NIGERIA: The BIG 3
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 diversied 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 denitely 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 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 denitely satisfy your thirst. Whatever your style, there is a bit of Lagos for you!
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.