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All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Codedrock(m): 1:53pm On Jul 19, 2015


ABOUT


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ALSO REFERRED TO AS NIGERIA'S M0ST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD

Banana Island, is an area of Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, 8.6 kilometres east of Tafawa Balewa Square. Part of the Lagos Local Government Area of Eti-Osa in Central Lagos, it is known for its wealthy, multi-cultural community and has some of the most expensive real estate in Nigeria. Banana Island has one of the highest density of millionaires within its boundaries.

According to the Elites Magazine, this beautiful island has become the most preferred abode of the rich. Many years ago, Banana Island distinguished itself as a no go area for the middle class, leaving the rest of Lagos such as Ikeja GRA, Victoria Island and Lekki for the average millionaires in Lagos. A first time visitor to this island is greeted by the sight of well laid lawns with beautiful flowers and well paved roads. The quietude and untainted environment is a major attraction as well.
Beautiful trees are also planted in canopy form to serve as umbrella and to supply fresh air.
Banana Island is an artificial island in Ikoyi, Lagos State. It is located in the Lagos Lagoon and attached to the North-Eastern Ikoyi island by a dedicated road strip which is linked to the existing road network. It was constructed by HiTech, the construction arm of the Chagoury Group and is a joint venture with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

The banana shaped island is approximately 1,630,000 square meters in size and it has been zoned into 536 plots consisting of 100 closes, which serve to enhance the banana shape of the island. The island is so designed to enhance the historically residential nature of Ikoyi. Residents are provided world class utilities including underground electrical systems, as against the overhead. Plot sizes range from 1000 square metres to 4000 square metres. The island is designed for a mixed development with plots for residential, commercial, recreational areas, a main piazza, primary and secondary schools, fire and police stations, clinics, hotels and club-houses. Utilities offered include underground electrical systems, an underground water supply network, central sewage system and treatment plant, street lighting and satellite telecommunications networks, as well as overhead and storm water covered drainage.

Banana Island is not just home to some of the finest Nigeria real estate, it also habours some of the most expensive properties in Nigeria. Indeed, beauty and comfort come at a price. And that price can be jaw-dropping. One of the most outstanding features of the island is the Ocean Parade Towers rising into the sky at eight floors with a penthouse. The facilities include central air conditioning, central gas syetem, laundry machine, refrigerator, gas cooker, CCTV, swimming pool, and 24 hour electrivcity supply, made possible with standby generators, a squash court, and a 24 hour security. Banana Island is reputed to be Nigeria’s most expensive neighbourhood. It is on par TriBeCa in New York Shibuya in Japan, La Jolla in San Diego, Carlifornia, Seveth Arrondissenent in Paris, Kessington Palace Gardens in London or Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. Averagely, the price of a luxury flat in Banana Island ranges between $130,000 and $200,000. This excludes $15,000 USD service charge per annum. Also, any potential tenant will be required to pay two years rent in advance. And like other luxury apartments in other areas in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki, come with in-built or detached boys quarters for domestic servants.

Normally, a plot of land in Banana Island goes for hundreds of millions. However, in most cases, billions of naira go into the erection of these buildings. Many Multi-National Companies have taken Banana Island to be their regional headquarters.

Banana Island is a man-made island in Lagos State, Nigeria that is slightly curved in shape – like a banana. It is located in the Lagos Lagoon and is connected to Ikoyi Island by a dedicated road which is linked to the existing road network near Parkview Estate. The island was constructed by the Lebanese-Nigerian Chagoury Group in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and is considered to be on par with the Seventh Arrondissement in Paris, La Jolla in San Diego, and Tokyo’s Shibuya and Roppongi neighbourhoods.


HISTORY

Panoramic view of Banana Island taken from the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.
The original Banana Island construction project entitled "Lagoon City" was the brainchild of the Late Chief Adebayo Adeleke, a University of London trained Civil Engineer (MICE), and CEO of City Property Development Ltd.
Chief Adebayo Adeleke had originally commissioned a new urban development in Maroko, Victoria Island, but that project had been 'acquired' by the Lagos State government with no financial consideration paid. Following a lengthy 10 year court case, Lagos State government offered other parcels of land as consideration for the Maroko development.

Many scoffed at Chief Adeleke's decision to select the Ikoyi Island perimeter, however they were unable to appreciate the foresight of the Chief, who promptly engaged the Westminster Dredging Company to dredge the foreshore, and create six interlinked and symmetrical islands.
He wanted to create a development that would "Make Nigeria Proud", and engaged Minoru Yamasaki the architect of Manhattan's Twin Towers, to design replica twin towers as the flagship iconic buildings on the main island.

To complete the Lagoon City concept, Chief Adeleke planned an aesthetic design including a City Airport, which was a vision conceived long before the London Docklands Development, London City Airport, Dubai's Palm Islands or Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport.
Unfortunately for the Chief, as soon as he had reclaimed the land and the brilliance of the idea was unveiled, others were determined to wrestle the land from him, and the project was 'acquired' again with no consideration being paid to City Property Development Limited. The 'acquisition' is currently being challenged in various courts, and there are Caveat Emptor warnings in place to warn prospective buyers that their investment could be at risk in future. There is also litigation pending in the UK and European courts regarding this matter.

The subsequent developers were principally interested in maximising the yield of the land at the expense of the aesthetic innovative design foreseen by Chief Adebayo Adeleke. Consequently the land was filled in to create a banana shaped island, which has resolutely failed to achieve any international iconic architectural acclaim, as it is now a residential scheme rather than the commercial development originally envisaged.

The Island is a planned, mixed development with dedicated areas for residential, commercial and recreational activities. On the residential side of the Island, planning permission is not granted for dwellings over 3 storeys high. The developers also intend to develop a main piazza, a club-house, a primary and secondary school, a fire and police station and a medical clinic. They are also negotiating to build a 5-star hotel on the island, along with an array of smaller Guest Houses.


FACTS ABOUT BANANA ISLAND



Etisalat was reported to have acquired a N6 billion on the island. Other companies such as Zain, MTN, Globacom, Zenon Oil, and many other companies have their headquarter offices in Banana Island. Many prominent Nigerians are known to have erected eye-popping edifices in Banana Island as well.

Banana Island hosts several high end residential developments such as Ocean Parade Towers - a series of 14 luxury tower blocks strategically situated at one end of the island to take advantage of 180 degree panoramic views overlooking the lagoon. Similar to many of the developments on the island, it has dedicated leisure facilities such as a private health club - with tennis courts, squash courts and a swimming pool surrounded by extensive gardens. At launch flats in Ocean Parade sold for over US$400,000.

POPULAR HOUSES IN BANANA:

Mike Adenuga - Billionaire owner of Globacom - Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator and oil exploration firm Conoil.
Iyabo Obasanjo - Daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Oluremi Obasanjo, Elected to the Nigerian Senate representing Ogun Central Senatorial District of Ogun State, Senior Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative.
Saayu Dantata - Son of Alhassan Dantata - the wealthiest man in West Africa at the time of his death in 1955.
Kola Abiola - son of MKO Abiola - prominent businessman, publisher and politician. He is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential elections.

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Jibola10(m): 1:54pm On Jul 19, 2015
Lovely

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Nobody: 1:54pm On Jul 19, 2015
Am THINKING OF SELLING MY PROPERTY THERE..

STILL THINKING...


OP MOST OF THOSE PIX ARE PLANNED STRUCTURES FROM WEB DESIGN, THEY ARE NOT REAL BUILDINGS.

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by jieta: 1:56pm On Jul 19, 2015
cheesy

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Faremisodeeq(m): 1:56pm On Jul 19, 2015
What about coconut island in lagos

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by temmy6996(m): 2:03pm On Jul 19, 2015
Sweet

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by macof(m): 2:11pm On Jul 19, 2015
Ibadan should be like this

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by pimplucious: 2:18pm On Jul 19, 2015
Banana island is one over hyped project.

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by AirstarKane(f): 2:23pm On Jul 19, 2015
What an interesting piece there? I will love to visit there some day. smiley
Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by tosynbolade(m): 2:37pm On Jul 19, 2015
Make I sharperly go hustle, I need a plot in banana island.

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by AgreatMan: 3:19pm On Jul 19, 2015
it's a beautiful place but it's too packed like a barrack. while there is nothing wrong with living in a barrack, there is everything wrong with paying #50m per yr cos i want to 'belong' in a 'crowded space'. if i hv a billion, i will rather buy 50plots smwia btw lagos n ogun, hv a mini golf course, build a 4 bedroom duplex n buy a helicopter cos of traffic. my own opinion bt money good o.

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Nobody: 6:00pm On Jul 19, 2015
watch out for orange island

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by chineloSA(f): 6:25pm On Jul 19, 2015
Freemanan:
Am[b] THINKING OF SELLING MY PROPERTY THERE..

STILL THINKING...
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OP MOST OF THOSE PIX ARE PLANNED STRUCTURES FROM WEB DESIGN, THEY ARE NOT REAL BUILDINGS.

Scratching my head lipsrsealed

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Nobody: 7:07pm On Jul 19, 2015
chineloSA:


Scratching my head lipsrsealed
Dandruff?

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Nobody: 8:05pm On Jul 19, 2015
initially i wanted to say "kilo kan aye" But when I saw this beauty.. I changed my mind kiss

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by killjoy(m): 8:05pm On Jul 19, 2015
I hv found one of six locations for my six mansions. still searching for the remaining five...





































still hustling like mad too

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Nobody: 8:05pm On Jul 19, 2015
c

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by Doskit(m): 8:05pm On Jul 19, 2015
I once lived there.....













In my dreams grin grin

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by peoritio: 8:06pm On Jul 19, 2015
that is our back yard there

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by emfired: 8:06pm On Jul 19, 2015
some of the buildings looks like school hostel.

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by CR77(f): 8:06pm On Jul 19, 2015
cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy
Faremisodeeq:
What about coconut island in lagos

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by tociano009(m): 8:08pm On Jul 19, 2015
grin

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Re: All About Banana Island Lagos State, History And Exclusive Pictures by sunnyb0b0(m): 8:09pm On Jul 19, 2015
This is where my elder brother's best friend and business partner Ebele lives. He bought the plot on which he built his mansion for 300 million naira.

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