Nigeria AKA “The Giant of Africa” is the most populated country in Africa. With more than 206 million individuals living in Nigeria, this country is an exciting place to visit. With gorgeous landscapes, amazing diverse culture, and bustling cities, Nigeria should definitely be on your bucket list. But if you need more motivation, here you go, as in this post, we’ll talk about the top 10 reasons you should visit Nigeria right now.
With mountain ranges, beaches, tropical forests, city skylines, and deserts, Nigeria has no shortage of jaw-dropping beautiful landscapes. Just make sure to free up some space in your camera/phone as you will capture countless breathtaking views.
With more than 206 million people living in Nigeria, you can rest assured that there are a lot of cool large cities and small towns to explore. From Lagos (AKA Lasgidi), the city that stops developing and growing, to Uyo, a great gateway to the trans-border Cross River National Park, you’ll never run of options for the next stop in your Nigerian traveling journey.
Nigeria has a long coastline along the Atlantic ocean. 853 km long coastline only means countless gorgeous beaches to enjoy, whether with others or solo. Ibeno Beach, the longest sand beach in West Africa, Akodo Beach with the whitest sands the country has to offer, and Calabar Beach that is popular for its combination of adventure, sweet solitude, and breathtaking views, are only a few to mention.
Third Mainland Bridge
With a length of 11.8 km (7.3 miles), The Third Mainland Bridge, located in Lagos, is one of the longest bridges in the world. It used to be the longest bridge in Africa, until the construction of the 6th October Bridge in Cairo in 1996, took the title which made the Third Mainland Bridge in Nigeria, the second-longest bridge in Africa.
The Nigerian fashion industry is blowing up across the world with its indigenous designs, but you don’t need to get close to a catwalk to witness this first hand, since the average Nigerian was born with a sense of style and creativity. Then if you’re interested in the African fashion style, you’re in the right place!
Africa’s Biggest Street Party
Every year on December 1, Calabar Carnival, a month-long event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world who like to participate in Africa’s biggest street party. Calabar Carnival is so famous that icons like Akon, Nelly, Fat Joe, Juvenile, Jeezy, Lucky Dube, and Kirk Franklin have performed there.
With more than 206 million people living in Nigeria, you would talk to a few Nigerians for sure. Always thought the British English accent was sexy? Wait until you hear Nigerians talking!
Pro tip: Listen to some of King Sunny Ade songs, and you’d know what we’re talking about!
Nigerian cuisine is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Whether you’re a meat-lover, vegetarian, or vegan, there’s a yummy dish waiting for you at the bukas (local eateries), or high-class Nigerian restaurants.
Nigeria is located in the tropical zone which means weird delicious fruits and vegetables that can be found nowhere else on the planet, similar to other tropical zones. Tiger nuts, monkey cola, paw-paw, and grape-like local strawberries are only a few examples.
Experts believe that the areas around Cross River State harbors, in the southern part of Nigeria are home to one of the largest diversity of butterflies in the world. With a lot of colorful and beautiful butterflies roaming around, you’d feel like you’re living a dream.