One of my favourite places to be at this time of the year is with my family, friends and loved ones in my beloved country home, Nigeria. First, it’s the fatherland and then the “Giant of Africa.” So why not?
Home to over a 100 million people and only becoming a sovereign nation in the year 1960, the country has been quite progressive since independence. And Lagos, one of its coastal cities, is predicted to be one of the most populous in the world in the next decade.
Before we specifically get underway, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! May all your dreams and wishes come true this season. Let me know how you’re celebrating the festivities in the comments below.
When asked what she missed about Nigeria in an interview with Gist Nigeria, Wendy Okolo, a US based aerospace engineer replied, “I miss the food, fried yam especially.”
Evidently, there’s a sticky crave for Nigerian delicacies that often hit our brothers and sisters in diaspora. Maybe that’s why they’re always prepared to splurge huge wads of cash at Nigerian restaurants.
From the Tuwo Shinkafa up north to Isiewu and Nkwobi of the east, Efo Riro of the west and did I forget to mention, the ingenious Afang Soup of the south and finger foods – Akara, Bole, Moi Moi and Suya alongside many other mouth watering delicacies like the legendary Nigerian Jollof. The country delivers on all fronts of culinary pleasure.
A colourful way of living, the several cultures in Nigeria are definitely worth exploring. Experience the traditions of the three major ethnic groups – Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. And let’s remind ourselves of the prominent empires that reigned in time past, the Benin Kingdom, Kingdom of Ife, Nok and Igbo Ukwu Cultures.
Nigeria is pregnant with many cultures and societal references. You should see as much as you can.
Don’t mean to throw no shade at citizens living in chilly or extreme climes but I’m sure you’ll agree that the weather in Nigeria is near perfect. Sometime ago, a lady trended on Twitter for the wrong reasons, she took to the social media platform to rant about the cold in Canada! Swearing and Cursing at the weather in yoruba language.
The best time to travel to Nigeria is after the wet (rainy) season when flood prone areas have dried up. That’s the worst that could happen asides droughts or pale harmattan. The rainy days are from May to September while the dry season lasts for the other six months.
We don’t panic about winter over here, you’ll never have to buy jackets, socks, boots or scrape snow off windscreens during your stay. It never comes.
And the winner of the Grammy for the World Music Album is… recently, the king himself, African Giant, Burna Boy got nominated for a Grammy and he’s not the first to accomplish this feat in Nigeria.
In the same tune, Davido and Wizkid alongside Queens, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade have carted a bunch of prestigious international awards. From shutting down the o2 Arena, topping billboard charts, featuring in colorful tracks with top players and impressive appearances on the Daily Show. The Nigeria Music Industry is one that should be reckoned with.
As if that’s not entertaining enough, our Movie Industry, Nollywood is supposedly the second largest in the world in terms of film output! Genevieve Nnaji’s hit movie, Lionheart was bought by Netflix, the big screen star also went on to play the role of Tolu, in Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s new movie, Farming.
Our collaborations with Hollywood have birthed movies such as Black November, The Accidental Spy and Half of a Yellow Sun. If you didn’t know, now you do, Nigerians don’t play when it comes to entertainment.
Nigeria is blessed. I repeat. Nigeria is blessed with abundant tourist destinations and cultural centres splattered across the nation. The Osun-Osogbo Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Osun state is renowned for a large foreign community that travels to Nigeria every August for the Osun Festival.
Not only that, we’ve got Art Galleries, Musuems, Beaches and Resorts, Mountains and much more especially with the tourism advocacy and participation in recent years. So glad I’ve visited a chunk of this places but I can likely do better.
The Kajuru Castle, Azumini Blue River, Emotan Statue, Moremi Statue, Agbokim Waterfalls, Gurara Waterfalls, Agodi Gardens, Lake Chad, Susanne Wenger’s House, New Afrika Shrine, Queen Amina Statue and Zuma Rock to mention a bunch are splendid tourist attractions for everyone who comes visiting.
Sadly I’ve come to the end of today’s blogpost and the last one in 2019. To my avid and new readers, thanks so much for sticking with me on this ericotrips journey. Likers, Commenters and Sharers. I feel you.
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Looking forward to working with you.
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Thanks Again and Cheers to 2020!
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