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Top 5 Cities to Visit in Nigeria


There are many cities to choose when visiting Nigeria. Yet there are 5 top cities any visitor should not miss for various reasons. Nigeria like many other African countries is blessed with cities rich in culture, interesting people and amazing places. Contrary to the hunger and starvation pictures on the internet, visitors will be shocked to travel Nigerian urban cites and never come across any of the gruesome images.

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Note that,  hunger, starvation and poverty exist in many glamorous cities including the USA, England and Japan. However, in Nigeria, the poor have a close relationship with family and friends that provides for daily survival against government failures and budgets.

The poverty rate in Nigeria according to the United Nation and World Bank records stem from government statutory responsibility and budgets for the poor. In reality, every family has a responsibility to the extended family members, a communal lifestyle that is engraved in the African tradition. This lifestyle can be cultivated by developed countries to address the problem of depression and loneliness.

A study on household poverty shows that 60% of poor household is due to poor or lack of access to basic education, while 40%  poor household is as a result of unemployment. Hence, Watson, 2014 concludes that only the poor know how to live in Poverty”.

Why Visit Nigeria

Nigeria is home to over 400 ethnicities, diverse culture and history. The country has an increasing population which to its advantage, accounts for the GDP of the economy.

  • For that amazing aha! moments, the tourist must visit Nigeria.
  • Visit Nigeria for a Plate of Jollof riceNkwobi and Ofada rice and you will remain addicted to Nigerians. The dishes are just amazing.

Tired of uniformity? Then visit Nigeria for varieties ranging from, lifestyle, politics, intrigues, culture and freedom.

Places to Visit

1. Lagos 

The city of Lagos is the economic hub of Nigeria and the best places of innovative ideas. It is said that ideas work on the streets of Lagos due to its diverse population. offers a beautiful scenic environment, visit the beach directly taking its source from the Atlantic Ocean. The Eko Atlantic city, the banana Island and Elegushi beach are offering the great environment for holiday. Stay at the mainland or Island to enjoy both day and nightlife.

2. Calabar.

Many people have probably seen it in movies and pictures. However, Christmas is never complete without attending annual Calabar carnival. Carnivals are organised yearly during the Christmas periods beginning from November till January. However, be sure to book hotel accommodation early if you plan to visit during the Christmas season. Take a trip to the Museum to learn about Nigerian history, The dishes are mouth-watering.

The city maintains a natural green landscape, spanning through thousands of acres of land yet awesome and breathtaking. Visitors travelling by road may take a trip to see the Agbokim waterfalls, a natural scenery depicting the Nigerian green, white, green flag colour. The chances that visitors love what they will see is non- negotiable.

3. Abuja

Are you a business investor, real estate manager or just a tourist? Abuja is a place to visit. The city host the capital and administrative power of Nigeria. the elite, poor, all live side by side. a city without discrimination, poverty is not a friend even to the poor hence everyone is an urban elite. friendly neighbourhoods, business-minded individuals. we must warn you, you will spend more naira in this city than anywhere else in Nigeria. Come along with your credit card.

4. Obudu

This city is popularly referred to as Obudu Cattle Ranch. Obudu is a rural community with the natural scenic environment. the ranch is located in cross riVer state. about 315km away from Calabar. If you have been to Mont Blanc then you must visit Obudu Cattle Ranch as well. the difference is Mont Blanc is white with snow caps while Obudu is green with vegetation cover. temperature is below 0 degrees so come with a winter jacket.

5. Okene

Wow … Okene home to international Akwete hand woven fabric made popular in 1990, by Prince Charles and Princess Diana commissioning the fabric. The weavers are superwomen who sit at the loom. Loom?  Yes, loom, they are available and in use. Ever heard of originality? It can’t be mass produced or made from China. The Town is surrounded by rocks, valleys and mountains. Capture the image and it will last forever in the mind. The environment bubbles with active youthful population and hospitality. Be sure to eat Bush Meat, Pounded Yam and Egusi soup when you arrive.

#Book that flight now.

23 thoughts on “Top 5 Cities to Visit in Nigeria”

  1. I agreed with first four but I’m still thinking of the last one due to some reasons best known to me………. As for the obudu cattle ranch, I can’t wait to get there.

    #Itanyi

  2. Yes l agreed with all these I can’t wait to visit all this places. But there is one city I would like to talked about here,The Confluence City of Nigeria (LOKOJA). LOKOJA is also a trade centre for the yams, cassava (manioc), corn (maize), sorghum, beans, fish, palm produce, shea nuts, and cotton produced by the local Igbira people. Fulani herdsmen from the north drive their cattle across the Niger to Lokoja in the dry season. Cotton ginning and weaving and palm- and shea-kernel processing are important local activities. There are limestone and iron deposits in the vicinity, and nearby Mount Patti, the original site of Lokoja, is a 1,349-foot- (411-metre-) high mass of oolitic iron ore.

  3. Bala Barnabas Ugbede

    Though the visit to the above four places is due to the rapid development but talking of Okene I disagree because that is not the true fact.

  4. I agree with the four states, but am not yet satisfied with some of them became have not went to a place like obudu, calabar and I wish I got there to more about those state how they live and been developed, places like Lagos state now has turn to a place like America that people like to live all there entire lifestyle just became it’s been developed well by there government and other leaders places like banana highland, lekki, Elegushi beach, Atlantic beach e.t.c.
    Why place like okene is a place I do visit every time and the town was surrounded with mountain, valleys, rocks
    , but lack of bad government in kogi state it has not been well developed in the sense that we need good leadership and government that can help us to solve out our problems but greedness, corruption are the problems we are facing in Nigeria.

  5. Usman Mariam Omonu fpi/nd/esm/17/007

    It is a great thing to know more about some of this cities through this platform. Most especially about Abuja that happened to be the federal capital territory of our great country Nigeria. It is a place to visit, because of it administrative power,a city without discrimination, a city with a business-minded individuals. As an estate management and valuation student I would love to visit or live in this city one day.Thanks for this wonderful analysis about some of the cities to visit in Nigeria.

  6. James ilanwa/fpi/nd/esm/17/037

    Lagos is indeed the number one city to visit in Nigeria,because it is a very beautiful and well populated city in Nigeria, I have been to ikoyi and ajah estates and I can testify that lagos is indeed the number one city to visit in Nigeria!

  7. adedayo michael/esm/058

    this article has inspired me a lot and i think with this our society will be a good place to develop

  8. agbonweze bonaventure chukwuma/esm/17/045

    lagos is indeed the number one most beautiful city in nigeria to visit,but i believe in few years time easthern cities like enugu,owerri and anambara will surpass it due to the present infrastructural developments the governors are doing in those states now

  9. idachaba antony utene/esm/17/50

    ngeria is blessed with alot of beutiful states with lagos being the best among them,but i dont reall agree that okene is among the top five most beautiful places in nigeria

  10. Suleiman Nusiretu FPI/ESM/17/014

    Nice article.Ma,Nigeria is the best country,but why the hunger,starvation and poverty?. This is because our government are responsible for the hunger,starvation and poverty.One the most reasons for all that i have mentioned above is unemployment.Government should provide employment opportunity for citizens especially the graduates.

  11. Awode Abayomi Peter FPI /HND/URP/18/006

    From massive kidnapping to violent crimes in some parts of Nigeria, plus other crime activities cropping up in other cities, it is enough for anyone to make a decision not to visit the weird country to any further extent.
    However, while many people are thinking Nigeria to be the worst country to visit, the country is actually becoming safer with thousands of tourists and visitors visiting every year. There are some cities in Nigeria which are really safe to visit due to high security measures provided by the state governments. We chose these cities based on these factors; no religious crisis, no violent crime or kidnapping, low level of aggravated assaults and robberies. The residents are practically comfortable, great infrastructures and well- developed buildings and roads, low crime rates and economic stability.

    Also, Ibadan is a city that prides itself as the centre of the Pan Yoruba race and is very peaceful with well-organised structured security units around the city. Tourists who visit Ibadan can easily travel to Lagos within a 45 minutes drive. because it is close to Lagos, the commercial centre in Nigeria. Apart from the state’s security unit, it has effective local vigilant grounds that ensure that the inhabitants have no reason to fear for their safety and properties.

  12. AWODE ABAYOMI PETER URP/18/006

    From massive kidnapping to violent crimes in some parts of Nigeria, plus other crime activities cropping up in other cities, it is enough for anyone to make a decision not to visit the weird country to any further extent.
    However, while many people are thinking Nigeria to be the worst country to visit, the country is actually becoming safer with thousands of tourists and visitors visiting every year. There are some cities in Nigeria which are really safe to visit due to high security measures provided by the state governments. We chose these cities based on these factors; no religious crisis, no violent crime or kidnapping, low level of aggravated assaults and robberies. The residents are practically comfortable, great infrastructures and well- developed buildings and roads, low crime rates and economic stability.
    Also, Ibadan is a city that prides itself as the centre of the Pan Yoruba race and is very peaceful with well-organised structured security units around the city. Tourists who visit Ibadan can easily travel to Lagos within a 45 minutes drive. because it is close to Lagos, the commercial centre in Nigeria. Apart from the state’s security unit, it has effective local vigilant grounds that ensure that the inhabitants have no reason to fear for their safety and properties.

  13. AWODE ABAYOMI PETER FPI/HND/URP/18/006

    Nice Article Ma, many people are thinking
    Nigeria to be the worst country to visit, the
    country is actually becoming safer with
    thousands of tourists and visitors visiting every
    year.
    There are some cities in Nigeria which are
    really safe to visit due to high security
    measures provided by the state governments.
    We chose these cities based on these factors;
    no religious crisis, no violent crime or
    kidnapping, low level of aggravated assaults
    and robberies. The residents are practically
    comfortable, great infrastructures and well-
    developed buildings and roads, low crime rates
    and economic stability.

  14. Ijisemi Ayorinde Samuel FPI/HND/URP/18/005

    Nice article ma, Port Harcourt is also a place to visit, Port Harcourt stands as one of the developed city in Nigeria. The Vegetations found here are lush greenery and the landscape extremely beautiful. The presence of oil makes this city home to multinational companies dealing with oil and gas. A coastal and picturesque shoreline makes Port Harcourt a business and fun destination for tourists.

  15. Ocheja christopher enemali. URP/HND1

    Information is power, and could bring major improvements in public.
    lagos, calabar, abuja, obudu and okene as many events and places to visit.

    In lagos:
    1. Felabration
    Felabration is not your average musical concert. The history, location, and features of Felabration make it the radically huge event that it is today. For one week in October every year, Nigeria marks the posthumous birthday celebration of the late Afrobeat musician
    Fela Anikulapo Kuti , at the New Afrika Shrine. If you know anything at all about the iconic Fela, then you understand why the event is all the rave. People from all over the country and different parts of the world converge to partake in the high-octane festivities that come with Felabration’s programme line-up.

    2. Food and food combinations
    Lagosians don’t do boring food . In fact, the natural spice and colour of Lagosians tend to be reflected in the interesting and tasty food flavours we combine and choose from. For instance, what could have been a simple meal of rice can easily turn out to be fried, or jollof – depending on the ingredients at hand – with a topping of fried plantains. Plantains are a delicious story for another day. Also, because of the multi-cultural complexion of Lagos, these foods come from every region of the country. Try the local soups and swallows, fresh fish pepper soup, asun (spiced goat meat),
    suya (chicken or beef shish kebab), as well as any other Nigerian delicacy you find on the menu. Let your taste inhibitions wander free.

    3. Arts
    The visual and performing arts sphere in Lagos is yet another charming and integral aspect of the city. A ticket to see a play at the Muson Centre in Onikan,
    National Theatre in Iganmu , or Terra Kulture on Victoria Island will not only entertain you, it will enrich you with knowledge and grant you insight into what makes Lagosians tick. Equally, being in Lagos brings you closer to the inspiration for the visceral works of Nigerian artists representing the country with their masterpieces in paintings and sculptures on the global stage.

    4. Popular culture
    Popular culture thrives in Lagos. It’s a rare occurrence to visit Lagos and leave without learning the latest trends in dance, music , street fashion, hairstyles, slang, and urban sports. Because, as a matter of fact, even foreigners who have never been anywhere close to the city are familiar with the developments in Lagos popular culture. Lagosians are renowned for an innate instinct to create and innovate. There’s always some new ‘thing’ in town, perhaps made popular by a line in a song or by a small community.

    5. Lagos Carnival
    This carnival ’s history is as colourful as the main event itself. In the 19th century, after a wave of freed slaves from Brazil returned to the city, the first Lagos carnival (or “Fanti”, or “Caretta”) was held. The Lagos Carnival is a grand display of the city’s heritage and pride, filled with music, dancing, and elaborate costumes, and maintains close links to those witnessed in Brazil and Cuba . The event takes place in the month of May, during the Lagos Black Heritage Festival.

    6. A Lagos party
    “Ain’t no party like a Lagos party”, rightfully sings Nigerian R’n’B star Banky W . Regardless of whether it’s day or night, at a club or a owambe, Lagos parties are on another level of fun, energy, drama, and excitement, that make for great memories. Lagosians may get hit with economic downtimes of various sorts every now and then, but, you’ll find that (almost) nothing can interfere with a plan for a Lagos party. The good times always roll.

    7. Snack stands
    Lagos’ snack habits are amazing. Lagosians can make a snack from pretty much any type of food or pastry. No matter the class of neighbourhood, there’s at least one stand where you can purchase frys (yam, plantain, and potatoes) with sauce, roasted or boiled corn with coconut or pears, beancakes, nuts, varied fritters, and a host more. The great thing about these snacks, especially if you’re more inclined to sweeter options, is that they don’t compromise your health. Although, in some cases, be prepared to stand some heat and/or smoke to get your desired snack. It’s usually worth it. etc.

    In calabar
    1.The National museum Calabar
    The National Museum Calabar’s building was formerly a British governor’s building overlooking the scenic creeks. The museum boasts of a fascinating collection of artifacts dating back to the slave trade and palm oil trade era, as well as the time when Calabar served as the seat of the Efik kingdom. Calabar Museum was partly constructed and designed in Glasgow, it was transported in a series of part shipments to Nigeria.

    2. Cross River National Park
    cross river national park is a national park located in Boki LGA, Cross River State, Nigeria. It is one of the richest tropical rain forests in West Africa. The park is made up of 2 separate sections namely Okwangwo and Oban. It spans over a total land mass of 720 sqkm, from Kanyan to the foot of Obudu plateauThe first part was established in 1988 and the other in 1991.

    The Park serves as home to various endemic species of plants and animals ranging from golden potto forest elephants and gorillas to leopards, drill monkeys and red foxes. Cross River National Park features a rich collection of flora and fauna.

    3. Agbokim Waterfalls is made up of seven streams cascading over a steep cliff which provides seven faced waterfalls. Agbokim Waterfalls is located at about 17 kilometres from Ikom Local Government Area in Cross River State close to the Nigerian-Cameroonian border. The water fall lies directly on the Cross River where is descends through the tropical forest.

    The spectacular waterfall is a scenic and lush green scenery covering, valleys, steep hills and lush green vegetation. An attractive tourist spot and an ideal place for picnics and a tranquil break from the city life.

    4. Tinapa Resort is the first integrated business and leisure resort established by the government of Cross River. The resort is located just about 10 km from Calabar and serves as the ideal place to buy duty free good and supplies. Tinapa resort boasts of spectacular architectural designs and features a luxury hotel, cinema, movie production studio known as “Studio Tinapa”, mini amphitheater, a night clubs, a chidren’s arcade, pubs and water themed park.

    The resort is a tourist’s dream located by the Calabar River, Tinapa Resort is a world class facilities where visitors can take advantage of retail and wholesale activities as well as enjoy recreational activities. There is an open exhibition area at Tinapa Free Trade Zone available for trade exhibitions and other events.

    5. Chief Ekpo Bassey’s House is an historic building located at 19, Boko Street, Calabar. The house served as the residence of Chief Ekpo Bassey, a renowned politician and Nigerian journalist who was crowned the traditional ruler of the Efik people in Akwa Akpa kingdom now known as mordern day Calabar. The house became a national monument on August 14, 1959. Parts of the house were imported in sections from England and then assembled.

    6. Mary Mitchelle Slessor arrived Nigerian shores in 1876, as a missionary worker for the United Presbyterian Church. She settled in the Akpap Okoyong, Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State and built herself a two bedroom mud house with a veranda, a store and a parlour which she called a “Caravan”. The house was renovated by Mr Owens, a missionary carpenter in 1889. The walls of the house were made from iron sheets while windows and doors were carved from wood. Upon Mary Slessor’s death, the house was converted to a Rest Home for missionaries and a primary health care centre. etc.

    In abuja
    1. IBB Golf Course. I was a member, and recommend becoming a member to anyone living in Abuja (about US 2K to join then annual membership of about US 700 for unlimited golf). The course has 18 beautiful holes (long front 9 and challenging back 9). Great driving range, short game area, and great terrace with the best view in Abuja. The food is so-so, but the drinks are cheap and you could sit on the terrace for hours with friends (did many times). The Sunday brunch is nice. There are two tennis courts, golf pros, great caddies, and a really nice atmosphere.

    2. The Hilton pool, gym, and Fulani Bar (largest hotel in Africa). The Hilton is a nice place, not world class, but good for Nigeria. The pool is a great place for kids (kiddie pool, and water toys in big pool). You can do laps in the morning. The gym there is good, with cardio and weights. If you join (about US 700 a year for the family) the gym, you can use the pool, squash courts, tennis, and volleyball. The Fulani bar has passable food and has poolside service; great festive Sunday atmosphere.

    3. The Mediterranean Hotel (near ECOWAS). This is a nice place for the younger crowd and for fun. Abuja’s only swim-up bar with strong drinks. The restaurants are pleasant and the nightclub has one of Abuja’s better sound system and ambiance. The hotel does a great outdoor BBQ on weekends. Rooms are nice and safe. Close to Cherry’s II bakery for sweets and bread.

    4. The Hash House Harriers Run/Walk. Every other week on Saturday afternoon, meeting at the Hilton parking lot (check in the Hilton gym for announcement or ask an expat). The Hash House Harriers are often the best place to meet people in foreign places. The Hash, will not get into the history, is basically a run or for less athletic, brisk walk, to points throughout Abuja. It could be a run in the bush or a jaunt around a housing estate. Great bargain, about US7 for the run, and chop afterwards (all the beer and food you can drink and eat). Plus there is normally a sponsor who throws in a tee shirt and door prizes. Meet all kinds of locals and expats. They also do an annual run up Aso Rock—big rock in Abuja.

    5. The Dome (on airport road). The Dome is new to town with bowling alleys (only bowling in West Africa), pool tables, video games and several restaurants. Great for kids.

    6. Grand Square Supermarket (near main Mosque). This place came as a great relief to expats in Abuja. It is new—French owned—and has some of the best bread outside Paris. The ice cream is a favorite for all in Abuja, there is a nice restaurant with a great view upstairs. The prices are high—like all in Abuja—but the meats and cheese selection is the best in Abuja. Amigo’s supermarket also deserves praise for its service and selection.

    7. Chase Restaurant Terrace (near Sheraton). I watched riots from the terrace and entertained many guests at Chase. Chase is consistently a favorite place for both expats and Nigerians. Great food, great management (Joseph Dogo, manager is a real pro). Their Sunday brunch (Lebanese and Chinese) is the best in Abuja. Cherry’s bakery downstairs has the city’s best pastries.

    8. Yankari National Park. The Park is an easy 7 to 8-hour drive to the east of Abuja. I recommend leaving at around 8am, stop in Jos to see the National Museum, have lunch at the Ceder Tree restaurant (good Lebanese and African) then make it to the park in late afternoon. Take a plunge in the Eden-like Wikki Warm Springs and spend two days. etc.

    In obudu
    1. Riding on a cable car in Obudu Mountain Resort is more than just activities at the Olympics. To get there, you can either drive the famously winding 11km road from the bottom of the hill or take the cable car. It’s 1576 metres above sea level. While driving in a car can take up to 30 minutes, the cable car rides for about 6 minutes only.

    2. When it comes to outdoor games, Obudu Mountain Resort has got it all. You can engage on a number of outdoor activities such as swimming, horse-riding, golf and hiking are available at Obudu Mountain Resort.
    In the course of doing this, you will discover so many other things and meet a lot more people.

    3. Canopy Walkway is another epic frontier you want to try out on your arrival at the resort. It is 70 metres above the forest floor and 100 metres swinging bridge suspended above the forest.
    So be sure you will definitely have a real swing when you are on the canopy walkway because the feeling is tremendous.
    The canopy walkway brings back unending memories after moving across it. It leaves you with so much excitement and recurring pleasure to return each time you have the opportunity.

    4. Obudu Mountain Resort is one great place to enjoy a romantic getaway with your spouse or special someone. Newly weds can also use the destination as their honeymoon location.
    There are several places to lodge around, so you can be sure to have an unforgettable time with your partner. etc.

    with all this beautiful places and events taking place in nigeria people can visit the country from different parts of the world.

    And this article will also help student and people in nigeria and the world to know that there are beautiful cities in nigeria, and Africa as a continent to visit.

    nice work and article ma.

  16. ONYISHI CHUKWUEMEKA KINGSLEY FPI/ND/ESM/B/17/111

    from this article I just understand that these cities,aside of been in the top list in Nigeria,they also contributed largely to the growth of the economy of Nigeria as a country.

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