After my last relocation adventure to Nigeria between 2008 to 2014 I’ve come back and this time to put up roots in Abuja.
Learning from my last experience this time I needed a real green city to lay my nest and Abuja so far has not disappointed me.
I Moved from Lagos to Abuja a few weeks ago and this time from the start based on favourable experience from previous visits to Abuja I have decided to stay in Wuse Zone 6.
Wuse Zone 6 is very central to getting around the municipality of FCT Abuja. Getting to all other parts of Abuja such as Maitama, Central Business District, Wuse, Garki, Jabi or Utako cost a maximum of N500 per taxi drop, so for someone like myself who doesn’t drive that is very affordable. This also means that local travel wise taxis are very affordable options for people wishing to holiday in Abuja.
Wuse Zone 6 is a pleasant, mainly residential area with several parks and close to the famous Wuse market. At present the plan is to stay in hotel accommodation for about 3 months with a view to renting an apartment from January 2018.
I’m staying at the Federal Polytechnic Guest House which offers decent facilities at a relatively low price and is located on Massenya Street, Wuse Zone 6.
A tale of 3 parks in Wuse Zone 6
In Wuse Zone 6 there are 3 main parks, Wuse Rock Park, Zone 6 Neighbourhood Park, also called Surich Park and Julius Berger Neighbourhood Park.
If these 3 parks are anything to go by parks in Abuja provide a multiple of purposes.
Apart from them being a place for appreciating greenery and getting some peace and quiet the parks also function as Local food canteens, Drinking joints, Urban farming, small retailing concessions and even the pop up church on Sundays.
Wuse Rock park and Surich park are the biggest with lots of space to walk around or sitting communing with nature and generally you are left alone to do your own thing.
The Wuse Rock Park as the name suggests, is on the top of very climbable rocky and grass terrain. At the top, is an excellent relaxation and drinking spot Rockberry Garden with beer being sold at N350 and grilled suya from as little as N200 and grilled chicken from N500.
Julius Berger National Park has a number of sport activities including keep fit exercises, badminton, basketball and of course football. Because these sport activities are practised in the open and due to the mid-day heat they tend to take part either between 6am to 8am or in the early evening.
Both keep fit and badminton have groups you can join from N4000 annual membership fee and an additional affordable pay as you go fee.
Coach Uche gave me a personal stretching and massage class for just N500 and I was thoroughly revitalised after it. Ready for a day of exploration and evening relaxation.
What of places to eat in Wuse Zone 6?
At the moment, I have discovered 2 excellent restaurants – Calabar Kitchen and Amala Matters Restaurant. Both serve freshly cooked meals for breakfast and lunch while Amala Matters Restaurant also serves up an evening grill menu. Meals start from around N600 per plate.
Both serve their food in plush garden environments
My visit to the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre.
There are very few Nigerian politicians I admire but one of them (apart from Aminu Kano) has always been Shehu Musa Yar’adua so visiting the Yar’adua Centre situated on Memorial Drive Central Business District Abuja.
Entrance is free and the exhibition room is well worth an hours stroll through reading interesting things about the life of a real Nigerian patriot whilst the outside gardens are well landscaped and relaxing.
For anyone thinking of spending several months in Abuja it would be well worth becoming a paid-up member of for just N10,000 per year which gives you use of their library services and you would be kept up to day about workshops and exhibitions held there.
The Foundation is within walking distance to the Arts & Craft Centre and Silverbird Cinemas and Shoprite Plaza.
Why not come for an Abuja Adventure with Yomi’s Abuja Postcard (YAP) Holidays & Tours
Fancy a spur of the moment Abuja holiday adventure based in Wuse Zone 6 this November? Then why not contact me and for just £125 per week I will provide my facilitation services for a guided holiday adventure around Abuja. Workshops and special visits can also be arranged to discuss property and investment opportunities in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.
The fee also includes airport transfer I would book your hotel stay at the VERY safe, swanky but affordable Amso International Hotel. Amso are prepared to give all guests that book through Yomi’s Abuja Postcard Holidays the special rate of N13,500 per night (about £30 per night) including breakfast.
For those of you that prefer the self-catering option, close by is the Grand Image Service Apartments which would cost you N14.500 per night (£32) for a minimum of 1 week stay. Grand Image also has a small swimming pool.
If you on a lower price budget then I would suggest Chinox Guest Inn Hotel were spacious rooms start from just N7,500 per night (£17) minimum which is also in Wuse Zone 6 and very decent.
Come join the Abuja adventure with Yomi’ Abuja Postcard (YAP).
Hope you have enjoyed this edition of YAP and from next month YAP will have 3 distinct sections, Abuja Out & About, Across Nigeria and Africa and Social Enterprise Opportunities
So, until then stay happy and think of visiting Abuja.
Feel to contact me for all things Abuja.