One of the most well-known Landmarks in Lagos is the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge. A cable-stayed bridge connecting the affluent area of Ikoyi to Lekki over an expanse of the Lagos lagoon, it is popularly featured in the opening b-roll sequence of numerous Nollywood films. On either end of the bridge there are police check-points where, at night, policemen on duty create barricades and stand menacingly with rifles and torchlights. Supposedly, they check each car that passes for safety measures. In reality, each time a car crosses these checkpoints, or any of the others—both legal and illegal—that are scattered arbitrarily around the city, the driver endures a breath-holding, heart pounding moment as their mind races, unsure of what to expect. Will the officers be drunk? Belligerent? Aggressive? Unreasonable? Impatient as they try to squeeze money out of you? Or will this be one of the lucky days that you get to pass by without incident?
The bridge was also the setting for another landmark moment in Nigerian history, the infamous night of October 20th 2020. It was a night of untold and unspeakable horrors, when Nigerian soldiers attacked young civilians during the EndSARS protest, and angry protesters set fire to both the VI and Ikoyi toll gates in retaliation.