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How To Spend 48 Hours In Enugu

Enugu is a cool city with a lot of tourist attractions. It has a blend of an ancient city and convenience of a modern city that charms visitors.
The tallest building in Enugu is the 6-storey African Continental Bank (ACB) tower and the 7-storey Hotel Presidential building; all located in the Central Business District of Enugu. The Michael Okpara square found in the middle of Enugu, has the Enugu State Government House, House of Assembly and Judiciary Complex all located near the square.

Day 1: Eat Igbo delicacies:

Okpa, Isiewu, Abacha, fiofio, akpu/fufu, Ugba, pepper soup and Nkwobi, akpu, banga soup, oha soup, nkwobi and ukwa are common delicacies popularly sold in restaurants in Enugu.
National Museum of Unity was established at the end of the civil war to stimulate unity. Military artefacts and relics from the Stone Age through the post-colonial period are housed in the museum. It opens weekdays from 9: 4:00pm.a4:00 pm.
Awhum Waterfall and cave: The cave is a breath-taking scenery with its waters believed to have healing and curative effects.
Ngwo Caves, waterfall, and Pine Forest has several caves and waterfalls. The Ngwo cave takes you through the trees of the Pristine Ngwo Pine forest.

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Day 2: Udi Hills:

The site of the first coal mine in Enugu. Opened in 1915 before it was replaced in 1917 by Iva Valley mine. The old tunnels for conveying the coals outside the hill is still present. Visitors should tour the hills and learn about the history of Enugu.

Milken Hills: It offers a beautiful standpoint to view Enugu metropolis, especially at dawn and dusk. Relics of coal mines and its beautiful tunnels are under the hills. The hills are good for mountaineering.

The Ani Ozalla Lake is located at Ozalla in Enugu. Sacrifices are offered to the crocodiles in the Lake, as they are believed to be goddesses.

Mmanwu Festival: This masquerade festival holds yearly at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in November. So, go to the stadium to enjoy the colourful events to honour the ancestral spirits. There are several masquerades that will be displaying an array of beautiful garbs such as Ojionu, the Enyi Mmanwu, Mmanwu Ugo and Ijele, the King of masquerades.

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Enugu: 12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Enugu

Enugu, nicknamed the “coal city” 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. Despite this, there’s a lot many people don’t know about Enugu. But of course, it’s never too late to learn.

1. The Meaning of Enugu

The name Enugu derived from two Igbo words, “Énú Ụ́gwụ́” means “top of the hill or mountain”. The name obviously denotes the city’s geography naturally decorated with rolling hills and valleys. The city was named after “Enugu Ngwo” under which coal was discovered. Enugu inhabited majorly by the Nike subgroup of the Igbo people, “ndi Nike” in the Igbo language means “those with strength or power”.

2. How did Enugu Become “The Coal City”

The Europeans commissioned Albert Ernest Kitson to lead an exploration in 1903 to find mineral resources in the area. In 1909 Coal was discovered in Enugu at the Udi Hills and this led to the construction of the Eastern Railway to transport coal to the port at Port Harcourt.

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Enugu was then developed by the Europeans to become one of the few West African cities with a European touch. Enugu was declared the capital of the Eastern Region after Nigeria’s independence in 1960 having previously served as the administrative capital of the same region from 1938 till independence.

3. Enugu Was Briefly the Capital City of A Country

The city also served as the “capital of Igboland” known as the Republic of Biafra in 1967. The Biafran capital was moved to Umuahia after the Nigerian Armed forces captured Enugu. In 1991, the old Anambra state was divided into two to create Enugu and Anambra State. Enugu remained the capital of the new Enugu State created by Ibrahim Babangida’s military regime.


4. The Best Time to Visit

Enugu city has a population of about 1 million people. This is one of the lesser populated metropolises in Nigeria. The city experiences two distinct seasons: the recurring rainy and dry season separated by the dusty Harmattan weather. It has a mean temperature of 26.7°C making it one of the most habitable cities in Nigeria. Travellers to the city are advised to visit this “British Developed City” during the dry season after the rains have subsided.

5. Visit the South-Eastern Capital of Nollywood Movies

The Urban market and bottling industries are some of the industries in the city. It is also the main filming location for the Nigerian movie industry known as “Nollywood.” Domestic and International flights land at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, and the Enugu Campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is the main educational establishment.

6. It is a City of Festivals

The New Yam Festival which holds to officially present the newly harvested yams to God and ancestors is as old as the Igbo culture. It usually holds between August and October with each community determining a date. Known locally as the “Emume iri ji Ohuru” or “Iwa ji” or “Ife ji oku”, it serves as the most unifying festival in Igboland. New Yam festival has become a major tourist attraction because of other colourful events such as Royal dance, Igba-Eze dance, cultural dance, masquerade parade & dance and musical rendition by various community groups. Enugu State organizes the annual Mmanwu (masquerade) festival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in November.

7. How To Get To Enugu

Enugu is accessible by road from all parts of Nigeria. ABC Transport Plc, Young Shall Grow Transport Ltd, Peace Mass Transit, Chisco Transport Ltd and God is Good Motors are some of the road transportation companies commuting passengers daily from various parts of Nigeria to Enugu with an average cost of 4000 Naira.

The major motor parks include Old motor park at Ogbete market, Newmarket or Gariki motor park.
Local airlines with direct flights to Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport include Medview Airlines, Arik Air and Air Peace.

8. Getting Around In Enugu

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The road network has federal roads connecting Enugu to other states of Nigeria while the state roads connect various local governments in the state. The State has a good road network plied by taxis and bikes (okada) making movement around town easy. You can also take a mini-van plying fixed routes through the city or take a taxi drop which is more comfortable but expensive.

9. Things To Do

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The top activities recommended for first-time visitors to Enugu include the various festivals held in different communities of the city.
Hospitality is the core value of Enugu city, so visitors should learn to first warmly greet, and ask about the family and health of the indigenes before conducting business.

Eat out to have a feel of the rich Igbo food culture

Enugu is the headquarters of popular Nigerian delicacies like Isiewu, Abacha, fiofio, akpu/fufu, Ugba, pepper soup and Nkwobi. Other foods like African salad, akpu, banga soup, oha soup, nkwobi and ukwa are also served in Enugu.

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10. Where To Eat In Enugu

Enugu is famed to be the custodian of the rich Igbo food culture. However, to enjoy the best local delicacies, tourists should try the common and less expensive “mama-puts” and restaurants around the city that serve awesomely prepared foods and soups like Okpa, Isiewu, Abacha, fiofio, akpu/fufu, Ugba, pepper soup, Nkwobi, akpu, banga soup, oha soup, ofe akwu, nkwobi and ukwa. Commence your learning about the Igbo cultural heritage with a taste of these nutrient-rich foods.
Okpa popularly called the “Lion’s food or the king’s meal” is made from Bambara flour gotten from Bambara nut. The best of this delicacy is sold at 9th Mile corner in Ngwo near Enugu.

Abacha also called African salad is a traditional Igbo meal made from cassava, oil bean seeds and spices; it is a major food included in menus for events in Enugu.

Nkwobi is a common pepper soup in an average city beer parlour; served with cow leg, it sells for a minimum of 600 Naira in restaurants and beer parlours. Ofe Akwu is the Igbo version of Banga stew made from palm fruit oil extract. Its unique aroma and taste are brought out by the scented leaf added during cooking. It is eaten with white rice, yam or plantain.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-5720420561137743&output=html&h=375&slotname=2952483046&adk=628551864&adf=798083827&w=360&lmt=1593768903&rafmt=11&psa=1&guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&format=360×375&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhotels.ng%2Fguides%2Fcity-guide%2Fenugu-travel-guide%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&wgl=1&dt=1593768436361&bpp=19&bdt=2320&idt=919&shv=r20200624&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D8104280f12cf1517%3AT%3D1593768437%3AS%3DALNI_MZSit_z4rQTTt70B0K0e59fY2juqQ&prev_fmts=360×300%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C0x0%2C360x656%2C360x90_as%2C360x788%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C360x375&nras=4&correlator=3716722124766&rume=1&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1214227042.1593768437&ga_sid=1593768437&ga_hid=330822026&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=222834356584444&dssz=57&mdo=0&mso=0&rplot=4&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=800&u_w=360&u_ah=800&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=13720&biw=360&bih=656&scr_x=0&scr_y=8999&eid=21060549%2C21066451%2C21066485%2C42530494%2C42530496%2C42530500%2C42530502&oid=3&psts=AGkb-H-3osYrhFrrG4TRLar33i_zlSIMOWXXdhaKwl_BFWwM17glD_NWk6SBFxL58A%2CAGkb-H8bBrfYmO1Z3woW5qw_pwROI9vqHykdIugonsKurJ-RRD9MJYiAaOX959qn1t29DKki_RBSSQ1d%2CAGkb-H_xupmsU2rroQfitB3Ni4SfPCnUa2z7Fc8IfQxq4RkMK7SQFxZvtJfPYFCP1uk%2CAGkb-H_K7xjjt_zA9SWRHFUiaxEiNto0MO5pK-lwAdoQT0cJ5TGGae7wbl5vDLjK%2CAGkb-H_xWy4VC5WBHVgKocGyfqa2bzo69o0_TMJzFybj5UksX-b8OEjXyr4TZSkFToI%2CAGkb-H_7QxHssC14rC5Fj655s9N6ksyZG0mqzYjv-7XL4Wa8QvQnOoPhsKz2J_h0m3X6%2CAGkb-H-qOS9H5Cu_t-FwQYGqVBaZSuHfmtiWJDgkXa6-Z85AyLEp5GMOumTqo9BjP1k%2CAGkb-H8V1TjnxrkJ5iZYGoK5mgEZn1cTdeXdX7976zbife5vU2n3zkx7dqoZpHe1B9w&pvsid=3818654086330189&pem=365&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=900&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C712%2C360%2C712&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CleEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8336&bc=31&ifi=8&uci=a!8&btvi=9&fsb=1&xpc=SmsWcVi30o&p=https%3A//hotels.ng&dtd=M

Yam and Agbugbu (FioFio) is a favourite meal for both locals and visitors. It is basically yam porridge and a mix of pigeon peas also called Akidi. It is eaten with palm oil onion and pepper sauce.

Restaurants in the city sell these local delicacies, with a few modern restaurants selling intercontinental cuisines. Mr BIGG’s, Emily Restaurant, Chicken Republic, Revelry restaurant, Happy Bytes and Raya Chinese Restaurant are examples of restaurants located along Ogui Road in Enugu.  Along Independence Avenue, are other restaurants such as 9’JA food, De Main Restaurant, Barcelos, and Golden Toast, serving local delicacies. For a more romantic restaurant, visitors should try the Polo Park Mall Food Court inside the Polo Park Shopping mall at Okpara Avenue and Genesis Restaurant at Zik Avenue in Enugu.

11. Tourist Attractions In State

The State is a haven for tourism with its large number of ancient landmarks and tourist attractions. The larger number of these tourist centres have free entry. The city a myriad of caves, waterfalls, springs, hills for mountaineering, forest reserves, monumental archaeological and cultural collections in museums and art galleries for historical and cultural preservation.

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Stadium

This is the home stadium of Enugu Rangers. It has a capacity of 22, 000. The stadium was named after the first President of the Republic of Nigeria, Dr Benjamin Nnamdi Azikwe. Local league matches are played at the stadium every weekend, so visitors can watch a live match in the stadium.

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Enugu Golf Club

It has 18 challenging and beautiful holes. The Golf course is open all year round and has become a tourist attraction to guests and residents in Enugu. It also houses a clubhouse and a fully-stocked bar where residents and visitors can drink and relax in a serene environment. The Golf course can be found at Mount Street in Enugu.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-5720420561137743&output=html&h=375&slotname=2952483046&adk=628551864&adf=1728199394&w=360&lmt=1593769587&rafmt=11&psa=1&guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&format=360×375&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhotels.ng%2Fguides%2Fcity-guide%2Fenugu-travel-guide%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&wgl=1&dt=1593768436380&bpp=20&bdt=-M&idt=907&shv=r20200624&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D8104280f12cf1517%3AT%3D1593768437%3AS%3DALNI_MZSit_z4rQTTt70B0K0e59fY2juqQ&prev_fmts=360×300%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C0x0%2C360x656%2C360x90_as%2C360x788%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C360x375%2C360x375&nras=4&correlator=3716722124766&rume=1&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1214227042.1593768437&ga_sid=1593768437&ga_hid=330822026&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=222834356584444&dssz=57&mdo=0&mso=0&rplot=4&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=800&u_w=360&u_ah=800&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=16092&biw=360&bih=656&scr_x=0&scr_y=11125&eid=21060549%2C21066451%2C21066485%2C42530494%2C42530496%2C42530500%2C42530502&oid=3&psts=AGkb-H-3osYrhFrrG4TRLar33i_zlSIMOWXXdhaKwl_BFWwM17glD_NWk6SBFxL58A%2CAGkb-H8bBrfYmO1Z3woW5qw_pwROI9vqHykdIugonsKurJ-RRD9MJYiAaOX959qn1t29DKki_RBSSQ1d%2CAGkb-H_xupmsU2rroQfitB3Ni4SfPCnUa2z7Fc8IfQxq4RkMK7SQFxZvtJfPYFCP1uk%2CAGkb-H_K7xjjt_zA9SWRHFUiaxEiNto0MO5pK-lwAdoQT0cJ5TGGae7wbl5vDLjK%2CAGkb-H_xWy4VC5WBHVgKocGyfqa2bzo69o0_TMJzFybj5UksX-b8OEjXyr4TZSkFToI%2CAGkb-H_7QxHssC14rC5Fj655s9N6ksyZG0mqzYjv-7XL4Wa8QvQnOoPhsKz2J_h0m3X6%2CAGkb-H-qOS9H5Cu_t-FwQYGqVBaZSuHfmtiWJDgkXa6-Z85AyLEp5GMOumTqo9BjP1k%2CAGkb-H8V1TjnxrkJ5iZYGoK5mgEZn1cTdeXdX7976zbife5vU2n3zkx7dqoZpHe1B9w%2CAGkb-H9MyN0BdhueMhNH8CSLCKcidC21APygi2GUdaS_DcjovjqfdWYD9JP-03yWk2A&pvsid=3818654086330189&pem=365&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=900&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C712%2C360%2C712&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CleEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8336&bc=31&ifi=9&uci=a!9&btvi=10&fsb=1&xpc=KWiZm4don5&p=https%3A//hotels.ng&dtd=M

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The Magic Garden

This is a park built solely for recreation and relaxation in a soothing atmosphere at the city centre. It houses a swimming pool and restaurants. Friends and family can gather for get-togethers in the garden. The garden occasionally hosts family-themed events and activities.

National Museum of Unity

Also known as Enugu museum, was established after the civil war in 1972 to heal the wounds of the Nigerian Civil war. It aims to promote understanding, peaceful co-existence and love among Nigerians. Visitors can tour the Igbo Gallery, Unity Gallery and the Enugu Coal City Gallery. Go with your phones and gadgets to capture the beautiful sights in the museum.

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Polo Park Mall

This mall is situated at Okpara Avenue in Enugu. The mall is important for its array of modern shops like swatch stores, Nike Store, The Hub Store, Fine brothers, HealthPlus, Montaigne Place, Pandora, Puma store and Shoprite. It has a food court where all the major food chains such cold stone creamery, Citi Chef, Golden Chef, KFC etc., sell local and international cuisines. Visitors to the Polo Park Mall can ride the giant Ferris wheel, grab a cup of ice cream, watch a movie in Genesis Deluxe Cinema and visit the bars to unwind and hang out with friends.

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Awhum Waterfall and Cave

Awhum waterfall is 30 metres high. It’s cascading waters is believed to possess therapeutic effects and curative powers. Visitors to the waterfall have been healed of all types of illnesses, and visitors are a wonderful time.

The Ugwueme and Udi Hills

The hills rise above hundreds of metres above sea level. Visitors to Enugu can take a hike to these hills for mountaineering and picnics. The first discovery of coals is found under Udi Hills, the first site of coal mining in Nigeria. Visitors to the hill can tour the tunnel beneath as it is now a tourist attraction. The hills are good for mountaineering and landscape admiration.

The Ezeagu Tourist Complex

This complex is the must-be place in Enugu as it has a large number of interesting places to wow all visitors to Enugu. The 3-km cave, cold and warm spring, waterfall and a lake within a 30-minute drive of the city centre makes the Ezeagu tourist complex resplendent with wonders. And with a proper layout and beautiful environment, family, friends and visitors can picnic and swim.

Milken Hills

The hills named after an Enugu colonial administrator gives a perfect panoramic view of Enugu metropolis, most importantly at dawn and dusk. The relics of the coal mines and the beautiful tunnels of the Iva Valley are underneath the hill, hence serving a triple purpose: Mountaineering, picnic, and tourism.

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Ngwo Pine Forest, Enugu

Hosted by Milken hill in the Ngwo community, Enugu. This neatly arranged cluster of pine trees marks out a path that leads to the Ngwo cave and waterfall in the same neighbourhood. The leaves of the pine trees form a natural blanket for visitors. The natural beauty and grace of the forest make it such a tranquil environment for picnics, relaxation, and meditation.

12. Where To Stay In City

The City has a large number of affordable and quality accommodations with cheap bars, cafes and restaurants. There are budget-friendly hotels for as low as 3000 Naira per night. Rooms in the hotels have comfy beds, air conditioners, en-suite bathrooms and occasionally swimming pools and gyms.

Dmatel Hotel and Resort situated at Independence Layout, Enugu, offers relaxation and leisure at the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a beautiful landscape and garden.

Nike Lake Resort/hotel is located on the banks of Lake Nike in Enugu. Made of 216 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. It is a perfect weekend getaway for singles, picnicking friends and even couples. It has breath-taking views in a secure and tranquil environment. The Airport is just a 15-minute drive to the hotel.

Amazon hotel is a budget hotel at Njemanze Street and has charming, spacious, and comfortable rooms in a serene and quiet location ideal for relaxation.

Hotel Toscana offers premium lodging arrangements and luxurious bedding in a fully air-conditioned room. It is an ideal lodging for travellers and residents.

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Atican Beach Resort: The Lagos getaway destination perfect for a staycation

Lagos is one of the top cities in Nigeria with numerous resorts perfect for beach side vacations and escapes.Atican Beach Resort [Hotels.ng] Hotels.ngAtican Beach Resort [Hotels.ng]

Atican Beach Resort is one of such locations — serene and dreamy.

Open Hours: All day

Contact person: 08136774408

Gate fee: N500 on weekdays, N1000 on weekends and public holidays

Things to take with you: Overnight bag, mat, beach kit and a camera.

Atican Beach resort is a pristine ocean-side destination in Lekki, one of the many private beach resorts in Lagos. It offers both one-day relaxation activities and lodging.

If you want to visit the beach, prepare for a fun day with family or friends, with lots of food, laughter and drinks. To rent a tent, especially when you’re in a group, is N10,000.about:blank

However, for lodging, prepare to enjoy both the clean white sands, but also the romantic layout of the resort. The resort has a restaurant, swimming pool with a view and a great barbeque spot!

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How to get to Lakowe Lakes

Located off Lekki Epe Expressway, just after Ajah, Atican Beach is on Abraham Adesanya Estate Road, Eti-Osa, Lekki, Lagos.

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Best time to visit

Any time of the year. However, weekends and holidays would more like receive crowds so book ahead.

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Cost of lodging

Atican Beach Resort lodging basically functions as a hotel. These are the rates for a room per night. Rates might change over time.

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Standard Room- N10,000

Standard Plus- N12,000

Deluxe Room- N15,000

Double Bed- N18,500

Family Room- N18,500

Executive Room- N20,000

Presidential Room- N25,000

Fun things to do in Lakowe Lakes

At Atican Beach Resort, relaxation and recreation come as the total package. At the resort, you can:

  1. Lounge by the beach
  2. Go horse-riding
  3. Eat all the beach-side delicacies… from suya to sea food
  4. Listen to a live band at night
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Among the 7 tallest statues in Africa, Nigeria shows up twice

Statues are just one of the many ways Africans express art and value for culture and individuals.Queen Moremi statue of Liberty, NigeriaQueen Moremi statue of Liberty, Nigeria

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1. 161 feet: African Renaissance Monument (Senegal)

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At 161 feet (49 m), the bronze African Renaissance Monument stands on top of one of the twin hills of Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, as the tallest statue in Africa. Unveiled in 2010, the project was launched by then Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade who considered it part of Senegal’s prestige projects, aimed at providing monuments to herald a new era of African Renaissance.

2. 66 feet: The Great Sphinx of Giza (Egypt)

Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a 20.21 m (66.31 ft) high limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the Pharoah Khafre.

3. 60 feet: Colossi of Memnon (Egypt)

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The Colossi of Memnon, or el-Colossat in Arabic, is actually a pair of massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The statues have been standing in the Theban Necropolis for the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), at the west side of the River Nile from the modern city.

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4. 42 feet: Queen Moremi Statue of Liberty (Nigeria)Know all about the legend of courageous Queen MoremiKnow all about the legend of courageous Queen Moremi

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Queen Moremi is revered by the Yoruba people as an epitome of selflessness, bravery and wisdom. She has been immortalized in several ways with books about her, public places named after her, and the grandest of all, the Queen Moremi Statue of Liberty, which was erected in 2016 by Oba Ogunwusi in the Ife palace. The 42 feet statue is the tallest statue in Nigeria, and the fourth tallest in Africa. Read more about the courageous Queen Moremi.

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5. 36 feet: Statue of Ramesses II (Egypt)

The Statue of Ramesses II is a 3,200-year-old figure of Ramesses the second standing. It was discovered in 1820 broken in six pieces, and previous attempts to restore it to original height proved unsuccessful until 1955. It now stands at 11 metres (36 feet) in Giza.

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6. 29 feet: Nelson Mandela Statue (South Africa)

The sixth tallest statue in Africa is the bronze statue constructed in honour of the late former South African president and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, in June 2013, to bring to a close the official 10-day mourning period for the much loved former state president. The nine-metre-tall bronze statue cost an estimate of R8-million and is located at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Do not confuse this statue with six-metre-tall Nelson Mandela statue located in Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg.

7. 28 feet: Jesus de Greatest (Nigeria)

Of course, we can’t talk statues without mentioning Imo state, Nigeria. After a 43-year-old businessman, Obinna Onuoha, had a dream in 1997 to build a giant statue of Jesus, the ‘tallest statue of Jesus in Africa’ commenced construction in 2013. Unveiled three years later, the statue stands in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Abajah village in Imo state. The statue was made of white marble and is 8.53 metres (28.0 ft) tall and weighs 40 tons. The largest statue of Jesus in the world is Christ the King statue which stands in Swiebodzin, Poland, at 33 metres (108 ft) tall.

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The 5 essential rules for a healthy vagina every woman should know

All women should be worried about their vaginal health, but what does having a healthy vagina entail?The 5 essential rules for a healthy vagina every woman should know [Credit: Girl Talk HQ]The 5 essential rules for a healthy vagina every woman should know [Credit: Girl Talk HQ]

When it comes to looking after down there, there’s nothing to feel embarrassed about and keeping your vagina in top condition is crucial and something every woman should prioritise.

Even though age plays a factor, the vagina generally has an acidic pH, should contain high quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections, and is naturally lubricated. It is also important to note that a healthy vagina also secretes small amounts of discharge which means secreting anywhere from a teaspoon to tablespoon of of discharge per day. Discharge is a normal physiologic reaction and it’s essentially shedding of cervical and vaginal cells. Only start to worry if you’re producing too much discharge or if its accompanied by a foul odour or odd colour.

If your discharge is comes with discomfort, whether it’s pelvic discomfort or vulvar discomfort, itching, or burning, that’s a problem and that change needs to be evaluated by a health professional.

Even though you may not realise it, following a balanced, healthy diet with lots of fruit and drinking plenty of water are both key to vaginal and reproductive health. In fact, certain foods may be effective in treating vaginal health problems.

Yoghurt can potentially help prevent yeast infections and aid in their treatment. It’s rich in probiotics, especially plain Greek yogurt, so if a woman is prone to yeast infections, taking a probiotic that is rich in Lactobacilli, or eating plain Greek yogurt every day can be helpful. If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, it may be helpful to take a cranberry supplement daily.

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1. Practice safe sex

Using condoms, be it male or female during sex helps to protect against sexually transmitted infections like HIV, genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts, and chlamydia. Some of these, like HIV and genital herpes, have no cure. And others, such as the HPV virus are known to cause cancer.

You should change condoms when switching from oral or anal sex to vaginal sex, to prevent the mixing of harmful bacteria into the vagina. You should also avoid sharing sex toys with your partner because that’s another way of spreading STI’s.

2. Wear the right clothing

Your vagina should stay clean and dry and the material and clothes you wear can affect that. Certain types of fabrics and tight-fitting clothing create warm, moist conditions in which yeast thrive. When it comes to your underwear selection, your vagina has a preference: cotton. That’s why most undies come with a strip of cotton in the crotch so make sure you wear breathable cotton underwear and avoid thongs and nylon underwear. If you’re prone to yeast infections, change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty workout clothes as quickly as possible.

If you experience a lot of discharge and dampness during the day, take two pairs of underwear with you every day when you go to work or school, and change your underwear during the day. It’ll help you feel more comfortable and will help prevent infection.”

You can take it a step further by wearing no underwear at all when you’re just hanging around the house to let things air out.

3. Lube is your friend

Bringing out lube may seem like a mood dampener for some but trust us, your vagina will thank you for it. Vaginal dryness can impact you if you take certain medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, or hormonal birth control and it can lead to irritable and painful sex.

When this happens, make sure you’re communicating with your partner so they don’t start having sex before you’re well-lubricated, because it’s uncomfortable and can even lead to abrasions in the vagina.

4. Get tested regularly

No matter how much or little you are sexually active, it’s important to get tested as often as your doctor recommends based on your respective risk factors, even if you’re in a monogamous relationship. STIs are not always symptomatic, and you may not even realise you have one until it’s too late,

Testing and diagnosis will help you get rid of any symptoms and figure out a treatment plan with your medical practitioner. When left untreated, conditions like gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to chronic pelvic pain and fertility issues.

5. Wash after sex

Before intercourse and after, it’s extremely important to make sure yours and your partner’s genital areas are washed and clean. Vaginas are prone to infection when they come in contact with other body fluids and skin. Therefor, you must wash the area and your fingers with plain water to keep bacteria in check.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Beef potato sandwich is kind of a big deal at our house. We grew up eating the regular sandwiches, probably the most famous being egg and sardine sandwich till one special day, my mum decided to try something different and it became a household favorite. I love beef potato sandwich, and the whole family loves it as well. We tend to make it at home a lot because it’s quick, easy and absolutely delicious. And it’s the perfect complement to a beverage you’ve got available. Or at least I think so.

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Beef potato sandwich is an amazing dish made with easily accessible ingredients. You can have it as breakfast or simply a snack. So what ingredients are in this easy beef potato sandwich? It’s mostly … (surprise!) beef. If you can use homemade ground beef, even better but it’s not necessary. It’s a very easy ingredient you can get from anywhere.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
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Making this sandwich is quite simple and once you get all your ingredients ready and everything becomes easy breezy. To begin, you start by cooking your minced meat or ground beef until it gives off its juice. To bring out the amazing flavours of the meat, you’d need just salt (to your taste) and the perfect seasoning for this…….

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Terra beef seasoning cubes.

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Terra seasoning cube is made up of wholesome ingredients, locally sourced and specially designed to meet the palate requirements of all Nigerians, in terms of aroma and flavour. I have been using it since it first hit the market and I can assure that you’re going to love it because of its ability to add taste to foods. What I truly love about this seasoning is the aroma and taste it adds to any dish and it leaves the whole house with a truly breathtaking feel. It comes in two variants; Beef and Chicken and we’d be using the beef seasoning for this recipe.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

So, you add the crushed terra seasoning, cooked potato and mix everything all up. To make it creamy, mix in the mayonnaise. Now you can enjoy this with any bread of your choice.

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The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

With that said, let’s get cooking.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Ingredients:::

3 medium-sized Irish potatoes

3 tablespoons cooking oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

300g beef, minced/ground

2 Terra beef seasoning cubes

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 cup sliced cabbage

7 bread buns (I used hot dog buns)

Ketchup (As desired) – Optional

Step By Step Directions:::

Step 1: Rinse the Irish potatoes and peel off the skin. Dice into small cubes pour into an empty pot. Add water, just enough to cover the potato in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes till it’s soft. Set this aside.

Step 2: Drizzle the cooking oil into the pan and leave to heat up for 30 seconds. Add the minced garlic and leave to sautee for 30 seconds before adding the ground/minced beef. Using a cooking spoon, separate the beef in the pan, add salt and cook for about 3 minutes till the meat starts to release its juice.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Step 3: Now it’s time to add the perfect seasoning…..Terra Beef Seasoning. Simply open each cube and crumble into the pan with the beef. Stir fry for about 15 minutes till the beef is well cooked. You’ll know it is once the colour changes to dark brown.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Step 4: Add the boiled potatoes and stir fry for 3 minutes before turning off the burner.

Step 5: Transfer the beef potato mix into a bowl and add mayonnaise. Mix till well incorporated. Spread extra mayonnaise in the bread and add a generous amount of cabbage into the bread. Add the beef and potato mix and drizzle the top with some ketchup and your sandwich is ready.

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home

Enjoy!

The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
The Terra-fic Way to make Potatoes Sandwich at home
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7 people tell us what staying at home has done to their eating habits

“My relationship with food has shifted from love. It’s more like dependence now.”Chop till you drop [Credit - Tenor]TenorChop till you drop [Credit – Tenor]

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Being placed on lockdown was always going to have different ramifications. As regards nutrition while in lockdown, being in such close proximity with food and with not much to occupy one’s time and mind, it was always going to be fascinating to see how people would respond.

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Reduced appetite as boredom increased, or get closer to all the food in your kitchen as a coping mechanism?

Here are 7 people talking about how being kept at home has affected their relationship with their stomachs.Food issues [Credit - Giphy]GiphyFood issues [Credit – Giphy]

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1. “I have abused rice and noodles too much”

So, majorly, most days, I eat like I normally would, because I’m kinda used to being at home. I wasn’t really going out, even before the lockdown started. Other days, I get tired of eating the same set of things, so I’m confused about what to eat and stay without food for the larger part of the day. As in ehn… just this morning, my sister and I were literally brainstorming on what to eat and we couldn’t come to a conclusion 🤦🏽‍♀.

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I have abused rice and noodles so much. I was particularly doing any fitfam or diet program before lockdown began. I’m lazy when it comes to routine so I just used to do 1-0-1, and in small portions.

Before lockdown my heathy eating was 65% out of 100 but now? I think I am on a 40. That’s largely because I was conscious about not taking carbonated drinks before the lockdown and I kinda succeeded in sticking to it. Now, I use them to replace food sometimes when I can’t seem to decide on what to eat.

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Also, I’ve taken a lot of pizza and cake since the lockdown started. – KejiHorny. But for food. [Credit - Blackish-ABC]Blackish/ABCHorny. But for food. [Credit – Blackish-ABC]

2. I’m always horny… but for food”

It’s almost like I’m horny. But instead of craving sex, it’s food I am dying to get. The craving is mad.

Somehow I still manage to get myself Burgers once a week. Some of the foods I crave, I make myself but the lockdown makes things a little difficult because some of the things you crave, you don’t have ingredients in the house and before you go see ehn… make 1 million boys no go kidnap pesin.

I have had so much rice , yam and egg, indomie. But if I had to pick one, omo na rice o. I have been eating rice like a bird. – Sarah.

3. “I’m drinking carbonated drinks again, after 5 months abstinence”

Fitfam and my waist ti laazzzdent. My wardrobe just dey look me dey laugh. I have been eating more. Not only have I been eating more, I have also been taking a lot of soda.

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Let me burst your brain, I successfully stayed away from soda for more than 5 months. But guess who has been downing at least a bottle of Pepsi or malt almost everyday

Before now, I eat bread once in like 3 weeks… forget that thing, na make I no enter kitchen now, bread is now almost an everyday thing for me.

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It doesn’t help that the two men I am staying with likes bread so it’s always available in the kitchen.

80-20. But I go pick up back sha, at least now I am back on my dinner time not being later than 6pm. Na the food and drinks be the major part. God help me. – Busayo.

4. “I’m pretty much eating the same [carbs] over and over again”

Omo na survival oh. No time to be picky. I have been eating mostly carbs, I don chop eba tire. One time I dey struggle to shit. I’m tired of eating rice, bread, spaghetti and noodles. See, I have abused rice. I have certainly overdosed on it.

And I think what I miss most about being able to eat out is having the freedom to choose out of all the varieties. I am eating more now that I’d normally do if there was no lockdown. But I am pretty much just eating the same things over and over again. – AJ

5. “Spending on food like Dangote’s daughter”

My relationship with food has shifted from love o. It’s more like dependence now. I eat like 5 times a day if I’m not fasting.

Mostly biscuits and beverage and cereal. But I constantly need to have something in my mouth. All the money I saved on transportation has been spent on food. I just dey hail myself ‘Jola Jola spending on food like you’re Dangote’s daughter’.

I know YOLO but LOL I’m not planning to die. There is life after Sisi Coro departs. Trying to start working out sha and making healthy substitutions. The oats I bought is just looking at me.

For me, if there’s a food I have abused it has to be Rich Tea biscuit, corn flakes and spaghetti. Funny enough I’m not gaining weight.Thank God for small blessings. – JolaSpending more than normal, on food [Credit - Shutterstock]ShutterstockSpending more than normal, on food [Credit – Shutterstock]

6. “When I’m bored, I eat”

My eating habit has become worse. When I am bored, I eat. All I see is fat. I was even trying to achieve my body goals before this lockdown of a thing but not anymore. I actually tried exercising and after two days, I stopped. 🤣🤣🤣

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You see rice and pasta ehn, I have eaten them so much that I might not touch them for an entire year after this lockdown ends.

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I have so missed being able to get small chops and amala from buka with all the normal assorted meat. Before now, I was 70% with my healthy eating attempts. But you see now ehn, I have fallen to 40%. – Lara.Stuffing your face with food as coping mechanism for boredom. [Credit - Lady on the goo]Lady On The GooStuffing your face with food as coping mechanism for boredom. [Credit – Lady on the goo]

7. “I think I am eating better now”

When I used to go to the office, I used to eat like once in a day but now, I eat twice at 11am and 7pm but I exercise a lot. I run three times a week. I just don’t want to be fat. With my body I can’t afford to relax.

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My eating habits wasn’t healthy sha because I don’t eat enough but it’s a good price to pay.

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I think I am eating better now. I’m not doing healthy eating. I’m just eating. Healthy eating is balanced diet and all abi? I’m not doing that. I’m just eating anything but not too much. – Stephen.

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5 best places to live in Lagos

We’ll be ranking this based on crime and safety, accessibility, quiet and peaceful domain and ideal environment for families.5 best places to live in Lagos. (Source - Architecture Lab)5 best places to live in Lagos. (Source – Architecture Lab)

Currently planning on moving or buying a house in Lagos? Then you should consider this places in Lagos, especially if you have kids.

We’ll be ranking this based on schools, crime and safety, accessibility, quiet and peaceful domain and ideal environment for families.

1. Ikoyi

Ikoyi is one of the best neighbourhoods on the coveted Lagos Island. It has some great schools and plenty of choices to make a pick from, from nursery through secondary. Crime and safety rank favourably, and the quiet and peaceful feel of the place makes for just the ideal environment for families.

2. Yaba

Yaba located on Lagos mainland is known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria. Majority of internet start-ups like Co-Creation hub, Andela and others has turned Yaba to one of the most sought-after locations.

Yaba may not be better than many places in terms of housing and economics, but it has good public schools and generally an ideal environment for families. The nightlife is unlike any other, with trendy eateries, hip bars and stylish clubs aplenty.

It also accommodates major schools in Lagos like The University of Lagos located in Akoka, Queens College and Yaba College of Technology making Yaba a place for the younger generation.

3. Ikeja

Ikeja is regarded as the central business district of Lagos. It houses most government parastatals with both the Governor’s office and government house located in Ikeja.

Ikeja is also a highly industrial area with several companies and really good schools.

Let’s not fail to mention the Government Residential Areas that are very conducive for your children.

4. Magodo

Although Magodo lies toward the outskirts of Lagos in close proximity to Ikeja and Ojodu Berger. Magodo is basically a residential area that is known to be home to some affluent people of society.

It may not be better than many places in terms of accessibility, but it has good public schools and generally an ideal environment for families.

5. Lekki – Ajah

Lekki to Ajah axis is another area in Lagos that offers an excellent setting for families looking to settle in the state.

Ajah might sound like some remote middle-of-nowhere place, but it actually does offer some great employment opportunities.

When you throw in additional perks such as friendly residents, great schools and jobs that are just around the corner, and top-notch medical facilities, you couldn’t wish for more.

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Coronavirus: How to maintain your sex life during this period

“For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[a] 8 and the two will become one flesh.’[b] So they are no longer two, but one flesh,” this the gospel according to Mark 10:7-8 (NIV).Coronavirus: How to maintain your sex life during this periodCoronavirus: How to maintain your sex life during this period

Couple are sometimes confused about how to have their sex life while observing various social distancing and isolation during this lockdown.

Although it is good to observe the various directives from health practitioners during this lockdown, it is not very necessary to completely lockdown on your sex life.

Try these measures to boost your sex life despite the lockdown and continue with the norm when everything is okay.

How safe it is to have sex during the coronavirus outbreak

Sharing the same environment shouldn’t change your sex life, however, when any of you begin to show symptoms of coronavirus then you should maintain your social-distancing and isolation, even within your home.

Having sex with new people

It is not advisable to have new sexual partners at the moment, because the risk is you could pass on the virus. Always remember that some people who are carriers of the virus won’t have any symptoms. So even if you feel absolutely fine, you could still pass on the infection to someone and they could pass it on to other people through close contact and kissing.

Whether or not to use condom

Using a condom during sex does not guarantee that one may not get infected with the virus. If you are using the condom to prevent an unplanned pregnancy or contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), then that’s fine. But to prevent coronavirus, then that is not an option.

Maintaining your relationship during this time

It’s important to constantly communicate with your partner more option usually in a respectful and compassionate manner. Living together does not mean that you’re entitled to sex whenever you want. Try new things like erotic stories to each other and sharing things that you did when you first met. This triggers more passion in the relationship.

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Do you still take Palm wine this are the health benefit of it

Natural Palm wine is tapped freshly from the sap of a palm tree and when gotten fresh without fermentation, it can be regarded as juice because it contains no amount of alcohol at this point. But when kept for some hours like a period of 2hours, fermentation takes place because of the natural yeasts in the air and now it contains alcohol about 5% and the taste becomes sweet and the colour will be white and it will be mildly intoxicating. 

The longer hours fermentation takes place, the more alcoholic and sour it becomes. In Nigeria, palm wine is commonly called ogogoro. Any good and well tapped Palm wine contains the following; magnesium, iron, sugar, protein, carbohydrate, yeast, bacteria and different vitamins.

Now if you are still taking or drinking palm wine, here is what you should read yo see what Palm wine Does To Your Health.

Benefits of palm wine to the health….. The following are what taking or drinking palm wine does to your health:

1. Palm wine contains Vitamin B2 which is an antioxidant, therefore, it helps yo fight against some cancer causing agents. Vitamin B2 is also known as Riboflavin 

2. Palm wine helps to maintain eyesight, this is because it contains the antioxidant Vitamin C known as ascorbic acid which can be found in some fruits also. Also, vitamin B1 helps in improving eyesight too. Vitamin B1 is the one called Thiamine

3. The antioxidant property of palm wine makes it helpful in speeding up the process of wound healing by repairing your tissues and promoting the growth of healthy cells. 

4. Due to its high antibacterial properties, palm wine is taken or consumed for treatment of food borne disease and diarrhoea diseases.

5. It can be used to treat skin rashes by applying it on the skin.

Note: you should limit your intake of fermented palm wine. Do not take it in excess because fermented palm wine contains high amount of alcohol and can be intoxicating. So it can be bad for your health when taken in excess because we also know that drinking alcohol in excess destroys important organs in the body so does palm wine. So drink with caution. Remember, health is wealth.