Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, 7th most populous in the world. The sub-Saharan African country boasts a population of nearly 200 million and to go with its number is a diversity of culture, language, and ethnicity that makes Nigeria one of the most diverse and colorful places on earth. Divided into 36 states, the federation operates a democracy that goes to the polls every 4 years. Petro-economy is an important source of the country’s GDP but agriculture and also provides an important source of income for the people.
Why Should You Visit Nigeria?
It is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. It has a lot of potential for business and investment even as the government tries to diversify from oil, its chief source of foreign exchange. Nigeria is blessed with beautiful landscapes and scenery, all over the country from North to South there is in existence a magnificent display of nature in one form or the other. From suspended lakes in Oke Ado to Warm and Cold Springs running side by side of each other and from one source in Ikogosi to the waterfalls of Erin Ijesha which cascades through 7 levels and runs across 2 different states. The sights and sounds of Nigeria are too numerous to mention and is better experienced than narrated.
What is the Best Time to Visit Nigeria?
Nigeria can be visited at any time of the year. It roughly has two seasons, the wet and the dry and the temperatures are mild to moderate with the extremes being in the far North where the heat can get as high as 38o Celsius. Festive seasons are a great time to visit and these are scattered all across the year ranging from Religious holidays to National holidays.
How to get to Nigeria
Nigeria is accessible by air through any of its several international airports. The most popular are the Lagos Airport and the Abuja Airport. Goods come in majorly through the seaport in Lagos. There is also a relaxed border with the Benin Republic which sees an influx of people and goods from and to other African countries.
How to move around Nigeria
Because of its population, transportation is huge in Nigeria. While rail lines and routes are being developed by the government, the most common form of transportation is by bus. Inter State bus services are available in major cities to every other major city. Within states and cities, motorbikes and tricycles are popular for short distances. Bus and taxis for longer and medium distances.
Experience Nature in the various wildlife reservation parks and zoos, among the most popular, are Yankari National Park, Ibadan Zoological Garden, Kainji National Games Park, Obudu Cattle Ranch just to mention a few. Experience its bustling and vibrant cities of Lagos, Ibadan, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Abuja and several others. Bath in its waterfalls, from the Gurara Waterfalls to the Erin Ijesha Waterfalls, the Kwa Waterfalls to the Owu waterfalls, Agbokim Waterfalls and the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls. Attend its popular festivities such as the Argungun Fishing Festival, Lagos Festival, Eyo Festival, Calabar Festival, Kano Durbar and much more. Get immersed in its variety of rich culture, colorful history, and beautiful sounds, creative and productive energy, warm and friendly people, delicious cuisine and foods and its enthralling spirit that draws you into it until you become kith and kin.