Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos Area Guide Ebute Meta. Photo Credit: Mapcarta.com

The Lagos Mainland Local Government Area includes the suburb of Ebute Metta. Ebute Metta translates to "The Three Harbours" in Yoruba. This was in reference to Iddo, Otto, and Oyingbo, which were historically known as the "Three Harbours" because they were under the sovereignty of the king, who had agents in charge of collecting taxes from ships that used them to transport commodities to Lagos.

It is one of the oldest and most recognised neighbourhoods in Lagos. People from the lower and middle classes live and work in this area, which is also the centre of business.

The area was thoughtfully planned and built in the 1960s, but because there isn't a maintenance culture, there are certain parts that don't seem extraordinary but are nonetheless decent. Ebute Metta is divided into two sections: east and west. Denton Street is now Murtala Muhammed Way, Griffith Street, Freeman Street, King George V Street is now Herbert Macaulay Street, Cemetery Street, Bola Street, Osholake Street, Tapa Street, and Okobaba Street are all in Ebute Metta West. Then in the east, there's Barclay Street. Moor Road, Abeokuta Street, St. Agnes Street, Church Street, and many others.

Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts - Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos Nigerian Railway Corporation Headquarters. Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria News Website

Ebute Metta's history is one of its most fascinating aspects. In 1867, the native Egba Christians in Abeokuta, who were having several misunderstandings with the dominant traditionalists, were afraid that the traditionalists would attack them if the European missionaries left the city. They urged the missionaries to save them and take them to Lagos. With the help of the missionaries, the Egbas were given a portion of land in Lagos, and they built and established a town now known as Ebute Metta.

Still, the Ebute Metta Station, also called the Mobolaji Johnson Station, can hold up to 6000 people and is the largest train station in West Africa. In June 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari opened the project for business at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station in Ebute Metta. He said that the project was another success in his administration's work to bring the railroad network back to life and make it a good way to move both freight and people. The headquarters of the Nigerian Railway Corporation is also in the same neighbourhood.

It's also important to note that Ebute Metta is where the Redeemed Christian Church of God was first built. The church was established in 1952 at Ebute Metta by Rev. Josiah Akindayomi, of blessed memory. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is the most popular and wealthiest Pentecostal church in Nigeria. It also holds the largest share of the nation's private property. Development in the neighbourhoods surrounding the church has been facilitated by the church's presence at Ebute Metta.

It is noteworthy that the Egba in Ebute Metta formed the first group of Nigerian civil workers because the majority of them went on to work as engineers, technicians, and stationmasters for the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

Leisure and Shopping

Leisure and Shopping - Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos Oyingbo Ultra Modern Market. Photo Credit: Pulse Nigeria

Oyingbo Market is a cutting-edge marketplace that has 504 square metres of space. The structure features six exit gates, 134 restrooms, 48 open offices, 622 open shops, and 102 locked businesses. There is also a sizable parking area that has room for 150 vehicles. The market is one of the oldest and busiest in Lagos. It brings in a lot of money for the state. It is the place to go if you want to buy large quantities of fresh fruit for a very low price. One of the most intriguing markets on the Lagos mainland is Oyingbo Market.

The Lat Shopping Mall is thought to be the best place to shop for clothing. They have good products at fair pricing, and their shipping is really quick. Within 24 hours, they supply high-quality goods. Additionally, they accept cash upon delivery.

Tricia's store is a one-stop shop for high-quality cosmetics, salon supplies, electrical goods, hair, makeup, skin, and nail care, as well as furniture for spas and beauty salons.

Ebute Metta is where Jaekel's house is situated. Built in 1898, it is one of the oldest structures in the Nigeria Railway Complex. The name was given to honour the late Francis OBE, who was a superintendent for the Nigerian Railway Corporation. The building is now a museum with pictures of people, places, and historical events from 1940 to 1970 taken by the Nigerian Railway Corporation. It is also a fantastic location in Lagos for a fairytale wedding ceremony.

Popular Estates

Popular Estates - Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos Pearl Apartments. Photo Credit: google photos

Near Glover Street in Ebute Metta, the LSDPC Estate is a quiet neighbourhood with good security. This well-developed estate is only a short drive from the third mainland bridge. The estate is renowned for its peace and tranquility, making it a good place to raise a family. The estate includes a recreation area, reliable power with a prepaid metre, a tarred interlocking road, reliable and appropriate water supply, a gated estate with 24-hour uniformed security, visitor evaluation, and ample parking.

At Osholake Street, Ebute-metta East, Lagos Mainland, a new estate called Meadow Estate is now being built. There will be 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom condominiums and maisonettes in the 40-unit project on the 7,800-square-meter plot of land. The estate will have full security, backup power, purified water, landscaping, cleaning of common areas, garbage disposal, and central sewage management. Additionally, it will have a supermarket, a gym, a bush bar where people can hang out, and a garden where people can rest.

The Pearl Apartments are a high-rise apartment complex with twenty-six (26) units made up of two (2) blocks of six (6) doors each and a penthouse on each block. Each apartment with three bedrooms has a balcony, a bathroom on the same floor, a fully equipped kitchen, and good air flow. Residents can take advantage of amenities like elevators in each block, designated parking for cars, a rooftop patio, and a rooftop pool.

Day Life

Day Life - Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos Sweet Sensation. Photo Credit: BussinessDay Web

Canada Restaurant always serves hot and delicious amara, ewedu, and gbegiri. Additionally, jollof rice, fried rice, white rice, ofada rice, asaro, and semovita are offered on their food menu. Amala is available all day. From 1:00 p.m. on, pounded yam is available. Efo riro, egusi, ewedu, and gbegiri are available as soups. You can unwind and rejuvenate yourself in this gorgeous setting, and you can return time and again because their services are superb.

Another great location to eat is Sweet Sensation. It is a spot where you can get delicious food and a variety of cakes for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. The restaurant maintains good hygiene, and the food is reasonably priced.

There's also Tantalizer at Ebute Metta, a well-known fast-food restaurant. They offer typical Nigerian meals and snacks such as meat pies, scotch eggs, chicken, jollof rice, fried rice, cakes, and hamburgers. The food is good and reasonably priced. Chic and neatly placed seating is provided. The bathroom is well-maintained and tidy. It's also a great place to relax with a bottle of chilled, carbonated refreshments.

Night Life

Night Life - Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos Arena Nightclub. Photo Credit: Google photos

Visit 30 Avenue Lounge on a Friday night if you want to leave and convince yourself it was a night well spent. The atmosphere is perfect, and you will have a great time. They provide their clients with quality music from their in-house and guest DJs, live music, and karaoke. They also have a restaurant where you may have delectable food.

You may start your evening off in style at Virgin Blues Nightclub as well. The club is situated in a well-secured area. It's a location to enjoy a fulfilling night out with cocktails and loud music from the club DJ.

A lovely location to unwind is the lounge and bar at the Mainland Hotel. Nonalcoholic, alcoholic wine, juice, pepper soup, turkey, goat meat, chips, and other beverages and foods are all available. The hotel is one of Nigeria's first-class establishments.


Schools - Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos St Saviours School. Photo Credit: St Saviour School, Instagram page

One of Lagos' first educational institutions is St. Savior's School, Ebute Metta. In 1951, it was established. Children ages 3 to 11 are able to learn in a supportive setting that encourages them to do their best. The school's curriculum is a mix of the most important courses from the Nigerian curriculum and the international curriculum. To support teachers and students, the school has enough learning resources.

Also, there is Gloryville School, which gives students between the ages of 2.5 and 11 a great all-around education and teaches them to have high moral and ethical standards. The overarching goal of the school is to create knowledgeable, confident people.

However, Longford International School is also an option. It is a school that helps students improve their moral character, physical fitness, spiritual understanding, and academic skills, and also prepares them for problems they may face in the future. The school is in a quiet part of Ebute Metta and has teachers with the right skills to teach.

At Ebute Metta, you may also discover Islamic institutions such as Ansar-Ud-Deen Nursery and Primary School, Ahlussunnah Mosque and Islamic School, and many others.

Real Estate

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

Some available property in Ebute Metta East

2 Bedroom Apartment Available in a Central Area, Ebute Metta, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

2 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Ebute Metta, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos
1,800,000 per annum
3 Bedroom Flat, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

3 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos
2,500,000 per annum
a Fantastic Newly Built 2 Bedroom Flat Ensuite, Close to 3rd Mainland Bridge, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos, Flat / Apartment for Rent

2 bedroom flat / apartment for rent

 Close To 3rd Mainland Bridge, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos
2,500,000 per annum
a Lovely Roomself Contain, Close to 3rd Mainland Bridge, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos, Self Contain (single Rooms) for Rent

Self contain (single rooms) for rent

 Close To 3rd Mainland Bridge, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos
750,000 per annum
Block of Flats, Borno Way, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos, Block of Flats for Sale

3 bedroom block of flats for sale

 Borno Way, Ebute Metta East, Yaba, Lagos