Living in Abuja: What it’s like vs what people think it’s like

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, in the middle of the country.

At the 2016 census, the city of Abuja had a population of 3,564,126 making it one of the most populous capital cities in the world. According to the United Nations, Abuja grew by 139.7% between 2000 and 2010, making it the fastest growing city in the world.

Growing up in abuja, you would often hear phrases like,

“Ah you are eating the National cake”

I mean what?

You would often hear your extended family talking over the phone from another part of Nigeria to your parents making crude remarks. Like “abuja is the centre of money”.

Like we just have money growing from trees here.

People like to think that abuja people all live in one big fancy estate where we take casual strolls to each others house to say good morning chap.

Reason why you hear things like; I have a friend in abuja you might know him. Oh please, Abuja is often prided of it’s good roads and it’s high class regional planning. Which leads people to assume that it takes us 3 millisecond for people to move from one end of the state to another.

Source: yaxsfotografee 

My people in sun city can relate to the long hours spent on the road. Abuja is a beautiful place to live in, I mean so many great scenarios for taking pictures. Despite the fact that we may be very proud people with disregard for the poor and suffering, we still have a number of big hearted philanthropist and we may be the originators of the term “packaging”.

We are an alright set of people with tightly knitted packs of people who love themselves.

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