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Holidays Nigeria, West Africa   -   Tourist information Nigeria.

States in Nigeria: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara

Capital City of Nigeria: Abuja

De facto Capital City: Lagos [ former national capital and still the economic and cultural center ]


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Hotels in Nigeria / Hostels

   -   Hotels in Lagos and Port Harcourt

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 

National Parks

Nigeria has abundant physical attractions ranging form hills, waterfalls, springs, caves, lakes and mountains across the length and breadth of the country. The fascinating features and beautiful scenes provide interesting sites for leisure, adventure and other tourism related activities. Some of these include the Jos Wildlife Park, Old Oyo National Park, Yankari National Park, Obudu Cattle Ranch etc.

The Yankari National Park is the premier game reserve in Nigeria. Yankari Park and Wikki Warm Springs are located around the Gagi River, approximately 1 1/2 hours by road, southeast of Bauchi Town. The beauty and size of The Yankari Game Reserve make it the most pop­ular reserve in Nigeria.

  Cercopan   -   Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature
To conserve Nigeria's primates through sustainable rainforest conservation, community education, primate rehabilitation and research
As a Nigerian Non Governmental Organization, CERCOPAN seeks to work locally to influence, encourage and assist all stakeholders in Nigerian rainforests to conserve biodiversity of nature, particularly primates and ensure sustainable use of natural resources.

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  British Airways
Visit Nigeria's network of national parks teeming with wildlife from primates and elephants to cheetahs and leopards. Experience the coastal highlights of former West African kingdom Benin City, and Lagos with its big -city buzz. Explore the Nigerian capital, Abuja, a work in progress with a host of glittering new buildings and museums under construction.

  
Create your perfect trip to Nigeria   -   Flight, Hotel and Car



Travel Guides Nigeria / Related Books

Nigeria (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 1841622397 Nigeria (Bradt Travel Guide)
Lizzie Williams (Author)
Nigeria encourages visitors to cast aside the country's reputation for crime and corruption, and experience the hospitality and generosity of Nigeria's greatest asset – its people. Over three times the size of the UK, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. The guide provides a detailed look at the country's rich history, from the slave trade to numerous coups and its vibrant and diverse culture as represented in its music, dress, arts, and festivals. Centre of extremes, Lagos is covered in detail with plenty of tips for expats. This guide is packed with information for all: backpackers, overlanders, expats, business travelers, and diplomats.
Paperback: 342 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (15 April 2008); ISBN-10: 1841622397; ISBN-13: 978-1841622392.

Things Fall Apart (Spark Notes S.)   -   Chinua Achebe
One of the most widely read novels from Nigeria's most famous novelist, Things Fall Apart is a gripping study of the problem of European colonialism in Africa. The story relates the cultural collision that occurs when Christian English missionaries arrive among the Ibos of Nigeria, bringing along their European ways of life and religion. In the novel, the Nigerian Okonkwo recognizes the cultural imperialism of the white men and tries to show his own people how their own society will fall apart if they exchange their own cultural core for that of the English.
Paperback 80 pages (November 2004);  Publisher: Spark Notes;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1586634070

Transport / How do I travel to Nigeria

Nigeria borders Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

  Abuja Airport   -   Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport
  Kano Airport   -   Malam Aminu International Airport [ LOS ]  -  8 km from Kano City
  Lagos Airport   -   Murtala Muhammed Airport [ KAN ]   -   22 km from Lagos City
  Enugu Airport   -   Akanu Ibiam International Airport
  Port Harcourt Airport   -   Port Harcourt International Airport

See for Nigerian Airport FAAN Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria

Other domestic Nigerian airports: Sam Mbakwe Airport - Owerri, Katsina Airport, Minna Airport, Ilorin Airport, Ibadan Airport, Akure Airport, Benin Airport, Makurdi Airport, Zaria Airport, Warri Airport, Bauchi Airport.

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets Abuja / Flight tickets Lagos

Nigeria [Map] - ISBN 1553413520    -   Flight tickets Lagos

 
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  Airline Tickets Lagos / Bargain Flights  
Flight tickets Nigeria / Price comparison possible.

Nigeria Map
International Travel Maps: 1 pages; Publisher: ITMB Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 May 2007); Language English; ISBN-10: 1553413520; ISBN-13: 978-1553413523.
  Maps International   -   Guides Nigeria  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map Nigeria [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


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  Rediscovering Nigeria   -   Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation  
Tourist attractions, Tourism Nigeria [ Eco, Conference, Sport and Slave Route Tourism ], Travel Directory [ o.a. Hotels in Nigeria ], uvm.

  Nigerian Government

  Abuja   -   Capital City Nigeria   -   Abuja City   -   480 km northeast of Lagos
Abuja is a "planned" city, built in the 1980s and officially Nigeria's capital since the 12th of  December 1991, replacing Lagos.
Abuja is the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS, as well as its Military arm, ECOMOG. It also has the regional headquarters of OPEC.

  Lagos   -   de facto capital city Nigeria  -   former capital city of Nigeria
With over 8 million people [ 2008 ] the most populous conurbation in Nigeria and second most populated in Africa after Cairo.

  Aba
Aba, Umuahia, Arochukwu, Abiriba, Item Local Government Area, Nbawsi, Ohafia, Omoba, Ovim, Akwete, Obehie, Mgboko, Isuochi en Osisioma.
  Abuja district   -   Federal Capital Territory 
Abuja is located within the Savannah region that is blessed with moderate climatic conditions. The rolling landscape is dotted with hills and plains, canopied with scenic greenery and virgin forests, factors that contribute to making city life truly enjoyable. It is the Federal Capital Territory and is positioned at the geographical center of the country. See also Abuja.net.
The FCT comprises of six area councils which are Abuja Municipal, Gwagwalada, Abaji, Kuje, Bwari and Kwali.
  Adamawa   -   northeastern Nigeria   -   capital city   =   Yola
  Akwa Ibom   -   located in the southeast, bordered on the South by the Atlantic Ocean
The state's capital is Uyo. Two major ports on the Atlantic Ocean. Main cities : Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Oron, Eket, Ibeno, Ikot Abasi, and Mkpat Enen. See Official Website of Akwa Ibom State and Sitippe Mfin Ke Akwa Ibom Mme Nigeria [ News ].
  Anambra   -   southeastern Nigeria    -   Government Anambra   -   state capital  =  Akwa
Anambra's history goes back to the 9th century AD [ the ancient Nri-Igbo kingdom ].
  Bauchi   -   northern Nigeria with state capital Bauchi
Local Government areas : Alkaleri, Bauchi, Bogoro, Dambam, Darazo, Dass, Gamawa, Ganjuma, Giyade, Itas / Gadau, Jama'are, Katagum, Kirfi, Misau, Ningi, Shira, Tafawa Balewa, Toro, Warji, and Zaki.
  Bayelsa   -   southern Nigeria in the heart of the Niger Delta   -   state capital  =  Yenagoa
Bayelsa State has one of the largest crude oil and natural gas deposits in Nigeria.
Main cities besides Yenagoa include Akassa, Amassoma, Twon-Brass,Okpoama-Brass, Kaiama, Nembe, Odi, Ogbia, Oporoma, and Sagbama. See Bayelsa State Government.
  Benue   -   east-central Nigeria with state capital Makurdi
Local Government Areas in benue : Agatu, Apa, Apo, Bukuru, Gboko, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West, Katsina -Ala, Konshisha, Kwande, Logo, Makurdi, Obi, Ogbadibo, Ohimini, Oju, Opkokwu, Oturpko, Tarka, Ukum, Ushongo, and Vandeikya.
  Borno
  Cross River
  Delta
  Ebonyi
  Edo   -   with Benin City  -   Government State of Edo
Akoko-Edo, Egor, Esan-North-East, Esan-Central, Esan-South-East, Esan-West, Etsako-Central, Etsako-East, Etsako-West, Iguegben, Ikpoba-Okha, Oredo, Ohionmwon, Ovia-North-East, Ovia-South-West, Owan-East, Owan-West, and Uhunmwonde.
  Ekiti
  Enugu
  Gombe
  Imo
  Jigawa
  Kaduna
  Kano
  Katsina
  Kebbi
  Kogi
  Kwara
  Lagos
  Nasarawa - Overheid Nasarawa
Tourist attractions : Farin Ruwa Watervallen Wamba; Watervallen van Eggon Hill; Giza krokodilvijver (Giza) Akiri Warm Spring. (Azara) Hunki Ox-bow meer in (Awe) Lafia Spring Water (Assakio). Graf van Captain Moloney (Hills) Keffi, Dying pits in Keffi en Lafia. Bakono Game Reserves (Nasarawa). Ara Rock (Nasarawa) Elongated Feruwa meer bij Assakio.
Governments : Akwanga, Awe, Doma, Karu, Keana, Keffi, Kokona, Lafia, Nasarawa, Nasarawa Eggon, Obi, Toto, and Wamba.
  Niger
  Ogun
  Ondo
  Osun
  Oyo
  Plateau
  Rivers   -   Rivers State Government
Rivers State is one of Nigeria's 36 States and was created on May 27, 1967 by a Military Decree. The state is the heart of the hydrocarbon industry and is responsible for a huge chunk of the nation's foreign exchange earnings.
Rivers state of Nigeria is endowed with multifaceted cultural attributes and abundance of Rivers, Rivulets, Creeks, Lakes and deltaic tropical rain forest with a good part of its bordering on Atlantic seashore.
Beaches : Ifoko Beach in Elem Ifoko, Queens Town Beach in Opobo, Kula Beach in Kula, Yowiks Beach in Kono, Port Harcourt Tourist Beach, Obete Beach in Obete, and Agaja Beach in Bonny
  Sokoto
  Taraba
  Yobe
  Zamfara

  Benin City [ Edo State ]   -  port on the Benin River in outhern Nigeria
Benin is the center of Nigeria's rubber industry, located 200 miles by road east of Lagos.
Founded around the 10th century, it served as the capital of the Kingdom of Benin, the empire of the Oba of Benin, which flourished from the 14th through the 17th century.
  Eket [ Akwa Ibom ]   -   major Oil producing town
  Enugu   -   capital city of Enugu State
Located on the main narrow-gauge railway line from Port Harcourt. In the early 1900s, Enugu became a major center for the mining of the coal. During The Biafran War most of the equipment was destroyed
  Ibadan   -   capital city Oyo State and third largest city in Nigeria
Located in south-western Nigeria, ca. 120 km inland from Lagos and a transit point between the coastal region and the areas to the north. In the past it was the centre of administration of the old Western Region, Nigeria since the days of the British colonial rule. Principal inhabitants re the Yoruba people.
  Ilorin
  Ikot Ekpene / Rafia City or IK   -   famous small town in Nigeria
Situated at an important junction in the south of the country, joining Calabar, the eastern port, with Port Harcourt, the southern port, Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, and Eket, a major Oil producing town.
  Jos
  Kaduna   -   capital city of Kaduna State in north-central Nigeria on the Kaduna River
Kaduna is a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction. Former capital city of Nigeria's Northern Region.
  Kano   -   administrative center of the Kano State and the third largest city in Nigeria.
Kano has long been the economic centre of northern Nigeria, and a centre for the production and export of groundnuts. Kano is located north of the rail junction at Kaduna and has therefore equal access to the seaports at Lagos and Port Harcourt. The city's traditional ruler is the Emir of Kano. See Kano Online.
  Katsina
  Maiduguri / Yerwa   -   capital city Borno State, situated along the Ngadda River
Maiduguri is the principle trading hub for northeastern Nigeria. The economy of maiduguru is largely based on services and trade. The city lies at the end of a railway line connecting Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kafanchan, Kuru, Bauchi, and finally Maiduguri.
  Makurdi [ Benue River ]
  Ogbomoso
  Oshogbo
  Port Harcourt   -   capital city of Rivers State, situated along the Bonny River in the Niger Delta
Port Harcourt is the chief oil-refining city in Nigeria and the main foreign exchange earner.
  Sokoto
  Warri
  Yoloa [ Benue River, Border with Cameroon ]
  Zaria   -   major city in Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria
First known as Zazzau, it was one of the original seven Hausa city-states.

  List of Cities in Nigeria

  Agbokim Waterfalls   -   attractive and impressive tourist spot near Ikom in Cross River State
  Assop Falls  -  in Jos, Plateau State
Perhaps, the most notable of Nigeria's many waterfalls, Located near the bottom of the drop-off of the plateau.
  Badagry  -   Slave Route
The choice of Badagry as the fisrt salve port was because of its location by the lagoon which made it an easy route for the slave to be taken via the coastal regions of West Africa countries such as as Opobo and Arochukwu towns in Nigeria, Gold in Ghana, Quidah in Republic of Benin, Goree Island in Senegal etc. through the Atlantic Ocean to far places like the Caribean island and the new worldi.e the present day United State of America.
  Benue-Fluss
  Coconut Beach
Coconut Beach is a beautiful beach in the coastal town of Badagry, west of Lagos. The beach is attractively set in an area surrounded by coconut trees. About 20 miles towards the border of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, Coconut Beach is accessible through the Lagos-Badagry expressway.
  Kamale Pinnacle, in the Mandara Mountains in Mubi, Adamawa State
Part of the Cameroon Mountains range.The Pinnacle is like an enormous finger pointing towards the sky. There are other large extinct volcanic plugs rising vertically and astonishingly out of the Mandara Mountains
Lekki Beach, an enchanting open beach along the Lekki Peninsula, is a few kilometers from the city centre of Lagos in Lagos State.
  Mambila Plateau in Gembu, Taraba State
Lying 1219 meters above sea-level, along the cameroon ranges, is a rich temperate and cattle rearing area.
  Mandaras Mountains Homepage
Website is for all ethnographers who are interested in the study of the northern Mandara mountains of N. Cameroon and N.E. Nigeria
  Niger Delta Mangrove Forest   -   Niger River
Spread over three states in the Niger Delta Area, it is one of the three most beautiful mangrove forests in Africa.
  Nigerian Field Society
An organisation devoted to the study of West Africa, its plants, animals and environment, its peoples and their culture
  Oguta Lake, north-west of Owerri, Imo State
A kilometre-wide lake, made ever famous by the car-ferry that runs every 20 minutes accross the lake.
  Sukur   -   located in the Mandara mountains of northeast Nigeria
Sukur is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Sukur Cultural Landscape, with the Palace of the Hidi (Chief) on a hill dominating the villages below, the terraced fields and their sacred symbols, and the extensive remains of a former flourishing iron industry, is a remarkably intact physical expression of a society and its spiritual and material culture.
Tangale Hill is a tertiary, enchanting and beautiful volcanic core, south of Gombe in Gombe State, the ascent of which takes some four hours.
  Zuma Rock, in Niger State
One of Nigeria's most famous natural landmarks. It is an enormous one kilometre long inselberg, standing out from from the surrounding countryside like a giant stone altar, with the semblance of a human face etched on it when viewed from the side.

  Das Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Nigeria
Das Haupt-quartier der Delegation, befindet sich unter der Adresse 6F, Walter Carrington Crescent, (ehemals Eleke Crescent), Victoria Island, Lagos. Es stellt sich hier vor.
  International Institute of Tropical Agriculture [ IITA ]
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is an Africa-based international research-for-development organization, established in 1967, and governed by a board of trustees. Their vision is to be one of Africa's leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger and poverty.
  News from Nigeria   -   The Guardian  -   independent newspaper
Established for the purpose of presenting balanced coverage of events, and of promoting the best interests of Nigeria. It owes allegiance to no political party, ethnic community, religious or other interest group. Its primary commitment is to the integrity and sovereignty of the Federation of Nigeria, and beyond that to the unity and sovereignty of Africa".
  News   -   Nigerian Tribune
The Nigerian Tribune is the oldest surviving private newspaper in Nigeria.
Established in November, 1949 by one of Africa's foremost nationalists, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian Tribune was structured, since inception, to cater for the interest of the common people.
  News   -   Vanguard Online Edition
  University of Kano   -   Bayero University
  University   -   Port Harcourt University
  University   -   Rivers State University of Science & Technology
First technological University in Nigeria [ Port Harcourt ]
  University of Zaria   -   Ahmadu Bello University [ ABU ]
"The first duty of every university is the search for and the spread of knowledge and the establishment of the nation." The philosophy of the Ahmadu Bello University is predicated upon the "cardinal principle of imparting knowledge and learning to men and women of all races without any distinction on the grounds of race, religious or political beliefs, etc."
Largest university in Nigeria and second largest in Africa. It was founded on October 4, 1962 as the University of Northern Nigeria.

Cuisine  -  Nigerian Foods / Recipes

 

History of Nigeria

Independence: 1 October 1960 (from UK)

Before the colonial period, the area which comprises modern Nigeria had an eventful history. More than 2,000 years ago, the Nok culture in the present Plateau state worked iron and produced sophisticated terra cotta sculpture. In the northern cities of Kano and Katsina, recorded history dates back to about 1000 AD. In the centuries that followed, these Hausa kingdoms and the Kanem-Bornu empire near Lake Chad prospered as important terminals of north-south trade between North African Berbers and forest people who exchanged slaves, ivory, and kola nuts for salt, glass beads, coral, cloth, weapons, brass rods, and cowrie shells used as currency.... See for more Nigeria's History at Wikipedia [ contents: A British Sphere of Influence, Nigerian Independence, The First Nigerian Republic,  The Second Nigerian Republic, The Abortive Third Republic, The Obasanjo Administration ]

  Kingdom of Benin  -   the empire of the Oba of Benin
Flourished from the 14th through the 17th century. See Wikipedia and The story of Africa - BBC World service.

This House Has Fallen: Nigeria In Crisis  -   Karl Maier
The world's tenth most populous country, a pot-pourri of languages and peoples, amazing dynamism and fabulous oil reserves, Nigeria is the pivot on which Africa turns. Yet to many outsiders, it is also a byword for chaos and corruption, military coups and repression, poverty and drug trafficking. Karl Maier explores the crisis points and the rapidly rising religious and ethnic tensions which threaten the country's survival, and shows us why it matters to us all if things in Nigeria continue to fall apart.
Paperback 368 pages (January 31, 2002);  Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd,;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0140298843
  National Museum at Onikan
The National Museum at Onikan, Lagos provides one of the largest collection of art and artifacts in Nigeria. Of great importance to anyone seeking a deep­er understanding of African art and the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria, the artifacts in the museum date from 500 BC-200 AD, including the Nok ter­racotta heads. Its interior is majestic in scope, and retraces the development of various cultures through centuries of Nigerian history. Operated by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the museum here, like —others in Benin, Jos, Ife, Esie, Kano and Kaduna, plus many smaller ones, consistently draws thousands of tourists and historians each year to view its rich collection

Music, Arts & Culture, Events in Nigeria

  Music of Sukur

  National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos [ NGA ]
The gallery is located within the National Arts Theatre. See NGA.

  Nigerian Crafts
Crafts are symbol of Nigeria's material and spiritual heritage. Crafts are well integrated into the living patterns of Nigerians and inseparable from their spiritula philosophies. They are therefore prized objects for the promotion of tourism and preservation of heritage.
Essentially, Nigeria crafts are grouped into textiles, pottery and ceramics, fiber crafts, bronze, brass and iron works, woodworks, calabash decorations, leather works, ivory works, jewelry etc.

  Culture of Nigeria
Nigeria: Culture (Lands, Peoples & Cultures S.)  -  Anne Rosenberg
Hardcover 32 pages (March 2001);  Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Co.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0865052492

  Hausa Language [ Wikipedia ]
Teach Yourself Hausa 
This course in Hausa, a West African language spoken by over 30 million people, introduces the structures of the language through a series of graded lessons, complete with exercises, dialogues and traditional fables. Easy-reference grammar tables and an extensive two-way vocabulary are included.

Nigeria: Culture (Lands, Peoples & Cultures S.)  -  Anne Rosenberg
Hardcover 32 pages (March 2001);  Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Co.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0865052492

Architectures of Nigeria: Architectures of the Hausa and Yoruba Peoples and of the Many Peoples Between - Tradition and Modernization 
Kevin Carroll
This work describes the traditional architectures of the western half of Nigeria, covering the huge area from the Hausa people of the north to the Yoruba people of the south. The book shows how two main types of architecture have evolved in these areas: in the forest, the distinctive style of the Yoruba and Bini peoples, and in the Savanna the thin-shelled buildings in moulded mud in a variety of attractive forms. It also describes later developments, including the Hausa town style with its massive mud walls supporting flat or domed roofs. The book describes and evaluates the traditional artistry, design, craftsmanship and building methods employed in mosques, churches, palaces and domestic architectures, and shows the dramatic impact of modernization on traditional building.
Hardcover 144 pages (March 1992);  Publisher: I.B. Tauris;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0905788370

Festivals are activities based on people's ways of life expressed as religious beliefs, colorful festivals, dances, songs, artworks etc. The cultural assests of Nigeria are among the most fascinating in Africa some of which include the Eyo festivals in Lagos, Kano/Katsina Durbar, Osun Osogbo Festivals and Mmanwu Festival in the south Eastern Nigeria.

  Festivals in Nigeria
There are many Festivals in Nigeria, some of which date to the period before the arrival of the major religions in this ethnically and culturally diverse society. The main Muslim and Christian festivals are often celebrated in ways that are unique to Nigeria or unique to the people of a locality.[


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