Photo Diary: The Yellow of Lagos, Nigeria

I miss Lagos.

To deal with homesickness I look at my photos and reach out to friends and family before checking Twitter trends to find out what’s currently ‘hot’ at home. I check Nigeria-related pages on Instagram as well sometimes. There are lots, but the Yellow of Lagos (@TheYellowOfLagos) is one of the most creative. Although the page content has changed over the last couple of months, the page initially featured photos of people, things and places with yellow in the Nigerian capital. Its curators reposted photos that Lagosians shared on personal pages and photos from events. The TYOL project’s popularity spike is impressive: today 5000+ accounts follow the page and more than 1000 posts include the #TheYellowOfLagos tag.

Personally I think of market stands, fruit vendors, danfos, taxis and kekes when I read or hear ‘yellow’ and ‘Lagos’ together. I remember yellow oranges (I see mostly yellow and green oranges in Lagos by the way), lemons and pineapples I bought from vendors on the streets of Victoria Island. Memories from visits to Nike Art Gallery and Terra Kulture come to mind as well.

This post includes photos from my personal collection of ‘The Yellow of Lagos’ (read: photos I took or edited). I added a list of places where to find yellow in Lagos State to help you get a coveted spot on the TYOL page.

40 places where to find yellow and other vibrant colors in Lagos State, Nigeria

Art galleries, cultural centers and museums

  • African Artists’ Foundation, Victoria Island
  • ALARA, Victoria Island
  • Art Twenty One, Victoria Island (at Eko Hotel)
  • Bogobiri House, Ikoyi
  • Freedom Park, Lagos Island
  • Nike Art Gallery, Lekki-Epe Expressway
  • Nigeria Railway Corporation Compound, Ebutte Metta
  • Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi
  • Rele, Onikan
  • Terra Kulture, Victoria Island

Beaches, hotels and resorts

  • Bar Beach
  • Elegushi Beach
  • La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Epe
  • Lekki Leisure Lake
  • Oniru Beach
  • Pop Beach Club, Ilashe
  • Tarkwa Bay


  • Balogun Market, Lagos Island
  • Computer Village, Ikeja
  • Idumota Market, Lagos Island
  • Lekki Market
  • Oshodi Market, Oshodi

Recreation areas

  • Apapa Amusement Park, Apapa
  • Get Arena, Oniru
  • Omu Resort, Lekki
  • Rufus and Bee Arcade, Lekki
  • Up Beat Center, Lekki

Restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges

  • Hard Rock Cafe & Shiro, Victoria Island
  • Jamo Afrique, Victoria Island
  • JamRock, Lekki Phase One
  • Nuli Lounge, Ikoyi
  • SAO Cafe, Lekki Phase One
  • Sugarcane, Victoria Island
  • Unusual Cuisine, Lekki Phase One
  • Yellow Chilli, Ikeja & Victoria Island


  • Fruit stands in the streets of Victoria Island
  • Lagos Terminus, Iddo Island
  • Mike Adenuga Towers in Victoria Island
  • The New Afrika Shrine, Ikeja
  • Woodin Store at Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja
  • BONUS: Blowfish Hotel (aka ‘The Pink Hotel’), Victoria Island


Where else have you seen vibrant colors in Lagos?

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  1. 26 January 2018 / 10:53 am

    Wow, so beautiful and colorful! I’m sure those fruits are so fresh and delicious there :)!

  2. 25 January 2018 / 3:15 pm

    This Lagos of a place is somehow. I spend every waking minute in lagos cussing. Cussing and wishing I was elsewhere and then the very minute I leave I cant wait to get back. Is it a swear??

    Anyways, I can totally relate to your missing lagos. Nice post…xxx

    • 27 January 2018 / 7:53 am

      Hahah! Your comment made me laugh out loud but it’s 100% accurate – I have a “love-hate” relationship with very few places in the world and Lagos is definitely one of those places. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the post! x

  3. 25 January 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I just got back from Lagos too and this post made me nostalgic. Great photos!

    • 27 January 2018 / 7:51 am

      Lagos is truly special, hey? I hope you had a fantastic time there and will be able to return soon! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this positive feedback on the post. x

  4. 24 January 2018 / 4:57 pm

    Definitely going to follow the Yellow of Lagos on Instagram so thank you for suggesting it. I love your selection of pictures, they’re so beautiful. When I think of colour in Lagos I think of the markets, the red of the tomatoes, yellow of the mangoes, orange of the carrots and so on.

    PS: You asked me some questions on my blog under the post on language learning and I’ve answered 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

    • 24 January 2018 / 11:56 pm

      Hi Demilade, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the post! I’m glad I inspired you to follow the Yellow of Lagos – it really is an interesting project. Thanks as well for reminding me to check your response to my comment 🙂

  5. 18 January 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Definitely want to check some of these places out and probably curate my own yellow (or any other color) looking feed. Something to get the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing, LK!

    • 24 January 2018 / 11:57 pm

      Thanks for reading, Ms. Travel with a Pen! Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with your feed! x

  6. 15 January 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Wow, what a unique project. I have just followed TYOL on insta! I’ll add to the list, except mine is cheesy…how about the sunshine? Or is that more golden? Anyway thank you for sharing the beauty of Lagos. I have never visited but perhaps one day.

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and your positive feedback, Madeline! The sunshine (when it’s not blinding or creating overwhelmingly warm weather lol) is indeed part of the beautiful yellow of Lagos. I hope you’ll get to enjoy it someday. Until then I’m glad I could introduce you to TYOL and you like their content! 🙂

  7. wwornheels
    15 January 2018 / 11:18 am

    Several of these places are new to me, I’ll definitely keep a few of them in mind when next I’m in Lagos! Thank you for sharing!

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