Written by Akani Okachi
It's that time of year again! The roads are busier than usual, the atmosphere is tense, (I believe) some buildings are already lit up with Christmas lights and decorations, and, most importantly, the "IJGBs" (I just got back(s)) are pouring into the country. We're seeing new faces in our neighborhoods, accents ranging from British to American, and even the "Ameri-what we don't know" flying left, right, and center.
As an IJGB, it may appear that Nigeria is only about hustling and bustling, with no time for relaxation, fun, or adventure. This post will take care of that for you. Nigeria is more of an "untapped resource" because so many people have yet to discover the wonderful adventure that can be had by touring and enjoying certain places. Let’s go on this ride together shall we?
ABUJA ARTS AND CRAFTS VILLAGE
Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of the Country happens to be one of the most visited places in the country and it most definitely does not need any PR. From the ambience of the state, to its serenity, what more can you ask for? Abuja Arts and Crafts Village is the cherry on top of this amazing state package.
This location has an antique and cultural feel to it. It's brimming with locally crafted items, materials, and even leather, and you can feast your eyes on incredible traditional pieces ranging from clothes to bags, accessories, and even artworks. It is unquestionably a place you should visit during the holiday season. It’s located behind, Musa Yar'adua Centre, Silverbird Galleria and across Sheraton Hotels.
MILLENNIUM PARK, ABUJA
Millennium Park is Abuja's largest public park. It is lush and green, and very serene. If you want to clear your mind after a stressful year abroad, you can go there and have some "me time," breathing in the cool air and admiring the beautiful scenery. You can also go there with your family, girls, or guys for a much-needed fun picnic. It has a beautiful waterfall. The gentle sound of rushing water is always soothing to the ears. Wondering where this is located? 5 Usuma St, Three Arms Zone 900103, Abuja.
OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT
Do you want to have a great adventure and make wonderful memories this season? Obudu Mountain Resort has everything you need. This mountain resort is one of Nigeria's, if not Africa's, most beautiful tourist destinations.
The ranch boasts a plethora of scenic mountain and countryside views. It provides the tranquility you require this season because it is surrounded by nature. You can go sight-seeing with your family and experience nature's wonderful magic, taking beautiful photographs and cherishing such memories. This season's tour activities and areas include Holy Mountain, Canopy Walkway, Cameroon Border View, Igaga Waterfall, Angel Valley View, Devils Elbow, Water Park, Becheve Nature Reserve, Mountain & Village walk, Natural Swimming Pool, Horseback riding, and free use of Tennis court, Basketball court, and Gymnasium. This fantastic tourist attraction is located in Cross Rivers, Nigeria.
LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER
LEKKI Conservation Center is clearly located in Lagos, Nigeria, on the Lagos-Island, LEKKI. This is a place you would like to visit with your friends and family if you are a fun and animal-loving person looking for an adventure. Take a walk down Africa's longest canopy walkway (shown below) to see the reserve's birds, monkeys (be careful around the monkeys though) , and endangered species. You will also be able to take stunning photographs. It will undoubtedly be a memorable experience for you!
FREEDOM PARK, LAGOS
Freedom Park must be one of Nigeria's most popular tourist destinations. It is situated in the heart of Lagos. This is a memorial park as well as a recreation area. Freedom Park reminds me of a "Grass to Grace" story. It was built on the ruins of Her Majesty's Broad Street Prisons to preserve the Nigerian people's history and cultural heritage. You will undoubtedly learn a lot about the country's history by visiting this location, and the scenery is tranquil and surrounded by nature. This would be a lot of fun for you.
This season brings a reason for joy, and if you want to fully enjoy it as an IJGB, you can visit any of these places. Also, if you are in Lagos or Abuja, keep an eye out for the various festive music concerts and stage plays. Nigeria is sweet, beautiful, and full of amazing places to enjoy yourself, irrespective of the hardships the country faces. So, ensure you have a wonderful time exploring this season!
About The Author: Akani Okachi is a freelance content and technical writer living in Lagos, Nigeria. After her degree in law, she started building her passion in writing and has done so efficiently over the years.
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