Editor’s note: Do you know there are places where the relationship between books and music is so tight that they are almost inseparable? Where getting a book is beyond walking into a dusty bookstore and picking up a dog-eared book? Where you do not have to fear if the cover of the CD you are selecting matches the disc inside? Perhaps you are the type that loves to listen to music while you are reading a book. Below are five places in Lagos where you can actually get good books and music.
The hooting and blaring of horns can be maddening when you are at Awolowo way where Jazzhole is situated but as soon as you step inside, the feeling of euphoria takes over you and you’ll suddenly want to shout: Eureka!.
The cool and cozy ambiance is the first thing that amazes you. It’s like stepping into a dream and not wanting to wake up from it. This is where the dilemma begins because you don’t know where to start from. The beautiful display of books will definitely excite you. The selection of classical music and modern blend is also cool.
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Terra Kulture is that place that symbolizes a blend between modernity and culture. The serene environment of the Island where it is situated will already give you an idea of how great the place is. Known for its arts and entertainment, Terra Kulture also has a bookstore that showcases a fine collection of books that are also well arranged so that locating your choice won’t be difficult.
The CD section exhibits lots of Nigerian music especially classical songs. Are you thinking of that song that your dad used to play on his gramophone or cassette player, a visit to Terra kulture will bring back those memories.
Located at Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping mall at Surulere, Patabah offers a variety of books with excellent taste on contemporary lifestyle books. The ambiance is cool and you are sure to step in while a soft music is going on in the background.
The shelves re well arranged too and you can weave in and out of the different selections they have to offer. Remember to check the marking on each shelf to guide your choice. They have a small selection of CDs too with emphasis on modernity although the vast majorities are audiobooks so you can just play them and get the same thrill you get when reading a book.
Glendora offers a rich collection of books and music and you are certain to find your choice. Located at Ikeja City Mall, the collection of books there cuts across all genre and locations. The hustle and bustle in Ikeja will be momentarily forgotten when you step into the place. You are also allowed to select as many books as you like plus all the CDs that you cherish and if you run out of cash, you can still pay via POS!
The Hub Media
As the name already suggests, the hub is that point where everything related to media is available. Located inside The Palms shopping mall which is even a bigger hub, it boasts of a big space that provides thousands of books. From contemporary African fiction to cookery books to health; all your choices are there. . There are also second hand collections of your favorite thrillers which have been discounted.
As if to confirm The Hub’s take on music, you would be treated to great music when you step into the place. They have a wide display of CDs that reflect your taste. Don’t walk out of that place until you're satisfied you’ve got everything you desire