DISCLAIMER: Although a metropolitan area, the city of Abuja is sometimes viewed as rather uninteresting and lonely sometimes. This is not so! If you’re visiting or living in Abuja, there are numerous fun places to go and exciting activities to catch up on.

By providing the following guide, in which certain food/tourist/recreational/event centers and facilities are mentioned or recommended, mmmHouse is not endorsing or guaranteeing best services from them. You are therefore advised to carry out independent research before visiting any of them.

Abuja is the Federal Capital City (FCC) of Nigeria, and is located right in the heart of the nation. The city was built in the 1980’s and became Nigeria’s official capital on the 12th of December, 1991, under President lbrahim Babangida. Abuja is part of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), which in turn sits within the wider Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The FCT covers an area of 8, 000 sq. km, twice the area of Lagos State.

Abuja (the FCC) has five main districts, namely Garki (the first part of the FCC to be developed), Wuse (the second part of the FCC to be developed), Asokoro, Maitama, Central Area; and 13 other newly developed districts – Apo/Gudu, Durumi, Gwarimpa, Jabi, Kado, Life Camp, Gaduwa, Mabushi, Utako, Wuye, Lokugoma, Kaura and Katampe. To these, Karu, Nyanya, Orozo, Kabusa, Gwagwa, and Gui are added to make up the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

Abuja’s Central District, also called Central Area, is like the city’s spinal cord, dividing it into the northern sector (Maitama and Wuse), and the southern sector (Garki and Asokoro).

The FCT is made up of 6 area councils: Abaji, Abuja Municipal, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali. The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) is the largest and most developed of the six area councils of the FCT. There are many places in the FCT that are, sometimes incorrectly, assumed to be in Abuja. For instance, Kubwa & Dawaki, which are both actually positioned in the Bwari Area Council.

Niger State contributed 80% of the land of the FCT, Plateau State (now Nassarawa State) contributed 16% of the South east territory and Kwara State (now Kogi State) contributed about 4% of the south-west territory.

The largest indigenous group in Abuja are the Gbabyi (also known as the Gwari).


  1. Garki is the principal business and administrative district of the FCT. Garki’s extension (Garki II) is slightly better developed than the main Garki. Unlike Garki District which is chiefly a business hub, Garki II is residential. Both Garki I & Garki II are Phase 1 Abuja districts, so the price of land and homes in the area is expensive.
  • Garki uses a distinctive naming convention of “Area” to refer to its parts. There are Areas 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10 & 11 and Garki Rural locations. There are no Areas 4, 5, 6 or 9. Garki rural areas include Abacha Barracks, Apo, Damagaza, Dantata, Durumi I, II, & III, Dutse, Garki Village, Gudu, Guzape, Kobi, Kurumduma, NEPA Village, and Wumba. Garki II (sometimes wrongly written as Garki 2) is different from Garki Area 2.
  • Garki was the first District to be developed in Abuja. Consequently, many of the city’s older buildings can be seen here. Also, several establishments started life in Garki before moving to their permanent sites. In some cases the old offices now serve as annexes to the new ones. Examples include Old Federal Staff Hospital (Garki II, opposite mmmHouse); Old Federal Secretariat (Area I; it still houses some Federal Ministries), Old Parade Ground (Area 10), Old FERMA (Garki II), Former Open University (Area 3), Old Abattoir (Garki II), Old FCDA Secretariat (Area 1), Old Nigerian Communications Commission Hq (Garki II), Old CBN (Garki II), Old Treasury House (Garki II), etc
  • The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), which is the local Government administration, has its headquarters in Area 10. The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) runs the FCT also has its headquarters in Area 11, Garki (equivalent to the capital of other States in Nigeria).
  • The Headquarters of all the arms of the Nigerian Armed Forces, namely Army, Air force and Navy are all located in Garki (Area 7). Other security services that have their Headquarters in Garki include the Federal Ministry of Defence (Ship House, Area 10), National Defence College (Area 10), Nigeria Police Force (Louis Edet House, Area 11) Force Criminal Investigation Department (Area 10), Nigerian Mobile Police (Area 10) and Federal Fire Services (Area 10).

The Office of the FCT Commissioner of Police (headquarters of the FCT Police Command) is located at a walking distance from mmmHouse at No 1, Zaria St, off Samuel Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Opposite Old CBN building, Garki II, (Contacts: 08061581938, 07057337653, 08032003913, 08028940883).

The Police Officers Mess & Suites, is at Plot 55 SLA Blvd Garki 2, beside Old Treasury House while the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) Plaza is also located by Old Treasury House on SLA Blvd. The Ibrahim Coomasie Cantonment is at Area 11.

  • The Headquarters of the major government media houses in Nigeria are located in Garki. These include the Federal Ministry of Information, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice Of Nigeria (VON) and the National Press Centre (NPC) – all housed in Radio House (Area 10), which is tallest building in Garki District. The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Stations and Corporate Headquarters are also based in Garki (the National Headquarters is at Television house, Area 11 while Channel 5 is behind the Old Parade Ground, opp. Radio House, Area 10).
  • The most popular part of Garki is Area 1 specifically the bus stop Area which is a major transit point from Garki to other parts of Abuja. Area 1 also has numerous commercial complexes and plazas, including the Area 1 shopping Mall. A popular sub-neighbourhood of Garki is found in the vicinity of Gimbiya street (Area 11), because it is unique in being a purely administrative zone on weekdays, while transforming into a purely entertainment zone on weeknights and weekends. Several banks and other commercial offices are located along Moshood Abiola Way in Area 7. Other popular land marks in Garki include the National Library (Festival Road, Area 2), Area 11 Shopping Mall, NNPC Mega Filling Station (Area 1), National Industrial Court (Area 3), EFAB Mall (Area 2), National Primary Health Care Devt Agency (Area 11), Cyprian Ekwensi Center for Arts & Culture (Area 10), UTC Shopping Complex (Area 10). The Regina Pacis College, Garki (located at 7, SLA Blvd, Garki 2) is a pioneer in all-girls’ education in Abuja.
  • NIPOST Headquarters & the Abuja General Post Office are located in Garki II. This is why the P.O. Box and P.M.B. of organizations in the FCT are in Garki, no matter where the office of the organization may be located.
  • The Diplomatic Zone which houses most of the UN agencies and the foreign missions (including the new United States Embassy), is located in the part of Garki which adjoins the Central Area.
  1. The largest event centre in Abuja (Abuja International Conference Centre) is located in Garki (Area 11).
  2. Several Federal Finance Parastatals are located in Garki II, all within a walking distance from mmmHouse. They include the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (the mint) located at 160 Samuel Ladoke Akintola (SLA) Boulevard; Old Treasury House (office of the Accountant-General of the Federation) 55 Samuel Ladoke Akintola Boulevard; and Old Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Headquarters (within the CBN Estate / CBN Quarters) located at 4 Zaria St Off SLA Boulevard. The Old CBN is currently the location of the FCT Branch of the CBN, the CBN Staff Clinic & the Nigeria head offices of some UN Agencies, including UNICEF and FAO.
  3. Samuel Ladoke Akintola Boulevard (sometimes written as S.L. Akintola Blvd or even S.L.A. Blvd) is also called ‘Old CBN Road’ or ‘CBN Road’, because the Old CBN Headquarters was located at 4 Zaria St, off Samuel Ladoke Akintola Boulevard Garki II.
  4. Garki is the only district in Abuja that has two major markets, both located in Garki II, at a walking distance from mmmHouse. Garki International Market (aka Garki Ultra-Modern Market) is located directly behind the Blake Resort, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki II. It is the biggest and best organized market in Abuja. The market covers an area of 12 hectares (larger than Wuse Market) and adjoins old Garki Modern Market. The prices are generally cheaper compared to Wuse Market. Garki Model Market (aka Old Garki Market) is located at Plot 1363, Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Garki II, a stone throw from mmmHouse.
  5. Of the five premier districts of Abuja (Asokoro, Central Area, Garki, Maitama and Wuse) Garki district is the only one that is still inhabited by its original natives, who are of the Gbagyi stock. There is a third-class ‘Chief of Garki’ who is appointed by AMAC. The current chief is HRH Dr. Usman Nga Kupi and the Garki Chief’s Palace is at Plot 234, Lagos St, off Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Garki II. The traditional title of the Chief of Garki is Sa’peyi of Garki (Peyi being the old name of Garki), but he is sometimes referred to Etsu Garki or Sarkin Garki. He is one of the four prominent traditional rulers in AMAC-the others being Esu Karshi, Sakaruyi- Karu and Chief of Jiwa. The planned relocation of the people of Garki chiefdom to a new Garki Village at Apo resettlement area is ongoing.
  6. The largest hotel in Garki is the NICON Luxury Hotel (700 beds), also the oldest 5-star hotel in Abuja. Formerly known as Abuja Sofitel Hotel and Le Meridian hotel, it was renamed by its current owner (Mr Jimoh Ibrahim). It was one of the first major buildings constructed in Abuja (by Towry Coker Associates).


Garki General Hospital (Area 8) was the first major health institution to be established in the FCT. It started in Suleja as a staff clinic for the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in 1980. The clinic was relocated to Garki in 1982 following the movement of FCDA staff from Suleja to the Federal Capital City (FCC). Garki Hospital is the biggest and best equipped General Hospital in Abuja, and the pioneer healthcare facility to adopt the PPP concession model in Nigeria. It is owned by the FCTA but managed since 2007 by Nisa Premier Hospital.

NOTE: The INEC staff Clinic Garki (Area 10) and CBN Staff Clinic (Garki II), are also located in Garki


Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, (Garki, Area 3) | This is the seat of the RC Archbishop of Abuja

Basilica of Grace, Anglican Girls Gram. Sch., Opp AP F/Station, Legislative Qtrs, Apo, Ahmadu Bello Way Gudu

Anglican Church of Epiphany, Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki II, Abuja

The Everlasting Arms Parish (TEAP) Damaturu Cr, Off Kabo Street, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, by Garki Ultra-Modern Market, Garki II (Zonal H/O of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, FCT Province 1, Region 10)

NPF Catholic Chaplaincy Hq, Archangel Raphael’s Chaplaincy Garki Police Barracks, 35 Lagos Cr, Garki II, Abuja


City Gate: The entrance to the city and an impressive spectacle during state visits, official receptions and summits of visiting Heads of State. Tourists will find this location perfect for those memorable snapshots.

Three Arms Zone: The “Three Arms Zone” or TAZ is fashioned after Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. where the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House are within a short distance of each other. In Abuja, the TAZ consists of the presidential Villa, the National Assembly and the Supreme Court, all surrounded by a ring road.

Unity Fountain: 1136 Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama

World Trade Centre: a complex of eight buildings, currently under construction in the Central Area

Christian Ecumenical Centre: Also known as National Christian Centre is located along Independence Avenue Central Avenue. The centre is one of the largest Christian centres in Abuja. It displays remarkable work of architecture (neo-gothic design) and excellent work of craftsmanship. Visitors can see the pivotal arches leading to the altar.

Abuja National Mosque: Also located along Independence Avenue Central Avenue was built in 1984 by Lodigiani Nigeria and designed by AIM Consultants. It is open to the public except during prayer times. With its golden dome glistering in the sun, it is a most impressive sight. The complex includes a conference centre capable of serving five hundred persons, the office for the Islamic Centre, and residential facilities for the imam and muezzin.  

Others: Central Bank of Nigeria; Ministry of Defence or Ship House (shaped like a ship), ECOWAS Secretariat, Nigerian Communications Commission; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport; Obasanjo Space Centre, National Space Research & Devt Agency or NASRDA (Pyakasa Jxn, Airport Rd, Abuja)


  • Silverbird Cinema, Jabi Lake Mall | HOURS: 11am-10:30pm (Mon-Sun) | CONTACT: 09094778020 | TICKETS: N500 to N 1, 500 | This is the newest and most modern cinema in Abuja.
  • Silverbird Entertainment Centre | Plot 1161, Memorial Drive besides Musa Yar’Adua Centre, CBD | HOURS: 11am-11pm | CONTACT: 09/2906368 | TICKETS: N500 to N 1, 500 | This is a fairly recent building with 12 screens, arcade games, shopping mall, food court and bars, a spa, and VIP balconies.
  • Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Ceddi Plaza | 264 Tafawa Balewa Way, opposite CBN | HOURS: 11am-10:30pm (Mon-Sun) | CONTACT: 09/6723573 | TICKETS: N500 to N 1, 500 |. It’s surrounded by food outlets.
  • Genesis Cinemas Gateway Mall, Lugbe | TICKETS: N500 to N 1, 500 |
  • Movie Mania | Shop E1 and E2, Sharif Plaza, Aminu Crescent, Wuse | HOURS: noon-11pm | Mon-Sat; 3pm-10pm (Sun) | CONTACT: 08034508567 | This shop is mainly open for DVD rentals and its rates stands at N300/day or N5, 000 for a membership fee which allows you to rent a wide range of classic DVDs.
  • Cyreene International (offers art, craft & cinemas) | Omega Center, Aminu Kano Cr, Wuse II | 08021270001|
  • French Cultural Centre (offers music, art, & theater) | 52 Libreville St, Wuse II | HOURS: 9.30am to 5.45pm (Mon-Fri) | CONTACT: 08059478456. Numerous cultural activities funded by the French government.
  • Sunset Drive-in Cinema | LOCATION: Unique World Garden (Ukpabi Asika Park), Accra St, Wuse Zone 5 | You sit in your car and tune on radio for the audio while watching video on a big screen. Entry fee N 1500.


Gurara falls: located in Niger State on the road between Suleja and Minna, Gurara river is a large tributary of River Niger. Gurara is one of the most stunning waterfalls near Abuja, spanning 200 meters across with a sheer drop of 30 meters. It’s always in full spate during the rain seasons.

Farin Ruwa Falls: located in the neighbouring Nasarawa State, the majestic “white waters” of Farin Ruwa is split across three tiers and surrounded by an abundant forest, making it a haven for eco-tourism. Interestingly, the Farin Ruwa Falls is taller than the famous Victoria Falls. During the dry season, you may swim in the cool waters.

Pedam Lake, Asokoro: Pedam Lake lies behind the presidential Villa, sprawling towards Nasarawa State. It is one of the largest lakes in Northern Nigeria. For lovers of great adventure, this is your go-to spot. Like Guagara falls and Usman Dam, Pedam Lake is also open for exploration, picnicking, hiking and bird-watching.


There are two major dams in Abuja (Lower Usman Dam and Jabi Dam), both very good for picnic and outings.

Lower Usman Dam/Usman Dam/ Usuma Dam, Ushafa Bwari, near Kubwa (30min/40km drive from mmmHouse)

PROFILE: Usman Dam is a man-made dam built in 1990 on the Usman river, to supply Abuja with drinking water. The dam holds 93 million cubic meters of water; the water flow into five water plants, where it is treated before it is passed to Abuja. The dam is surrounded by an outstretched lake and tall mountains.

Entry is free. The Dam is host to a lot of inhabitants and also one of the major sources of water and light supply to the FCT. Over 1 million tourists visit Usman Dam every year. The dam is a great place for photography, swimming, meditation and socializing. |


Jabi Dam is just 4km from the city centre. It has a bush resort (Jabi Dam Resort) for picnickers. Jabi Dam Resort is owned and managed by Julius Berger Plc – the German construction firm that has been involved in Nigeria’s infrastructural development for decades. Good for parties, meetings, mid-size conferences and team building activities and picnics. The waterfall is an invigorating sight.

Jabi Lake: This is a mysterious lake of sorts. As small as it looks, its water level remains constant throughout the year and it’s a home to crocodiles and other reptiles. There are plans to turn the lake to a world class resort.

Jabi Lake Park/ Jabi Lakeside is notorious for picnics over the beautiful scenery of the still lake. You can simply sit in the shade with your favourite book, or take part in activities such as horse riding, aerobics, skating, Taekwondo classes, speed boating, join one of the frequent dancing competitions or have a real lunch at Jabi boat club.

Jabi Lake Mall: The lake is also graced with a mall beside it, so whether you want to chill at the lakeside or get into the mall to shop or window-shop, the place got you covered.

Jabi Boat Club (Abuja Boat Club) | LOCATION: 26 Alex Ekwueme Way, Jabi | 08080899603, 08165374266, 08080899289; 09025538883; jabiboatclub@gmail.com; W: jabiboatclub.net | HOURS: Daily 9am-11pm | COMMENT: Jabi Boat Club Abuja is separated from Jabi mall (Shoprite) by the Jabi lake. There is great food, very good DJ and amazing watersports (quad bikes, boat cruise, volleyball, etc.).

Abuja being a landlocked city, the owners capitalized on the small man-made Jabi Lake to create a beach scenario with white beach sand. A nicely crafted, suspended canoe is the prime location to sit, have refreshments and view the lake in all it’s grandeur.


The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in which Abuja city is located, is dotted with massive granite outcrops that are very attractive to tourists. These include:

Zuma Rock & Park, Madala town, Suleja, Niger State – the spot that divides Niger State and Abuja. Zuma Rock appears to be a giant elephant squatting with its head in between its front legs. Zuma is depicted on the 100 naira note. It was used for a defensive retreat by the Gbagyi people against invading neighbouring tribes. An igneous intrusion composed of gabbro and granodiorite, Zuma Rock is associated with several myth, viz:

1. The rock’s apex catches fire during the rainy season (April to October) due to the activity of the gods. However, this is likely a result of friction between pieces of rock (broken off by rain water) and and the main rock.

2. The rock may emit the sound of opening and closing doors to herald the death of a well-known person.

3. Zuma Rock sits on large volume water, which would submerge the surrounding area if the rock were pulled down.

4. It has human facial features (mouth, eyes, nose) on its surface. The face represents the community’s patron deity.

Aso Rock: This is the largest and tallest Rock within the Abuja Metropolis. a 400-metre (1, 300 ft) monolith, it ranges about 936 metres above sea level, dominating the landscape of Abuja City and overlooking the “Three Arms Zone” which houses the National Assembly, Supreme Court and the Presidential Villa.

It is Abuja’s most noticeable feature as it can be seen from many areas of the city. Aso means victory in Gbagyi dialect, and Asokoro people are often referred to as ‘people of victory. The Rock which has become synonymous with the nation’s seat of power is thus, a symbol of strength, power. The Rock has some caves which can be visited by tourists.

Katampe Rock aka Strabag Hill (or the National Center): this hill is the geographical centre of Nigeria, located at the intersection of Nnamdi Azikiwe express road. The Hill offers a beautiful panoramic view of the capital city at dawn and dusk. It is a resort place for picnickers, lovers and tourists.

Minister’s Hills: Located just beyond the outskirts of Maitama district, the panoramic view from the top covers the whole Maitama district. The Dutse range is a little further away, slightly off the Bwari road and just off Keffi-Suleja express way. This area is a sanctuary for several forms of wildlife and the most notable are the baboons.


Abuja is blessed with scores of hills and rocky terrains that are perfect for hiking. There are trails for beginners and trails for the more experienced hikers. With hiking, you get to keep fit, see the best of nature, and best of all, it’s free! You can choose to go alone, with a group of friends, or hike group. If you choose the latter, there are a couple of hike groups that hike on Saturdays and public holidays. The most active hiking groups in Abuja include

  • Hike Nation (@hikenationgroup; 09077734735, 081033272210, 08037042227; info@hikenationgroup.org),
  • Naija Adventurers (@naijaadventurers; 08070514892, 08053229771, 08067035883; chatwithhenry2003@yahoo.com; and
  • Tha Outdoor Tribe or TOT (@thaoutdoortribe; 08099264254, 08062116710, 08035751215; thaoutdoortribe@gmail.com) amongst others.


The Hash House Harriers (HHH or H3) are an international group of non-competitive social clubs. They are often the best place to meet people in foreign places.

The Hash is basically a run or fast walk, to strategic points throughout Abuja. It could be a run on the roads, bushes, or estates. Not to worry, there’s usually enough food and drinks after the walk which is paid for by sponsors. | Stanley Akpoke – Grand Master 07062486381, 08033349506; abujahashhouseharriers@gmail.com, info@abujahash.com


  • Aso Rock
  • Katampe Hills aka Strabag Hill (or the National Center)
  • City Gates (The Twin Mountains of Abuja City Gate)
  • Mpape Hills (There is a ‘Rasta Village’ in Mpape Hills)
  • Horn of Abuja
  • Spring Hills Kubwa
  • Gishiri Hills
  • Mysterious Magnetic Rock at Dutsen Alhaji
  • Bwaya Mountain (the mountain that gave Bwari Area Council its name)
  • Dadabiri hills (Dadabiri, Gwagwalada Area Council
  • Tsauni hills (Baban Tsauni, Gwagwalada Area Council)


Cyprian Ekwensi Centre For Arts & Culture | 2009 Awka St, Area 11, Garki. The centre consists of: the museum, sculpture studio, textile studio, library, arts gallery, Abuja cultural troupe, and Aso Rock band.

FCT Council for Arts & Culture Museum: Stocked with historical artifacts from across Nigeria. A 150-seat library is attached to the Museum

Nike Art Gallery & Workshop | Km 7.5 Abuja International Airport Road, Piwoyi Village, Abuja | one of Africa’s most renowned galleries | 08023131067; nikeartgallery@gmail.com, art@nikeart.com, info@nikeartgallery.com

Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja Gallery | 18 Libreville St, off Aminu Kano Cr, Wuse II | The Spice Platter Restuarant is in the same compound. | 09/2908516, 08094449991, 08033322885, 08023526436, 008099386459; info@thoughtpyramidart.com, thoughtpyramidartcentre@gmail.com, jeffajueshi2000@gmail.com

Mama Africa Abuja Arts & Crafts Village | 1161 Sani Abacha Way, Wuse (opp. Sheraton Hotel, near Silverbird Galleria) | PROPRIETOR: National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Federal Ministry of Information & Culture | PROFILE: Established for the exhibition of arts and crafts during the 2003 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) | NOTE: Don’t accept the first price stated by curators. You are expected to bargain.

National Gallery of Arts | 4th Flr, Block C, Phase 2 Federal Secretariat | 09/290881809, 08023734102, 08078808605

The Millennium Tower and Cultural Centre project is one of the incomplete projects in the Central District. At 170 metres, it is Abuja’s tallest artificial structure. Designed by Manfredi Nicoletti as part of the Nigeria National Complex which also includes the Nigerian Cultural Centre. Location: Central Area, near National Ecumenical Centre.


The Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre | Yar’Adua Foundation | One Memorial Drive Opposite Sheraton Hotel and Towers, CBD | Contact: 09/5240021-2; info@yaraduacentre.org | HOURS: 8am-5pm (Mon-Fri) | Best Features: gorgeous atrium, a museum and extensive library. You can also view the multimedia exhibition displayed on Shehu Musa Yar’Adua’s life.

One spectacular feature of the center is the Unfinished Bridge, a symbol of Yar’Adua’s legacy. The axis formed by the beginning and end of the bridge points directly to the National Assembly. The library has a wide range of books that cuts across several subjects and genres. Monthly library access fee : N10,000

National Library of Nigeria | Plot 274, Sanusi Dantata House, Way, CBD | 07030617969, 08156591428; info@nln.gov.ng

BMT African Garden | see details on page …


Moshood Abiola National Stadium: also constructed by Julius Berger to host the October 2003 (8th) All-Africa Games. It has a capacity of 60, 491 and construction cost was $360 million. The stadium is the biggest in Nigeria and was rated among the 50 most expensive stadiums in the world when it was commissioned.

The Velodrome: located at the Abuja National Stadium

Old Parade Ground (Abuja Mini-Stadium) | Location: opp. Fire Service Head Office, Mohammadu Buhari Way, Area 10, Garki 1 | It was built in the early 1980s. It is the home stadium of various FCT, including Abuja FC. It has a capacity of about 5,000 | 07018260010

The Games Village, Kaura: The 690-flat Abuja Games Village was constructed by Julius Berger to host the 8th All-Africa Games (the African regional version of the Olympics) which held from 4 to 18 October 2003. The Games Village construction went on from September 2000 to August 2003.

Kayak Abuja | LOCATION: Chartered farms, Package B, National Stadium

CONTACT Fred: 08097751730; 08053761676

PROFILE: Located just behind the national stadium is a small lake where kayaks can be rented and you enjoy paddling lazily on the lake or challenging your friends to a quick water race.

Cycling: You can rent bicycles for you and your partner from Riverplate park and have a fun time cycling in Abuja.


The Dome Entertainment Centre

LOCATION: Plot 423 Adekunle Fajuyi Street, Central Area

PROFILE: The Dome is a leisure multiplex. Facilities include a world class six lanes 10-pin bowling alley, a garden (the Paradisio), night club, fitness centre (Bodytrust Fitness Centre), spa (Camelot Spa), VIP lounge, swimming pool, cigar room | CONTACTS: Sales & Marketing: 09099600905-8 | Reception: 09099600909, 08117353907, 07085751563; info@thedomeng.com

OWNER: Obiora Okonkwo (Chairman, The Dome Entertainment Centre)

The Trukadero Place Bowling Lounge

LOCATION: Plot 131b Adetokunbo Ademola Cr, by Ecobank, opp Cubana, Wuse II,

CONTACT: 09/2910827, 08139042375, 070300000322, 08174514901, 07052161669; info@thetrukaderoplace.com

HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am-11pm (Mon-Fri); 12pm-1:59pm (Sat) 2pm-10pm (Sun)

PROFILE: Trukadero is a bowling lounge like no other in West Africa. • Bowling Alley • 9D Theatre cinema • Horse riding • billiard games (Pool table) • other board games •Resturants Chinese (Marcoriano Resturant), Continental, African (Emily Kitchen), Patisserie

OWNER: Kelvin Iyke Asogwa (Chairman/CEO, Variety Courts Limited aka Trukadero Place)

IBB International Golf & Country Club
| LOCATION: 41 Udi Hill St, off Aso Drive, Maitama (close to the Presidential Villa & National Assembly) | CONTACT: 09/7809488, 08138927366; info@ibbgolfclub.org.ng | HOURS: 6:30am-8pm (Mon-Fri); 6:30am-10pm (Sat-Sun) |

PROFILE: The course has 18 holes and is the finest and most prestigious in Nigeria. It occupies a 250-acre site adjacent to the National Arboretum, in an area that was formerly cloaked in dense forest, with small streams providing a perfect habitat for a wide range of wild animals and birds. Constructed by Julius Berger (under Babangida’s regime).

Several man-made water hazards (formed by dredging the old streams) give golfers the chance to spot the snakes and crocodiles that live just off the fairways. The facility is accessible only to members and their visitors. Membership fee is N750,000 per person; annual subscription fee is N75,000. | GENERAL MANAGER: Mr. Kalip Bitrus Jauwi

Harrow Park Golf Club | LOCATION: off Ahmadu Bello Way (Behind Abia House) Central Area | CONTACT: 09/2914882, 08054653426, 08031531991; W: harrowparkabuja.com | PROFILE: The Harrow Park Golf Club, Abuja (opened on October 24, 2013) is a private membership-only business, social, dining and health club and one-stop hub for high-profile networking.

The facilities include a restaurant offering international cuisine, Asian fusion restaurant, Moroccan lounge, cocktail bar, a Cigar lounge, specialty retail stores, a golf pro shop, a dry spa, and a private banking lounge. Membership to the club is strictly by invitation/application. Membership fee is N550,000 per person per annum. | FOUNDER: Mr. Tunji Abdul

1212 Polo & Turf Club | LOCATION: Ahmadu Bello Way, Gwarinpa | CONTACT: 08098233966; W: 12twelvepolo.wordpress.com | PROFILE: The club was named 12-12 because Abuja officially became the federal capital on December 12, 1991. The name was suggested to the founder by General Babangida who also commissioned the club on December 12, 2012 (12-12-12). |

Set on over 150 acres of land, complete with two Polo fields and horse racing track, a 2,000-seater viewing stand, a three-storey all-purpose club house, and a dedicated riding academy (the Goodluck Jonathan Riding Academy). | FOUNDER/CEO: Alhaji Nuhu Sani Zango

Abuja Horse & Country Club (AHCC) | Alex Ekwueme Way, near Jabi Lake | 08182820073, 08039067000, 0709306295; ahcc.nigeria@yahoo.com | owned by Julius Berger | riding lessons available; stable has 15 horses.

Abuja Guards Brigade Polo Club | Mambila Barracks (former Gowon Barracks), Nnamdi Azikiwe E/W, Abuja | 07093062955 | PRESIDENT: Amb. Sani Saulawa Bala (08138988391, sani_bala@yahoo.co.uk)

Royal Polo Club | 5 Olusegun Obasanjo Cr, off IBB Way, Wuse11


Magicland Amusement Park & Resorts | LOCATION: No 1, Kukwaba Hills, Opposite National Stadium, beside Abuja City Gate, Constitution Avenue, Central Area | CONTACT: 09099777881; magiclandabuja@gmail.com | HOURS: 08am-6pm (Mon-Fri); 10am-8pm (Sat&Sun) | GATE FEE: N500 per person | PROFILE: Magicland Park (formerly Wonderland Park) is the biggest and most popular amusement park in the FCT. Attractions include Arcade Game, Big Worm, Carousel, Cowboy Mini Wheel, Dodgem Ear, Ferris Wheel, Fire Fighter, Flying Tower, Fulani Hut, Fun Arcade, Frog Jump, Bamba Shop, Bumper Car, Happy Worm Capsule, Kongakrazy Bouncing Castle, Merry Go Round, Ocean Cars, Pirate Ship, Roller Coaster, Shisha Hut, Waka About Bridge and Water Splash.

Maitama Amusement Park | 16 Usuma Close, off Usuma St, off Gana St, off IBB Way, Maitama | 08035259917, 08062141725, 08033863774, 08036912256, 08023549758; info@maitamaamusementpark.com. | Opened in 2008, it is Nigeria’s largest park (18 hectares). It is a private establishment of the late Amb. Saidu Pindar, OON. Facilities: Bouncy Castles, Bumper Boat, Bumper Car, Bumper Boat, Carousel, Convoy, Cowboy Mini Wheel, Mini Jet, Flying Tower, Formula One, Frog Jump, Go-Cart, Happy Worm Capsule, Merry-Go-Rounds, Ocean Cars, Perimeter Trains, Pirate Ship, Roller Skating, Slide, Space Gun Ride, Strong Man, Tea Cup, Slides, a Video arcade and a food court.

OTHERS: Abuja Amusement Park, Bumbuna Street Zone 1, Wuse | HOURS: 8am-10pm (Mon-Sun) | facilities available include Merrygo-round, Bump cars, galloping horses, hydra ride, train octopus, rally cars and a restaurant.

Monoliza Amusement Park, 11 RB Dikko Rd, Near Force Hq, Area 11, Garki | 07067906654 | There is a Mexican Restaurant there.


Julie Useni Wildlife Park / Julie Useni Park: | LOCATION:Area 1, Section 2, opp. Area 1 Shopping Centre along Festival Road in Garki District | The main wildlife park in Abuja, founded by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) under the FCT Ministry.

You get to see antelopes, rabbits, jackals, various species of reptiles such as turtles, alligators, and birds such as the ostrich, parrot, duck, bush fowl, geese, pigeon etc. Facilities include a business centre, a cafeteria, a snooker hall, suya spot among others.

Asokoro Children Zoological Garden/ National Children Parks & Zoo/ Abuja Zoo | Location: Asokoro after the Millennium Park at the foot of Aso rock | HOURS: 9am-6pm (daily) | Attractions: lake view; animals include tortoise, chimpanzees, monkeys, camels, donkeys, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, python, ostriches & lions. For kid’s, there are also playgrounds and other fun activities along ‘Toddlers’ Lane’. Thers is also a Lake Café.

Abuja Zoological Garden / Abuja Zoological Park / Treasure Island | Nasarawa St, Area 1, Garki: It has a variety of animals that can be found in Nigeria. It’s also an ideal place for bird-watchers!

It has a restaurant: Cockerel Foods and Beverages

Sarius Palmetum Botanical Garden | Plot 3259 IBB Boulevard, Maitama | 08034396378 | Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm

Sarius Palmetum is the biggest botanical garden in Abuja. It is home to over 1000 different species of plants, including about 500 species of palms. The 21-hectare resort is owned by Nigeria’s former First Lady, Mrs Muhammed, who also brought in various plant species from her travels to countries like Hawaii, Singapore and Mauritius.

The garden houses Nigeria’s popular palms as well as the nation’s endangered plants. Sarius Palmetum has green hills, various rock formations and a river that runs through the length of the garden. There are also monkeys.

National Arboretum: 1000 hectares of land, natural forest and other vegetation, which is located in the Three Arms Zone, and could be feasibly described as the President’s back garden. The purpose of the Arboretum is to maintain the forest. Birdwatchers can check out different species of birds within the city.

Abuja Plant Nursery is a botanical garden adjacent to Aso Rock and a few meters before the gate of Abuja Zoological Park. It was originally created to provide trees to landscape the new city. It is the largest bedding plant nursery in Africa, with many species of flowering and fruit trees and many other plants!


Millennium Park Abuja: LOCATION: Maitama, close to the Federal High Court and the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The park’s entrance is off the Three Arm Zone road and it has a view of Aso Rock |

PROFILE: Designed by the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti and commissioned on December 4th, 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Millennium Park it attracts thousands of people every day. It is the most romantic place in Abuja as well as the largest of Abuja’s parks (32 hectares). The park has a nice walkway with fountains and lights. A river divides the park into two sides.

City Park | beside Wok and Koi Express, behind Diamond Bank, Wuse 2 | It is a game spot with a football pitch, a lawn tennis court, a basketball court. There is a coach there so if you go on any evening, he will fit you and begin training you. In a month, you are knocking balls around.

You have assorted very tasty barbeque fish, and fish pepper soup, grilled fish, mixed veggies and snail; their drinks are also very chilled and guess what! It’s pocket friendly too. Imagine chilling out at a park where you get to watch some people play football and tennis and you combine the excitement with a chilled drink and a good grilled fish to taste!

Central Park Abuja (Karting & Paintballing) | LOCATION: Plot 174 Kur Muhammed Avenue Adjacent Kebbi hotel (Former GSM village), CBD | CONTACT: 0809-CP-ABUJA (08092722852), 09096739466, 08119617259; info@abujacentralpark.com; @centralparkabuja | (OWNER: Niyi Murtala Oyeleke 08100091850) |

PROFILE: The Central Park offers a varied range of exciting sporting and recreational activities, including Go-kart racing, paintball, bubble soccer & chess. The Park is also home to a race track, an aqua bar (first aqua bar in Abuja), swimming pool and outdoor restaurants / grills. The paintballing arena is a good team-bonding activity for organizations looking to do something outside the regular routine. Tapas on the Green is a restaurant located in Central Park Abuja; offering tantalizing dishes ranging from local Nigeria to Indian cuisine. Its name (tapas) comes from its unique Spanish style of serving meals.

Tapas are small portions of food served in clay dishes. You can relax to fantastic pizza and smoothies or check out the famous Yahuza suya which is just a stone throw away.

River Plate Park (The Secret Garden/ Italian Garden) | LOCATION: River Plate Park, opp. Harrow’s Park, off Ahmadu Bello Way (between Abia House & Nitel Junction), Wuse II | CONTACT: 08060722177, 08068104151 0814298989, 07017772772 secretgardenabuja@gmail.com |

PROFILE: One of the better Abuja ‘gardens’, the real name is ‘Italian Garden’. Run by an Italian-Irish family (the Rainsfords) husband is Irish and wife is Italian. All the family members work in the restaurant. This popular restaurant had been bulldozed in 2014 in a “political” dispute, but reopened on the other side of the park.

The atmosphere is not because of any architecture about it; it’s but an internal architecture that people feel good about. It is called “Secret” because it’s situated downhill from the entrance and obscure from the main road. There are wide TV screens which show football without the sound. They have a good hookah service as well. Nice theme nights – Karaoke happenings, Tex-Mex evenings with Tequila or live bands making your dance foot itch. Good for kids during the day as they have rabbits and tortoise and little garden bits to run around in. | BEST PIZZA: They probably prepare the best Roman style (stone baked) pizzas in Africa!

Tobix Recreational Park and Garden | LOCATION: Along Banex-Gwarinpa Express Road (aka Ahmadu Bello Way), close to Next Cash & Carry, opposite Alibert Furnitures, Kado | CONTACT: 08037876066; T+@tobixgarden, I+@tobixgarden, F+facebook@tobixgarden | PROFILE: multi-purpose park built in 2012 on two-acre of land, enough space for up to 3500 guests.

Facilities include ever-green lawns, badminton court, event spaces, walkways, topiaries of different shapes, sculpture, waterfalls, fountains, ponds, rock gardens, gazebos of different sizes, exotic trees, palms and flowers.

It also has a children’s playground equipped with play toys. There are special events throughout the year, like the Abuja Barbecue Carnival (quarterly), and the Tobix Tombola Nights (monthly).

BMT African Garden | LOCATION: 155 Ademola Adetokunbo, Beside Switzerland Embassy, Wuse II | 08069236498, 07056049152, 07037930440 | PROFILE:

This themed park has got everything – town hall, library, swimming pool, mini zoo, nightclub/bar/lounge, mosque, an entertainment complex, restaurants, water fountains, cinema, gym, and others. One of the striking features of this place is the paintings of famous African and world leaders on its walls.

The library doesn’t have a huge selection of books but it offers great ambiance for reading or working. However, to use the facilities, you would have to pay a subscription fee of N20,000 per annum. BMT is short for Bamanga Mohammed Tukur, former PDP Chairman. The garden has been Tukur’s main project since he quit partisan politics after his 80th birthday in 2015.

Dreams Recreational Active Park / Dreams Recreational Park / Dreams Garden | 792A Aminu Kano Cr, after Glo office opp. Agape Regent Hotel/UBA Bank Wuse II | 08082545712 | The Yahuza Suya Spot located at the Dreams Garden is said to be the best in Abuja. | Other outlets: Organic Acaiberry Smoothie & Juice Bar, Dreams Chicken & Fries, Kooks Bistro, De Rock lounge

Eden Garden, Utako/Edens Park and Garden | 295 Augustus Aikhomu Way, opp. Chida Hotels, Jabi, Utako District | 07030333425, 07034233622, 07030498532, 08055430669, 07036544516, 08031842540, 08038346716 | Owned & managed by Mr. Moses Chibuzo, Eden Gardens is one of the largest and most popular entertainment garden in Abuja, with an average daily attendance of 2,000 people.

The garden has 3,800 capacity. There are 3 large fully furnished drinking bars (including a wine bar and a VIP lounge), one large 150 capacity indoor games hall (snooker, table tennis, video play station games, etc), four fully furnished 450 capacity event halls, a mega stage with state of the art sound equipment and three restaurants (a fast food eatery, an African restaurant and a Chinese restaurant),12 mega screens including 4 projectors and 8 LCD’s, covering all corners in the garden, 7 large sizes full lightened signages and 10 small size light boxes, a large 300 capacity football viewing hall, a Children playground and a large well-secured car park. Host of Abuja Stand Up (comedy show) – every 1st Sunday of every month


  • Sentosa Park | By Apo Apartments, Apo Legislative Qtrs | There is a branch of Biobak Kitchen there.
  • Julius Berger Water Front Park/ JB Shooting Range | Off Shehu Yar’Adua Way, Kado
  • Calypso Park & Gardens | 12 Sakono St, opp. AP Plaza, Wuse II | 07038749229, 08153410351,
  • Ukpabi Asika Park / Unique World Park and Garden | Accra Street, By Grand Ibro Hotel, Wuse Zone 5
  • 7th Option Park | Plot 2330 Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, opp. Skylark Pharmacy, Garki II | 08033142660
  • Royal Falls Garden opp Unique World Park, Michael Okpara Rd, Wuse Zone 5 | 08033138291


Abuja is the clay pit of Nigeria. All six area councils in the territory claim to have large deposits of high-quality clays. There are four main pottery centres in the FCT.

Bwari Pottery Village / Bwari Soap Company | LOCATION: Adjacent to the Nigerian Law School, Old Suleja Road, Bwari FCT.

OWNER: Stephen Mhya [08034528805, 08088962152 stephen@bwarisoapco.com] assisted by Lare (wife).

PROFILE: Bwari Pottery was built by Stephen Mhya and Michael O’Brien. Michael O’Brien succeeded

Michael Cardew (‘the leading potter of the twentieth century’) as head of the Abuja Pottery Training Centre (now Dr. Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre) & ceramics lecturer in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria after Cardew retired in 1965. Stephen Mhya (a graduate of irrigation engineering) was Obrien’s student.

SUBSIDIARY (Bwari Soap Company): BSC produced soap bursting with pure, locally blended shea butter.

Ushafa Pottery Centre |LOCATION: Bill Clinton’s Village after Lower Usuma Dam along Bwari Road FCT-Abuja | OWNER: FCT Social Development Secretariat (Manager: Mr. Stephen Mordi)| FAMOUS VISITORS: Ushafa Village was renamed Bill Clinton village after Bill Clinton and his daughter paid a historic visit to the centre on the 27th of August 2000; Don Quayle (US Vice President); Premier of China; Germany Vice-President; UK’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair. | PROFILE:

The ancient village of Ushafa in the Bwari area council is a small settlement located in the midst of a beautiful array of interlocking hills, surrounded by lush green vegetation, which is about 40 km from the Abuja city centre. It was established in 1991, by Nigeria’s former First Lady, the late Maryam Babangida as part of her Better Life for Rural Women Project. Products include incense burners, Gbagyi pots, tea pots, beads, satellite pots, candle stands, burnt bricks, interlocking bricks, insulation bricks and ceramic products, among other home and kitchen designs.

Other tourist attractions of Ushafa include:

1. The Usman Dam

2. The famous Ushafa cave or Bwari cave which served as a historical fortress at wartime

3. Kuchidna, a natural spring which runs through Ushafa; the water is believed to be medicinal. The spring water is very cold all the year round and full of fish which no one is allowed to touch.

4. The Ushafa ancient house

5. The Poyipe hill about 100 metres above sea level, where a family of three were said to have turned into stones

Giri Pottery Market | LOCATION: Giri-Tukunya in Gwagwalada Area Council. The market is near Kwali an 8km before Gwagwalada town and 35 km from Abuja City centre. | PROFILE: Giri, a predominantly Gwari settlement is a household name in Northern Nigeria and Africa for the production of pottery. Almost all the artisans are women.

Ladi Kwadi Pottery Centre: Established in 1991 by a British potter of international repute for the preservation and promotion of traditional (motifs) pottery. Abuja pottery became well known all over the world because there are good traditional potters with rich pottery making traditions in the area.

Other Crafts: Traditional weaving centers at Angwa Teshi; Calabash centers at Zuba and Gwagwalada.


GARKI: Blake Bar and Resort | Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki Area 11 | Blake is an “entertainment venue” in the heart of Abuja. A wide spectrum of bands play each night, covering all music from Afro (all Nigerian languages) to jazz, R&B covers, comedians and very energetic dancers and performers.

MAITAMA: Play Lounge | Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama | One of the poshest night clubs in Abuja, Play is open daily from 6pm to 3am | Contact: 07019337780, 08074779132, 08036540783, 08060907468; info@playnetwork.africa

WUSE II: Klub Vaniti, House of Cubana | Plot 130, Adetokunbo Ademola Cr, Wuse II | 08181400008; hello@cubanaabuja.com.ng | With a well-rounded retinue of dance, musical concerts, karaoke, great drinks and vanity nights, you are guaranteed undiluted fun!


1. Shoprite | 2. Spar | 3. Next | 4. Sahad | 5. 4u (=Amigo) | 6. Dunes | 7. Grand Square


LOCATIONS: There are seven (7) Shoprite supermarkets in Abuja, viz:

Shoprite Grand Towers Abuja Mall, Plot 232 M/M Expressway, After Mechanic Village, Gudu, Apo, Abuja – this is the oldest of the 7 Shoprite stores in Abuja (opened in 2012).

Shoprite, Silverbird Entertainment Center, Abuja

Shoprite Jabi Lake Abuja, Bala Sokoto Way, Jabi, Abuja

Shoprite Novare Apo 2 Mall | Opposite Apo Resettlement, Apo Roundabout, Abuja

Shoprite Abuja Gateway Mall | Along Airport road Between MRS Filling Station & Chamber of Commerce, Lugbe

Shoprite Novare Central Mall | Plot 502, Dalaba St, off Michael Okpara Way, Zone 5, Wuse 1

HOURS: 9am-9pm Daily

OWNERSHIP: South African; Mr. Carl Erickson (GM, Nigeria; cerickson@shoprite.co.za)

NOTE: Game Store is at Shop L32, Jabi Lake Mall | Hours: 9am-10pm (Mon-Sat); 10am-10pm (Sun & Holidays)


LOCATION: Ceddi Plaza, Tafawa Balewa Way, Central Area | 07098155527; feedback@sparnigeria.com

BRANCH: Guru Plaza,740, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II | 07080653800

HOURS: 9am-9pm (Mon-Sat); 11am – 8pm (Sun & Public Holidays)

OWNERSHIP: SPAR is a global retail chain. The Nigeria franchisee is the Keswani family (Artee Group; Indian)

NEXT CASH AND CARRY SUPERSTORES | Opened in 2013. Abuja’s largest mall (on 34,000m2 of land)

LOCATION: Gwarinpa bypass, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado-Kuchi, Kado, Abuja

CONTACTS: 07007000001, 08113492901; info@nextintl.net, info@nextcashandcarry.com.ng

HOURS: 10am-9pm

OWNERSHIP: Mr. Ndibe Josephat Obi (MD/CEO) | Facilities include a pharmacy, eatery and bakery, and butchery.

SAHAD STORES LTD | largest indigenous supermarket chain in Northern Nigeria

HEAD OFFICE (Old Sahad Store, Garki): Plot 1512 Uke St, off Ahmadu Bello Way, by NPI Garki Area 11|

This is the second Sahad Store in Abuja

CONTACT: 09/3145488, 070000-SAHAD (070000-72423), 08150894676, 08099998625, 08036833777, 08060757842, 08023086596; sahadstoresltdarea11@gmail.com, info@sahadstore.com ||

BRANCHES: 1. Old Sahad Store, Wuse | Benghazi St, off Addis Ababa Cr, Zone 4, Wuse – oldest Sahad in Abuja

2. New Sahad Store, Central Area: 786 Tafawa Balewa Way, by CBN Hq, CBD

HOURS: 9am-9pm | OWNERSHIP: Alhaji Ibrahim Mijinyawa of Kano


ADDRESS: 58 Ademola Adetokunbo Cr, Wuse 2, Abuja

CONTACT: 08025359797, 08149656673 | HOURS: 24 Hours

OWNERSHIP: Founded by two Lebanese brothers (Fauzi Fawad and Mustapha Fawaz)


LOCATION: Dunes Centre, 44, Aguiyi Ironsi St, Maitama

CONTACTS: 08055454545, 08083355544, 08038992211; contact@dunescenter.com, duncescentre@gmail.com

PROFILE: An aesthetically-pleasing but pricey department store, facilities include Dunes Restaurant, Dunes Royal Hall (6th floor) Dunes Express Café, Cherry Plus Bakery, boutiques & lots of other shops.

OWNESHIP: Joseph Zeitoun (Lebanese) and his Nigerian wife, Zainab.


LOCATION: Grand Square Towers, Plot 270, Muhammadu Buhari Way, CBD |

CONTACT: 08155207051, 08155207052; info@grandproductscompany.com | HOURS: 9am-9pm |

PROFILE: Self-described as ‘Nigeria’s most modern shopping mall’; Famous for its‘Grand Loaf’ & variety of ice-cream flavours | OWNERSHIP: Mr. Godwin Chigbogu Nweze (Founder/CEO).