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Maiduguri Northeastern Nigeria

Maiduguri, also known locally as Yerwa, is a large city in Northeastern Nigeria and capital of the Borno State. Get in Although named Maiduguri International Airport, the city’s airport only handles domestic flights from Lagos, the capital Abuja and Yola. There have been no passenger services to Maiduguri, the government wants to reestablish the rail […]

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Maiduguri, also known locally as Yerwa, is a large city in Northeastern Nigeria and capital of the Borno State.

Get in

Although named Maiduguri International Airport, the city’s airport only handles domestic flights from Lagos, the capital Abuja and Yola.

There have been no passenger services to Maiduguri, the government wants to reestablish the rail link and have made several promises of renewed traffic “soon”. Don’t hold your breath, though.

Buses are the main form of land transport and ABC Transport amongst others offers overnight from Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and daytime buses from Kano and Jos.

Travelling by car is possible, national roads A3, which continues towards N’Djamena, and A4 passes by here.

Stay safe in Maiduguri

Maiduguri is less plauged by sectarian violence compared to cities in central Nigeria but was attacked during the religious violence in 2009 initiated by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram leaving several dead. Government curfews are quite common.

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Yelwa Northern Nigeria

Yelwa, Yauri is a town in Nigeria. Understand This is an interesting, picturesque town where the Niger River is part of the scenery. Bear in mind the climate. It may be very sunny/hot, very rainy and windy with lots of thunderstorms or there is the sandstorm from the Sahara desert in particular time of the […]

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Yelwa, Yauri is a town in Nigeria.

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This is an interesting, picturesque town where the Niger River is part of the scenery. Bear in mind the climate. It may be very sunny/hot, very rainy and windy with lots of thunderstorms or there is the sandstorm from the Sahara desert in particular time of the year. In 1996, the writer Isidro A. T. Savillo wrote a novel called Yelwa-Yauri, which includes descriptions of the town.

Get in

From European cities like Rome, you may take a flight to Kano International Airport, then get a private car for Sokoto until you reach Yelwa, Yauri to the south. Before landing at the Kano International airport, you will be treated to a nice view of a long span of the Sahara desert in the country of Niger. Gather food for this long trip to Sokoto and there maybe stop- over restaurants. If you wish, You may stay overnight in Sokoto in one of their best hotels before proceeding to your trip to Yelwa Yauri. There maybe a vehicle like a taxi at the Kano International airport that could gather all visitors going to particular place usually cities like Sokoto. If you have a chaffeur, due to his religion he has to stop sometime along the way for his prayer.

Get around

You may see the small town using a private car. Yelwa Yauri, being the intersection of Kotangora road and highway further south, you can also drive through its outskirts and enjoy the views. The huge orange sun can be observed during sunset. Camels, ponies, squirrels, sometimes owls being displayed could be seen along the way. A herd of cows may occasionally cross the roads and halt you for a while. Monkeys can sometimes be seen in the roadside.

See

See the Niger River and interesting places such as the abattoir, secondary school and the college, the mudhouses, their local bakeries or you may want to explore some bush areas. If so, consider hiring a guide. Also visit the Emirate palace, the church and the docking area in the river where the fishermen sell their fishes. You can also ride in motor boats with experts in the Niger River and observe the numerous migratory birds. Across the Niger river is a small Game reserve and sometime rhinoceros can be seen crossing the river to graze on the people’s sorghum plantation during the night. By chance, you may be able to experience this phenomenon. Vultures are very common. It is very inviting to approach the Niger River in some uninhabited areas but it would be nice if you have a partner with you or you are equipped with precautionary skills such as your ability to run fast in case of a wild animal chase. People living in mudhouses near the river are the first to spot in case there is a wild animal in the vicinity especially during the night. They usually raise their arms with clenched fist and say “Sano” as a way of saying hello- their own form of friendly greetings.

Do

Get photos of the numerous wild birds (lots of species) especially during twilight where they cover the sky flying back to their homes for their night rest and the huge trees (see the Baobab trees near the river), and the wonderful landscapes of plains and plateaus, boulders and huge highways. If you wish, you can stay for a year or so and observe nesting birds in your tomato plants or take care of a talatallo, a turkey or see the multi- colored lizards in your walls or experience the towering growth of grasses and expansive crowns of trees after the rain or view the vibrancy of a flock of pale velvet pigeon birds- where nature at this place is very much a proximity to human life.

Buy

Yelwa Yauri is known as the Commercial Nerve Center of the Kebbi State. There are lots of commodities that one can buy in different stalls especially in the Yauri markets. Yams, Rice, sorghum, a lot of Cow’s meat, freshwater fishes though this has to be cooked properly, beans, clothing and sandal wears that come from other places. Medicines are also available in the hospital. Fruits, vegetables and other goods are very common and these are sold and traded by cooperatives and enterprises such as the Garba Gani Yauri Nigeria enterprise, Karamchi Fadama Farmers Co- Operative Association Yauri, Yauri Emirate Young Maize Farmers Cooperative Association and Yauri Onion Farmers Cooperative Association.

Eat

There is the Happiness Restaurant located at Yelwa-Yauri Area, Yauri, Kebbi, Nigeria.

Drink

Coca Cola is very common. Fruit sodas may be present in some stores.

Where to stay in Yelwa

Hillside Hotel off the Kontagora Road.

Go next

Lagos via highways.

 

 

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Jos Northern Nigeria

Jos is the state capital of Plateau State at the center of Northern Nigeria. Its cool climate, due to its breathtaking system of plateaux, and its colonial importance as the tin mining center of Nigeria made it a favorite tourism destination. However, recent communal and religious violence had put this on hold. most recently Jos […]

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Jos is the state capital of Plateau State at the center of Northern Nigeria. Its cool climate, due to its breathtaking system of plateaux, and its colonial importance as the tin mining center of Nigeria made it a favorite tourism destination. However, recent communal and religious violence had put this on hold. most recently Jos has gone clean out of religious and communal crisis, it is now slowly gaining its peace

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Jos is inhabited by various ethnic groups chief of whom are the indigenous Jarawa, Birom, Anarguta, Bugi, Mwagwavul, Angas, Tarok and many more from different other place’s in Nigeria, Yoruba and Igbo, Hausa’s and many southerners displaced from other northern cities in the aftermath of religious violence. The widely spoken language is Hausa , because of the high literacy rate in Jos almost everyone speaks English.

Jos is a very old city built as one of the most oldest cities in Nigeria during the colonial rule. Jos has always been the home of many cultures and it will always be. because of its old structure Jos has been has been a very hard place for the government to renew. although place’s like ray-field and other new settlements have the most recent feeling of leaving in a developed city, but its oldest sites and tourist locations most certainly are very outdated.

Get in

Jos is served by many bus lines, chiefly Cross Country that runs air-conditioned mini-van services from Lagos and Abuja. The state government owned Plateau Line runs station wagon services, but these are mostly uncomfortably crowded trips. Many other state governments operated transport services with terminus’s in various Jos motor-parks from surrounding state capitals: Gombe, Lafia, Kaduna, Damaturu and even Yola. Other mini-bus or car services are private arrangements where you sit and wait for the vehicle to fill up, but are best avoided because the drivers tend to have dubious driving skills. you can also get into Jos by having a private driver on a private vehicle, because of the recent Terrorist acts; you may pass through a lot of security check points.

By plane

Arik air runs a once a day domestic flight from Lagos to Jos and back. The Jos airport is located some 30km from the town so it is best to have some money for a taxi fare to town (generally about 2,500 naira)if there will be nobody waiting for you.

By train

The old locomotive trains famed in Cyprian Ekwensi’s ‘The Passport of Mallam Ilia’ no more bring the people in and the tin out.

By car

You can get into Jos by a private Car or a rented vehicle

By bus

you can get into Jos by public bus’s that take passengers from particular spots

By boat

Jos has no surrounding big sea’s or rivers so the only way may be by Plane,Buses, or cars.

Get around

There are many taxi cabs, and other transport vehicles all over Jos, but they have to be shared with other passengers over defined routes. it is also possible to get a private taxi where you share with no one at all, but it is better to bear with the sharing than to be robed. Some mini-bus routes are also defined but these are difficult to understand. The taxis and buses almost always tend to be rickety. Motorcycle taxis, commonly known as ‘achaba’ are also a choice but these can be very dangerous as the road network is filled with a lot of potholes and there is a general lack of safe practices. The achaba rides also tend to be more expensive that the taxi or bus rides but are very flexible. but not to worry with the recent change in government (2017) the roads are more safer

See

There are many parks you can see in Jos, examples are the wild life park, the national museum etc

The old tin mines are all on the outskirts of Jos. They have developed into lakes which might have some environmental concerns. The areas are generally safe but it is best to go with a guide. The Jos wildlife park is not very interesting as there is hardly anything interesting to see. There are many waterfalls on the outskirts of Jos.

Do

there is nothing much to do in Jos except you are cooperate. Jos is mostly a very serious place with mostly cooperate place’s and not much fun,

Learn

Jos, has more than a thousand high schools most of which are private owned, but the government also owns a large scale of the number, it is mostly better to learn at private schools.

The University of Jos has courses in most fields and has sufficient hostel accommodation. The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has its television college also located in Jos where courses in film production and editing are on offer.

many other private institutions also exist.

Buy

The central business district is located around Ahmadu Bello Way in the center of Jos. you can buy virtually everything possible, ranging from mobile phones, sim cards, other devices and peripherals, and many other items including food stuffs snacks There are many banks in the area as well. General merchandise may be purchased around here. For leather products at very good prices, Ferin Gada on Bauchi Road is the best place to go.

Eat

There are many eateries and restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Local delicacies are also very abundant. many modern restaurants serve International dishes in case you don’t feel like eating the local dishes available.

Budget

You may need to budget a lot if you will need to buy much in Jos, but as a normal person who just wanna have a trip to jos, you may need Just about fifty thousand Naira which is just about two hundred dollars or so

Mid-range

be reminded to always have a local citizen with you so to know what exactly you may need for a day

Splurge

Drink

Shemshak, opposite The University of Jos gates is a local favourite where the price is reasonable. there are many other drink zones where local brewed drinks or international drinks are served

Where to stay in Jos

Budget

there are many Hotels where you can lay low, and have a quite and interesting sleep. you may need a local citizen to suggest the best place of your description

Stay safe in Jos

Just like the US Nigeria also has a toll-free single emergency number that you can call in case of any trouble, be it fire, or anything. but beware the response time may not be as fast as it is in your country; so you should try and be safe

Cope

you can speak english and Hausa Language to virtually every Jos citizen and they understand but be ware someone who dos’nt understand English may just stare at you as you speak while others may try redirecting you to others who can, notice where they point to, they may be pointing at people with better knowledge of what you are asking for. some may speak a mixture of English and other languages whilst no one will definitely speak the pidgin english mostly spoken among locals.

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