NIGE­RIA: The BIG 3

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Nige­ria is, ar­guably, one of the most blessed na­tions

the world. We pos­sess a great num­ber of nat­u­ral en­dow­ments, sought af­ter by coun­tries the world over. Arable lands span the en­tire ter­ri­tory from north to south with the po­ten­tial for feed­ing the en­tire coun­try, Africa and other parts of the world. A teem­ing 180 mil­lion plus di­versied man­power to drive any in­dus­trial ven­ture to suc­cess – Lit­tle won­der she's gin­gerly termed as 'The GI­ANT of Africa'. Since the tran­si­tion back to democ­racy in 1999, and fur­ther en­trench­ment of same, the Nige­rian econ­omy has seen mas­sive ex­pan­sion, even over­tak­ing South Africa in 2014 to be­come

th Africa's largest econ­omy and the 20 largest world­wide by 2015. Worth over $500 bil­lion nom­i­nal GDP and $1 tril­lion pur­chas­ing power, she is denitely a place to visit and con­sider set­ting up shop in as she is still con­sid­ered to be an emerg­ing econ­omy (World Bank) and an emerg­ing global force.

LA­GOS

La­gos can eas­ily be called a 'mi­cro-nige­ria'. Why? You might ask…well, this is sim­ply be­cause La­gos, the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of Nige­ria, is a rich mix of ev­ery tribe, re­gion or eth­nic­ity found in the coun­try and then some more. Peo­ple of sur­round­ing coun­tries too ock this land­locked city for a taste of the 'Big Ap­ple', and even from all over the world.

The largest city in Nige­ria, and in­deed Africa, and one of the fastest grow­ing in the world, La­gos or ' Eko' as is in­dige­nously termed be­gan as a port city play­ing host in the in­ter­na­tional trade and ex­plo­ration era, trans­formed into the na­tion's fed­eral cap­i­tal in 1967, and now com­mer­cial cap­i­tal and nerve cen­tre of Nige­ria. The city has never looked back in terms of busi­ness and con­tin­ues to host and re­ward in­vestors and multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions with an eye on Africa. Fun seek­ers also have a lot to look for­ward to, apart from the nat­u­ral jive of the city buzz. There are lots of Lux­u­ri­ous hotels and Re­sorts, Beaches, in­clud­ing the Oniru Pri­vate Beach, Eleko Beach, Tarkwa Bay, to men­tion a few, a dip into the At­lantic is just a beach away. Other fun ac­tiv­ity in­clude go­ing to the movies or hang out spots that abound any­where you nd your­self; on the Is­land and the Main­land. Theatres ex­ist too for the more tra­di­tional lovers of per­for­mance art and Gal­leries for the vis­ual art en­thu­si­ast…and if you like jazz, live mu­sic or even spo­ken word and po­etry, a visit to the Shrines, the Free­dom Park and a host of other such spots will denitely sat­isfy your thirst. What­ever your style, there is a bit of La­gos for you!

ABUJA

This be­came the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory in 1991, suc­ceed­ing La­gos, and quickly rose to promi­nence as the ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal of Nige­ria. A typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of a planned city, Abuja main­tains a min­i­mal an­nual growth rate of 35% mak­ing it the fastest grow­ing city in Africa and one of the fastest in the world. Be­ing one of the wealth­i­est cities too, leaves a lot to be ex­pected from this sprawl­ing city.

Although res­i­dents of Abuja are per­ceived to be a bit more re­served than their La­gos coun­ter­parts, there are still a num­ber of fun spots, parks and ac­tiv­i­ties to en­gage the fun seeker in you, and if you are in for busi­ness, the mere thought of vis­it­ing one of the rich­est cities in Africa should get your adren­a­line pumps. And if you are the po­lit­i­cal en­thu­si­ast look­ing to dab­ble, then Abuja is a place for you.

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