By Taiwo Obe
Picturesque places, outstanding people and awesome hangouts make Africa’s most populous country tick.
- The stunning Gurara Falls in Nigeria’s Niger State are one of central Nigeria’s biggest tourist attractions. The beautiful natural scenery is enhanced during the rainy season when the water levels in the river rise, giving the waterfall an exhilarating power. (See video)
2. Ezeagu Waterfalls where you can let it all hang out.
Without a care in the world…
3. Esie, home of Nigeria’s first national museum with 1500+ ‘mysterious’ soap stones.
The origin of stones is still unknown till date, since reportedly discovered in 1775.
4. Calabar, a paradise of sorts is a one-month-long celebration considered ‘Africa’s biggest street party’.
Calabar leave you subsumed under a kaleidoscope of colors throughout the carnival.
5. Sukur Exceptional, Africa’s First World Heritage Cultural Landscape, in Madagali
The Sukur Cultural Landscape, with the Palace of the Hidi (Chief) on a hill dominating the villages below, the terraced fields and their sacred symbols, and the extensive remains of a former flourishing iron industry, is a remarkably intact physical expression of a society and its spiritual and material culture.
6. Lekki Conservation Center, Lagos, has Africa’s longest canopy walkway.
A visitor to the center having fun on the walkway, which is 401 meters long and 22.5 feet high at its peak.
7. Gashaka Gumti, the haven that is Nigeria’s largest national park.
6,660 sq km of spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in a single protected area.
8. Commune in Ewu, where men and women work and pray.
Monk meditating on the grounds of the Benedictine monastery.
9. Idanre, land of bouldersm valleys and the Mare Festival.
The Oke Idanre Hills, reported to be on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list.
10. Blue Sapphires are found in Mambilla Plateau.
The Mambilla Plateau is a plateau in the Taraba State of Nigeria. The plateau is Nigeria’s northern continuation of the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon.
11. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2005, the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is located within the last remaining virgin forests of Yorubaland. It is the home of Osun, the Yoruba goddess of fertility. The site consists of forty shrines, two palaces and many sculptures and other works of art that pay homage to the traditional Yoruba religion.
Taiwo Obe is a Media Trainer and runs The Journalism Clinic in Nigeria.