Actually, in pre-colonial nightlife, which were characterized by activities in night spots like Kakadu, Afrika Shrine, Mamakoko. and quite a number of other places, you could enjoy the ever-present live bands and music from local and African Westcoast musicians and bands in the likes of the late Ayinde Bakare, I. K. Dairo, Bobby Benson, Rex Lawson, Adeolu Akinsanya, Araba, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and the Egypt 80 Band, T. T. Mensah, etc. Such very popular and almost cultic scenes and events disappeared completely in the late 1980s, as a result of successive bad governments, leading to further impoverishment of the people. Before then, anybody could visit any popular night club (or spot) after work and enjoy themselves.
Anyways, in the early to mid-90s, more organized night spots emerged, most of which were a little high-brow; the old ones that managed to survive had to reform. Nevertheless, they accommodated anyone who could pay what they were charging, though even you would naturally be a bit more formal. Most of their music were a mixture of foreign and Africa pop, which interestingly enjoyed wide acceptance - you would often find the DJs doing lengthy mixes of these different types of music.
Since the beginning of the new millennium, it is movie theatres, live musical shows and live 'stand-up' comedies that have 'authoritatively' taken over. Their fees are at an unprecedented high and so also are the turnout of their patrons. Nowadays, you will find people trooping out to pay and watch a large array of foreign invited and local (but internationally-acclaimed) award-winning musicians at show lasting through till the early hours of the following day. many a times you will find these shows even roaming around several state capital cities in Nigeria.
Dress Code: In those pre- and early post-colonial nightlife, you would see people dressed in all sorts of fashion - those coming from office work in their shirts and trousers while artisans, the self-employed and other people would dress in traditional African attires.
In the mid-80s and early 90s, dress code was an equal mixture of Western and African formal and casual, though, for some of the emerging high-brow nightclubs, it was strictly western and 'reasonable' - some of them even had specific dress codes for a particular day of the week.
In the new millennium dress code anything and everything goes, except for special occasions or special requests.