All You Need To Know When Backpacking The Capital Of Nigeria

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Capital Of Nigeria
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The Capital of Nigeria is Abuja. The city is located in the centre of the country. It is a city that was planned and built in the years following 1980. Before Abuja became the Capital of Nigeria, Lagos was occupying that role. 

Since 2006, Abuja is a Nigerian city with more than 775,000 people, making it one of the 10 most populous cities in Nigeria, Africa. The capital city of Nigeria is also one of the fastest growing cities not only in the country, but in the world. It is recognized as one of the wealthiest cities in Nigeria as well. 

The area where Abuja is located has a rainy season and a dry season. During the rainy season — between April and October — temperatures go as high as 30 degrees Celsius, and during the dry season, they jump to about 40 degrees Celsius.

Next, you will find out the top 10 things to do in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. You will take a stroll from outdoor places to culinary experiences, shopping areas, physical activities, and more. 

Abuja National Mosque In The Capital of Nigeria

Abuja National Mosque In The Capital of Nigeria
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Nigeria is one of the 50+ countries with a substantial muslim population. The mosque pictured above was built in 1984 and is also called the Nigerian National Mosque. 

The mosque is located across the National Christian Centre, on Independence Avenue. It was built with the intent of being commonplace for the country’s religious and ethnic diversity. It is deemed to be a neutral city. 

The Abuja National Mosque is open to the non-Muslim public, except congregational prayers hours. It is capable of hosting 500 people in its conference center. 

The area around the mosque is usually a quiet one, except on Fridays after prayer. The area turns into a crowded market where people sell clothing materials, fruits, and water from Zamzam well.

Millennium Park In The Capital of Nigeria

Millennium Park In Nigeria, Africa
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Millennium Park in Abuja, the Capital of Nigeria, is the largest public park in the city. It has an area of 80 acres (32 hectares) and was created in 2003. The inauguration took place on December 4th by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. 

The park is divided by a river. One side is dedicated to nature life as it is. The other side is dedicated to scientific knowledge of nature. The first side has several terraces at different levels above the ground and greenhouses for birds. The second side was constructed as a traditional Italian style garden. 

The park is one of the top things to visit in the capital of Nigeria, Africa. Thousands of people who travel here every year visit the park.

Thought Pyramid Art Center In The Capital of Nigeria

Thought Pyramid Art Center In Nigeria
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Thought Pyramid Art Centre was launched to meet a very specific need: the need for art in one’s life and the need for this art to be managed professionally. 

The center hosts art exhibitions, art events, and learning programs for children. It also features a gift shop with traditional African art, a library, a restaurant, and a bar. At the moment, the center hosts over 40 artists.

The place is known for being a space for sharing new, creative, and innovative ideas. This creative spot in the city is one where boundaries between art, craft, design, and thought does not exist. The thinkers who manage it dream of free dialogue between everyone. And, yes, everyone is invited.

Thought Pyramid Art Centre is located on 18 Libreville Street in Abuja, the Capital of Nigeria. Open hours are between 9:30 am and 5 pm from Mondays to Fridays and from 10:30 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

Try The Nigerian Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice
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This recipe of Nigerian jollof rice is suitable for everything—from everyday dishes to celebratory meals. The classic recipe is cooked with long-grain rice; curry powder and dried thyme are added. These days, it’s also stewed in a flavorful tomato broth. 

Even if in most cultures it is and maybe it will be considered a side dish, for Nigerians, this meal is the main course. But if you would like to combine it with something else, feel free to do so. As a recommendation, you can choose between fried meat or vegetables. 

Drink The Ogogoro

Ogogoro
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Ogogoro or Ogog is a West African alcoholic drink and is most popular in Nigeria. So when you find yourself backpacking through Abuja and in need of a break, find a place that serves this drink. 

Before doing so, you should know that Ogogoro is an important part of some religious rituals, as well as social ceremonies. Some priests pour it onto the ground as an offering to the gods. Fathers of the bride use it as an official blessing at a wedding. 

The drink is distilled from the juice of Raffia palm trees. Recently, some brands started introducing the drink to the African markets. This version is well filtered, which is the reason why it’s attractive to youngsters and elders. 

Shop In The Capital of Nigeria Arts & Crafts Village

Abuja Arts & Crafts Village In Nigeria
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When you backpack in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, you must spend at least a few hours browsing through this market. It’s the place to be if you want to find unique pieces made by locals. Clothing, bracelets, necklaces, decorative objects for your home — all have a story to tell if you buy them from here. 

People selling their stuff here work with different types of materials. You will see accessories made from leather, jewelry with stones, house items made from wood. Everything you can imagine, you can probably get it here. 

The best part is that most of the things have some African cultural meaning too.

Skybar Rooftop Lounge In The Capital of Nigeria

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As a tourist in Abuja, you would probably want to see the city as much as you can. If you don’t have that much time to do so, you can take a shortcut. Go up the Skybar Rooftop Lounge. It is the place where you will have a viewpoint that uncovers the entire city. 

You can find the lounge at 46 Kwame Nkrumah Cres, Asokoro. The other wonderful news is that this place is open 24 hours a day, so you don’t need to plan ahead. Just go when the mood strikes. 

On the terrace, along with the city’s view, you can get a warm meal and some cold drink. 

Mediterranean Recreation Center

Nigeria
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If you feel like too much calm and relaxation has its limits, then look no more. Head over to the Mediterranean Recreation Center in the Nigerian capital. This place has every sports activity you can think of. 

Do you want to go kart racing? Do you want to hit the gym? Or maybe do something like swim a few laps? Maybe go to a spa? Play a volleyball match? Want to try your abilities at table tennis? Play a little badminton? Or maybe basketball? 

The answer is yes to all these questions. The recreation center is located at 42 Hon. Justice Mamman Nasir Crescent, Asokoro.

Sail On Jabi Lake 

Jabi Lake
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Just like the city of Abuja in Nigeria, Africa, the Jabi Lake is also man-made. The lake is located in the Jabi district, next to the Jabi Lake Mall. 

The place is known for its landscapes and relaxation areas. People who walk these places might also be looking for a place to have a nice picnic. If you are one of them, look no more. Bring a blanket with you, some snacks, and enjoy the view. 

Zuma Rock In The Capital of Nigeria

Zuma Rock In Abuja, Nigeria, Africa
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Zuma Rock is a famous tourist spot in Nigeria. The place is near the Capital of Nigeria — Abuja. If you want to get here, all you have to do is hop on a car or bus and take the main road from Abuja. 

The Zuma Rock is a 725 meters high monolith rock. Aside from its height, the rock is famous for having a face naturally carved in it. The face shows the eyes, mouth, and nose of a human. In the past, it was used as a defensive retreat.

All in all, these are just some examples of everything you can try in Abuja — the capital of Nigeria. We went to see one of the most iconic buildings in the country, the largest park in the city, a tourist place near the Nigerian capital, we found a long list of things to do, easy-to-make dishes, and tried traditional African drinks. 

Now all you need is a good rest because the trip to Abuja will surely need lots of energy.  This way, you will have the opportunity to really experience the African way of life.

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