Nigeria is a one-nation wonder. Having had the prestige of being the most populous nation on Africa and the seventh most populous in the world, almost every country in Africa has a Nigerian resident. Its power cannot only be felt by its population, but also by its economic factors and cultural attributes. It is Africa’s largest oil producer, and the world’s 10th largest producer of oil. Nigeria is also at the forefront of development, just one look at Lagos will tell you a thousand words more than you could ever thought of is possible in an African country. It is at the forefront of African nation, bursting with high-speed technological advancements, extravagant entertainment options, and enjoyable cultural aspects. Nigeria is a brewing point of potential African wonder that may be world-class in the years to come.
What to see & do
Though not a capital, Lagos is the second most populous city in Africa that also boasts of a huge commercial hub and an ever-growing population of 17.5 million. United Nations (UN) estimates that with the continuous growth rate of the city, Lagos will be the third largest megacity in the world by 2015, after Tokyo in Japan and Mumbai in India. While in Lagos, one of the best tourist attractions to visit would be the Nike Art Gallery, which was being run by Nike Davies-Okundaye, one of Nigeria’s most important artists. In the four-storey space, you can browse the art gallery that features Nigerian arts at its finest, or even see some documentaries about Nigerian culture. Also, another popular choice would be the Kalakuta Republic Museum of the legendary musician Fela Kuti, with every object and every part of the house astonishingly remaining intact to this day.
Another city that is also good for exploration would be the Enugu in the southeast region of the country, and is also called as the coal city. As a Northern Igbo city, Enugu shares cultural traits with its neighbouring towns; two prominent traits include the Mmanwu Festival and the New Yam Festival. The Mmanwu Festival is celebrated in November, featuring various types of masquerades; meanwhile, the New Yam Festival is celebrated at the end of the rainy season in early August that symbolizes the conclusion of a harvest. Get into Enugu via the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.
How to get around
To roam around Lagos, it is best if you hire a taxi for maximum comfort and convenience. You can also take a bus courtesy of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) schemes, which runs on segregated lanes which makes them run faster than private cars. Meanwhile in Enugu, you can opt to hire a taxi upon landing in the airport and negotiate with the driver.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Nigeria via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights. International airports are located in the cities of Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Hancourt, and Enugu. However, given the ongoing turmoil brought about by Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, much of the cities located in Northern and Central Nigeria are unsafe for travel. The exemption would be Lagos City in the Southwest Region, which is relatively safe for travel. The Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is being served by airlines such as Aero Contractors, Africa World, Air France, Alitalia, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Azman Air, British Airways, Dana Air, Delta Air Lines, Discovery Air Nigeria, Douniah Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, First Nation Airways, Iberia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Med-View Airline, Middle East Airlines, Overland Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Rwandair, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic. The aforementioned airlines fly to a number of domestic destinations, most of European cities, and a small number flying to Asian destinations.
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