ONNtravels: National Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria
Some of the main attractions of National Stadium Surulere, Lagos State are its Olympic-size outdoor swimming area, basketball, football and tennis pitches. The stadium was built in 1972 and was primarily used for football matches untill 2001. It was the venue for many international competitions including the 1973 All-Africa Games, the 1980 and 2000 African Cup of Nations final as well as the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Located near the infamous stadium is one of the most popular places in Lagos, Ojuelegba. It is known to be crowded and is generally regarded as one of the busiest places in Lagos.The roots of several Nigerian celebrities can be traced back to Ojuelegba, many of whom still live within the vicinity. A key transport link, connecting the city’s mainlands, Lagos Island and Victoria Island. It has been popularised by a son of the soil, Nigerian musician, Wizkid who sang about it in his widely acclaimed single Ojuelegba.
Recently fans of Big Brother Naija housemate and winner Efe Ejeba held a massive get-together to show their support for him. Gathering at the Lagos stadium, the team referred to as TeamEfe celebrated the contestant and took to twitter with their statements about the gathering.
Although weathered by the test of time it remains a hub for sporting and recreational activities in the Surulere axis of Lagos State. At the centre of the stadium, O’jez restaurant and bar can be said to be the heart beat of relaxation, fun and good food with its weekend jamboree of live ban, comedy, side attractions and guest appearance. A place where couples come to enjoy live music, where families are amazed by the spectacular jugglers, acrobats with other side attractions, with an array of different comedians who grace the stage it is place where the old and young go to laugh their heads off. If none of that tickles your fancy, you will be sure your taste buds will be tickled with their great variety of foods spanning from Chinese, point-and-kill, goat head(as local it ‘isi-ewu’). But that isn’t all for those who can muster the energy to come out early on a Saturday morning you can rake part int he O’jez jogger’s club, an initiative of the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and O’jez entertainments. Here you can also get access to a free medical check up, health tips and advice not forgetting fun physical activities with your beloved Nollywood idols.