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Grenada, the Hub for Tourists

STORY BY: Taiwo Adebiyi

Grenada is an island in the Caribbean. It is referred to as the ‘Isle of Spice’ for a reason not far-fetched: it produces nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and mace crops as well as other spices. Though small and sparsely populated, it is greatly enriched with natural resources.

It is a tourism-based island widely known for its numerous recreational activities. Encircled by the Caribbean Sea, where visitors take enjoyable boat cruise in a well-designed yacht, it is a mountainous island with eye-catching edifices on huge hills and warm and body-friendly tropical weather. Should you choose to be there, going around in skimpies is no discomfort.

Of all interesting places to visit in Grenada, Rex Resorts, located in St. George’s, is the hub for tourists from around the world. Upon your arrival in Grenada, you don’t have to embark on a short post-journey to get to Rex Resort, for it’s a stone’s throw away from the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The waitresses are on standby to usher you in with chilled cocktail to quench your flight thirst. It is situated in a waterfront in between beautiful vegetation of different plants and flowers surrounding the beaches from where healthy breeze effuses.

At Rex Resorts, you wake up every morning with the sound of the cool breeze and yachts on sea cruise. Visitors, especially both young and old couples, taking leisure walk is one of the mixes that enliven the place. You find yourself in the midst of grannies and grandads who don’t see age as a barrier to their married/social lives, acting young more than the young couples.

In actual fact, Rex Resorts is the perfect arena for couples who want to recharge their marriages with romance, the all-you-can-eat exotic buffet packed with well spiced carribean sea food, alongside orchestra to entertain people, is so much inviting.

Touring transportation is made easy by the receptionists who organise bus for visitors. Everything, including movement, is done at ease. Indeed, Grenada is a place to visit for a lifetime exprience.

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List of Countries You Can Travel To Without Visa From Nigeria

With the increased economic difficulty in Nigeria, many young Nigerians are increasingly looking to travel to other countries in search of greener pastures. The travel restrictions and difficulties in obtaining visas are some of the biggest concerns in the mind of intending travelers.

Some countries listed here would grant you a visa upon arrival for a small fee.

See the Visa Free Countries Below:

1. Bangladesh (Visa on arrival)

2. Barbados (Visa free for 6 months)
3. Benin Republic (Visa free)
4. Burkina Faso (Visa free)
5. Burundi (Visa on arrival for 30days)
6. Cameroon (Visa free)
7. Cape Verde (Visa on arrival)
8. Chad (Visa free)
9. Comoros Island (Visa on arrival)
10. Cote d’Ivoire (Visa free )
11. Djibouti (Visa on arrival)
12. Dominican (Visa free for 21 days)
13. Fiji Island (Visa free for 4 months)
14. Gambia (Visa free for 90days)

Also Read: The Most Secure Places to Live in Lagos Nigeria

15. Georgia (Visa on arrival)
16. Ghana (Visa free)
17. Guinea (Visa free)
18. Guinea Bissau (Visa free for 90 days)
19. Haiti (Visa free for 90 days)
20. Iran (Visa on arrival)

21. Kenya (Visa on arrival for 90 days)
22. Liberia (Visa free)

23. Madagascar (Visa on arrival for 90 days)
24. Maldives (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
25. Mali (Visa free)

Below are more countries that offer no or little restrictions to Nigerians for travel. All the listed countries would allow you to travel without a visa, however, a few of the countries in this section would preferably issue a visa on arrival. This removes the hassles and delays involved in securing a visa before travel as the visas are almost always granted once you have a genuine reason and as mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you check with the country’s immigration very close to the time of your travel as visa policies change frequently. 


26. Mauritania (Visa on arrival)
27. Mauritius (Visa free for 90 days)
28. Micronesia (Visa free for 30 days)
29. Mozambique (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
30. Nauru (Visa on arrival)
31. Niger Republic (Visa free)
32. Palau (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
33. Samoa ( Visa on arrival for 60 days )
34. Senegal (Visa free)
35. Seychelles (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
36. Sierra Leone (Visa free)
37. Somalia (Visa on arrival)
38. Sri Lanka (Electronic travel authorization)
39.Tanzania (Visa on arrival)
40. Togo (Visa free)


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The Most Secure Places to Live in Lagos Nigeria

Amidst growing security concerns, Here are some of The Most Secure Places to Live in Lagos Nigeria

The Most Secure Places to Live in Lagos

Lagos is one of the fastest developing urban communities on the planet. With rapid development in infrastructure at the dawn of the new nation, Lagos gained a head start on other cities in Nigeria. It has become one of the most delightful spots in West Africa. As with every other city in the world, Lagos has its down sides. Security happens to be top on the list when foreigners are thinking of setting up shop in Nigeria. For every visitor, finding out the most secure places to live in Lagos is paramount.

It’s is no big surprise why several individuals including Nigerians and Non-Nigerians move to Lagos.  The city houses probably the biggest and busiest seaports in West Africa and the resultant heightened economic activity is one of the secrets of its economic vitality when compared with other sterile cities.

In the event that you want to live in Lagos, in a tranquil and secure area where you can comfortably send your children to a decent school, and enjoy the comfort of a serene neighborhood, here are some of the places you might want to consider.

Ikoyi

Ikoyi used to be a quarters for British colonialists and have been known to house the rich and affluent. This area is just remarkable. The Crime rate is very nearly zero and her security is first class. This is the ideal climate for raising kids and there are a great deal of good schools, Montessori, universities, and organizations there.

Ikoyi houses some of Lagos’ most opulent residential areas like the much talked about Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos. Ikoyi is situated in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos. It is situated on the Northeast of Obalende and is near the Lagos Island and the Lagos Lagoon. Some of the nations most wealthy men reside in Ikoyi.

Likewise, the base camp of Google Nigeria is situated in Ikoyi. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Nigerian Government Presidential Secretariat and the Deputy-Governor of Lagos State live in Ikoyi, Lagos. Ikoyi is probably one of the most secure places to live in Lagos.

Victoria Island

Much the same as Lekki and Ikoyi, Victoria Island (V.I) is one of the most secure places to live in Lagos. Victoria Island has become the central hub of most of corporate Lagos with most of the nations biggest corporations situating their headquarters here. Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank plc, Halliburton, IBM, Hewlett Packard all have their offices in this district of Lagos.

Situated in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos state. Victoria Island is home to some of the city’s nicest residential estates such as the Eko Atlantic, VGC, Parkview home, and Coker Village.

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Lekki

The Lekki-Ajah axis is a popular residential hub for lower and upper-middle class residents of Lagos. Lekki has made considerable progress as an extension of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lagos Island.

The Most Secure Places to Live in Lagos

The Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge image source

Lekki is a city situated in the Eastern piece of Lagos State, Nigeria. Lekki located near Victoria Island and Ikoyi and has a fabulous perspective of the Atlantic Ocean to its South, Lagos Lagoon toward the North, and Lekki Lagoon to its East. 

Lekki boasts very modern shopping centers, sports and recreational offices. Its also home to some of Lagos’s hottest nightclubs. The concentration of office complexes and commercial activities accounts for its general safety.

Ikeja

 Ikeja is the capital of Lagos State and it stays one of the most populated region in Lagos state. Ikeja is known as the focal point of business  in Lagos state as individuals would need to work in zones near their homes. 

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Ikeja, Lagos image source

Ikeja is a mix of business and private properties and it is essentially reachable from the vast majority of Lagos. It is an all-around arranged, perfect, and calm neighborhood. Probably the most famous territories in Ikeja are Opebi, Ojodu, Alausa, Magodo, Maryland and Agidingbi

Festac

Festac is a government housing project situated along Lagos – Badagry Expressway. Festac Town is a Federal Housing Estate home situated in the Awuwo-Odofin neighborhood. FESTAC got its name from the abbreviation – Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture which was held there in 1977. It is one of the most tranquil spots in Lagos state. Though there has been progressive neglect and infrastructure breakdown in recent years it remains a relatively sane environment.

Its location means you can get to anyplace in Lagos from Festac and effectively get away from the notorious traffic in Lagos. Festac offers a smooth street to Coker, Orile, Ikotun, Mushin, Surulere and even Oshodi. 

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 Festac Town is self sufficient, boasts police and fire stations, admittance to public transportation, grocery stores, banks,  public bathrooms, and postal posts.

Surulere

Surulere is perhaps the best spot to live in Lagos. It is at the focal point of Lagos and situated in the Lagos territory. Surulere is associated with practically all courses and streets around Lagos. From Surulere, a vehicle passage of ₦500 can take you to practically any part of Lagos whether Oshodi, Victoria Island, Lagos Island, Alaba simply name it.

Surulere is a private and business LGA situated in the Lagos Mainland, Lagos State, Nigeria. Surulere has a territory of 23 km² containing 503,975 occupants (2006).

The Most Secure Places to Live in Lagos

The Shitta Park in Surulere image source

Surulere has boasted an urban culture for many years. Some of its notable residents include singer Wizkid Ayo Balogun, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Teslim Fatusi, Aliko Dangote, Simi, Desmond Elliot, Pepenazi and others. Surulere additionally has well known landmarks like the National Stadium Lagos, National Arts Theater, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Adeniran Ogunsanya shopping center, Ojuelegba, Amala Shitta, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and houses the workplace of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) and the Nigerian Breweries.  

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LIST OF TOP ENTERTAINING PLACES IN LAGOS YOU MUST TAKE YOUR CHILDREN

In Lagos there are plenty of fun places to take your kids to. That’s why I’ve come up with a t list of exciting places that your kids must to visit.

Dreamworld Africana is located at KM 20 Lekki-Ajah Expressway Lagos.  Just after the 2nd Lekki toll gate, the Orchid Hotel is a significant landmark to look out for. There are several attractions in the park, including a roller coaster, carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars, go-karts, arcade games, bouncy castles, etc. To build the big splash, it also has a swimming area and water slides. You pay an entrance fee to join, which varies, but typically starts from N1000. Then you pay for each ride, or you can buy access to ALL DAY RIDES for around N3500. Amazing fun at an affordable price. At N2000 for children and N1,500 for adults, these Children’s Day tickets are all inclusive.

Searching for a spot to go bowling? Rufus and Bee, then, is just a spot. Rufus and Bee, all bundled in one, is a games arcade, pub, bowling alley and sports bar. It is situated off Remi Olowude, Lekki, (2nd roundabout), in Lekki. The arcade games are filled with many different games, including football, shooting, cars, basketball, etc. In a candy shop, it’s like letting a kid loose. You buy a card worth N1,000 and you purchase points from as low as N5,000 (55 chips) to as high as N30,000 (405 chips) on the card. This is the family’s must-visit destination. You’re not going to regret it.

On the outskirts of Lagos, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, KM 12 Lagos Ibadan Expressway Ibafo, Hi-Impact Planet is an amusement theme park and resort. It’s a stone’s throw from MFM Prayer Town. This theme park, I have to say, is packed. We have been here at least 3 times and we still haven’t been able to do anything, even though we got there as they opened up. Indoor arcade games with loads of games, swings, bumper cars, ice skating, ferris wheel, carousel, go kart, train rides, and an indoor 4D cinema are available. It now has a swimming area and slides of water. It also boasts of accommodations for out of town guests and if you want to maximize the holiday and stay over (Our own little disneyland). 
Entrance fee is N5000 and you have to pay for the games. You have two options – either pay as you play or buy an all access package (HIP Regular or Combo). The package ranges from N15,000 to N25,000. The costs for the individual games range from N500 to N2500. For adrenaline junkies – the Enterprise Ride is a MUST

Omu Resort

Omu resort is unique in that it’s a combination of a mini zoo, seaworld, wax museum and an amusement park. It is located at 1, Omu Resort Drive, Bogije Town Lagos. Depending on where you are coming from it’s a bit of distance – its after Awoyaya and Lakowe.  Omu Resort has a wide range of fun activities – zoo, wax museum, rides, mechanical bull riding, horse riding, waterpark, paintballing, quad bikes, roller skating, kayaking and go-karts. Honestly, we enjoyed every bit of our visit and are planning to go again.
Their tickets cover both entry and access to games. They have three main packages ranging from N3000 to N8000 per person. If you are up to 5 people, I advice you ask for the family package to get a discount.
Funderland Mall

Located inside Funderland Mall at 16/18 Lekki- Epe Expressway opposite Mega Chicken (between Chevron and VGC) the Mall is home to DCube Skating Rinks, Trotter and Pop Water Park. Together they offer you fun games, rock climbing, pony ride, swimming pool, slides and indoor skating. Price ranges for the rides and skating – N1000 to N2500.
Funtopia Water Park

Funtopia Leisure Resort is located at Km 35, Lekki-Epe Express Way, opposite Pan African  University just a few minutes away from Victoria Garden City. This is the only place on my bucket list am yet to take my kids to and I hope strike off during the mid term break. Funtopia is a water park that offers 3 water slides, swimming area, games room, snack bar and bouncy castle,
Apapa Amusement Park

Apapa Amusement Park is located at 34 Randle Street Apapa. This amusement park boasts of bumper cars, carousel, air bicycle, mini football pitch, mini ferris wheel, roller coasters, indoor arcades and a number of other rides. I love the Pirate Ship and Fruit Worm the best. The indoor games arcade has lots of fun for the kids especially the younger ones. There is no entrance fee, you pay for each ride. Prices range from N400 to N1500. You can buy a card and load as much money on it for the various rides and card can be used another.
Fun Factory Lekki

Fun Factory is located on Admiralty Way Lekki Phase 1 (enter from Lekki first gate). Its mainly an outdoor fun place to take the kids for a relaxed weekend and  to burn off their excess energy. It has outdoor slides, rides, a little pool and space for the little ones to run around. A great venue for children’s events and outdoor parties. Entrance fee is typically N3000 per person for 100% acesss to the place and its facilities.
Lekki Conservation Center

Take a step away from your typical fun parks and rides and enjoy the beauty of nature with Lekki Conservation Centre. Lekki Conservation Center is located at KM 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway – not too far from Chevron and just before the 2nd Lekki Tollgate. Children will enjoy the walk, seeing nature and also seeing the monkeys, the 95yr old tortoise, peacocks, crocodiles and other animals. Make sure you go on the canopy walk and climb the tree house. Gate Fee is N200 for children and N1000 for adults i. Access to the Lekki Conservation Centre Canopy Walk cost an extra N1000
The Beach

I am not sure this list would be complete without including the beach. Lagos is blessed with beaches,  and you can choose from a selection of beaches if you would like to spend a day at the beach having a picnic, drinking coconuts, surfing and lots of water fun. Badagry. Eleko, Elegushi, Oniru, Atican beaches are some to name a few.  If you are up for more adventure, take a boat ride to Tarkwa Bay. Tarkwa Bay is an island and only accessible by boats. It’s a 15-20mins by boat with the boat ride costing N1500 to N2500 one way.  Entry fee for most beaches are  between N1000 to N2000 and you will need some extra money to rent tents, chairs, tables, etc.

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