5 solid truths about living in Abuja

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Abuja, the capital of Nigeria – and thus seat of government, is one city every Nigerian strives to visit and possibly settle in as there is the assumption that the city holds lucrative financial opportunities for all and sundry.

No doubt, Abuja is metropolitan and has a lot to offer in the area of business, leisure and even culture, hotels in Abuja are also some of the best in the county. However, there are certain unique truths that every prospective person planning to migrate here should keep in mind before moving. Jumia Travel, Africa’s largest hotel booking website lists 4 solid truths about living in Abuja.

  • The best hotels in Nigeria are easily in Abuja:

    As the capital city of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja is a den of international businessmen, power brokers, diplomats, lobbyists and many others. There are several top hotels in Abuja that cater to businessmen and government officials.
    As a result of many of them coming outside of the FCT, and the country to seal and close deals, Abuja has a thriving and booming luxury hotel industry. These international businessmen do not spare the costs when it comes to treating clients, government officials or basking in luxury on their own. As a result, Abuja hotels like Sheraton Abuja and Transcorp Hilton Abuja, both 5 Star Hotels in Abuja, are decked with tremendous levels of luxury and comfort as far as hospitality is concerned.

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  • Rent is expensive:

    Abuja is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria, but the cost of living is very high. It is even more expensive than Lagos when it comes to housing and rent! For younger people who  are unpaid interns or have entry level professional jobs and are supporting themselves,  the city is pricey and it may be difficult to find a good area to live in within the city that will meet your budget. In fact, half a year’s pay will likely go towards a shoebox-sized mini flat somewhere far from the city’s center.

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  • Safety is a huge deal:

    Owing to its status at the seat of power, there is a high presence of security operatives around the state. You do not need to live in fear while inhabiting the city anymore as both the police and Army officials have been deployed to keep guard. Basically, you can live your life freely within the city, but it is important to keep your wits about you and refrain from giving anyone the opportunity to approach you in a threatening manner.

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  • Transportation is surprisingly affordable:

    For a city that is as sophisticated and elite like Abuja, it is surprising to find that transportation is well structured, organized and super affordable. At least when compared to cities of similar caliber. Unlike Lagos, Port Harcourt or Benin where the minimum rate for taxi cabs is N 1,000, one can get a cab for as low as N200 for a short distance in Abuja. Note that these cabs are not dilapidated or faulty. There are also buses that go to certain destinations and they are affordable as well, from as low as NGN50. Public transport is very safe and there have are barely any reported incidents of “one chance” in the city.

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  • The weather can be extreme:

    Abuja may be mid-central, but the weather is similar to the weather in other Northern regions and the temperatures are usually at the extremes. The city experiences three weather conditions annually, including a warm, humid rainy season and an extremely hot dry season. In between these seasons, is a short period of harmattan accompanied by the North East Trade Wind, with the main feature of dust haze, intensified coldness and dryness. The high altitudes and rolling terrain of the FCT act as moderating influence on the weather of the territory. If you hate extreme heat and cold equally, you maybe want to think about living elsewhere.

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  • It is a transient city:

    There are plenty of families, who have settled and lived a long time in Abuja, and there is no shortage of community and shared history in here, however, the city remains one of the most transient cities in Nigeria. Whether due to the city’s economy, the constant change in political appointments, flexibility of business in the area  or religious reasons, a large number of people move in and out yearly basis. While it is a great place for young people because it has a ton of very good jobs and holds opportunities for a position in the government, as they get older, they move back to the place they came from. So, chances are you will not be living in the city for long.

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7 Comments

  1. Essien Peter

    March 16, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    The picture used to portray Abuja is deceptively showing Abuja as an islamic city or muslim dominated town. Please look for a neutral city icon.

    • OM

      April 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thank you for your observation. Abuja is a melting pot and we are not trying to portray Nigeria’s capital as an Islamic City. The picture even gives a better view of Abuja.

    • Prince Aquri of Abuja

      July 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      abuja will concor all. u might as well bow down now

  2. suzario isson

    December 13, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Really Abuja is a fantastic city to live in!

  3. Obinna

    February 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Your analysis will not be complete without a note on school fees. Like most Nigerian cities, private schools have taken over the system and their fees are killing. The average school fee for kindergarten is more than that of any public University

  4. Khalil yandoto

    April 2, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    I really want to be in abuja i loved the city

  5. Usman Abdullahi Yusuf (kwalabe)

    May 11, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I don’t want to be in abuja because I dislike abuja I love yobe state. I better Dan abuja

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