897 - Lagos Chamber of Commerce established
1899 - Briton William MacGregor becomes governor of Lagos Colony

1819 - 1899

20th Century

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1900 - Ibadan-Lagos railway begins operating
1901 - Oba Esugbayi Eleko in power

Carter Bridge built
Population: 41,487

1908 - Lagos Municipal Board of Health
1909 - King's College, Lagos founded
1911 - Kano-Lagos railway begins operating

Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society chapter established

1913 - Apapa wharf built
1914 - Lagos becomes capital of the British Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
1917 - Lagos Town Council established
1921 - Population: 98,303

Ansar Ud Deen (religious group) and Lagos Women's League established
Nigerian National Democratic Party founded in Lagos

1925 - Oba Ibikunle Akitoye in power
1926 - Nigerian Daily Times newspaper begins publication
1928 - Oba Sanusi Olusi in power
1931 - Tom Jones Library opens

Population: 126,474

1932 - Oba Falolu in power

Igbobi College and Yaba Higher College founded

1939 - Yaba Estate built
1943 - Art Exhibition Centre and Lagos Museum open
1945 - Holy Child College Obalende established

1900 - 1945

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1946 - Anglican Cathedral built
Nigerian Breweries incorporated
1947 - Yaba College of Technology founded
1949 - Oba Adeniji Adele in power
1950 - Mayoral council established; Abubakar Ibiyinka Olorun-Nimbe elected mayor

Population: 230,256

1951 - Lagos becomes part of the Western Region
1957 - Nigerian National Museum founded
1958 - Stationery Stores Football Club founded

1946 - 1958

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1960 - Lagos Stock Exchange and Nigeria Acceptances Limited established
1961 - Nigerian Institute of International Affairs founded
1962 - University of Lagos established
1963 - Independence House built

Population: 655,246

1964 - Bagatelle restaurant in business
1965 - Adeyinka Oyekan II becomes Oba
1967 - Lagos State created

Mobolaji Johnson becomes governor of Lagos State

1972 - Lagos National Stadium built
1973 - 2nd All-Africa Games held
1975 - Eko Bridge built

Federal Government College Lagos founded
Adekunle Lawal becomes governor of Lagos State

1976 - National Arts Theatre built
1977 - Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture

Fela Kuti's Kalakuta Republic compound in Mushin burns down
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research established in Yaba
Ndubuisi Kanu becomes governor of Lagos State

1978 - Ebitu Ukiwe becomes governor of Lagos State
1979 - Murtala Muhammed International Airport opens

Lateef Jakande becomes governor of Lagos State

1960 - 1979

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1980 - Lagos Plan of Action drafted
1981 - Winners' Chapel megachurch begins
1983 - Vanguard newspaper begins publication
1984 - Gbolahan Mudasiru becomes governor of Lagos State
1985 - Newswatch magazine begins publication
1986 - Mike Akhigbe becomes governor of Lagos State
1988 - Raji Rasaki becomes governor of Lagos State
1990 - Third Mainland Bridge opens

Lagos City Polytechnic established
Population: 4,764,000 (urban agglomeration)

1991 - Federal government relocates from Lagos to Abuja

Tell Magazine begins publication
Diamond Bank opens
Lagos Business School established

1992 - Nigerian Air Force C-130 crash

Michael Otedola becomes governor of Lagos State

1993 - Olagunsoye Oyinlola becomes governor of Lagos State
1994 - PM News newspaper begins publication

1980 - 1994

21st Century

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2000 - Population: 7,233,000 (urban agglomeration)
2001 - The Daily Independent newspaper begins publication 2002 - City divided "into 57 local council areas

Pan-African University, Lagos established
Lagos armoury explosion
2003 - Oba Rilwan Akiolu in power

The Sun newspaper begins publication

2004 - Silverbird Cinema in business
2005 - Business Day newspaper begins publication

Population: 8,767,000 (urban agglomeration)

2006 - The Nation newspaper begins publication

Tin Can Island Port Complex formed
FinBank founded
Palms Shopping Mall opens

2007 - Babatunde Fashola becomes governor of Lagos State

Teslim Balogun Stadium built
Centre for Contemporary Art founded

2009 - Nike Centre for Art and Culture opens
2010 - Lagos Photo festival begins
2011 - Lagos Fashion Week begins
2012 - Makoko slum razed

Lagos Countdown begins

2013 - Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge opens

Makoko Floating School built
Eko Atlantic development construction begins

2014 - Lagos Marathon begins
2014 - Ebola virus outbreak
2015 - Akinwunmi Ambode becomes governor of Lagos State
2016 - Lagos @50 Flag off

2000 - 2016

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