My first visit to Jos was fifty shades of amazing! They say the more time you spend with someone, the stronger the bond becomes and I couldn’t agree more with this. The more locations I explore in Nigeria, the stronger the bond and love I realize I have for this country.
Regardless of all our setbacks, Nigeria is truly a blessed country. Nigeria is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, amazing citizens, a variety of overwhelming weather pattern and most importantly the spirit to achieve the impossible against all odds.
My Trip To Jos – Plateau State
The trip to Jos started off from Abuja with my family of Adventurers “Naija Adventurers”. We all rendezvoused at City Park and began our 5 to 6 hours journey to Jos. As usual, we made a few pit stops to take some pictures and also patronize the local food sellers by the road side. Chicken was the number one choice of food; you would think Christmas came early by the amount of chicken consumed on this trip.
Upon reaching Jos later that evening, I got to find out that the Plateau State Government were aware of our visit to the state and so they went the extra mile to make sure our stay and exploration was as comfortable as we could ever imagine. We were privileged to be lodged at the Government House – Rayfield and dinner was already waiting for us (of cause some more chicken was consumed).
The Official Welcome From The Commissioner
After a lovely rest in the master bedroom on a King sized bed, I woke up energetic and ready to take on whatever the day had to offer. We were up as early as six in the morning, a bus and team from Tour Nigeria was provided for us and as we began our journey headed to hike Shere Hills, we were informed that the Honourable Commissioner of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality “Hon. Mwankon Peter John” was up ahead waiting for us.
It was so humbling to see that the Commissioner was up so early and ready to officially welcome us to the state. Nigeria is a country where our Government leaders would rather take on a laissez-faire style of leadership, but this wasn’t the case with Hon. Mwankon Peter John. He showed us that he’s always ready to roll up his sleeves in order to achieve the mission and goals of the ministry.
Interview With The Commissioner
The Commissioner started off by welcoming us to Plateau state and further emphasized the fact that Plateau State is the home of Peace & Tourism. Looking back at a number of security challenges faced by the state, the Commissioner informed us that their first agenda was to create peace in the State; which is arguably the most important issue to deal with in order to boost tourism.
From what we saw and experienced, there is no doubt that his administration has really gone over and beyond to bring peace back to the State. The Commissioner further went on to highlight some key beauties of the State, from its mind-blowing natural raw formations; to the weather, and various structures put in place.
Talking on entertainment, he clearly laid it out that there is practically no tourism without entertainment (and trust me, the people in Jos really know how to have a good time). In order to further boost the entertainment within, his administration has successfully partnered with a number of media houses and entertainment outfits to successfully bring the Spotlight back to the town.
Regardless of the doubts, he couldn’t emphasize more on the level of security the State has attained, it’s not just about talking, it really has to be experienced to understand how safe the region is. In his own words, the difficulty in visiting Jos is leaving, as the town has that effect of making visitors extend their stay.
Hiking Shere Hills
There is no doubt the meeting with the Commissioner was a motivational boost to the trip and so after an enlightening interview all roads was set to do what we do best (Hike). The scenery at Shere Hills is second to none, it’s filled with enough sites, routes, and obstacles to make any adventure approach with a full-length smile.
The hike was a little challenging to some, while others went all the way to the top of the hill to wave the Naija Adventures flag high. We ended up burning about 606 calories after an active 2 hours 31 minutes hike; covering a distance of 9.34 KM.
Other Activities We Engaged In
Right after our hike, we headed down to the National Commission For Museums and Monuments, where we saw some of the first cars to arrive in Nigeria, the Tin Mining exhibition, Afrizere settlement, the museum and finally the Zoological Garden.
Jos is a must visit if you haven’t been there already, the truth is there is so much to engage in and do in Jos that it is impossible to cover in one weekend. This is definitely not my last visit to Jos and I just can’t wait to go back and explore all it has to offer.
Special appreciation to our hosts in Jos The Wayfarers, The Plateau State Governor, Commissioner of tourism, and DG NTDC.
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