Tafawa Balewa Square
Named after Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa Square is situated in Lagos city center. It is surrounded by impressive buildings and memorial sites, and is in constant use for a variety of celebrations and official functions. Regardless of when you visit, you are sure to find some sort of activity going on, which makes Tafawa Balewa Square a great place to experience Nigerian culture.
An important landmark in Lagos’ historyLocated in the center of Lagos Island, Tafawa Balewa Square was where Nigeria celebrated its independence on October 1st, 1960. Prime Minister Balewa announced the country’s independence in his speech held at this square on this day.
Notable buildingsTafawa Balewa Square has many distinct features and welcomes visitors with an imposing entrance gate with 4 giant white horses and 7 red eagles suspended above the gateway. Surounding the square are important buildings including the 26-story Independence House, which at one point in time, was the tallest building in Nigeria. The Remembrance Arcade, which commemorates those who fought in WWI, WWII and the country’s civil war, is also a notable building.
Tafawa Balewa Square is also home to the multipurpose Onikan Stadium and the Nigerian National Assembly building. A short walk away, you will find the National Museum that features the Benin City brasses, traditional ivory carvings, royal crowns and the famous Nok Terracottas – some of the world’s most ancient artwork. The museum also contains a non-profit crafts center.
The Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel in Lagos sits right on the Lagos Lagoon waterfront on the upscale Victoria Island. From here you can enjoy easy access to Lagos’ many attractions.