Travel Destination of the Week: Nsukka

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Nsukka is a vibrant city inhabited by a benevolent and industrious people who are proud of their culture, and heritage. Predominantly peopled by Igbo speaking Nigerians, this city played an important role during the 3 year Biafran war that afflicted the eastern part of the country.

Nsukka emerged after the civil war to become one of the most popular and developed cities not only in Enugu but in South-East Nigeria with a human population of 309,633.

Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 hotel booking portal reveals ways to navigate this urban town which ultimately reinvented itself after its turbulent past.

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Top Three sites

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Commonly called UNN, it is home to the first university established by the Nigerian government under the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe, a foremost nationalist and first president of Nigeria between 1960 and 1963. It was established in 1955 but opened for academics 5 years later on 7 October, 1960. The university is one of many reasons why Nsukka is a popular hub as it welcomes university students all parts of the country.

Opi Lake 

The Opi Lake is one of the tourist highlights of Nsukka as it offers visitors a lavish and extravagant scenery. It is famed to be inhabited by crocodiles and as a note of caution, visitors are advised to avoid swimming or fishing around this water-body.

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Onunu festival

Onunu festival is one of the many carnivals celebrated in Nsukka. Sons and daughters of the soil from far and near troop to the city amidst eating and drinking to witness the Oromme dance, traditional wrestling and other ethnic activities on display.

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Hotel

Inexpensive hotels are spread all over the different communes of Nsukka. From Edem Ani, to Alor-uno, Opi, Orba, Ede-Oballa and Obimo at affordable prices. Some of them include Golden Valley Hotel and SuitesKennan Lodge Ltd, Grace Manor Hotel and Suites, Jerry Marriot Hotel, See New Hotel and Jucony Hotel and Resort. You can get more budget hotels by visiting travel.jumia.com.

Eating

Igbos have one of the best food cultures in Nigeria. It is the same with the indigenes of Nsukka. Foods like ukwa, african salad, akpu, banga soup, oha soup, nkwobi and african salad are popular in the city and across southeast Nigeria. Restaurants to eat these tasty delicacies are New Berries Restaurant and Franco UNN.

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Shopping

Danco Benco and Festus Gardens International are some of  the places you can shop. For purchase of perishable goods, you can visit the Okpi Commodity Market. 

Fun fact

The University of Nigeria, in Nsukka is the first indigenous university established by a Nigerian government earning it the name ‘University of Nigeria’.

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Iheanyi Igboko is a social advocate, educator and journalist/blogger; working actively in the education and human development sector. He is passionate about promoting access to quality education, increasing youth active participation and engagement, and empowering young people to develop solutions to their problems. He craves unending hopes of a better Nigeria that will meet the hopes and aspirations of her citizens; and committed to building a nation that will seamlessly harness and develop her numerous human and capital potentials.

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