From the budding technology hub in Yaba, to the popular Computer Village in Ikeja, Nigeria’s largest printers community in Somolu, the automobile market in Ladipo, and the industrial corridor from Oba Akran to Ilupeju, the Lagos Mainland is undeniably the focal point of commerce and industries in Lagos.
Located in the heart of the Lagos metropolis, the Lagos Mainland is where over 90% of Lagosians call home. With industries, artisans, small businesses and entrepreneurs of all types and sizes strategically set up around the Mainland, it stands gallantly as the hotbed of commerce, industries and small businesses in Lagos state, and by extension, Nigeria.
The Lagos Mainland is also home to major suburban clusters like, Ajegunle, Makoko, Mushin, Bariga, Yaba, Surulere, Ogba, Agege, Ikorodu, Isolo, Ojuelegba, to mention but a few. It is host to historic educational institutions like the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech), Lagos State Polytechnic (Laspotech), Lagos State University (LASU), Queen’s College, Federal Government College, FGC, Ijanikin; Federal Science and Technical College, FSTC, Yaba; and countless leading private schools.
Yet, unlike the Lagos Island – said to be the corporate and financial headquarters of Nigeria – the Lagos Mainland is grossly under-reported in the media. The challenges facing the people, businesses and communities on the Lagos Mainland have received very little or no attention from the mainstream media.
It is in the light of this that InsideMainland.com (Lagos Mainland’s online community news portal) was birthed, and has since dedicated its focus and resources to reporting stories about the people and communities on the Mainland. InsideMainland’s coverage spans communities in Surulere, Yaba, Okokomiko, Somolu, Agege, Maryland, Ikeja, Ogudu, Ajegunle, Iyana-Ipaja, Ikorodu, Ketu, Epe, Ojodu-Berger, Igando, Mile 12, Abule Egba, Ogba, Festac, Kosofe, Makoko, Agboyi-Ketu, Alapere, Oko-Oba, Igbogbo-Baiyeku, Imota, Alimosho, Asolo, Ikosi-Ejirin, Oshodi, Ajeromi, e.t.c.
Through our various initiatives like the #InsideMainlandInvestigations, we deployed investigative journalism to unearth mysteries and bring to light the challenges facing the people and businesses on the Mainland. In addition, we have been able to engage policy makers through our #InsideMainlandEngage platform.
In the same vein, InsideMainland is set to introduce the ‘Heroes of Lagos Mainland,’ our newest driver dedicated to celebrating and telling the stories of Mainlanders whose initiatives and efforts are creating inspirations and making positive impact among young people in their communities.
Every week, InsideMainland’s ‘Heroes of Lagos Mainland’ will highlight the true spirit of entrepreneurship and sacrifice by exceptional individuals committed to uplifting and inspiring members of their communities on the Lagos Mainland.
In the first issue, InsideMainland will feature two young men – Prince Ogaga and Stanley Oghenerukevwe, who are taking bold steps to change the way we see the Ajegunle community through fashion.
Through this initiative InsideMainland is also reaffirming its role as a voice of the communities on the Lagos Mainland. InsideMainland is panning in on the under-represented communities on the Mainland in a bid to garner attention and solutions to the challenges facing the people and businesses on the Mainland.