This article contains a list of the most beautiful states in Nigeria
Nigeria is a country blessed with diverse resources; ranging from human resources, good weather conditions, fertile soil for agriculture and natural tourist attractions.
Adjudged as the most populous black nation, Nigeria has a lot of beautiful cities which has made it one of the most preferred nations in Africa for tourists. These cities do not only play host to beautiful tourist centres but also have good road networks as well as other infrastructural facilities.
The Most Beautiful States in Nigeria
If you are looking for the most beautiful states with the finest cities in Nigeria that are well developed, we enjoin you to explore any of the following urban developed and beautiful cities that we will mention below.
Unarguably one of the most organized and well-developed cities in Nigeria, Abuja is the capital of the Federal Capital Territory.
There are many recreational centres, five-star hotels, and world-class shopping malls all over the city.
Tourist attractions in the city include the Aso Rock, National Presidential Villa, National Assembly Complex, Zuma Rock, Supreme Court Complex, National Stadium, National Stadium etc.
It is expected to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities in the nearest future.
Ikeja, Lagos is the most populous city and richest state in Nigeria and the African continent. Lagos is a major financial centre for all of Africa and is the economic hub of Lagos State. The megacity has the fourth-highest GDP in Africa and houses one of the largest and busiest seaports on the continent. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.
The city plays host to lots of eventful standard hotels and tourist attractions which serve as relaxation centres. Some of the tourist sites in the city include Tafawa Balewa Square, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Third Mainland Bridge, Nigerian National Museum, Lekki Conservation Centre, New Afrikan Shrine, Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens, Freedom Park, National Arts Theatre, La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Hi-Impact Planet, Silverbird Galleria, Kalakuta Republic Museum, Eko Hotels and Suites.
3. Cross River
Calabar which is the capital of Cross River State is arguably the biggest tourist city in Western Africa. With its numerous tourist attractions and the hospitable culture of the Calabar locals, Calabar lives up to its name. Calabar is the capital of Cross River. The city has a well-planned road network and buildings.
Adjudged one of the most peaceful cities in the nation, Calabar plays host to one of the most popular street carnivals in Africa – The Calabar International Street Carnival which is held annually.
Some of the tourist attractions in the city include the National Museum, Calabar, Slave Museum, Drill Rehabilitation Center, Cross River National Park, Kwa Waterfalls, Chief Ekpo Bassey’s House, Mary Slessor’s House, Statue of Mary Slessor, Tortuga Island, the Tomb of Mary Slessor etc.
The city’s delicious Edikaikong Soup is unarguably the most sought after soup in the country, not only because of its great taste but because as the name translates, Edikaikong simply means vegetable soup.
4. Akwa Ibom
Popularly known as the Land of Promise, Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom, in South-South Nigeria. With its well-structured road networks, first-class hotels, beautiful sites, Uyo is a place to be.
Tourist sites in the city include Ibom Connection, Ibom Plaza, Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre, National Museum of Colonial History, The Amalgamation House, Godswill Obot Akpabio International Stadium, Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Kilimanjaro Restaurant, Ibeno Beach,
The city hosts the Ekpe Festival every December.
5. Delta State
Warri city which is the capital of Delta State is one of the major hubs of petroleum activities and businesses in southern Nigeria. Asaba is the commercial capital city of Delta State. The city is known nationwide for its unique Pidgin English.
Asaba has lot of tourist attractions which include: the Palace of the Olu of Warri, Warri Kingdom Royal Cemetery, Chief Nana’s Palace, Effurun Garden Park, Red Mangrove Swamp, Abraka Turf and Country Club, Abraka River Resort Motel, Delta Shopping Mall, Warri Township Stadium.
The city also plays host to the Kiroro (Okere) Festival which is celebrated by the Okere people of Warri, and is generally celebrated in July or August.
6. Ondo State
Akure is the capital of Ondo state, it is a city in south-western Nigeria and is the largest city and capital of Ondo State. The city is endowed with lots of relaxation centres such as Deji of Akure Palace, Idanre Hills, Cave of Ashes, Igbokoda Waterfront, Igbo Olodumare, Ebomi Lake Tourist Centre, Owo Museum of Antiques, Glass Hall Event Centre, Filmhouse Cinema, Akure. There are lots of hotels and bars which serve as relaxation spots for people.
The city plays host to the Federal University of Technology, Akure which is adjudged one of the best Universities of Technology in Nigeria.
7. Kaduna State
Kaduna is the capital of Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria, on the Kaduna River. It is a trade centre and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas, with its rail and road junction.
It is one of the most industrialized cities in Northern Nigeria and it plays host to one of the four old refineries in the country.
The city boasts of beautiful tourist attractions such as Kaduna Museum, The Lugard Foot Bridge, Kajuru Castle, Kamuku National Park, Emir of Zazzau Palace, The Nok Village, Matsirga Waterfall, Trappco Ranch and Resort.
8. Imo State
Owerri is the capital of Imo State in Nigeria, set in the heart of Igboland. It is currently referred to as one of the entertainment hubs and most Educated State in Nigeria because of its high density of spacious hotels, high street casinos, production studios and high-quality centres of relaxation. It is the home to annual beauty pageants, “Miss Heartland” and “Miss Adanma”.
In adidition, Owerri is the host to tourist attractions such as National Museum, Owerri, Mbari Cultural and Art Center, Oguta Lake, Nekede Zoo, Owerri Mall, Dan Anyiam Stadium, Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri Amusement Park etc.
The presence of natural springs all over the city makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria.
9. Rivers State
Adjudged as one of the most exciting cities to live in Nigeria, Port Harcourt is the capital city of Rivers State, an oil-rich region of the Niger Delta.
Notwithstanding its industrial activities, the city boasts of a large number of tourist attractions in the country. Some of the tourist attractions to explore in the city include PortHarcourt Tourist beach, Bonny Island, Portharcourt zoo, Portharcourt city mall, Mile one street market, Bole King restaurant, Portharcourt golf club, Rivers State Museum, Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Isaac Boro Park.
10. Kano State
Kano is the capital city of Kano State in North West, Nigeria. It is situated in the Sahelian geographic region, south of the Sahara. Kano is the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria and is the second-largest city in Nigeria.
The city is known for several tourist attractions which include: Gidan Makama Museum, Kano City Wall, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano Polo Club, Kano Gulf Club, Filmhouse Cinema Kano, Ado Bayero Mall, Challawa Gorge Dam.
11. Enugu State
Nicknamed the “coal city,” Enugu is the capital of Enugu state in South-Eastern Nigeria. The city is popular for its cuisine, robust industries and of course, the local palm wine.
The city has an amazing road network and plays host to lots of eventful tourist attractions such as Enugu Museum, Enugu Golf Course, Milken Hills, Ezeagu Tourist Complex, Awhum Cave and Waterfall, Ngwo Caves and Waterfall, Opi Lake Complex, Polo Amusement Park.
It is worthy to mention that Enugu is occupied by the Igbo ethnic group, whose two important annual Igbo traditional festivals are the New Yam festival and the Mmanwu festival.
The new yam festival is usually held between August and October to mark the harvesting and feasting of the new yam. The Mmanwu festival takes place annually in the month of November and features various displays by masquerades. This festival is usually held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
Enugu state is also one of the most peaceful states to live in
The city also plays host to Nigeria’s foremost University, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
12. Plateau State
Plateau state which houses Jos its capital is no doubt a state who should make the list of the most beautiful state in Nigeria. Jos is a city in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. It is the administrative capital and largest city of Plateau State. The beauty of this beautiful city is best described by its romantic and temperate climate, magnificent geography and landmarks as well as mind-blowing tourist attractions. This has made the city a destination of choice for many tourists and fun-seekers within and outside Nigeria.
Some of the tourist attractions in the city are: Shere Hills, Wase Rocks, Riyom Rock Formation, Kurra Falls, Assop Falls, Jos Wildlife Park, Jos Zoological Garden, Pandam Game Reserve, Naraguta Leather Works, Solomon Lar Amusement Park.
13. Anambra State
14. Edo State
Edo state is the heartbeat of the nation, it is an ancient state filled with rich culture. It was created in 1991 from Bendel state and it is a home to several ethnicities. The capital of Edo State is Benin City
There are two principal religions practiced in Edo state; Islam and Christianity.
Over the years Benin City has been the major center for toursist attractions. The beautiful state has tourist centers such as the Okomu national park, national museum, waterfalls, and Ososo tourism are found in the state.
Lastly, Benin City has several processing plants and a crepe rubber factory.
Conclusion: The Most Beautiful States In Nigeria
Nigerian as a whole has a total of 36 states with capitals. In conclusion, I hope this article has explained the most beautiful states in Nigeria with their respective culture of residents.
If you know any state that shouldn’t be among the list of the most beautiful states in Nigeria, or better still if you know a state that should make the list kindly comment below. Thanks
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