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North Nigeria

Abuja

Abuja, the new federal capital since 1991, is as yet undeveloped for tourism. It has a beautiful setting which gives magnificent views across the savannah.

The tourist attractions in Abuja would be the Abuja Millennium Park, the National Mosque, the Ecumenical Centre, the National Assembly Complex and the Aso Rock. The Abuja Millennium Park is being expanded in an ambitious tourist project to include the Millennium Tower and a Cultural Centre and Museum that would boast of some of the most expansive collections of African Art. The new scheme is scheduled to open before 2010.

Other upcoming projects include the Heritage City Theme Park that would be the largest theme park of African civilisations. The first phase would be open in 2008/2009.

Kano

Formerly the largest of the ancient Hausa cities, Kano is today Nigeria’s third-largest city. The walled old town still remains and gives the city a medieval atmosphere, although the city was founded at least 1000 years ago, being of strategic importance on the trans-Saharan trade routes.

Kurmi Market has many tourist souvenirs, including the richly embroidered Fulani horse blankets and decorations used at festivals. The famous dye pits (Kofar Mata), still in use and apparently some of the oldest in Africa, are interesting, as is the Grand Mosque. The Emir’s Palace is an outstanding example of Hausa architecture. The city has many colonial-style sporting clubs and good restaurants and nightlife.

Jos

Jos is a favourite holiday centre on account of its location (1200m/3900ft above sea level) and pleasant climate. The Jos Museum has a large collection of pottery from all over the country, and the nearby Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture holds a collection of full-size replicas representing different styles of Nigerian architecture, including the Kano Wall, Katsina Palace and Zaria Mosque. There is also a small zoo and easy access to such sights as the Assob Falls.


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