Isolo, Lagos Area Guide Isolo. Credit: Mapio

Isolo is a small but thriving town that falls under the jurisdiction of the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area.

According to legend, Akinbaiye, an Awori man from Ile-Ife, was the man who founded the ancient town. He was a farmer, a warrior, and a hunter who, one day, came across the footprints of an elephant and decided to investigate further. He made the decision to kill the elephant in order to demonstrate to other hunters what a great hunter he was. He, on the other hand, realised that his tools were not sharp enough to cut through the elephant's hide. This necessitated him sharpening his tools on a stone that was nearby the rock.

When he was telling others about his experience back home, he referred to the location where he killed the elephant as "Iso Olo," which translates as "the place of grinding stone." Later, he and his family relocated to the area.

Oshodi, Mushin, and Ijeshatedo are some of the towns and villages that surround Isolo.

Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts - Isolo, Lagos Late Ayinde Barrister. Credit: PremiumTimes

Did you know that the PEFTI Film Institute, Nigeria's leading private film and television production company, had its beginnings in Isolo as the country's first film and television production facility?

Yes. This institute was established by Wale Adenuga Productions, the company that produces the popular television soap opera 'Super Story.' He has created an opportunity for aspirants to receive specialised training in a variety of disciplines related to film, television, and music production, all under one roof.

If we are talking about well-known people, the late Fuji singer Ayinde Barrister also lived in Isolo and built his mansion there. He was a pioneer of Fuji music, and he lived with one of his wives in his palatial mansion, Fuji Chambers in Isolo, which was built in the style of the time. After his death, he was also laid to rest in the Isolo family home. His counterparts Obesere and Wasiu Ayinde were also residents of the neighbourhood.

On the outskirts of Isolo, you will find 'Oke-Afa Memorial Arcade,' which is a memorial park dedicated to those who lost their lives in an armoury explosion at the Ikeja military cantonment on January 27, 2002.

In addition, the Lagos State University of Science and Technology has a campus in Isolo, which is located in Lagos State. It used to be a Polytechnic, and many notable people, such as Adekunle Gold and Iyabo Ojo, are graduates of the institution.

Leisure and Shopping

Leisure and Shopping - Isolo, Lagos Taiwo Supermarket. Credit: ngworldhogs.com

Isolo has provided its residents with stores that offer competitive prices and a wide range of options for their shopping needs.

Many people are familiar with the well-known Aswani Market. This market is a great place to find reasonably priced items. Every Tuesday is designated as a market day, and it is the best day of the week to discover new stocks. It may be a little crowded, but there is a wide variety of fabrics, food items, groceries, kitchen equipment, shoes and other accessories to choose from.

Taiwo supermarket offers a wide range of high-quality household items at competitive and affordable prices. Toiletries, groceries, foodstuff, beverages, home appliances, deodorants, snacks, and a variety of other items are available for purchase at this location. The employees are also courteous and helpful.

ClothesZoo is a clothing store that caters to both children and women. In-store shopping, curbside pickup, and delivery are among the services available from this company.

Justrite Superstore and Pentagon Plastic Industry are two other places to shop in the area.

Popular Estates

Popular Estates - Isolo, Lagos Ajao Estate. Credit: Nigeria Property Centre

You are definitely going to love coming home if you live in an Estate in Isolo. This is because they are calm, neat, and homely.

Ajao Estate is in a decent and reserved area. As far as access to the most important facilities is concerned, the Estate is great. You will find everything from banks, schools, hospitals, hotels and restaurants around without having to go very far. It is also close to the airport.

Startimes Estate has great security, road network, street lights and steady power supply. The estate has beautiful houses and rents are fair. It is a quiet estate and the houses are not identical.

Greenfield estate is another estate where you can raise a family. It is serene and has top-notch security. The roads are tarred and houses well organised. It has a church, school, hotel and supermarkets in it. 

Jakande Estate, Peace Estate, Ire-Akari Estate and Ilamose Estate are other popular estates in Isolo.

Day Life

Day Life - Isolo, Lagos Domino's Pizza. Credit: Google

Are you wondering what to do if you find yourself in Isolo? Then let's give you a couple of options to aid your exploration.

If you want to get familiar with the culture and tradition of the Isolo people, you can visit Aafin Alayeluwa, the Osolo of Isolo. His palace is very easy to locate.

If you're just here for the food, you won't be disappointed. Try out tasty homemade and local dishes at Molabat Kitchen, Africana Restaurant, or Ile Alamala. Treat yourself to amala or pounded yam with soups like gbegiri, vegetable, or ewedu. 

Mama's Kitchen also serves scrumptious African delicacies, especially ones from eastern Nigeria. They are also great with foreign dishes.

For the pizza lovers, a branch of Domino's Pizza is available. As usual, you can choose to pair your pizza with ice-cream from Cold Stone. You can also get chicken, drinks, and desserts. 

Tantalizers is available to provide fast food service for its residents. You can get chicken, jollof rice, fried rice and snacks like meat pies, scotch eggs, cakes and hamburgers. It is also a nice place for small meetings or small get-togethers.

To give your body luxury pampering, visit Beauty Box Spa, Nail & Beauty or Suave Beauty & Wellness Unisex Salon.

Night Life

Night Life - Isolo, Lagos Carabana Lounge. Credit: Google

At night, Isolo comes to life in a big way. Those who enjoy staying out late at night can choose from the numerous bars and clubs in the area.

Carabana Lounge is a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike. In order to alleviate your stress after a long day, you would be served a variety of dishes such as pepper soup, rice, plantain, barbequed or grilled fish, amongst other things. It has a comfortable atmosphere, and their prices are reasonable.

The Builders Lounge and Bar is also a fantastic place to unwind after a long day. The lighting and ambiance create a sense of sleek comfort and style, which is a pleasant surprise. A pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff characterise the customer service offered here. In addition, there is a Suya spot that is highly regarded in the area.

As well as these venues, you can visit the Likely to Be True Lounge and Bar, the Cocktail Club, the Tee's Place Lounge & Bar, the Echo Night Club and the Testimonial Tarven.

Schools

Schools - Isolo, Lagos Laurel Schools. Credit: laurelschools.com

Finding a great school in Isolo isn’t difficult at all. The schools here are well equipped to prepare your children for excellent academic attainment.

In Laurel Schools, their major driving force is to be able to deliver quality educational support to pupils and students within the community with a view to inspiring them to become role models within the society. They believe that every single child has an innate gift/ability that is only waiting to be discovered and they are committed to bring it to limelight. They encourage sports, debates, music, fine arts and other hands-on activities.

Mayday Schools boasts of constantly having the best results in both Lagos State and National Common Entrance in Isolo. They have also recorded great success in programmes featured at the NTA. It is in consideration of the demand for improved exposure of the children, that they are getting involved in a lot of programmes, so that the children can interact with their peers and at the same time promote peace and unity in our country.

St Monica schools offer nursery, primary and secondary education. They provide students and pupils with a distinctive education and a strong foundation for long term growth and success. The school also provides quality and well-rounded education by developing the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills of students.

Other schools in Isolo are Headstart Private School, Penckers School, Marybene School, Masters Ville Schools, Kembos Group of Schools and Redwood Academy.

Real Estate

Do you want to know how much it would cost to live in Isolo? Here are the average property prices in Isolo, Lagos.

Some available property in Isolo

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Luxury Newly Built 2bedroom Apartment in a Secured Estate, Vineyard, Jakande Ago Palace Annex, Isolo, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

2 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Vineyard, Jakande Ago Palace Annex, Isolo, Lagos
850,000 per annum
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Superbly Built Standard 2bedroom Flat in a Secured Location, Behind Ago Palace Bucknor, Isolo, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

2 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Behind Ago Palace Bucknor, Isolo, Lagos
800,000 per annum
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Exquisitely Newly Built Standard Mini Flat in a Serene Estate, Off Tijani Salako Street Bucknor, Isolo, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

1 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Off Tijani Salako Street Bucknor, Isolo, Lagos
550,000 per annum
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Clean 4 Bedroom Bungalow on a Full Plot with a C of O, Transformer, Bucknor, Isolo, Lagos, Terraced Bungalow for Sale

4 bedroom terraced bungalow for sale

 Transformer, Bucknor, Isolo, Lagos
28,000,000
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Fantastic 3 Bedroom Flat, Off Int Airport Rd, Isolo, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

3 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Off Int Airport Rd, Isolo, Lagos
2,000,000 per annum