Top 10 Places to Visit in Nigeria

1) Azumini Blue River:

Azurnini Blue River is located in Abia State towards its boundary with Akwa lbom State. The River has become a resort for tourists because of the pleasantness it offers. The attractive features of the River include its crystal-clearblue water; canoe rides; sandy beaches with such relaxation facilities aschairs and tables. At the beach also, BBQ grill are delicacies provided for picnickers.

2) JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu

Arochukwu is a famous tourist destination with the cave of the famous long juju oracle as a particular attraction.

There is a six-foot gully though now covered ‘in a thickest that leads into the ancient Cave Temple. This is the main oracular shrine of Ibn Ukpabi and by which stands as if on guard the cult statute of Kamalu “the warrior god”. The site also contains an altar, which is the kitchen area. A waterfall (the loud sound of which from a distance is regarded as the prophetic voice of Ibn Ukpabi). There is also the throne of judgement – the dark presence (“the Holy of Holies”) those who were found guilty walked into dark tunnels and those found innocent returned to their relatives. Other features include a .hill of rags. That is the place where the condemned were required to undress and Leave their clothes before they disappeared into the tunnels around the hill of rags. There is also the tunnel of disappearance, which is the dark tunnels into which the victims disappeared. At the site can be found the red river where it is said that as the victims disappear, the aro would colour the river red to give people the impression that the condemned has died. And the red water flowing down the stream would be a sign to the relatives that the victims were dead. Yet another feature is the Iyi-Eke – an outlet from where the victims now blind folded walk to “Onu Asu Bekee” (the European beach, which later became the government beach) and from there, waiting boats took the enslaved to Calabar for onward transmission to Ala Bekee.

3) Yola Municipality:

Yola is the capital of Adamawa State in the North-Eastern part of the Country. The most striking impression about the town is its undulating topography of hill chains particularly the three sister hills which are so-called because they stand side by side and share the same height. The cultural manifestations of the town get to their climax between the months of March and May when the city celebrates its fishing festival at lake Njuwa..

4) Ibeno Beach:

One of the numerous fine beaches in Nigeria is the Ibeno Beach in Akwa lbom State. A lover of water sport finds the Beach which stretches to James town on the Atlantic most inviting.

5) Ogbunike Cave:

Ogbunike Cave can be described as the very wonder of nature. The Cave, segmented into sections, is found in Anambra State, some few kilometres away from the Onitsha market town. There are different stories about the various sections that constitute the cave. The stories are better told by the native tour guides.

6) Yankari National Park:

The famous Yankari National Park has become the most developed Wildlife park in Nigeria with a lot of attractions for visitors. The park is famous for its variety of animals available for viewing round the year, though the animals are better watched between November and May period of the dry season when the animals converge around the Gaji River, Baboons, Waterbucks, Elephants, Crocodiles, Bushbucks, Duikers, Warthogs, Hippopotamus are among the anirnals commonly seen at the park.

7) The Hills of Benue:

Located in the middle belt region of Nigeria, Benue State shares boundaries with Taraba State on the East; Plateau State on the North and Edo State on the West; and Anambra, Enugu, Cross River States on the South. The entire landmass presents hills of various shades and touristic appeals.

8) Lake Chad:

LakeLake Chad occupies a strategic location serving not only Borno State of Nigeria where it is located but serving also the three neighbouring countries of Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. The lake, apart from serving the agricultural and economic needs of the people, attracts a great number of tourists. Of paramount interest to tourists is the boating opportunity and visits to the numerous fishing villages in the area.

9) Obudu Cattle Ranch:

Obudu Cattle Ranch is located in Cross River Slate towards the Nigeria-Cameroon border in the South-East. The Ranch is over 1,524m, has temperate weather condition to ensure green vegetation and grazing of cattle round the year. The Ranch is a tourist delight as a result of its divergent attractions. There are a natural swimming pool, horse riding, beautiful waterfall to behold, gorilla camp, bird watching, sporting facilities and accommodation.

10) Oguta Lake Holiday Complex:

The holiday complex situates in Oguta local government Area of Imo State about 40km (forty kilometres) away from Owerri, the Capital of Imo State. The lake is qf fresh water and the second largest natural lake in thecountry after lake Chad. To complement the complex water-based recreation services, there are other interesting attractions to watch.

These include:
(a) Golf Course with 18 standard international holes.
(b) Relic of war (mini bunker) constructed by the defunct Biafran Navy during Civic war.
(c) Natural confluence of Oguta Lake and Urashi River.
(d) Cruise boat services.
(e) Golf Club Bar House/Oguta Lake Motel for refreshment, lodging and feeding.
(f) Mini-children recreation park

BTW visit the Nigerian Budget website its ur civic duty to question your leaders, no? :


Apply, Apply: Washinghton Fellowship 2014


The Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Washington Fellowship, which begins in 2014, will bring 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

The online application for the Washington Fellowship is currently available. Completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time, January 27, 2014. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. The application instructions provide detailed information regarding the financial provisions of the fellowship, eligibility and selection criteria for the program, and details on applying.

Please read the application instructions carefully prior to beginning the application. We recommend printing these instructions and referring to them while completing the application.

If you have questions about the application, please email
Participating countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender

1996: President Bill Clinton announced he would be signing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law, thus making marriage federally recognized as being only between one man and one woman. At the time Clinton stated, “…this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination, violence or intimidation against any person on the basis of sexual orientation.” Clinton later flipped on the issue, and stated he regretted signing DOMA into law.

Dwight Duncan, associate professor of law at Southern New England School of Law:
Currently, the federal Defence of Marriage Act says that for purposes of federal law (tax, social security, military, immigration, etc.), marriage is only between a man and a woman. It also says that states will not be required to recognize the same-sex marriage of another state under the Full Faith and Credit clause of the United States Constitution. Gay activists have announced their intention to challenge the constitutionality of those provisions. Recent developments in family law, both in the United States and abroad, necessitate a national strategy to preserve marriage’s central role in the creation, and formation, of our posterity.

Homosexual advocates are prepared to litigate tirelessly to force a new national consensus regarding marriage. Those who disagree strenuously with that agenda but who agree with most Americans and the consensus offered by history-across time and space and cultural and religious differences-that marriage is uniquely a relationship between the sexes, naturally related to procreation and the upbringing of children, need a democratic response that is just as national in scope.

Such a response is the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. The current version endorsed by President Bush makes clear that states can still, if they wish, enact civil unions legislatively and democratically. But the intention is to solidify the national consensus regarding the definition of marriage, and to prevent courts from judicially imposing same-sex marriage, as happened in Massachusetts, through constitutional-amendment-posing-as-interpretation. This approach is actually consistent with federalism: otherwise, one state may well dictate to the rest of the country its preferred definition of marriage, the way Nevada easy divorces once swept the country, giving us our culture of divorce.

Not everyone agrees with George Bush and initially President Clinton. Homosexuals and sympathisers like President Obama encourage the redefinition of marriage to include a union of homosexuals. Whew! I think they will win, the idea is to show they are populist and I know it will backfire on them personally- I don’t think Obama or the PM of Britain will be chuffed if their kids come back home gay.

The whole world is going mad I tell you and it will only take a matter of time for Africa to join in. The headlines in Africa thankfully still read: “Homosexuality still a crime in 38 African countries”. Whaeey! But I ask my self for how long, for how long?
Remember how not too long ago virginity was one major requirement for young people to marry, well that along with numerous other ‘African Beliefs’ have faded away with time and so called ‘civilisation’. So I think sadly Africa will bow to the dictates of the world in time.

It must be noted that:

I do not agree with indiscriminate killings of gays and I also strongly disagree with any society accepting it as a legal partnership recognised by law. I don’t think people should be hounded or hunted down for being gay- I also don’t think gay people should flaunt it by adopting children.

I do not agree with Hollywoods role in trying to brainwash young people into believing everyone can have whatever sexual orientation they want. Hollywood shapes peoples minds and it is wicked of them to do this. They even ban or go after artists who abusively call other people ‘Fags’ or ‘gay’ immediately labelling them homophobic. It seems there is a bid to force the acceptance of gay people down everyone’s throats.

I strongly believe that society has a role to play in maintaining the sanity of future generations, and a recognition of gay marriages will affect the social fabric for a long time. It will become much more difficult for kids to differentiate between what is wrong and what is right. Kids will be trying out homosexual activities as well as heterosexual activities with reckless abandon and the society will be worse for it.

I disagree with the pro-gay campaigners who try to equate discrimination against gays to racial discrimination. I know westerners will disagree with me but being Gay is a choice, on the other hand you cannot choose where you are born into, or can you? No one is born gay 😐

At this rate I think by the year 2050 somebody will come up with an argument for marriage to be recognised amongst masturbators (Woman and toy/fingers, Man and hand or toy) or maybe Man and animal. I mean they can all be deemed sexual orientations can’t they?

I hope somehow we get saved and marriage remains like nature obviously has indicated between a man and a woman.
Adam and Eve not ‘Eve and Elizabeth’ or ‘Adam and Steve’ please.


Have a good week- say no to violence against gays but also say no to it becoming legal.

Lol! Pictures for amusement


Travel Warning
Bureau of Consular Affairs

January 08, 2014

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the May 14, 2013 state of emergency proclamation for those three states by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The security situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their planning. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated June 3, 2013.

The declaration of a state of emergency gives the government sweeping powers to search and arrest without warrants. On November 20, 2013, the national assembly approved the President of Nigeria’s request for a six-month extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states. The ability of the Mission to provide assistance to U.S. citizens in those states remains severely limited. The Department continues to recommend against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks: Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara. The Department also warns against travel in the Gulf of Guinea because of the threat of piracy. Based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by U.S. officials to those states listed above; officials must receive advance clearance by the U.S. Mission for any travel deemed as mission-essential. U.S. citizens should be aware that extremists could expand their operations beyond northern Nigeria to other areas of the country.

The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, beer parlors, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers. Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.

Boko Haram, an extremist group based in northeast Nigeria designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Department of State, has claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly in northern Nigeria. Its members have killed or wounded thousands of people during the past four years. Boko Haram has targeted churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions, and entertainment venues in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Taraba, the Federal Capital Territory, and Yobe states. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.

Late 2013 saw an increase in Boko Haram attacks and clashes with Nigerian government security forces in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has also targeted women and children for kidnapping, reportedly kidnapping women in northern states for marriage as “slave brides.” Boko Haram is known to descend on whole towns, robbing banks and businesses, attacking police and military installations, and setting fire to private homes.

Various curfews are intermittently in effect in several states in the North. All U.S. citizens should remain aware of current situations including curfews, travel restrictions, and states of emergency in the areas they are in or plan to visit. This information is commonly announced via the news media, but at times it can change with very little notice. Please take the time to find out this information for your area.

Cell phone service has, at times, been disrupted in Nigeria, particularly in areas where a State of Emergency has been declared, and when extremists have attacked cellular telephone towers. U.S. citizens should attempt to arrange for multiple means of communication in case of need during emergencies.

The Ansaru group, an offshoot of Boko Haram, has carried out several kidnappings targeting foreigners in Nigeria. The Ansaru Group has also claimed responsibility for other violent acts in the past year.

Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country. Since the beginning of 2013, several high-profile kidnappings have occurred involving U.S. citizens. Kidnappings of foreign nationals and attacks against Nigerian police forces in Lagos State and the Niger Delta region continued to affect personal security for those traveling in these areas. Criminals or militants have abducted foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, from off-shore and land-based oil facilities, residential compounds, and public roadways. Nine foreign nationals have died in connection with these abductions, including three killed by their captors during military-led rescue raids. Local authorities and international corporations operating in Nigeria assert that the number of kidnapping incidents throughout Nigeria remains under-reported. Attacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea have increased substantially in recent years. Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travelers. The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.

In 2013, extremists targeted both Nigerians and foreign nationals involved in polio eradication efforts in northern Nigeria. Several U.S. government partner agencies working on public health development activities in northern Nigeria have curtailed their activities in response to these threats. Furthermore, U.S. citizen missionaries in northern Nigeria have received specific written threats to their safety and well-being, typically in the form of anonymously-distributed “night letters” (covertly-distributed anonymous threat letters intended to frighten intended victims).

Violent crimes occur throughout the country. U.S. citizen visitors and residents have experienced armed muggings, assaults, burglaries, armed robberies, car-jackings, rapes, kidnappings, and extortion. Home invasions also remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls, accessing waterfront compounds by boat, following residents or visitors, or subduing guards to gain entry to homes or apartments. Law enforcement authorities usually respond slowly or not at all and provide little or no investigative support to victims. U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals, and Nigerians have experienced harassment and shakedowns at checkpoints and during encounters with Nigerian law enforcement officials.

The Department advises against traveling outside of major cities after dark because of crime and road safety concerns. While Nigeria is undertaking a comprehensive power sector reform, the nation’s erratic electricity grid does not meet the country’s power needs, with frequent power outages that sometimes occur even in highly-sensitive locations. In March 2013, the international airport in Lagos suffered multiple nighttime power outages that lasted several minutes each, leaving the runways in total darkness and forcing at least one inbound flight to abort a landing attempt while on final approach.

The Department strongly advises U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Nigeria to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is located at: Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area. The Embassy is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is located at: 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island. The Consulate is open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos for up-to-date information on any restrictions. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja can be reached by telephone, including after-hours emergencies, at 234(9) 461-4000. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos can be reached by telephone, including after-hours emergencies, at 234(1) 460-3600 or 234 (1) 460-3400.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.

The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

I have decided to try and understand the strategic logic of suicide terrorism- understanding it is one thing, convincing myself to write it in what should be a predominantly hospitality blog is another.

My brain says: ‘it is ur blog mate, you can do as you please’ :). Good reasoning however prevailed and the more acceptable logic behind this write-up is: terrorism has a destabilising effect on tourism and hospitality, that alone is enough reason to explore the subject, no?

Suicide terrorism is on the rise in many parts of the world, but the most common explanations do not help us understand why. Religious fanaticism does not explain why boko haram of Nigeria employs suicide terrorism, a group that adheres to religious dictates (one which is supposed to preach peace and be against murder). Existing psychological explanations have been contradicted by the widening range of socio-economic backgrounds of suicide terrorist. I am sure at one point we attributed ‘poverty’ as the single dominant factor that will influence anyone to be a suicidal terrorist? Its obviously not as the Al Mutalab story showed us (he is the son of a very, very, very wealthy Nigerian ex-banker and investor who tried to blow up a plane headed for the states).

Looking at numerous studies, I have concluded that over the past two decades suicide terrorism, hell terrorism as weapon is on the rise because terrorist have learned that it pays. Suicide terrorist and terrorist in general sought to compel American and French military forces to abandon Lebanon in 1983, Israeli forces to leave Lebanon in 1985, Israeli forces to quit Gaza strip and west bank in 1994 and 1995, the Sri Lankan government to create an independent Tamil state from 1990 on, Turkish government to grant autonomy to the Kurds in the late 1990s, Nigerian Niger Delta Militants fighting for resource control in 2007, 2008, 2009 and more recently Boko Haram fighting to push all elements of westernization out of Nigeria.

In all cases but that of Boko Haram terrorism as a political tool actually helped them make realisable gains. Thus countries prone to all forms of terrorism disguised as religious or whatever for political gains need to pursue policies that teach terrorist that the lessons of the 1980s, 90s and late 2000s no longer holds, policies which in practice may have more to do with improving homeland security than with offensive military action.

Policies that will do more to secure our(Nigerian) very, very porous borders. I once made up a poem:
“WTH is happening in this country,
last week I gave a bribe to the customs guy and he let me sneak in an AK47,
I claimed I needed for hunting.
This week, I tried, I really tried
to sneak a plastic pellet gun through customs over in London- dang I culdnt” Lol! My attempt at poetry rocks 🙂

My point is for Nigeria to truly boost its tourism profile the government need to assure foreigners and Nigerians that the country is relatively safe.

No country is really safe, but what separates us from the developed world is that most people know that if you commit a crime you will most likely be caught and punished. And if you are terrorist (that includes bloody armed robbers and kidnappers) the government should catch you and punish you, not offer you amnesty.

The solution to Nigerian terrorism is to mordernise our police, customs and army. We also need to have an honest federal government who aren’t afraid to name and shame backers of terrorism, shut down accounts belonging to terrorist and their accomplices and ultimately prosecuting them when caught.


BTW I think the government should quit hiring thugs and twats to run their Parking enforcement companies in Nigeria- got me a ticket and I am still peeved with the attitude. DaNG!

Potential Tourism Game Changers of 2013 (Nigeria)

“Nigeria is so blinded by poor infrastructure and the ‘oil’ that wheels its corruption machine to focus on the potential huge revenue the hospitality industry can generate” Anonymous

Since the creation of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation in 1999, tourism has not seen a year with such dramatic developments with far-reaching impact on the industry as 2013. We shall just look at a few developments that have shaped the industry in the year preceding 2014.

-Intercontinental Hotel Inroad into Nigeria:

The 23-storey-building is regarded by many as the first truly five-star hotel in Nigeria. It is a N30 billion five star hotel funded by Skye and Wema bank Nigeria. The hotel was opened on October 6, 2013.
The hotel was declared open by the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola and is located in Victoria Island, it has 352 rooms. He described the hotel as “a worthy investment that has further closed the gap in the deficit of world-class hospitality in the state”

The hotel has provided employment for 650 Nigerians and 24 expatriates and is poised to offer world-class hospitality, professional training that will ensure capacity is built across the hospitality industry while empowering Nigerians and adding glamour to Nigeria’s mega city.

The Nigerian hospitality industry in the last couple of years, has seen a major endorsement and confidence from the worlds top hospitality brands as each of them are making efforts to have a foothold in the country. Carlson, Intercontinental, Holiday Inn/Ibis to name a few have some presence in the country and struggle for a share in the marketplace.

-AMCON taking over TINAPA:

This will probably prove to be another worthy marker for the new year. When the first phase of the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort was commissioned on April 2, 2007, it was like finally Nigeria was about to emerge from the tourism wilderness into a destination for business and leisure. But so far the resort hasn’t lived up to the vision and hype that heralded the opening. The reasons for this abound: interference by the Nigerian Customs, bad roads, government management, poor implementation of government policies, insecurity in the country and many others.

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria(AMCON) came to the rescue of the ailing resort by buying over the majority shares of the resort. This takeover has been seen as a good sign generally because of the way AMCON has turned the bad assets of a couple failed banks into profits in two years. Based on the agreement, AMCON is to buy back Tinapa’s debt totalling N18.dbn and provide N26bn for the revitalisation and resuscitation of the resort to reposition it as a private sector driven enterprise.

-Finally, the change in leadership of NTDC might mean a lot or nothing at all:

The Tourism development corporation changed leadership from Otunba Segun Runsewe to Mrs Sally Mbanefo in May 2013. Mr Runsewe did a reasonable job encouraging tourism, was an experienced tourism expert and was the face of the industry from 2006-2013. Mrs Sally is a seasoned banker on the other hand and has promised to build on the achievements on Runsewe and take the industry to greater heights. We just hope that with her connections in the banking sector she will woo investors into developing infrastructure that will ensure Nigeria moves closer to fulfilling the potential goldmine ‘Tourism’ is.

Let’s hope the markers set last year will lead to great strides being made into improving Tourism in Nigeria this year. Let’s hope Mrs Mbanefo and AMCON do their job and provide the leadership and the direction the industry so desperately needs.

The tourism industry has the potential to create jobs, build capacity, promote even development across the country, promote th good values of the country, improve security etc, tourism should be supported, tourism should be a major focus……….

Happy New Year Folks!! Remain Hopeful