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The Interesting Things About Banana Island

Updated on May 9, 2020

When I did set my foot on Banana Island, I was enveloped with amazement seeing the fascinating architectures of the island. Embarking on further research, it came to my reality that this island happens to be one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the world which implored in me stupendous amazement I have not experienced before then. The island is bamboozled with enticing structures and amenities that kept my mind-blowing at my first sight of them. I was thrilled with the creativity of humanity witnessing these magnificent structures. In having my further inquiry about this captivating island, it came to me that its original name is ‘Lagoon City’ but as a result of the transformation of the location, it appears to be changed to Banana Island. The endearing island happens to fall under the Eti-Osa local government.

Banana Island buildings are constructed on water and are of the ownership to the richest individuals of Nigeria and foreigners. This man-made island is being located in the area of Ikoyi, Lagos. When I quested further, it came to my knowledge that the island was of collaborative construction by HiTech and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. In this regard, I was also informed that the name Banana Island was of the coinage due to the banana morphology of the island. With my research, it came to me that the island experienced its first construction site by Chief Adebayo Adeleke, CEO of City Property Development Ltd, and a University of London trained Civil Engineer (MICE). Later on, this project was hijacked by the Lagos State government which led to the provision of a new project area. Concerning my experience, the island is of connectivity to various road networks in proximity to Park view Estate. Additionally, I inquired about the worth of land in which I was told that individuals aspiring to secure lands will need to have N400,000 in garnering per square metre. For individuals aiming to garner detached houses, they will need to have a minimum of N1 billion. The prices of other kinds of houses like the block of flats and town-houses value a watering amount of N500 billion minimum.

There are three condo developments which are Ocean Parade, Bella Vista, and Lake Point but the best among them is Ocean Parade. When I visited the island, I found Ocean Parade Towers having the height of eight-storey which happens to be the first of its kind in Nigeria. The first structures being constructed on the island were of Dubai and British designs. This eye-catching island does possess two parks with other amenities ranging from the adequate electricity supply, good road networks to reliable security that look fantastic to inhabitants of the island. As of the present situation, shops are not injected on the island but residential houses and offices. Two schools are being built on this island which include Olive Dale Preparatory School and Banana School. According to my research, the island is rated as one of the most expensive areas in Africa to own an apartment.

During my visit to the island, I was transported there by ferry but this is not the limit as there are other means of transportation like taxi and Uber. In terms of going into the island, it is of one major entrance understood to be guarded by the island’s security personnel. For anyone visiting the island, he/she must be subjected to security checks as well obtain the access codes in the visitor’s arena.

The island is understood to have three zones which are residential zone, commercial zone, and mixed development zone. Island’s leisure facilities are tennis and square courts and swimming pool. Residential buildings must not be higher than three storeys. The island encamps various company headquarters such as Glo, 9Mobile, Airtel, Mtn, and Zenon Oil are understood to be on the island. Also, the island has a lot of different people with different cultural backgrounds inhabiting on it.

My visitation of this island exposed me to the alluring features highlighted above regarding the island. These encapsulating features of the island should be thrilling enough for individuals to make visitations to the island even if it is once of their lifetimes. My visitation to the island has inoculated in me a mind-blowing experience that I will never forget in a bit as long as I live on this earth. My experience about this fantastic island will always ring in my mind because the island’s architectures and other facilities are memorable objects that will stick in my psyche till further notice.

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