Nigeria's Lekki Conservation Centre Powering Livelihoods

Lekki Conservation Centre Lekki Conservation Centre

Nigeria's Lekki Conservation Centre Powering Livelihoods

Only 30 kilometres away from Lagos, Lekki Conservation Centre hosts Africa’s longest canopy walk. It vindicates the case for reclaiming green spaces within urban environs.  

From the entrance you could already hear the voices of birds welcoming you into the highly protected and maintained reserve, the fresh air and coolness of the forest is unlike what is enjoyed in the heavily populated area of Lagos state. In the strictly non-residential reserve, the habitat serves as home to various species of plant and animals, as I walked into the reserve I  saw monkeys and birds as they swung from trees to trees and peacocks moving with pride through dead leaves and grasses, the feel of the undisturbed ecosystem from anthropogenic factors gave the animals an assurance of a secured home.

As Africa's Bio Voice in Nigeria, Jolaade Olatunbosun spent time in Lekki Conservation Centre. This placed her alongside the 140,000 visitors who have visited Lekki Conservation Centre in the last three years. She found out why they keep visiting and why continued restoration of this Centre is critical.

The only man made structure found within the forest is the wooden walkway for visitors to walk on to avoid swamps, and also the canopy walkway which is the longest in Africa with a maximum length of 401 meters which enabled me see the aerial view of the entire forest thereby grasping the beauty of nature looking down.

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Jolaade Olatunbosun

Jolaade Olatunbosun

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