5 destinations tourists fall in love with when in Lagos & Abuja

Posted: May 13, 2016 in general
Jabi Lake

Jabi Lake

Lagos and Abuja are two popular and bustling cities in Nigeria. While Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory of the nation, Lagos is often described as the “New York” of Nigeria. These two lovely cities – Lagos and Abuja are the most visited places by tourists and business travellers. Below are some tourists’ attractions in Lagos and Abuja tourists love.

  • Arts & Crafts Village Abuja

The Abuja Arts and Craft Village is a center for arts and crafts. It is strategically located adjacent the Sheraton Hotel Abuja. It is located in the Central Business District, behind the Silverbird Cinema.

  • Jabi Lake

Jabi Lake is a natural body of water in the Jabi district of Abuja. It is about ten minutes drive from the city centre. There is a recreational park beside the lake called the Jabi Park. You can lodge at one of the renowned hotels in the area – Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

  • Aso Rock

Aso Rock is a large outcrop that is on the outskirts of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. The Aso Rock is a 400-metre monolith and is the city’s most noticeable feature. The Nigerian Presidential Complex, Nigerian National Assembly, and Nigerian Supreme Court are located around it. Much of the town extends to the south of the rock. “Aso” means victorious in the native language of the (now displaced) Asokoro (“the people of victory”). You can find cheap hotels in Abuja here.

  • Fela Shrine

The New Afrika Shrine is an open air entertainment centre located in Ikeja, Lagos State. It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival. Currently managed by Femi Kuti and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, it is the replacement of the old Afrika Shrine created in 1970 by Fela Kuti until it was burnt down in 1977. The New Afrika Shrine showcases photo galleries of Fela and music performances by Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti thus making it a tourist attraction.

  • Ikeja City Mall

The Ikeja City Mall is a mall located at Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos State. It is the first of its kind on the Mainland of Metropolitan Lagos. There is a silverbird cinema in the mall.

The Ikeja City Mall, which commenced construction in May 2010, was initially scheduled to open for trade in November 2011 but opened at a slightly later December date. A section of the building collapsed on Thursday, December 9, 2010 and seriously injured five people.

The shopping center has a 5-screen Silverbird Cinemas (the first and only cinema theatre in Ikeja) and a Shoprite Supermarket. It also includes specialist facilities for department stores, banks, cafés, bars, restaurants, hairdressing / beauty salon etc. Sheraton Hotel Lagos is located very close to Ikeja City Mall.

  • Freedom Park

Freedom Park Lagos, born out of the ruins of Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prisons, was reconstructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the Nigerian People.

Freedom Park Lagos is a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site & an Arts and Recreation centre. The project commemorated the 50th anniversary independence celebration in October, 2010 in remembrance of the Nation’s foremost fathers for their patriotism which ultimately led to the Nation’s Independence from colonial masters. The Freedom Park is a Heritage Site and Radisson Blu, a famous hotel is located nearby.

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