Tourist Behavior! || Jaekel House, Lagos + Creating Bonds


For some reason, this post was difficult to write. I think it’s because I felt I couldn’t put down the emotions I felt on this trip because I feel, even now as I read it, that words can’t accurately describe how beautiful the day went nor the memories made. But I’ll try my possible best.

So, some days ago, a friend of mine (hello Chike 🙂 ) mentioned me on an Instagram post by @Legacy1995 about an event that would be taking place at Ebute meta at the Jaekel house. At first glance, some words on the poster called my name loud; legacy, history, museum and railway. Once you put history in a sentence, I’m sold out but putting all these together? I can’t handle it. Automatically I decided, I would go whether by hook or by crook. Lol. Anyways, we planned and settled on everything and I had to start the painful wait for Saturday.

Saturday came. I woke up finally (after waking up multiple times at night to check my time on my phone, that’s how eager I was!), the weather was cool and pretty calm as the clouds were threatening to pour but I had no worries. Uber would suffice. After doing what I had to do, I hopped into the bathroom and turned on my thinking time (I know I’m not the only one whose mind starts to work overtime int the bathroom) while taking  my bath. I finished and headed to the room for a quick face beat (events mean cameras 🙂 and tons of pictures. Plus I was going into a makeup withdrawal ) and threw on  a pair of pants and ransacked my boxes for a suitable top to wear (serious something *sigh*). Once that was settled, I requested my uber and was shortly on my way.  The roads were free of traffic (fresh air and quiet) so I arrived in under 40 minutes.

As I alighted, it was like being transported back in time. A blast to the past (if I may).


It was more than just a place. It was a feeling. The nostalgia feeling of memories had over the years and memories I’ll create being there. – Chike Okuwudiafor

I spotted my friend almost immediately with his camera (in his igbo boy glory 🙂 ) and called him over.  We walked in together and headed to the Jaekel house.


The Jaekel house is actually  a mini museum that is situated at the Railway compound, Ebute Meta in Lagos, Nigeria. It was built in 1898 and has quite interesting artifacts for Nigerian railway history. So, if you’re in Lagos and a lover of history, its one place you should consider going to. Don’t forget to grab a friend or more and a camera and comfortable shoes, as you might want to explore the area after that. I would have but the rain just decided to come visiting.

Oh. I nearly forgot to mention, the event is actually to raise funds to maintain the house and the artifacts it contains. So going there would not only be interesting, but for a good cause.

After a very interesting tour (we decided to go unsupervised), we just walked around a bit and I was imagining what living in the 1800’s felt like and was loving every moment there. Chike thought it nice to take a few shots while I was in that zone. I must say, I look peaceful. Life then doesn’t seem so bad, well except the lack of internet and some other amenities.

And then I caught him in the act 😀


I remember chatting with him later that evening on my way home about the block I was experiencing and I told him;

It’s not the place you go to, but the people who make it a memory. – Enoabasi Nta.

I doubt if it would have left as much an impression on me if I had gone alone or when it wasn’t open house. But the whole setting – families in the lawn, barbecue stands (and other food stands), children laughing and playing games in the back and the documentary playing and of course my cup of wine, made it even more beautiful. I know it’ll be a day to remember for many years to come.

The day at the museum was cut short because rain clouds came out to play. We ended up taking a walk back to his and bonds were created. I felt so at ease and welcome thanks to his lovely family and like I said, it made me miss mine. Oh well. And you can’t imagine how sad I felt when it was time to go home, though it was delayed because we had to wait for the uber surge to come down from2.9 (ikr!) to around 2.0. Sitting in traffic back home (thanks to the rain), all I could think of was, I should definitely do this again. And soon!


Congratulations, you’ve gotten to the end of the story that took 2 days to write. What did you learn? (*in the grandma in tales by the moonlight voice).

Anyways, all the pictures were taken by Chike Okwudiafor for CCJO photography. He is available for bookings in Lagos, Nigeria and Tennessee, USA. That’s right Lagos today, US tomorrow *in wiz kids voice* (sigh. I should stop this). Bottom lie, he’s awesome at what he does.

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Thanks for reading and have a lovely week! Don’t hesitate to drop your comments and share some locations you think are worth it.



16 thoughts on “Tourist Behavior! || Jaekel House, Lagos + Creating Bonds

  1. My primary school was within railway compound……the environment is really refreshing, was fun walking home back from school then, I still take long walks from the post office all the way to yaba within the compound! The area is still preserved, from the pre colonial workshops, old locomotives and coaches, training schools to the residential quarters…..the craziness and rowdiness of Oyingbo isn’t present here…….the vegetation is still intact and the air is soooooooo fresh 😁😁😁😁


    1. You were extremely lucky o. Did you attend St. Saviours? I visited it recently and used their playground lol. And true, the air in there is definitely fresher than most places.


      1. Yes i attended St. Saviours…’s an interesting walk, whenever i feel stress, I usually walk all the way and back!


  2. Nice piece about Jaekel house, Its a house I know very well, my parents moved into railway compound when I was 3 years old, I remember passing in front of that particular house at Federal road from when I was 6years old and I did that for 6years, (all my primary school years) people lived there but management of Nigerian railway corporation converted it to a museum, I think because of its structure. for some reason that I don’t know, I’ve never entered that compound till date I still count that particular compound among the few compounds in railway compound I never visited even when it became a museum, and I wonder why. Now that Enoabasi had to travel all the way for me to realise I have something of that magnitude there, I think I need to visit that compound asap. By the way Eno I hope you enjoyed your stint inside railway compound my hood, I’m always proud of the fact that I was brought up in such Area.

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