Top Ten Nigerian Attractions

Top Ten Nigerian Attractions

       Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. The three largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. In terms of religion Nigeria is roughly split half and half between Muslims and Christians with a very small minority who practice traditional religion. Archaeological evidence shows that human habitation of the area dates back to at least 9,000 BC. The area around the Benue and Cross River is thought to be the original homeland of the Bantu migrants who spread across most of central and southern Africa in waves between the 1st millennium BC and the 2nd millennium. The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined by Flora Shaw, the future wife of Baron Lugard, a British colonial administrator, in the late 19th century. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the 7th most populous country in the world. It is listed among the “Next Eleven” economies and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The economy of Nigeria is one of the fastest growing in the world, with the International Monetary Fund projecting a growth of 9% in 2008 and 8.3% in 2009. The IMF further projects a 8% growth in the Nigerian economy in 2011.

  1. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

    Osun-Osogbo or Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is a sacred forest along the banks of the Oshun River just outside the city of Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. The Osun-Osogbo Grove is among the last of the sacred forests which usually adjoin the edges of most Yoruba cities before extensive urbanization. Osun-Osgogbo festival is celebrated every year. Osun-worshipers come from all walks of life to celebrate this day.
    Links: Top Ten Forests, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osun-Osogbo_Sacred_Grove,
  2. Sukur
    The-cultural-landscape-of-SukurSUKINITSLThe first gate on the pathsukur nuclear family compound
    Sukur or Sukur Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Northeastern part of Nigeria. It was designated one in 1999 because of its palace, terraced fields, and village, which remain intact.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukur_Cultural_Landscape,
  3. Abuja

    Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, located in the center of the country, within the Federal Capital Territory. It is a planned city and was built mainly in the 1980’s. It officially became Nigeria’’s capital on December 12, 1991, replacing Lagos. At the 2006 census, the city of Abuja had a population of 776,298. Abuja’s geography is defined by Aso Rock, a 400-metre monolith left by water erosion. The Presidential Complex, National Assembly, Supreme Court and much of the town extend to the south of the rock. “Aso” means “victorious” in the language of the (now displaced) Asokoro (“the people of victory”). Other sights include the Nigerian National Mosque and the Nigerian National Christian Center. The city is served by the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, while Zuma Rock lies nearby. Abuja is known for being the best purpose-built city in Africa as well as being one of the wealthiest and most expensive; however, the population on the semi-developed edges of the city are living in rural areas such as Karu, Nasarawa State.
    Links: Top Ten Mosques, Top Ten Rocks/Stones, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuja,
  4. Links: Top 100 Masks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria,