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Ikorodu is a city in Lagos State, South West Nigeria, bordered to the north by Ogun State and south by the Lagoon. It has a population of 989,000 (2021).


The heart of Ikorodu City

Ikorodu’s location being in Lagos has contributed to its status as the fastest-growing hub inside the Lagos metropolis. There is a steady influx of people from surrounding towns, villages, and the neighboring Ogun state.

Before the Ikorodu division was created and later upgraded to a city, Ikorodu had existed since the 17th century. It derived its name from the inhabitants who were farmers, from the plants they notably grew. "Ikorodu" was derived from a Yoruba root word, oko-odu, meaning the farm (oko) of (odu), a kind of plant. The word odu means a darkening agent. When discovered that the plant had darkening power, it was used as a dye - the name odu was applied to it.

The Imota district is predominantly known as an Ijebu-speaking area, as the major language spoken in Imota is the Ijebu dialect of the Yoruba language. Imota was derived from the contraction "Imu-Ota" meaning "Near the Ota tree".

Get in


You can get in by bus, taxi or personal car.

By bus


Of the various buses that travel to Ikorodu, the most popular are those of the BRT Bus Rapid Transport provided by the Lagos State Government with different terminals scattered around the state. If moving from within Lagos the journey lasts approximately 45 minutes and the fare ranges from about ₦300-500 (naira), depending on which terminus you board from: The Lagos traffic might have a significant effect on the speed of your trip. One could board from the popular TBS station if coming from the Island, board from Ikeja if coming from Ikeja and its environs, or could board from the popular Oshodi terminal when coming from around Oshodi. Those who might be coming from interstate travel through the Lagos-Ibadan expressway could board the BRT station at the Ojota terminal or any terminal along the Ikorodu road. It is relatively comfortable and fully air-conditioned. Movies are sometimes shown and charging docks are fixed beneath every seat to enable you to charge your phone.

By ferry


MetroFerry and Lagferry are the two major ferry services with fares ranging from ₦500-700, dependent on the jetty boarded from and subsequently the distance. The jetties to board from if going to Ikorodu include Ebute Ero, CMS, Falomo, and Addax. Chartered rides are also available. There are also jetties to board from Ijede to the island (Badore, Lekki). Transport by ferry is fast (5-20 min) and convenient, although it can be scary on your first experience.

Get around

Map of Ikorodu

Movement around Ikorodu is predominantly by minibusses, small buses, tricycles, and motorcycles. These cost ₦50-100 depending on where in Ikorodu you are heading to. A trip from Agric in Ikorodu to Ikorodu garage could cost about ₦100. Due to the large expanse of land in Ikorodu, it might prove difficult to get a ride to remote areas of the City at late hours.


  • Oshodi Art Gallery, Itokin Road, Opposite Nasfat, Plot 115, (beside Gabrak Filling Station), +234 8054847010. M-Sa 9AM-7PM. The gallery has a variety of Nigerian traditional and modern artworks on display, including paintings, sculptures, photos, and even cartoon drawings.
  • Ikorodu Recreational Park, Near Nigerian Custom Service LighterTerminal. 24 hr. A place to be to relax it has a lovely rich environment. It is located beside the former Dangote factory (now Olam factory) as well as the Custom light Terminal in Ebute, Ikorodu. It has a mini-zoo, basketball court, and merry-go-round for kids to play and have fun.
  • 1 Egbin Thermal Station. Egbin Power Plc is the largest power generating station in Nigeria. The station is located at Ijede/Egbin in Ikorodu. Egbin Thermal Power Station (Q16890934) on Wikidata Egbin Thermal Power Station on Wikipedia
  • 2 Palace of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, 50 Ayangburen Road. It is accessible and found at the very heart of the city. Spacious and able to accommodate tourists. It is elegant and attractive showing the history of the Ikorodu people.
  • 3 Iledi Oshugbo Abalaiye Ikorodu (Sacred groove for the installation of Ikorodu Kings). This is where the chosen successor of the last King is taken and the installation rights are carried out. It is regarded as sacred and treated with reverence.
  • 4 Omitunmishe (Osun) Temple, Ikorodu, Famade Dede St, Ikorodu.
  • Imota Rice Mill, Imota. This is a very big rice mill.


  • Ijede Warm Springs
  • Ikorodu Lighter Port Terminal, lpakodo
  • Iledi Oshugbo Abalaiye Ikorodu: sacred groove for the installation of Ikorodu Kings
  • Cradoo Lake Waterfront, Ipakodo and Ibeshe.


  • KemSupermart, 44 Owolowo St, +234-904-642-3740. M-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 12:30-8PM.
  • Justrite Superstore, Ogolonto st, +234-816-580-2994. Daily 9AM-7PM.
  • Grocery Hazard Ltd, Olowu Junction, 60A Obafemi Awolowo Rd, +234-805-359-7021. In-store shopping, delivery.
  • Imota Big Market, Imota II.
  • Obada Morning Market, Imota. A big market that usually opens in the morning.
  • Bobby's SuperMart, Benson street ,Ikorodu, +234 8188469344. 8AM -8PM. In store shopping and delivery.
  • Domino's Store Ikorodu, Ayangburen Road 60 Ikorodu, Nigeria None, +234 7054015565. 8AM- 9PM. In store shopping and delivery.


  • Just 4 You Ikorodu, Ewu Ekele, Ijede Rd, +234-706-582-0002. M-Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 9AM-9PM.
  • Daregos Restaurant., 3 Olubi st, +234-809-692-9877.
  • Fatmot Restaurant, Oba sekumade Rd. Daily 8AM-10PM.
  • Domino’s Pizza, 78 TOS Benson Rd, Ikorodu 104101, Ikorodu. Opens daily 9 AM-10 PM. (Updated March 2022)
  • The Place Restaurant, Lagos NG, 52 Ayangburen Rd, Ikorodu. Opens daily 8 AM-10 PM. (Updated March 2022)
  • Magrellos Restaurant, Beside Nepa office, 46 Ayangburen Rd. Opens daily 7 AM-10 PM (Updated March 2022)
  • Sweet Sensation, 26 Ayangburen Rd, Ikorodu. Opens daily 7 AM-10 PM (Updated March 2022).

In Imota

  • Ajina evening market, Imota.
  • Sharwama Restaurant, Imota.
  • Adamo Community Market, Adamo bus-stop, itokin-imota road, Ikorodu-Epe Rd, Ikorodu.
  • Iya Greatest Food Canteen. Local, Continental, and other meal.
  • Ile Omodeyin, No 23 Aje St, Imota. A food canteen.
  • Tantalizers - Caleb University, Caleb University, Imota, +234 905 732 4515. Fast food.


  • F1 Bar & Club, Ikorodu. Daily 4:50PM-midnight. Dine, takeaway, delivery.
  • Pegrite Place, 8,Olayinka Jumbo st, +234-802-755-2563. 24 hr. Dine-in, takeaway.
  • Eroz place, 71,Borokini Lagos NG, Dada St, +234-802-312-1000. M-Sa 2 PM-midnight. Dine-in or curbside pickup. No delivery.


  • 5 Lagos State University of Science and Technology (Laspotech). Lagos State University of Science and Technology ( formerly Lagos State Polytechnic or LASPOTECH) is a Lagos state government-owned tertiary institution in Ikorodu. Lagos State University of Science and Technology (Q23216911) on Wikidata Lagos State Polytechnic on Wikipedia
  • Caleb University, Ikorodu, Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Rd, +234 1 291 0684. Caleb University is a private university.


  • Royal Kaft Hotel, 3 Hassan Oduga st, off Bab-sherif, Ishagam Rd. The hotel is spacious, and there is free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, room service, and free parking.
  • Royale Hotel and Suites, 95 Shagamu Rd. Free parking, pets allowed, free Wi-Fi, and airport shuttle.
  • Airoyal Hotel, Shamsideen Jaiyesimi St, +234-813-421-7925. Check-in: 5:15PM, check-out: noon. Pool, free breakfast, restaurant, and air conditioning. ₦15,000.
  • Harmony Castle Hotel, 70/72 Gbasemo St, Aga Rd. Check-in: noon. Free breakfast, restaurant, free parking, and pool. ₦7,810.
  • Vertical View Hotel, Greenleaf Estate, Off Cementary Rd, Ebute Ipakodo Rd, Igbogbo. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Pool, free breakfast, restaurant, and free breakfast. ₦8,000.
  • 1 Ibeshe Beach (Resort Hotel), 3 Idiope Ave. Ibeshe Private Beach is a beautiful and safe beach on an island. It has up-to-date living and leisure facilities. A place to relax in the serene environs, sands, and clear skies. Beautiful sunrise and sunset to watch.
  • 2 Jaftel Hotel, Tinubu Estate Rd, Ikorodu 104101, Ikorodu, +234 905 155 6665. ₦5,500.
  • Alomars Lodge, 5/6 Rotimi Odusanya Street, Off Haruna Bustop.

In Imota




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