DESPITE the security challenge in Lagos, most parts of the city still bubble at night with activities. The availability of social amenities such as, fairly good roads, security patrols and well-lit streets in some areas have encouraged the thriving of these fun centres.
Lagos, from Thursday nights, catches the bug of gyration with, hotels and relaxation centres, generally referred to as fun centres, preparing grounds for events, which are usually at their highest peak on Friday nights.
Also notable is the fact that nightclubs are now springing up in places where such facilities never existed, like Iba, Abule Egba and Ijanikin in the suburb of Lagos. Adding new attractions are strip or nude zones. This is part of the club where stripteases or exotic dances are regularly performed.
Visiting this zone would make anybody that has just been baptised into night crawling to remain a patron. These strip teasers, mostly in their early 20s, come in different sizes, shapes and colours.
Another, common feature about these clubs is that they are divided into sections such as the VIPs, membership and the general hall. At the VIPs, patrons pay entrance fee of N10, 000.00 and above depending on the club and they are entitled to anything on demand. Apart from this, they are free to do anything they want, including smoking — hard or soft cigar — depending on the club and as well could explore the nightlife to the fullest.
At the membership section, activities here are more organised and exclusively for registered members. It is gathered that top businessmen and politicians catch their fun in this section, while the general hall is meant for all and sundry.
At the Cave Exclusive, GRA, Ikeja, strippers are scantily dressed, just like you would have in any boistreous city in the world,leaving your imagination to run riot before their performance, while the bar attendants, who are mostly, young beautiful ladies, move around, attending to patrons in underwear.
As this goes on, the environment is charged by in-house band that serenades patrons with sensual music.
Apart from these attractions, some auxiliary service providers partner with these fun centers to ensure that night crawlers have the best of time. These companies provide registered vehicles that could drive patrons to their houses, in case they do not want to be noticed or identified in the night. They provide security men that could guide any patron through out the night, even to his home.
On reasons night clubs now leave the uptown areas to the suburbs of Lagos, Olu Patrick Omeje, CEO of Bomb Restaurant and Bar, Surulere, who also runs a nightclub in his facility, said the clubs are not only a platform for workers to take away their stress after the hustle and bustle of the week, but as an avenue that create jobs of the teeming Nigerians.
“People generally want to enjoy themselves, and doing this must not always make them take the risk of driving far into the night; it is risky and more expensive. So, clubs are springing up here and there to provide these services. A man should be able to walk to a club near his home and come back without expending much time driving,” he said.
Eme Inia said the nightclub business is another sector of the economy, where some of the operators of fun centres make over N8 million per month, depending on the location and season of the year.
“It is an area yet to be properly tapped into.
At Delight Treat, Isolo, the open bar is usually crammed with revelers, who are eating, drinking and chatting away, as waiters moved between tables with trays of grilled fish, stewed goat meat and drinks, while an in-house band thrills patrons.
The number of cars parked outside this joint, almost to the point of building a gridlock at the junction and the ladies donning suggestive dresses show that the place is a hot spot of fun.
At Pekah Guest House, Opebi Road, Ikeja, the joint is crammed to the hilt with guests, while loud music spilled from two adjoining bars, as well as from cars pulling up in front of the facility; as always, sex, money and beer are the main attraction. Little wonder its always a beehive of activity.
ON Isaac John Street, where three night clubs – The Place, Sandra’s Bar (now renamed Continental Bar) and Metro Park – compete for attention, fun seekers are not moved by happenings around as the facilities’ security men ran metal detectors on them before allowing them in.
The presence of these spots have transformed the street from a quiet business district, replete with shopping malls, fast foods outlets and branches of commercial banks, into an emerging hub of activities,these clubs charge low entrance frees.
As these centres attract fun seeker to the street, smart businessmen are beginning to harness their presence to let out their boys’ quarters to individuals as Motels for the night, for those who can’t make it home late, that’s the lasgidi way”Eko for show” lol…