178 Views

10 Northern cities every Nigerian should visit

Jos plateau state

For many, the thought of Northern Nigeria conjures up images of bomb-damaged and dangerous cities with inhospitable residents; however, this is not entirely true as the region features idyllic cascades, picturesque plateaus, captivating architecture and welcoming locals who are proud to show off their local cities and culture.

Those who are eventually drawn in by allure that the northern regions of of the country has, very rarely know where to go in that corner of the nation, and so for the most part end up avoiding it all together. There is however something very unique and exotic about these cities that should make most Nigerians want to visit at least once in their lifetime.

Here’s a look at Jovago.com’s Top 10 cities to visit in Northern Nigeria!

Birnin Kebbi

The capital city of Kebbi State and headquarters of the Gwandu Emirate, Birnin Kebbi is a city that boasts a blend of culture, history and tradition. Despite its decline as a river port owing to unstable political conditions, it now serves as a major local market center for food resources. Its narrow streets are lined with restaurants and bars beckoning for you to eat, drink and appreciate the culture.

Kaduna

Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State is a popular trade center and a major transportation hub in the northern region. Its symbol is the crocodile, called kada in the native Hausa language. While the city has lost some of its allure, it remains scenic, welcoming, and rife with landmarks and cultural attractions, securing its position on list of must-go cities up north.

Minna

With rejuvenation over the last few years, Minna, capital of Niger State, now receives recognition and travel limelight. A museum city full of monuments and memorials that attract both multi-cultural nationals, it has an eclectic blend of Christian and Islamic traditions which has given birth to a spirited and colorful society.

minna

Kano

The capital of Kano state and the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria, as well as the second largest city in the country after Lagos, Kano is a city to experience. Somehow Kano remains overlooked by foreign visitors as a major destination, especially since it does not boast of skyscrapers, but is rather filled with low-rise buildings, mostly in a splendid neo-classical style. Those who eventually venture into the city however discover a city of first-rate architecture, food, and cultural life. Some of its tourist attractions include Kurmi Market established in the 15th century, Kano’s centuries-old city wall, and Gidan Rumfa (Emir’s Palace, the oldest continuous site of authority in Nigeria).

Bauchi

Known for its festivals, especially Durbar whose main feature is horse racing, as well as its arts and crafts, versatile production of metal works (such as weaponry), pottery, mat weaving and leather works, Bauchi is a city of complex character and genuine appeal. Their traditional wrestling and boxing dexterity, draws in participants even from neighboring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Other attractions include the Wikki warm spring, Yankari National park, Sumu wildlife, Marshall Caves, Dukkey wells, and Tunga Dutse.

ALSO READ  Top 7 Travel Destinations In Katsina State

Zaria

Formerly known as Zazzau and a major city in Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria, Zaria is one of Nigeria’s oldest cities and therefore has lots of history to tell. However, not everything about the city is old. It has a young population thanks to Ahmadu Bello University, the largest in Nigeria and the second largest on the African continent. There is a certain old world atmosphere in several of its neighborhoods radiating from a place where people typically reside in traditional adobe compounds. And there is always something to do, with all the major sights within walking distance.

Suleja

While it has more of a local than national appeal, Suleja may be the most attractively surprising city in Nigeria. It’s an overlooked treasure in Niger state, just north of the country’s capital, Abuja. There are great restaurants and galleries, and a major dose of history. It is also recognized as a center of excellence for traditional West African pottery, namely the world famous Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, established by Michael Cardew in 1950. This city is a year-round destination that is worth at least a weekend or one night of your life.

Jos

Although Jos has been greatly affected by religious and political crises and other social problems in recent times, it is a city that should be on any Nigerian’s itinerary. There is the numerous sights and sounds, majestic wildlife and excellent food. It’s a city that, despite its recent history, still exudes an intangible charm.
jos

Yola

A truly inspiring metropolis, Yola also serves as the administrative capital of the Adamawa state. Some of the best things to see and experience in Yola include: theThree Sister Hills, which are three scenic rock formations standing side by side at the same height; the Njuwa Lake fishing festival; The Lamido’s Palace and the annual horse-riding durbar. Take a city tour to get your bearings and see all of the beauty that is Yola.

Lafia

A town in Central Nigeria, Lafia, is a labyrinth of narrow pedestrian-friendly streets, and historic architecture that ignites the wanderlust in everyone who visits the city. It is currently the largest town in Nasarawa state.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

Nigerian Rapper, Vector, Calls Out SARS In New Release
Entertainment
39 views
Entertainment
39 views

Nigerian Rapper, Vector, Calls Out SARS In New Release

PH - June 19, 2018

The continuous outcry by youngsters over the domineering intrusion and at times unreserved brutality of members of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) against the youths has apparently…

Meaningful Hairstyles Among Yoruba Women In Those Days
Art, History and Culture
42 views
Art, History and Culture
42 views

Meaningful Hairstyles Among Yoruba Women In Those Days

PH - June 19, 2018

In Yorubaland, in those days, women did not just plait their way to make them beautiful only. But some hairstyles were a means of identifying specific kinds…

This Government Has Done More Than Enough – Governor Ajimobi
Politics
40 views
Politics
40 views

This Government Has Done More Than Enough – Governor Ajimobi

PH - June 19, 2018

Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo state, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has done more than enough for the country. The governor said this on Roadmap 2019,…

Why President Buhari Honoured MKO Abiola, Kingibe
Politics
49 views
Politics
49 views

Why President Buhari Honoured MKO Abiola, Kingibe

PH - June 19, 2018

A Former governor of Kaduna State, and elder statesman, Balarabe Musa, has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari gave a posthumous award to Chief M.K.O Abiola and recognized…

Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abulrasheed Donates N1.5bn Medical Equipment
Food and Health
51 views
Food and Health
51 views

Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abulrasheed Donates N1.5bn Medical Equipment

PH - June 19, 2018

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Osun State, Oba Abulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, on Monday, donated medical equipment worth N1.5bn to hospitals in Iwo land. A statement signed by…

3  Ways To Make Your Partner Feel Special
Romance and Love
56 views
Romance and Love
56 views

3 Ways To Make Your Partner Feel Special

PH - June 19, 2018

Every one wants to be special to someone, if not to everyone, so it cost almost nothing to make your partner feel special. So when next you…

Kayode Shows His Love For The Ukrainian Club With  A New Hair Style
Sports
57 views
Sports
57 views

Kayode Shows His Love For The Ukrainian Club With A New Hair Style

PH - June 19, 2018

Kayode Olanrewaju, Nigera forward has declared that the main reason for his new look is his love for Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donestsk. Kayode, 25, recently penned a…

See The Top 10 Most Used cars In Nigeria
Best of Nigeria
54 views
Best of Nigeria
54 views

See The Top 10 Most Used cars In Nigeria

PH - June 19, 2018

You possibly might have been guessing which car is the most used car here in Nigeria. This list on the most used cars in Nigeria will prove…

“Why I Choose Not To Help Anybody” – Nigeria Rapper, Olamide
Entertainment
63 views
Entertainment
63 views

“Why I Choose Not To Help Anybody” – Nigeria Rapper, Olamide

MT - June 19, 2018

Nigerian artiste, Olamide Adedeji has got people talking on social media with a post he made on Instagram. Olamide shared a photo with a questionable caption, “Oyinbo…

Meet the Rapper Who Lives With All His Three Babymamas and Kids in the Same House (Photos)
Entertainment
74 views
Entertainment
74 views

Meet the Rapper Who Lives With All His Three Babymamas and Kids in the Same House (Photos)

MT - June 19, 2018

Ahunna Stacks is an American rapper from Chicago who is making serious headlines around the world because of a really bold move he made. The American musician,…

2018 World Cup; Why John Mikel Obi Is Under Pressure To Fulfill Promise To Buhari
Sports
61 views
Sports
61 views

2018 World Cup; Why John Mikel Obi Is Under Pressure To Fulfill Promise To Buhari

MT - June 19, 2018

Super Eagles’ captain Mikel Obi has been put under intense pressure to lead the team to a resounding victory against Iceland on Friday, as well as fulfill…

Sallah: How Boko Haram Terrorists Observed Eid Prayer In Sambisa Forest. [Video]
Shocking
60 views
Shocking
60 views

Sallah: How Boko Haram Terrorists Observed Eid Prayer In Sambisa Forest. [Video]

MT - June 19, 2018

A compilation video of how Boko Haram terrorists observed Eid-el-Fitr in various locations of Sambisa forest has surfaced on the internet. A journalist with access to the…

What Will It Take To Make Nigeria Better
Business
60 views
Business
60 views

What Will It Take To Make Nigeria Better

PH - June 19, 2018

Nigerians need to agree that something has to be done before there can be any improvement in the system of the country, there has been various assumptions…

Meet Nigeria’s King Of Music, King Sunny Ade
Best of Nigeria
79 views
Best of Nigeria
79 views

Meet Nigeria’s King Of Music, King Sunny Ade

PH - June 19, 2018

Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade was born September 1, 1946. He is a Nigerian born popular musician in the development and popularization of…

Food and Health
64 views

Breaking Bad Habits And Replacing Them With Good Ones

PH - June 19, 2018

Bad habits are mostly cultivated when people feel stressed or bored. Once it is cultivated, it becomes very hard to give up on it. Different things can…

See 8 Things You Should Never Say Via A Text
Lifestyle
69 views
Lifestyle
69 views

See 8 Things You Should Never Say Via A Text

PH - June 19, 2018

People say some things are better left unsaid, but I would say," some things are better said in person than on text". When texting another person, your…

5 Strange Animals Nigerians Eat As Meat
Animals
79 views
Animals
79 views

5 Strange Animals Nigerians Eat As Meat

PH - June 19, 2018

If you have never been to a place before, you can never have the full understanding of their way of live. So the adage says, " one…

How UK Helps Nigeria Seize Looted Assets
Politics
59 views
Politics
59 views

How UK Helps Nigeria Seize Looted Assets

PH - June 19, 2018

The Federal Government has given an insight into how it gets the assistance of the United Kingdom to seize properties and other assets linked to funds allegedly…

Loading...