Kano City Wall

Built in 15 Century AD. 17.5 km in circumference with 16 gates, protecting what used to be an important centre of trade towards the north across the Sahara. Within the walls, the Gidan Makam Museum is a national monument of architectural excellence.

Obudu Mountain Resort

For those who are inclined towards the supernatural, it brings the feeling of being close to one’s creator. Obudu is a place where one can easily find pure natural milk and honey. The cattle of Obudu ranch produce the milk. Despite its cold nature, the place produces pure honey. There is even a honey factory in the ranch and a very nurtured cow named Donald Duke.

National War Museum

Custodian of the history of Nigeria’s most momentous event. …housing the famous OJUKWU BUNKER from where the Biafra war command operated during the Nigeria Civil War.

Nigeria’s CAA Gives Debtor Airlines 14 days Ultimatum

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By Friday Nwosu

 

NCAADebtor airlines operating in Nigeria’s aviation industry risk being sanctioned by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority for failing to remit the statutory five (5) per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) and Cargo Sales Charge (CSC) to the body. Apparently displeased by the non-compliant nature of the operators, the regulatory authority has issued a final notice to all airlines withholding the charges, giving them a-14-day ultimatum to pay up or face having their operation stopped. According to a statement by the regulatory authority, it will not hesitate to enforce the provisions of section 27(3) of the Civil Aviation Act empowering it to collect the charges from the airlines. Read More

How Nzeh Mada Cultural Festival can boost Nasarawa economy, by Ayakoroma

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By Tony Okuyeme

How-Nzeh-MadaAgain, the significance of culture to the social and economic development of a nation was brought to the fore by the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma. The culture administrator and playwright, who was the Guest Lecturer at the 2015 edition of the Nzeh Mada Festival Colloquium event, on Friday, 3rd April, 2015 at the Trish Hall, Kini Country Guest Inn, Akwanga, Nasarawa State, said that if the Nzeh Mada Cultural Festival, a major festival of the Mada people of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, is properly packaged to national and international standards, it can project the identity of the people, foster unity amongst them and their neighbours and, above all, boost their socio-economic development. Ayakoroma, who is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), urged the Festival Management Committee (FMC) to consider the recommendations contained in his paper, titled, “Developing a Festival Brand: Towards a Blue Print for Nzeh Mada in Nasarawa State.” Read More

Okoroji House Gateway to the past

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By Okorie Uguru

OkorojiOkoroji House in Ujari, Arochukwu, is one of the richest monument sites in the country, yet not much is written about it. With such rich artefacts from the Trans-Atlantic  slave trade era, the house is invaluable for tourists and researchers. OKORIE UGURU recently visited the place and writes. It was like a throwback to Okonkwo’s era in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The old man pushed the chalk-like ball towards me to touch and rub as a sign of welcome. Then, the kola was brought.  After the initial passing around, he applied pressure and the kolanut disintegrated into pieces. He carefully looked at the pieces of kola and nodded his head. “The pieces are ok,” he said. Read More

Life at the new ‘Kuramo Beach’ in Lekki, Lagos

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By Okorie Uguru

KuramoThe former Kuramo Beach on Victoria Island, Lagos was notorious for prostitution and crime before it was washed away by the ocean surge. After the disaster, residents of the beach migrated to Lekki and set up businesses near the Lekki Beach. OKORIE UGURU visited the new red light area and reports. The lady in skimpy dress clutched the man’s trousers and shouted repeatedly, “You must pay me! You must pay me!” The obviously embarrassed man could only mutter, “Please, I will pay.” His plea made little impression on the woman who seemed to be enjoying the attention she was getting from passers-by. Surprisingly, none of the people in the neighbourhood appeared interested in the strange scene. None bothered to find out the cause of their quarrel. It took some time before one of the elderly ladies, who the reporter later learnt owned one of the lounges that dotted the area, intervened. It emerged that the man held by the angry lady had failed to pay after sleeping with her. Read More

Ojuelegba: Return Of A City’s Groove Centre

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By Omiko Awa and Charles Okolo

 

The less you look…the more you see (Inset: A section of Ayilara Street) PHOTO: NAIJAVIBES.COM

The less you look…the more you see (Inset: A section of Ayilara Street) PHOTO: NAIJAVIBES.COM

OJUELEGBA community in Surulere, Lagos State, is a phoenix. For those who were in Lagos in the early 6os, up to the late 80s, it brings the nostalgic vibrancy of old Lagos, where things worked, and night crawlers moved freely from one part of the town to another, seeking fun. The place is abuzz with human activities in the day and becomes a red light district at night. From Idi-Oro to Jibowu, and Ayilara, which share boundary with Ojuelegba, the story is the same. Pass through these areas from 6pm, and you will see restaurants, or relaxation centres opening shops or restocking their bars in anticipation of customers, predominantly night crawlers. Unlike other streets in the area, Ayilara never sleeps, as crawlers gather in their numbers and catch fun till the wee hours. Here, the watchword is: money, women and wine. Women of all colours, shapes and sizes line the street, attired in seductive wears, hoping to attract men. Read More

Imo State: A long walk yet to tourism heartland

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By ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA

 

OGUTA-LAKE-1024x768Given its natural endowments, culture, rich and enduring history, Imo State ought to be a tourism heartland but the reality is it’s still a long walk to attaining that prestigious position among its eastern neighbours, writes ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA who outlines some of its tourism attractions and arrested state of development. Read More

Dan Maraya: Orphan of Jos who came, saw and conquered

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By Onimisi Alao & Lami Sadiq, Jos

 

Dan-Maraya-Jos1He was orphaned while still a baby, but he grew to become a musical giant who gave succour to many. Following his death on June 20, Daily Trust writes about the man and what made the Hausa music legend tick. Dan Maraya Jos was born Adamu Wayya in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, but he became widely known as Dan Maraya Jos, meaning The Orphan of Jos, because he lost his father not long after he was born and then lost his mother when he was still only a baby. Though he sang solely in Hausa and scarcely spoke English, he became famous all across Nigeria for his dexterity with his kuntigi, a stringed lute he played with his hands which made him a one-man band who held audiences spellbound, if not by the lyrics of his songs for those who understand Hausa but at least for the melody of his songs and the accompanying sound of the kuntigi. Read More

Airlines’ revenue drops as Nigerians reduce foreign travels

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By Oyetunji Abioye

Murtala-Muhammed-International-Airport-LagosThe downturn in the economy occasioned by the fall in crude oil prices is affecting the aviation industry as the appetite of Nigerians for foreign travels is gradually waning, OYETUNJI ABIOYE writes. The current hardship in the nation’s economy in recent months is taking a heavy toll on international passenger traffic, thereby putting the airlines in a difficult position. Read More

Lebanese businessman seeks government’s protection over alleged right violation

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By Lillian Chukwu

YUSUF-LebaneseA LEBANESE citizen, Ahmad Medhi, is seeking Nigerian government’s protection over alleged abuse of his fundamental human rights by his fellow countryman, Francoise Chidiac. According to Medhi, who is married with four children (all born in Nigeria), lives and works in Abia and Enugu States, trouble started with his former boss when he left the employment of Chidiac. Read More