Tafawa Balewa Square

Named after Nigeria's first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa Square is situated in Lagos city center. It is surrounded by impressive buildings and memorial sites, and is in constant use for a variety of celebrations and official functions. Regardless of when you visit, you are sure to find some sort of activity going on, which makes Tafawa Balewa Square a great place to experience Nigerian culture.

A historic landmark

Located in the center of Lagos Island, Tafawa Balewa Square was where Nigeria celebrated its independence on October 1st, 1960. Prime Minister Balewa announced the country's independence in his speech held at this square on this day.

Notable buildings

Tafawa Balewa Square has many distinct features and welcomes visitors with an imposing entrance gate with four giant white horses and seven red eagles suspended above the gateway. Surrounding the square are important buildings including the 26-storied Independence House, which at one point in time, was the tallest building in Nigeria. The Remembrance Arcade, which commemorates those who fought in WWI, WWII and the country's civil war, is another notable building. Tafawa Balewa Square is also home to the multipurpose Onikan Stadium and the Nigerian National Assembly building. A short walk away, you will find the National Museum that features the Benin City brasses, traditional ivory carvings, royal crowns and the famous Nok Terracottas—some of the world's most ancient artwork.