Abuja is Nigeria’s capital. Ideally, the Abuja city is as old as mankind. Records however, say Abuja Nigeria was built in the 1980s, while it officially became Nigeria’s Capital in 1991.
As the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja is situated in the center of the West African nation. The phrase Abuja City sometimes refers to the well developed and planned areas of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, found particularly close to or around the Aso Villa, the Nigerian Presidential Complex, located at the foot of the famous Aso Rock. Nonetheless, Abuja Nigeria remains a planned city built mainly in the 1980s.
Geographically, much of Abuja city is located South-wards of Aso Rock. You’ll find important structures like the Presidential Complex, National Assembly, Supreme Court and their likes extended to the south of the rock.
Abuja Nigeria is among the top ten most populous cities in Nigeria. United Nations between 2000 and 2010 recorded that Abuja city is the fastest growing city in the world.
The Nigerian capital city, in 2015, experienced a high annual growth rate which ensured it remains the fastest growing city in Africa and among the fastest of the world.
The Federal Government of Nigeria intent is to model Abuja after world’s famous destinations like Dubai, Monaco and Singapore. Abuja city hosts the corporate headquarters of prominent establishments like the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and other multinational corporations.
Roughly, over 1.5 million people reside in Abuja. Most visitors often visit for business, and a few others for pleasure.
Essentially, Abuja city is Nigeria’s most beautiful city. As such it’s unsurprising that most of the top hotels in Nigeria are found in Abuja. A lot of these hotels are luxurious, most are affordable and visitors have a wide range of these hotels to patronize in Abuja when they visit Nigeria.
Nigerian Embassies are available in most countries Nigeria maintains diplomatic relationship with. They will assist in travel enquires if you’re planning to visit Nigeria. However, the US Embassy in Abuja does not see their job as providing free consulting or advice to the public.
To them, their role is to enforce the US immigration law. Anticipate similar sentiment with other Nigerian Embassy especially, that of first world nations.
The main airport serving Abuja is widely known as Abuja airport. Officially, it’s known as Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. As the main airport that serves the Federal Capital Territory, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is a public airport operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The Abuja airport operates with an international and domestic terminal. They both share a common runway, but there are ongoing plans to expand the international airport. The Abuja airport will soon have a second run way.
You’ll locate Abuja airport some 42kilometers away from the center of Abuja city towards Gwagwalada metro.
The emergence of Boko Haram in Nigeria exposed the Nigerian capital to several terror attacks, and as such, there have been several bomb blasts in Abuja.
In 2014, a bomb blast occurred at a popular shopping mall at Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse 2 Abuja. Sometimes in April same year, bombs exploded at a crowded bus station in Nyanya. It killed not fewer than 88 people and injured about 200. The Nyanya station is 8 km southwest of central Abuja city.
Abuja has always been a favourite tourism location for tourists to Nigeria, as it is one of the most beautiful places in Nigeria.