Nigeria is a big country with a huge population (est. 180m). There are many cities bursting with activites, transportation links and leisure outlets. We are identifying five key cities to visit, live in, work, do business or partake in leisure activities. Our classification is based on several key factors including security, development, transportation links, availability of leisure activities, ease of living, emerging business opportunities etc
Here is our list :
Lagos is the commercial and business capital of Nigeria. This is where everything basically happens for business. It lies on the coastline off the Atlantic Ocean. It boast an international airport, seaport, extensive road links and new rail lines linking the nearby city of Ibadan. Lagos is famed for the quality of its nightlife and entertainment options.
Lagos has some of the most expensive real estate in the country with the famed Banana Island, Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki as hot spots for real estate development. There is a new development coming up in Victoria Island that is reminiscent of Dubai. It is called the Eko Atlantic City. When finished, it promises to be another spectacular showcase in the city of Lagos.
The major drawbacks of the city revolves around the human and traffic congestion, high cost of living and very fast pace of life. There are also numerous less developed suburbs associated with poor planning and very high population densities.
This is the political capital of the country and seat of the Federal Government. It is new and shiny with excellent road networks and very modern building and office complexes that dot the landscape. It is located in the north central part of the country. The key areas include Maitama, Asokoro, Garki, Jabi, Games Village etc. In this city, you can find some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Rents are particularly high and occupancy rates low for most of the highbrow areas.
Abuja is a more laid back city with very little commercial and business activities. The city virtually goes to sleep at the weekends. The city boasts of an international airport, extensive rail and road links, numerous parks and hotels.
- Port Harcourt
Port Harcourt, Rivers State is the center of the oil industry in Nigeria. Located in the Southern region and surrounded by rivers, creeks and the Atlantic Ocean.
The city’s economy is driven by the dynamics of the oil industry with two oil refineries, two seaports (Port Harcourt and Onne), international airport, huge petrochemical, fertilizer and gas plants. The oil and gas deposits in the state (both onshore and offshore), has given this state huge potentials for growth and development. The city of Port Harcourt used to be one of the entertainment hot spots in Nigeria with sophisticated dining and night life options. Sadly, security and safety issues have blighted the pace of growth and investments in the state. Rivers State has everything needed to develop into a modern state and become one of the favored destinations for both local and foreign investors.
Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom State. Uyo is an upcoming city famous for its first class road network. It is basically a civil service dominated town, with few commercial and business activities. However, it’s a very livable city with very clean unpolluted air, and it is growing by the day. Uyo has good transportation links with an airport and a nearby deep sea port being constructed in Ibaka. There are also pristine undeveloped beaches on the coastline of the state. This alone give the state huge tourism potentials. Uyo is one of the safest cities in Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is also the biggest oil and gas producing states in Nigeria with huge hydrocarbon deposits sitting deep offshore.
This is another fast growing city that sits on the banks of the River Niger. It is a historical city and current capital of Delta State. Asaba is a quiet administrative center and well suited for easy living. Rents are moderate and options are quite numerous for housing. The city has an airport and is a major transit point to Eastern Nigeria via the River Niger Bridge. For entertainment and shopping, there are numerous malls, restaurants, hotels and clubs to keep you engaged. Tourism is booming in Asaba and that has attracted many hotels to set up shop in the city. It is also next door to a major commercial center, Onitsha.