Its another valentine in the air, are you and bae planning where to spend it? it is not only when you go abroad that you feel loved or gain exposure, have you tried touring Nigeria? you will be shocked at what you will find here.
You are a foreigner in this country and haven’t visited our capital, are you really a foreigner? looking for where to go in Abuja to have fun? you are in the right place, let this waka blogger who has done most of the touring enlighten you on where to go to have fun in Abuja.
Historically, Abuja became the capital of Nigeria in … when the headquarters was moved from Lagos. Below are fun places to visit in the city of Abuja:
- Visit National Monuments:
The National Council for Arts and Culture has lots of National artifacts of our Nation’s history for tourists and locals alike to see and hear the historical feats of the Nation. Abuja has fantastic architectural designs, from the National mosque to the National Library, the Ministry of Defence which is built in the shape of a ship, ECOWAS Secretariate.
2. Cinema Outings: If you are the movie type, there are several cinemas in the Nation’s capital that offers blockbusters and the inimitable Nigerian movies. Some of them include the Silverbird Cinema located at Tafawa Balewa Way in the Central Business District, the French Cultural Centre, Libre Ville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse, and Cyreenee International, Omega Center, and Aminu Kano Crescent, also at Wuse.
3. Chase Waterfalls:
You can visit the Jabi Lake, which is a calming and beautiful body of water, it is skirted by the Jabi Park, where you can go horseback riding and a mall where you can easily do your shopping. Jabi lake also offers boat rides, different kinds of water sports, and beautiful shots, especially in the evenings.
4. Visit Parks: The Millenium Park, designed by Manfredi Nicoletti, is one of the biggest and most beautifully laid out in the city. Others include the Julius Berger Waterfront Park, Eden Parks, and Garden, Area 1 Recreational Garden, and many more. You can exercise, ride a bicycle, play football, or simply take in the sun and people-watch at these parks.
5. Go Rock Climbing: Climb the Aso Rock, which is located just behind the presidential villa and gives a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside (the presidential is named after the rock). You can also explore the mystical Zuma Rock, a 725 meter (2,379 feet) monolith considered the home for the spirits of the dead by the Koro peoples (original occupiers of the rock).
6. Go Shopping at an Open Market
The Utako Market is the most lively and crowded; it is also considered a farmers market and you can get fresh fruits and vegetables cheaply from the market. Garki Model Market, on the other hand, is the least crowded because it is well laid out and more tightly controlled. There is also the Wuse Market, considered the most popular, and a little larger than Wuse Market is the Garki International Market, where you can buy clothes and confectioneries. Kado Fish Market is the place to go for your freshwater food and yummy fruits.
7.Buy or Window Shop Art
As vast as Nigeria is, so are the multitudes of arts that can be seen and bought, and aside from the arts that can be bought in market places, there are several art galleries with well-curated sculptures, installations, and paintings. Some galleries that have made their home in Abuja include Nike Art Gallery, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, and Omega Gallery. Bwari Pottery Village, like its name, implies that it is dedicated to the art of pottery making. You can watch potters at work, explore the different sections, and buy pitchers, casserole dishes, or teapots. The Abuja Art and Craft Village are also a must-see.
8. Eat Street Food: The point of an adventure is getting to experience new cultures, and experiencing the cuisine of these cultures shouldn’t be missed. Because of its nature as a capital city, Abuja is a hodgepodge of tastes and olfactory delights. Eating suya, in its many forms (chicken, beef, ram, goat, turkey) and textures (kilishi/grilled) is a must. There’s also masa, milk curd/cheese (wara), Akara, and different dishes from across Nigeria that are sold in different cafeterias around the city.
9. Step It Up at a Five-Star Resturant: You can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner out with friends or lovers at places like the Blu Cabana, Jevinik (specializing in local dishes), 355 Steakhouse, and Lounge, Nkoyo (specializing in local dishes), Wakkis (Indian), Zuma (steakhouse), and so much more.
10. Parte-after-parte: Another feature of Abuja that excites visitors is his nightlife, with a myriad of lounges, pepper soup joints, and nightclubs, so having a good time in the city is not a problem. Skybar Rooftop Lounge has one of the best views and ambiances in the city. The Mashoria Arena has great cocktails and music, as does the Carribean Lounge and Nightclub.
Valentine is almost here, and for the next couple of weeks, I would be writing on places you can take your lover to for a treat. I will also be doing a discount on adverts and reviews for the first 20 entrepreneurs and businesses to advertise on the blog. For more information on this, do send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Amarachi on +2348168071518.I am starting a valentine series on my blog from February 1st-29th and would like to interview couples who have been together for the past 1 year upwards on how they met, I will very much like lovers who met either on travel trips or on valentines day, if you know anyone or you are one, send me a mail at email@example.com with the title love.