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Sunday, November 20, 2016

How To Travel Nigeria In 7 Days

Abuja, Nigeria

Feeling adventurous and have seven days to spare? Why not travel around Nigeria?! From the north, east, west to the south, the country is engorged with beautiful and remarkable cities (some untouched by democracy, scandal or progress), rich history, ancient art, enthralling and age-caressed landscapes, delicious food, delightful cultures and generally, fascinating, friendly people; all certain to make your trip a life changing one.

Nigeria may be referred to as the giant of Africa, however, its geographical size is far from being regarded as the largest in the continent. Traveling the entire country in those few days can be a breeze, especially with the help of all the technology that is now available to us in this jet age. All you need is careful planning and Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal has tips to help you achieve this daring feat that sure to be bring life-long memories.

Consider The Timing

Before you set out on your trip, you need to ensure the timing is perfect for the selected areas. While different destination in the country have varied weather conditions, they usually all experience the two seasons: the dry and the wet season. The dry season usually spans from September to March while the rainy or wet season stars from late March and ends early September. Dry season would be the best time to embark on this trip as there is a very slim chance of being delayed by unfavorable weather. Also, most of the festivals around the country are held during the dry season, so you can seize the opportunity and experience them as well.

 How to Travel Nigeria in 7 days

Select Key Areas To Visit

It is impossible to visit every nook in the country, even if you have more than seven days. Before you set out on the journey, make a list of all the prominent sites within the country, the different cultures and settlements and research on them .Afterward select the most the options that seem feasible and make your plans around them. While selecting key areas to visit, check your budget and consider accessibility: are there mapped out roads? Is there free entry? Try not to cramp your list as doing so will probably just leave you stressed out and largely unsatisfied as you might not cover everything on the list in seven days as intended.

Save Time With Flights

While Nigeria is not as large as some other countries in Africa, it is still a large expanse and you will be covering quite a distance. It is best to use flights rather than land transport options as they will cut out the extra time on the road. Find out the cities on your list that have airports and plan your transportation schedule in such a way that you can accommodate more flights than bus rides. A perk of flying is that you get to enjoy the aerial view of a city before you touch down. For instance, you cannot really understand why Ibadan is called the red roof city until you have enjoyed an aerial view.

Research The Best Routes

Like they say, there are many ways to kill a rat, and likewise, there are many routes to which you can connect to the different municipalities in Nigeria. It is important to research the best routes to navigate the country and to do that, you need to put certain things into consideration. Where would be your starting point? What landmarks and iconic attractions around the country are you essentially determined to explore? How accessible are the different locations pinned down on your list? Where are the short cuts? Answering these question gives you a better idea on how to plan. It is also important to study the layout of the country as well as the destinations you intend to tour.

Sleep In Transit

You have only got seven days and a lot of places to cover, you certainly do not have the luxury of sleeping in or whiling away time in a hotel. Manage your time effectively and catch up on sleep while in transit, either on the flight or on the bus. In order not to miss certain exciting sights on the way or essential stops, it may be advisable to time your movements or at best, ask a traveling companion to wake you up at intervals. Adventurous travelers understand the thrill that come with times explorations and usually enjoy this kind of trips the most.

Stay Optimistic

The best way to enjoy traveling Nigeria in seven days is by staying optimistic. Optimism boosts a good state of mind and usually ensure that everything becomes an adventure! Be prepared for eventualities, and tackle every challenge with glee. Ask for advice from locals where needed and keep an open mind while experiencing the different cultures.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top 5 Places That Tell The History And Reveal The Culture Of The Igbos

Top 5 Places that tell the history and reveal the Culture of the Igbos

The Igbos, one of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria, are known to have a rich culture and remarkable history. While modernization has ensured the erosion of certain aspects of their culture, much of its history has been preserved, including relics from the past which reveal its heritage. Below are five of the places where the culture and history of these people who dominate the eastern part of Nigeria can be discovered.

1. lgbo-Ukwu Museum

The Igbo-Ukwu museum - Anambra state, Nigeria.
The Igbo-Ukwu museum
The Igbo-Ukwu museum is in Ngo village, Igbo-Ukwu, Amabara state. The town, Igbo-Ukwu is of great historical and cultural significance in Igbo land as it is notable for bronze artifacts from a very sophisticated bronze metal-working culture centuries before other known bronzes of the region. 

9th century Igbo-Ukwu bronze ceremonial staff head
It is in recognition of this that the Federal Government in Nigeria granted approval for the hosting of an annual National New Yam Festival in Igbo- Ukwu to promote the culture and tradition of Ndigbo and new yam festival. The festival takes place at National Yam House built by the Federal Government in Igbo- Ukwu since 2005. The Igbo-Ukwu bronze treasures were accidentally discovered by a worker who was hired to dig a cistern by Mr. Isaiah Anozie during dry season in 1939.

Subsequent archaeological excavations of the area led by Professor Thurstan Shaw led to the discovery of other sites , making a total of three sites: Igbo Isaiah (a shrine), Igbo Richard (a burial chamber), and Igbo Jonah (a cache). Among the recovered object include a ritual Pottery Vessel,Scabbard, Pendant with rams head, Human face with scarification, Bronze bowl and a pear – shaped bowl. While some of these artefact have been exported and some lost, the Museum plays a significant role in preserve the remaining Igbo ukwu pieces, indigenous productions, which are vital in discerning the ancient history of not only Igbos, but of the human existence within ancient Africa. lgbo-Ukwu Museum has remained an attraction to tourists mostly because of its bronze artifacts. It is great place to visit as the bronze pieces are a sight to behold.

2. The Long JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu

The Long JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu

Arochukwu is the third largest town in Abia State (after Aba and Umuahia) in southeastern Nigeria and is a famous tourist destination as the cave of the famous long juju oracle is a particular attraction. It is originally, a religious centre with a well-laid down administrative structure headed by a Chief Priest. The cave is believed to hold the long metal pipe through which the gods speak to the people, and was used to judge the perpetrators of crimes in the old time. 

A dark kilometre-long series of tunnels, some deeply mysterious features of the shrine include the Throne of Judgement, where Chukwu would decide on the fate of a person, the Tunnel of Disappearance, and the Red River, which would turn coloured when a person was killed. What makes this shrine, also known as Ibinu Ukpabi, a spectacular historical site in the region is the role it played in the slave trade era and thus the impact it made in Nigeria’s history. 

In the 15th Century, when the slave trade was introduced, West African middlemen used it to their advantage, as the condemned were no longer killed inside the shrine, but secretly sold on into slavery. The mystic Long-Juju shrine, the slave routes and other relics of the slave trade era have become important tourist attractions in the area as a result of what they represent in Nigeria’s history.

3. Mbari Cultural Centres

Mbari Cultural Centre
Mbari House
Mbari is a traditional arts and crafts center retained by the Imo State council for Arts and Culture. Situated at Ikenegbu in Central Owerri, Mbari, it is an open air museum that houses monumental arts depicting the culture, tradition and history of the Igbo people. Sometimes referred to as the ‘house of gods’, it is a huge tourist attraction. 

Although Mbari is a monumental art sacrifice to "ALA" the earth goodness, it also shelters artistic representations - artefacts as well as sculptures- which tell of the prevalent social life of the Igbos and images of other prominent deities that inhabit the traditional Igbo cosmic system. These deities include Amadioha (the god of thunder), Ogwugwu (the god of the forest), Nwaorie (the goddess of Nwaorie River), Ahiajoku (the god of harvest), etc. Closely attached to each deity are images of animals such as monkeys, tortoise, rams, snakes and owls, believed to represent errand spirits or mystical messengers of the deities. 

There are also images of Ikoro, the Igbo traditional instrument for communicating messages; unfamiliar creatures such as the ostrich (Enyi Nnunu); a certain tall figure representing Alakuko, allegedly the tallest man in Igboland; ‘Onye afo toro’, a man whose stomach became bloated because he committed an abomination against Ala, etc Contrary to general assumption, Mbari is neither a centre for idol worship nor an idol in itself. It is an art form that has its origin very deep in Igbo cultural and religious beliefs and practices. The Mabari cultural centre is a three dimensional cultural facility, made up of the Mbari House, Mbari Museum Kitchen and an amphitheatre, and definitely a must-see location.

4. National War Museum Amafor Isingwu Umuahia

National War Museum Amafor Isingwu Umuahia
National War Museum
National War Museum Amafor Isingwu Umuahia is a museum set up to exhibit relics used during Nigeria’s Civil war of 1967. The museum has the largest collection of the Nigerian civil war weapons that are no longer in used. The weapons are from both the Nigerian military and the defunct Biafra. Commissioned in 1985, the museum is located at Ebite Amafor in Isingwu Autonomous Community in the Umuahia North Local Government Area. 

The museum’s location was chosen because it was where the bunker housing the famous shortwave radio “the Voice of Biafra” was transmitted from. It has three galleries featuring items on the traditional warfare, armed forces and Nigerian civil war weapons. War relics in the museum include weapons used during the pre-colonial civil disturbances, warfare materials used during communal and inter-tribal wars and those of the Nigerian civil war. 

The Museum Complex opens at 10am and closes at 6pm daily with a gate fee of N100 (one hundred Naira, less than $1). For those who did not experience the civil war, they may not get a mental picture of how it occurred without visiting the museum. And for those who did, they could relive the period by visiting the museum. It is a perfect way to gain firsthand knowledge of the civil war, a huge part of Nigeria’s history. It is certainly a place to go.

5. Mungo Park House

Mungo Park House
Mungo Park House
Mungo Park House, also known as National Museum Asaba, is tucked behind the Delta State High Court and the state Library Board complex along Nnebisi Road, Asaba, Delta state Nigeria. Although named after Mungo Park, the man who discovered River Niger, the prominent colonial vestige of pre-fabricated wooden storey building was never owned or visited by Mungo Park. 

The house was constructed by the Royal Niger Company (RNC) in 1886 and served as the first British administrative headquarters in the country and invariably the first government house in Nigeria. The Mungo Park House offers education on Nigeria’s rich historical background (mainly that of trade and investment in pre-colonial era) and journey to civilization. Although some parts of the building are slowly dilapidating due to the elements (weather corrosion), it is definitely a place to visit. The museum is also just a few blocks from the popular Grand Hotel, Asaba.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

5 Ways To Survive Long Distance Relationships

5 ways to survive long distance relationships

Whether you have been in a long-distance relationship for a while, or recently started a long-distance relationship, one thing you will agree to is that being in a long-distance relationship can be quite a challenge. You find that you shift from seeing your partner all the time to seeing each other once every few months when you travel to see them, a change with serious consequences to your daily lives.

Agreed, a long-distance relationship can definitely be worthwhile if you are committed to developing your relationship. Jumia Travel, shares 5 ways travelers can survive long distance relationships.

1. Know each other’s schedules

To keep your long distance relationship going smoothly, it is important to know when the other person is busy, that way one person does not feel neglected or the other does not feel disturbed or even irritated when contacted by the other. Keep track of the small and big events that are taking place or will take place in each other’s life such as business trips and meetings etc. Also, if you both experience a difference in time zones, ensure you put it into consideration.

2. Set some ground rules to manage your expectations

Both of you need to sit down and discuss the goal of your relationship. Ensure there is a possibility that you two will one day be together and achieve your happily ever after, then set some ground rules that will clearly cover what you expect of with each other during this long distance relationship, that way, none of you will do anything that will take the other party by surprise.

3. Be creative with your communication

To ensure you don’t get tired of the whole long distance situation, it is important that you not only communicate regularly, you are creative in how you communicate with each other. Speak to each other at least two times a day and ensure you and your partner stay updated on what is happening in your lives, however mundane some of the things may seem. Also spice up communication with pictures, audio clips and short videos from time to time.

4. Do similar things together

The fact that you are not in the same geographic location does not mean that you cannot do things together. Schedule to watch the same TV show at the same time in your different location , play an online game together, go online-shopping together or even take a walk together outside while video-calling each other. There are many things you both can do together, even if you are not in the same space physically. It is a great way to create some shared experiences even though you are living apart.

5. Follow each other on social media

Stay connected on social media. From Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, ensure that each of you have access to view each other’s activities online. Like each other’s photos, tweet at each other and tag each other. Basically, be cool about stalking each other.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

5 ‘Sounds of Lagos’ You Can Never Miss When Junketing Around The City

5 ‘Sounds of Lagos’ You Can Never Miss When Junketing Around The City

Lagos like every other cosmopolitan city have things that are peculiar to them. The over 20 million Lagosians running around to earn a living on streets/markets and in offices, the shenanigans of the danfos or passengers/police and the pomp of the nightlife. However, one distinct thing you cannot miss is the sounds of Lagos. These sounds can be annoying at times but if you are a newbie in the city or a staylite, you can never miss it. We identify some of the sounds of Lagos! Enjoy!

The Generator Noise

Generator has become an important feature in the life of Lagosians due to unstable power supply. The sound or noise runs 24 hours in homes, offices, markets, hospitals, hotels, and even government offices. Except something drastic is done about power, the sound of generators will continue to boom in the lives of not only Lagosians but Nigerians.

The voice of the early morning preacher

Nigerians are very religious. Hence, we go all out to preach the gospel and win souls for ‘God’. To achieve this, the Mosque invite Muslim faithful to prepare for prayer while the Christians share the word of God on the streets as early as 5 am. On other days, the loud singing, chanting and drum beats in churches and mosques will no doubt get your attention. Religion is a sensitive issue in Nigeria. So, efforts by government to regulate this ‘noise’ has had little or no impact.

Shoemaker on the streets-Nigeria

The Wakaabout beat of the shoemaker

The shoemaker with his small box which contains his tools move around the nooks and crannies of Lagos calling persons who want to mend their shoes to bring them out. He doesn’t make the announcement with his voice, he simply uses a stick to beat his box. Lagosians who hear that sound know that the cobbler is around!

The aggressive bus conductor calling passengers

Oshodi! Ikoyi!! Lekki!!! If you are on Lagos roads, you will be used to the bus conductors inviting different passengers to board their buses to different Lagos destinations. They shout at the top of their voice. If you are not careful, you may be hassled to enter the wrong bus.

The booming music from roadside loudspeakers

Strategically placed at bus stops, parks and markets to get noticed, the seller plays music on giant loudspeakers in other to attract potential customers or buyers. It remains to be seen if this music actually gets the attention of customers and translates into sales.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Student Travel Insurance – A Must for Students

As a child, your parents prefer to send you to a school found in the local area. This helps them to monitor you in school because you're not far away. However, as you grow older, you soon realize that you need to pursue your studies abroad where you can learn greater knowledge and experience. This is not unusual in today's modern times and if you do decide to study abroad, you should never forget to get a student travel insurance.

Studying abroad can change a student's life drastically. The whole experience may be intimidating to you as a student but if you have student travel insurance, some of your concerns are eased. You can be sure that things like emergencies and hospital costs will not bother you.

There are different types of insurance policies and a student travel insurance is just one of them. It protects you as you study abroad and while you're away from the comforts of your home. Some student insurance policies differ in the coverage but oftentimes it includes the following – health and accident benefits, medical evacuation, lost luggage, travel delay or interruption, stolen money, and many others. You need to determine the ones you want covered in the insurance so you need to look into each policy that comes your way. Compare the coverage and benefits as well as the exclusions. The price of the policy is not a major consideration however, if you have budgetary constraints, you can choose a cheap policy that offers most of your coverage needs.

Students studying abroad often get sick because of climate and weather changes, being homesick, or catch foreign diseases. The student can recover from whatever illness or accident that he or she encounters. As a student, you need to be prepared for these things and you already know your ticket to a problem-free student life abroad – and that is having student travel insurance.

Whether you're a teenager or an adult student, you definitely need student travel insurance. This is a need and not just a luxury. High school, college, Masters courses, or even doctoral degree students should still have insurance. You see, studying in a foreign country is very much different from studying locally so you must always prepare for the worst. This is not to scare you in any way but wouldn’t it be better to have some form of insurance to ensure your safety? Even your parents will not worry much when you're abroad because they know that you're safe and insured.

Even if you have a limited allowance, you should still get student travel insurance. There are actually affordable policies that you can purchase. Search over the internet and you can get several quotes that you can choose from. There are even special packages offered to students by the insurance providers to make the purchase of the insurance pocket-friendly.

The risks involved in studying abroad are quite huge and you probably don’t want to take chances. To assist you in studying abroad, get student travel insurance now and you will have fewer things to worry about. Now, you can study much better and you can concentrate more. Tell your parents now about your plans of studying off-country so that they can also prepare for it. They will be glad that you're also thinking about your future and they will be more than willing to help you out.