Abuja

Overview

Introduction

Abuja, Nigeria, is a planned city, built from scratch to be the country's capital (which it became in 1991). Abuja lies very close to the geographical center of Nigeria, a location chosen to appease all the ethnic groups. It has also been a very expensive undertaking and has cost billions of dollars to date. The planners designed Abuja to grow on a progressive basis: government buildings and light industry facilities were the first things built, with additional residential and cultural facilities following later.

Abuja, Nigeria, has an international airport, a national stadium and conference center, and some of the country's best hotels. However, unless you need to get a visa, are interested in urban planning or have business with the government, there is nothing particularly interesting in Abuja.

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