Àrò Mẹ́ta Statue in Lagos

If you have ever been to Lagos, you must have noticed the three statues - Àrò Mẹ́ta statues that welcome people into the city.

The Aro Meta statues, known as the "Three Wise Men" or the "Three White Cap Chiefs," are prominent sculptures located at one of the major gateways into the Lagos city.

The statues are situated at the intersection of Funsho Williams Avenue and Eko Bridge in Lagos. Designed by Bodun Shodeinde in 1991, these statues were built to welcome people coming into Lagos State.

The term "Aro Meta" translates to "three chiefs" in the Yoruba language. These chiefs are traditionally recognized as influential leaders in the Lagos community. The Àrò Mẹ́ta statues depict the three Yoruba chiefs wearing traditional white caps and robes.
Each chief is holding a symbolic staff that represents their authority and leadership. The person on the right extends his fist forward into the air, the middle figure holds his right fist forward with a tiny downward angle. The third chief on the left pulls his two fists together, touching softly in the air.

Through this sculpture, Shodeinde, the artist, depicted the highest honour possible in the Eko greeting custom. The statues were designed to represent unity, power, and the essence of Lagos as a cultural and economic hub.

They also serve as a visual representation of the historical significance and cultural heritage of the Yoruba people.

The Àrò Mẹ́ta statues have become iconic landmarks in Lagos and are often associated with the city's identity. They have also become popular tourist attractions, with visitors frequently stopping by to take pictures and appreciate the artistic and cultural value they represent.