Tour2nigeriaTravel — Tours / sightseeing
|About||Nigeria is one of the most incredibly endowed nations with enormous tourism potentials. However, the country remains one of the least recognized|
Nigeria is one of the most incredibly endowed nations with enormous tourism potentials. However, the country remains one of the least recognized on the world map when it comes to tourism. Until recently, not everyone knew of the incredible Ikogosi warm spring, the Mambila plateau, the amazing Sungbo’s Eredo, the Chad Basin National Park, and thousands of others. Things appear to be changing fast, and Nigeria seems to be raking in billions of Naira in terms of revenues from tourists every year.
Located in the West of Africa, and with a population of over 160 million people; Nigeria is blessed with thousands of cultural heritage, festivals, hill, beautiful vegetation, wonderful landscape, wildlife, waterfalls, caves, rocks, etc. With its Federal Capital Territory located in Abuja, the country is one of the most fascinating destinations for political, economical, and cultural meetings.
Known as the giant of Africa because of its huge population, and abundant human and natural resources; the country remains one of the hotbeds for cultural enthusiasts looking for fun.
History & People
The name Nigeria was derived from the Niger River (one of the biggest rivers in Africa). The name ‘Nigeria’ was coined by the wife of Nigeria’s first Governor-General, Flora Lugard. The country became independent on the 1st of October, 1960, and later a republic in 1963. A couple of years after the country became a republic; it recorded a civil war when the people from the Eastern part of the country also known as Biafra tried to forcefully declare independence.
Nigeria practices the federal system of government where there are 36 states all having a governor each, and a president that controls the centre (Abuja). Predominantly, Nigeria is dominated by two major religious groups; the Christians and the Muslims, while minority of the country’s population practice traditional as well as local religions. The country also operates a third-tier government (local government) that allows or even distribution of infrastructures. Today, there are 774 local government areas spread across the 36 states of the federation.
The country’s three major tribes or languages include the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. However, the country as a whole is made up of 6 different geopolitical regions spread across the South-South, the South-East, the South-West, the North-East, the North-West, and the North-Central.
Nigeria is a country of diverse people and languages merged together; and no wonder you will find its citizens speaking various dialects and languages. However, its major languages include Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba; with English being its official language. Nigeria’s major cities are; Lagos, Ibadan, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Kano, and Kaduna.
One of the things that have made Nigeria one of the most popular countries in the world is Oil. The country is blessed with oil, which is the powerhouse of its economy. The country is also popular when it comes to agricultural produce like groundnut, cocoa, rubber, and many more.
The country’s culture is designed along its multiple ethnic groups. There is not a single state or tribe where you won’t something fascinating about Nigeria; and that is why it remains one of the most attractive destinations for tourists. The Yorubas for instance are blessed with the popular Eyo Festival, the Ekimogun Festival, the Ojude Oba Festival, the Orosun Festival, and a host of others. In the East (the Igbos), you will always be attracted to the Ofala Festival, the Igboukwu New Yam Festival, etc. The North (Hausas) are also not left out as its people are known for the durbars that normally hold during Sallah celebration, Puuskat Festival, Argungu Fishing Festival, Nyonyo Fishing Festival, etc.
Nigeria is blessed with lots of wonderful natural scenes that continue to make it one of the most famous places to visit all through the year. Not a single geographical location or state is left without its own share of tourist attraction. Some of these popular tourist places that have placed Nigeria on the world map include the following; the Mambila Plateau in Taraba, Olumo Rock in Ogun, the National Museum in Lagos, the Sungbo’s Eredo not far from Lagos, the Chad Basin National Park in Borno, the Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti, the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in Cross Rivers, the Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross Rivers, the Idanre Hill, and many more.
So, whether you are coming to Nigeria for political, economic, or just a visit; there is plenty to look forward to.
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