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The Island is mainly a collection of islands that are separated from each other by creeks of varying sizes and are connected together by bridges.
The smaller sections of some creeks have been dredged and built over.
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.
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.
Lagos played the dual role of being the State and Federal Capital until 1976, when the state capital was moved to Ikeja.
Lagos was adversely affected during Nigeria's military rule.
Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present day Lagos, also known as "Metropolitan Lagos", and officially as "Lagos Metropolitan Area" As at 2015, unofficial figures put the population of "Greater Metropolitan Lagos", which includes, Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at approximately 21 million. Lagos, which means "lakes", was a name given to the settlement by the Portuguese.This city area was governed directly by the Federal Government through the Lagos City Council, until the creation of Lagos State in 1967, which led to the splitting of Lagos city into the present day seven Local Government Areas (LGAs), and an addition of other towns (which now make up 13 LGAs) from the then Western Region, to form the state.Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation.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.
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