Hello Banana Island, Linda Ikeji is here! The gossip blogger famed for ruffling a lot of feathers in the entertainment industry, just moved into her home in Banana Island, Ikoyi. Said to be the most expensive neighbourhood right now in Lagos. Banana Island boasts of influential residents ,such as, Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr a Nigerian business tycoon, and the second richest person in Nigeria. His company Globacom controls Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator, and also has a presence in Ghana and Benin. ABOUT BANANA ISLAND 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. 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 Linda Ikeji’s Banana Island home photo courtesy Laura Ikeji The beautiful 6 bedroom mansion boasts of several features: Cinema room, 3 living rooms, all room en-suite, 3 rooms BQ and of course, a swimming pool. Laura Ikeji takes a selfie poolside within the residence. Share this:EmailFacebookTumblrLinkedInPrintGoogleTwitterPinterest 2 Responses Barr.Mrs Esther Joe October 18, 2015 My Darling Daughter Congratulations on a beautiful Write up.I have no doubt in my mind that your Website will not only become like lindaikejiblog but you will surpass her and beyond. Please do a serial Detailed Write up on the Pathetic State of Roads in Nigeria.Starting with DELTA STATE.!!!! Your Dear Mum. Reply Dr Ezinne Abe December 15, 2015 True talk Ma, the state of our Nigeria road is frightening, something needs to be done fast, Uunista help us bring Govt attention to our road. Dr (Mrs) Abe Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.