6 Most Underrated Yet Amazing Nigerian Cities

Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar are the most famous cities in Nigeria, but there are many other interesting and fabulous cities that don’t get much love from Nigerians because the popular ones have taken all the glory and dominated everywhere. These underrated cities are live-able and exciting. You don’t have to wake up 4am to beat traffic or squander your salary before pay day just because you are living above what you can afford.

These cities were rated by combination of factors like low cost of living, cheap housing facilities, low crime rates, quality educational facilities and good amenities. Here are the six most underrated cities in Nigeria that will provide you with the lifestyle that is good enough for you.


Popularly known as the Rock City, Aboekuta is an ideal place for peaceful and comfortable living. The city is not only famous for its monumental Olumo Rock, from where it got the nickname, and which attracts thousands of tourists on yearly basis but also blessed with beautiful, tranquil and relaxing scenery equivalent to what you will find in high areas in Lagos state. The city has experienced tremendous growth and change with good road networks and stable power supply. The once dull and rusty streets are giving way to a more sophisticated and elegant malls housing more cosmetic and technology outlet, local and international eateries and restaurants, exclusive bars, clubs and Suya joint for those who love the night groove. Another added feature of this wonderful city is that fact that, the cost of living in the city accommodates all classes of people. N500 will get all you need to cook that delicious soup from the popular Itoku Market. The close proximity of border between Lagos and Abeokuta has made it possible for a whole of people who are working in Lagos to relocate to the city.


People often forget Enugu City because it is not full of drama like Lagos or Abuja. But the city has its own energy and unique beauty. The city is truly comfortable to live because of its laid-back quality of life and Enugu people are really nice. Based in Enugu State and popularly known as the ‘Coal City’, it is blessed with beautiful neighbourhoods, interesting attractions and great architecture. Enugu has become one of the most live-able cities in Nigeria with improved housing and public transportation. The streets and districts have grown increasingly sophisticated with stylish malls, inclusive bars and clubs, contemporary restaurants and many other amenities. Enugu offers unusual experiences for affordable lifestyle compare to the popular cities.


Many people have the notion that Ibadan is still that ancient town with panoramic brick townhouses our fore-fathers lived in. Well, that is no longer the case, there is much more to experience in this metropolis. The underrated city has been reborn in the past few years with upscale neigbourhood, beautiful hotels and restaurants. Places like Agodi Gate has been restructured and are no longer as rowdy as they used to be. You will find great street foods – local specialties such as Amala andEwedu with popular ‘roundabout meats’ which make this city more memorable. Nightlife in Ibadan is exciting, especially in the trendy part of the city – live music, clubs and bars, will leave you thoroughly entertained. Low living and housing cost, big business interests – lots of companies (both local and International) are opening branches in Ibadan. Everything is now bigger and better in Ibadan.


Ilorin is really a great place for a family to live. The underrated city is blessed with lots of natural resources, beautiful attractions, quality educational facilities, Ilorin University campus, historical relics, modern infrastructures, and low unemployment rate. The city has several health care facilities that cater for its residents. Shopping in Ilorin is supreme, you will find lots of shops and mall. Ilorin is a great place for people who wants a relaxed lifestyle.


Onitsha has been booted off most of Nigerians’ radar because they think it is boring and undeveloped. However, the city (popularly known as Skyscraper City) has been growing quietly and now it is really a warm city where you can enjoy the big metropolitan benefits on a moderate budget. The underrated city is an exciting places to live. It gives a sub-continental thrill and the locals are proud of its charm and laid-back atmosphere. You should see an Ibo guy talk about Onitsha, you will love it. Onitsha is growing rapidly, the city is attraction lots of foreign Industries with huge capital resources. Onitsha has got everything that will give you a comfortable lifestyle, from cheap housing to low cost of living. Maybe that is why the locals love their city so much.


Warri they say ‘no dey carry last’. This popular phrase is a representation of what the city stands for. Being an oil hub in Southern Nigeria, this city has lots of potentials, The activities of oil companies have brought about meaningful development whose resultant effects reflect on the cost of living, access to social amenities especially power and pipe borne water, good road network system, increase in commercial activity and of course a vibrant social life. A typicalWaffi is usually friendly and accommodating and the most thrilling part of the city is the various food vendors, restaurants and eateries available to service you with the local delicacies, especially theBanga soup and starch. The good thing about this city is that any hardworking individual can easily become a millionaire because of the viable and fertile environment that encourages business activities to grow. In the city of Warri, there is never a dull moment.


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