Abuja – The Charm and Grandeur

Abuja is the Capital city of Nigeria that replaced Lagos back in the year 1982. Until before 1982, Lagos had served as Nigerian capital for many decades. Abuja is a purpose built city whose construction started in 1970s and is still underway. It was thought that due to its location, Lagos could not serve the country as best as a centrally located city could. Hence, Abuja’s planning came into being and a new federal capital for Nigeria was planned. Due to its importance as an economic hub and a tourist destination, people often need to visit Abuja thus cheap flights to Abuja are easily and widely available.


Abuja is a highly planned city, thus it boasts one of the best security systems, facilities, amenities and infrastructures of the African continent. The city has many sights and sounds that have the very best of abilities to attract tourism in the country and they already account a lot for tourism in Nigeria. Millennium Park, Aso Rock, Zuma Rock, National Mosque and National Church are some of the sights of interest in the city. Abuja’s spectacular skyline and world class shopping malls are another great attraction in the city. Nigerian capital is green, clean, serene and just a perfect holiday spot for those who are looking for a relief from daily chores and refreshing their souls.

Abuja is popular around the African continent for housing the finest architecture. This is what accounts the most for Abuja’s grandeur and beautiful cityscape. The city is home to the finest of modern African architecture. Some of the worth noting buildings of the city are; Central Bank of Nigeria Headquarters, National Communications Headquarters, Church gate Tower, Abuja Office Building and the NNPC Tower.

The best time to visit the city of Abuja should be around 1st of October that is the Independence Day of Nigeria. During this time, the city is seen bustling with lights, performances, parades, glowing streets and a lot of hullabaloo. Wuse Market is, indeed, one of the best markets of Nigeria and it sells almost everything that a person could need. Zoo, Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, Abuja Amusement Park and Wonderland Amusement Park are some other worth visiting places of interest. For a romantic meal, try going riverside and enjoy a dinner or lunch. Some of the best malls of the city include Ceddi Plaza, Shashilga Seven, My Blue Store, Amigo, Grand Square and Metro Plaza. Abuja’s plazas are completely equipped with a wide range of products to buy from clothing to edibles to electronics, to handicrafts to daily use items and grocery. Furthermore, they have coffee shops, bars and restaurants that help shopaholics gain back their energy during or after shopping.  Bars, discos and clubs make up for Abuja’s thriving nightlife.

Some of the popular airline services to the Nigerian capital are Lufthansa, British Air, Arik Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Airlines, Aero, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, United and Virgin Nigeria. These airlines have been proficiently providing comfortable and safe flights to Abuja. The city is served by Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport that also serves the whole country.

To complete a trip to Abuja, the city has many world class hotels and exquisite dinning facilities that cater to all classes and budgets. Hence, flights to Abuja should be every traveler’s first choice this holiday season.

5 Responses

  1. bell May 24, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Well I love to listen something good about my hometown. You described it so beautifully, I liked it. Let me give suggestion to interested tourists. Whenever you visit Abuja, don’t forget to visit Wuse Market. It’s the main market in Abuja that offers everything ranging from fresh food to music to cloths.

  2. Admin May 31, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Yes obviously everyone loves to hear something good about his/her hometown. Wasu market is one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in Abuja that’s why i mentioned its name. The inhabitants of Abuja are very friendly and cooperative that increases the popularity of Abuja.

  3. pear June 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Abuja then he should visit to Ceddi Plaza, Blakes, British Village, Tucano’s and Orchard Garden etc. Besides drinking, Abuja has a lot of dining options so believe me your nights in Abuja would be awesome as a lot of restaurants are located in Abuja.

  4. Susan August 18, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    How do I get in touch with the British Village? I have recently moved to Abuja.


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