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Due to rapid urbanization, the city expanded to the west of the lagoon to include areas in the present day Lagos Mainland, Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Surulere.This led to the classification of Lagos into two main areas - the Island, which was the initial city of Lagos, before it expanded into the area known as the Mainland.Before the creation of Lagos State on , Lagos, which was the country's capital had been administered directly by the Federal Government as a Federal Territory through the Federal Ministry of Lagos Affairs, while the Lagos City Council (LCC) governed the city.Lagos city was split into the present day seven Local Government Areas (LGAs), while the other towns now make up 13 LGAs in the state.However, the state capital was later moved to Ikeja in 1976, and the federal capital moved to Abuja in 1991.
For the Nigerian state which contains Lagos Metropolitan Area, see Lagos State. For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation).) is a city in the Nigerian state of the same name.The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest in Nigeria, as well as on the African continent.It is one of the fastest growing in the world, Lagos initially emerged as a port city which originated on a collection of islands, which are contained in the present day Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa; the islands are separated by creeks, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, while protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 km (60 mi) east and west of the mouth.The present-day Lagos state has a high percentage of Awori, who migrated to the area from Isheri along the Ogun river.Throughout history, it was home to a number of warring ethnic groups who had settled in the area.