Five Cowries Creek Lagos Nigeria

 The Five Cowries Creek (FCC) is a sliver of water, perhaps can be described as a distributary of the Lagos lagoon which separates Lagos Island and Ikoyi from Victoria Island (VI) along the South Western Coast of Nigeria, West Africa.

FCC joins the Lagos lagoon in the west along the Lagos Marina and in the East around Lekki Phase 1 Estates in Lekki peninsula with VI to the South abutting the Atlantic Ocean. There are three bridges on the FCC; the link bridges from Lagos Marina and third Mainland Bridge to Ahmadu Bello Way VI, Falomo Bridge from Alfred Rewane Road Ikoyi to Akin Adesola Street in VI and the Lekki Ikoyi link bridge connecting Alexander Road Ikoyi to Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase 1. It is about 10 km long.

Major commercial streets abut the creek on both Ikoyi end and VI end. On the Ikoyi side of the creek are Awolowo Road, Falomo roundabout, Bourdillon Road and Alexander Road with the smaller Queens and Oyinkan Abayomi drives. On the VI side are Ahmadu Bello way, Walter Carrington Crescent, Ozumba Mbadiwe and Maroko Roads, Lekki-Epe expressway extending to Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase 1.

Major clubs, entertainment outfits, restaurants, hotels, churches and commercial and financial establishments are present along these roads. Smaller residential streets are also present. Boats of various sizes are plentiful on this creek and add to the attractions. A major ferry terminal, Five Cowries Terminal, is on the Ikoyi side adjacent to Falomo Bridge. Lagos motor boat club is on Awolowo way. The boat waves on the creek could be very fascinating. These roads and the creek are a beehive of activities at night and a sight to behold when the full power of night light is unleashed.

I have spent some time photographing the major attractions on this creek both during the day, at the blue hour and at night. These streets are more beautiful at night hence the emphasis in this photo blog is on the night along the FCC!

Photos featured here include those of the Marina Ahmadu Bello way link bridge, the Westwood hotel, Lagos Motor Boat Club, Walter Carrington drive, Wings Office Complex Oando PLC headquarters, lagoon restaurant, Radisson Blue hotel, Five Cowries Terminal, the Civic Center, Civic center Towers, Nigeria Law School Lagos, Caverton heliport, 1004 flats, Falomo bridge, Ikoyi Lekki suspension bridge, the Oriental Hotel with lots of other hotels and banking facilities on Maroko and Ozumba roads.

Feed your eyes and enjoy the photos.

Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) Lagos Nigeria

The Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) is located in Lekki peninsula Lagos state. It is the flagship project of the privately funded Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) which was founded by Late Chief S. L. Edu in 1980.

The vision of the NCF as presented on their website is "A Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature".

LCC is a nature park, a preserved portion of Lekki peninsula in its original form comprising a mangrove swamp and a Savannah grassland located at kilometer 19 along Lagos-Epe expressway in Lagos State. It has a 2 kilometer boardwalk and a 401-meter long suspended swinging canopy walkway through the mangrove swamp and a family pack in the Savannah grassland.

The 2 kilometer boardwalk meanders through the mangrove swamp with resting spots along the boardwalk for nature and bird watching. There is a jungle of tall trees of various types forming canopies in the mangrove swamp.

The canopy walkway is said to be the longest canopy walkway in Africa. The foliage bio-diversity in the mangrove swamp is better appreciated as you walk along the canopy walkway. At the highest viewing station, the Atlantic Ocean comes into view on the southern front of the nature park. The surrounding developments could also be viewed at this level. There is a tree house within the swamp which also allows better appreciation of the foliage biodiversity at the canopy level.  

The Savannah grassland has a family park with gazebos, barbecue stations, floor games and Tilapia and Koi fish ponds.

On the day we visited there were a few birds and animals. I was very impressed with the biodiversity of the nature park. It was a lot of fun going on the swinging canopy walkway and looking as far as the eyes could see above the flora canopy. Climbing the tree house was exhilarating for members of our group who were strong enough to do the vertical climb. It was also fun seeing the fish scramble for food as our tour guide fed them. I have a better appreciation for the original form of the land in the Lekki peninsula before the sand filling and the massive developments ongoing on this peninsula.  

We did a few photos. It was difficult to capture the excitement of walking on the boardwalk under the foliage canopies and the suspended canopy walkway and taking in the fresh scent of the mangrove swamp and the humidity. I wished I had a long sleeve shirt on to avoid the insect bites which were expected in this setting. My long pants helped anyway! I recommend a pair of hiking shoes. Please enjoy these photos. Your feedback is welcome.

Further information could be obtained at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC): Treasure on the Peninsula, Proud ...