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Due east of Lagos, northeast of Port Harcourt, and southeast of the nation’s capital Abuja, the agricultural centre of Abakaliki is the capital city of Ebonyi State, perfectly place for trade at the intersection of the Enugu, Ogoja and Afikpo highways.
Abakaliki was once a centre of the slave trade and an important province during British colonial rule in eastern Nigeria. Now Abakaliki is abundant with natural resources and minerals, such as limestone, lead, zinc, crude oil and salt, earning it the nickname Salt of the Nation.
As a centre of southeast Nigeria’s farming trade, Abakaliki’s also known as the food basket of Nigeria, and produces a varied list of crops including rice, kola nuts, yams, cassava and other vegetables, as well palm oil, palm kernels, livestock and eggs.
The city is also home to several quarries, a fertiliser blending plant, and several food processing factories, including a number of rice mills.
Abakaliki became the capital of Ebonyi State in 1996, and before that it was a small town best known for its lively food markets. The city has developed rapidly since then, and today it is home to modern facilities and a diversified workforce, including farm workers, service providers and civil servants
While you’re in the state capital, check out the State Government House, the State High Court complex, and the State House of Assembly. Ebonyi State University, or EBYU, is also in Abakaliki, as is a teaching hospital and a federal medical centre, a golf course, an amusement park, and a good selection of restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs.
Ebonyi State is known for its dance groups, annual festivals and other events. Time your visit to see the New Yam Festival or you might see a masquerade or wrestling contest when you’re in Abakaliki.
Ebonyians are deeply in touch with their culture, and you’ll notice how age-old traditions continue to thrive throughout the region. If you want to learn more about Abakaliki’s history, head for the historic sites on the Ezza and Afikpo slave routes, which act as a reminder of the notorious slave-trade era.
If you’re looking for hotels in Abakaliki, use Expedia’s map to check out the section of the main Enugu–Ogoja Road between Abakaliki Township Stadium and the Viip International School. Staying here puts you in a good spot for the Federal Teaching Hospital’s two main sites, as well as Ebonyi State University’s Presco Campus.
Expect to find airy, purpose-built mid-range accommodation here, with free WiFi, 24-hour room service, meeting rooms, banqueting halls and concierge services, as well as modern guest rooms with living areas, fridges and flat-screen TVs, plus a selection of restaurants and bars.
Use Expedia to find the perfect Abakaliki hotel so you can explore this exciting part of Nigeria in comfort.