Lagos Breaks Ground for Africa’s First Purpose-Built Entertainment Arena


In a momentous event heralding a new era for entertainment and sports in Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lagos Arena, a visionary project set to revolutionize the region’s cultural landscape. The ceremony, graced by esteemed dignitaries, state officials, and international partners, marked the commencement of construction for the continent’s first purpose-built Sports and Entertainment arena.

Nestled on a sprawling 6-acre expanse adjacent to the Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki, the Lagos Arena emerges as a beacon of innovation and architectural prowess. Crafted by the esteemed Turkish architecture firm Yazgan Design Architecture, the arena’s design draws inspiration from its waterfront location, incorporating nautical elements and cascading volumes that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding waterscape. With a seating capacity of 10,000, the arena promises an immersive and unforgettable experience for spectators.

“This groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes a pivotal moment for Lagos and Nigeria as we embark on a journey to redefine entertainment and sports on the continent,” remarked His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, at the event. “The Lagos Arena will not only serve as a world-class venue for international events but also as a catalyst for economic growth and job creation in our region.”

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From left, His Royal Highness, the Oniru of Iruland, Lagos, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal; His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Mr. Tayo Amusan, Chairman, Persianas Group; Senator John Enoh, Minister of Sports Development; and Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq, MD/CEO, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority at the recent groundbreaking of Africa’s first purpose-built 12,000-seater capacity Arena in Victoria Island, Lagos

The Lagos Arena represents a collaborative endeavor between the Lagos State government, Persianas Group, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Oak View Group, and Live Nation. Together, these partners aim to position Lagos as a premier destination for global entertainment events while nurturing local talent and stimulating economic development.

Tayo Amusan, Chairman of The Persianas Group, echoed this sentiment, stating, “The Lagos Arena is a testament to our commitment to supporting Nigeria’s burgeoning entertainment industry. This state-of-the-art facility will provide a platform for local and international artists to showcase their talents and captivate audiences from around the world.”

Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq, CEO of the NSIA, emphasized the transformative potential of the Lagos Arena, stating, “This project represents a significant milestone in our efforts to elevate Nigeria’s entertainment sector to international standards. By investing in infrastructure of this caliber, we are laying the foundation for sustained growth and prosperity in our country.”


The groundbreaking ceremony also garnered excitement from the music industry, with Nigerian superstars Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido expressing their support for the project.

“I am thrilled to see the Lagos Arena project come to fruition,” remarked Burna Boy. “As an artist, having a world-class venue in my hometown is a dream come true. This arena will not only elevate the Nigerian music scene but also provide opportunities for aspiring artists to showcase their talent on a global stage.”

Wizkid echoed these sentiments, stating, “The Lagos Arena represents a monumental leap forward for the Nigerian music industry. With this state-of-the-art facility, we can now host world-class concerts and events right here in Lagos, further solidifying our city’s status as a cultural hub.”

Davido, reflecting on the significance of the project, remarked, “The Lagos Arena is more than just a venue; it’s a symbol of our nation’s potential. With this arena, we can attract international artists, create jobs, and showcase the vibrant culture of Nigeria to the world.”

Representatives from Live Nation and Oak View Group also expressed their enthusiasm for the project, highlighting its potential to attract global audiences and major brands to Nigeria’s burgeoning entertainment market.

Construction of the Lagos Arena is set to commence immediately, with completion scheduled for December 2025. As Lagos embarks on this transformative journey, the Lagos Arena stands as a testament to the city’s ambition, innovation, and unwavering commitment to shaping the future of entertainment in Africa.

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