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Arts

Abuja Art and Craft Village

Located behind the Musa Yar'adua Centre, Central Business District, this village is open from 8 am to late daily. This is one of the wonderful places where visitors can see and buy some of Nigeria's arts and crafts that represent the country's culture. The art shops are thatch-roofed huts with walls made from red earth (clay). The art ranges from small sculpted "warrior and horse" statuettes, beaded necklaces and bracelets, African traditional masks, leather bags and clothes. Food and drink stalls are also available.

National Gallery of Art

This Gallery is Located at No. 1, R. A. Adeleye Close, Off  Usman Sarki Crescent Cadastral Zone, Utako District, Garki (website: www.nga.gov.ng). There exist 6 other branches across the country, with their headquarters in Utako District. Established for the promotion and presentation of creative visual art in Nigeria, this gallery offers varied functions such as acquiring and collecting Nigerian works of art, organizing permanent and temporary exhibitions, organizing workshops, lectures, seminars and conferences on the theory, practice and appreciation of arts etc. It also runs programmes like: artists-in-residence programme, children art workshop, national symposium on contemporary Nigerian art and an annual distinguished lecture.

Bwari Pottery Village

Located next to the Nigerian Law School, Old Suleja Road, Bwari. Opened from 8am to 6pm daily, Contact address: +234(0)803 452 8805. The fantastic design of a palm-thatched roofs and arrowhead-shaped windows and a studio being laid out like a gallery, attracts visitors to this village. The main activity is the, training of new generation of potters to encourage creativity and cultural exchange to the newest enterprises. Has a shop that produces variety of items, from pitchers and vases to casserole dishes, teapots and decorative lanterns.

Ladi Kwali Pottery Studio (Former Abuja Pottery)

This pottery is located on the Old Suleja Road, Bwari. It was founded by Micheal Cardew, and named after the first female trainee called Ladi Kwali whose face can be found on the twenty naira note. She was the first to introduce the knowledge of traditional Nigerian pottery. Made large pottery pots which were used for cooking and as water jars. Due to her hard work, she was inducted in to the Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science and Literature in October 2010. This studio is used to show case the work of local artists, whose traditional and western dishes, bowls, pots, and paintings are all for sale.

Nike Art Village

This village is situated on the Airport Road, behind Texaco Petrol Station, in the Central Business District, Abuja. It is open from 8am to 7pm daily. Contact: +234(0) 802 313 1067 (website: www.nikeart.com). Have 4 branches: Ogidi, Lagos, Oshogbo, and Abuja- being the newest. The Abuja village consist of stone statues, carvings and huts with animal shaped roofs. There is an outdoor exhibition space or artists and teachers who live on site, and the display of colourful batiks fusing traditional and contemporary styles. During the week there are workshops in African dancing and drumming, as well as the availability to sign up for individual tailored art classes. Tours are offered to the various Nike Villages, as well as other museums and galleries.

Obiagu Centre

Located at Salamander Cafe, 5 Bujumbura Street, off Libreville Street, Wuse II - North Western part of the city. Open from 8am to midnight daily. Contact: +234(0) 702 785 0932 or call Ifesinachi Nwanyanwu on+234(0) 803 452 7318. The Obiagu Arts Centre is an Afrocentric art centre exhibiting renowned and upcoming artists' expressions in sculptures, and paintings. This is a good place to check out and buy some contemporary African creativity artistic work.

Thought Art Pyramid Art Gallery

This gallery is found on 62 Parakou Crescent, Wuse II, and opened from 8am to 8pm. Contact: +234(0) 803 332 2885. It is a creative landmark of the city and its purpose is to assist artists reach their creative potential, as well as promote Nigerian art on the map at home and abroad. Has a modern exhibition hall which also acts as a training centre for artists and curators in a programme offered throughout the year. In it there is also a well-stocked library with good collection of materials on Nigerian and African art. Visitors are encouraged to feel free to drop in to view and purchase art of startling originality by the Nation's Finest Artists.

Torch of Africa

Situated at Ascon Filling Station, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, the Torch of Africa is opened Mondays to Saturdays from 10:30am to 8:30pm and Sundays from 2pm to 8:30pm. Contact: +234(0) 9461 8222 or 803 291 8597. Shares floor space with the arts and crafts, pottery and batik prints with fashions and gift items such as calabashes, cushions and necklaces. Their shop also has dresses and dashikis made from West African Fabric.

Ushafa Pottery Village (Art and Craft)

This pottery village is located in Ushafa, along Bwari Expressway, which is in the Northern Axis of the Federal Capital Territory, about 20 km from Abuja city centre.  This area is famous for their uniquely stylish craft in pottery giving the village the honour of hosting numerous international statesmen, like the former United States President, Bill Clinton who was awarded a chieftaincy title and citizenship of the village. Pottery making of different sizes and shapes are made and can be purchased from this village.

Entertainment

The Yar'Adua Foundation

Located on One Memorial Drive Central Business District, Opposite Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Contact: +234(0) 9524 0021 or +234(0) 9524 0022. This foundation was built in memory of the late General Shehu Musa Yar'adua, Former President of Nigeria. The Yar'adua Foundation has a lot of facilities which ranges from libraries, a centre with both conference facilities and a shop to buy gift items, organized programmes such as charity projects, Yar'adua Merit Scholars etc, exhibition halls, and above all the Late President's speeches, photographs and biography. For more information visit: www.yaraduacentre.org.

Wonderland Amusement Park

It is located at 1 kukuwaba Road, opposite the National Stadium. This wonderland is equipped with a small roller coaster, merry go rounds, rides, games arcade and bumper cars, trains. There are some activities for younger kids like bouncy castles, and a safe place for older children to enjoy themselves. There is also the availability of a range of refreshments and dining facilities.

Abuja Amusement Park

This Park located on Bumbuna Street Zone 1, Wuse, South of the Central Business District. It is open to visitors from Monday to Sunday from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm. This park is ideally for kids, and provides amusement facilities such as: Merry-go- round, bump cars, galloping horses, hydra ride, train octopus, rally cars, themed rides and a restaurant.

National Children's Park and Zoo

This exciting park is situated in the North Eastern corner of Abuja city at the base of Aso Rock, near the Murtala Muhammed Expressway. Opened daily for visitors, this park, introduces children to different types of domestic, wild animals and birds. Examples include: camels, donkeys, chickens, and watch wild animals like cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and lions.

Julie Useni Park

Founded by the Environmental Protection Board, this park is located on Area 1, Section 2, opposite area 1 Shopping Centre along Festival Road in Garki District. The park has a collection of wild and domestic animals like: turtles, alligators, lizards, antelopes, rabbits, jackals and a wide variety of birds including parrots, geese, ducks and many more. Facilities being developed within the park include a business centre, a cafeteria, a snooker hall, soya spot among others. The park is ideal for animal lovers and children recreation.

IBB International Golf Club

This fantastic golf course is located on Aso drive in the Maitama District of Abuja City. It occupies a land area of about 101 hectares with a number of ponds, lakes streams and bridges. The 18-hole green international standard Golf Course attracts local and international tournaments in collaboration with major hotels in the city and Golf Association throughout the country.  The International Golf and Country Club is an exclusive club with access for members only. Website: (www.abuja-ng.com/ibb-international-golf-course.html)

The Dome

This is Abuja's all-in-one retail and leisure destination of shops, restaurants and night clubs, located at 423 Cadastral Business Zone, AO, Central Business District. Attractions in the Dome include Bodyline Fitness Centre, The Tropical Flowers and Palm trees of the Para disco Garden, Octagon Nite club,  Wesley Snipes VIP Lounge, the Summit Restaurant (Offering Nigeria, Asian and European Food), swimming pool and an indoor games arcade with a ten-lane bowling alley, a gymnasium with a pool table.

Movie Theatres

There is a wide range of movie theatres in Abuja, some examples include:

Salamander Café

Located on 5 Bujumbura Street, Off Libreville Street, Wuse II. Open from 8am to 10pm daily. Contact: +234(0) 0702 785 0932. Great place to hang-out, as it hosts a Sunday night art house film club from 6pm to 8pm. The film sessions are free of charge and there is usually a chance to discuss and share ideas over a drink.

Silverbird Cinema

Situated at the Ceddi Plaza, 264 Tafawa Balewa Way, opposite Central Bank of Nigeria, Central Business District. Open Mondays to Sunday from 11am to 10:30pm, Contact: +234(0) 9672 3573 and tickets range from N500-N1, 500. It is surrounded with food and snack outlets, which attracts teenagers and young families throughout the week.

Silverbird Entertainment Centre

Found on Plot 1161, Memorial Drive besides Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Central Business District. Open Mondays to Sundays from 11am to 11pm, Contact: +234 (0) 9290 6368 and ticket prices ranging from N500-N1,500. This is a fairly recent building with 12 screens, arcade games and a big shopping mall. Also has a food court with a range of restaurants and bars, a spa, super market and VIP balconies. Movies include; international blockbusters and Nigerian home grown movies.

Movie Mania

Located in Shop E1 and E2, Sharif Plaza, Aminu Crescent, Wuse. Open from noon to 10pm, Mondays to Saturdays and from 3pm to 10pm on Sunday. Contact: +234 (0) 803 450 8567.  This shop is mainly open for DVD rentals and its rates stands at N300/day or N5, 000 for a membership fee which allows you to rent a wide range of classic DVDs.

French Cultural Centre

Found on 52 Libreville Street, Wuse II, and open from 9:30am to 5:45pm, Mondays to Fridays. Contact: +234 (0) 805 947 8456. Numerous cultural activities funded by the French government and organize regular programmes in the French language. Call for further information.

Music

If you are a lover for music, Abuja is a place to visit as it busts at night time with live music and parties every night of the week. Some of such places include:

Blake Excellency Resort

Located on the Ahmadu Bello Way, opposite AP Filling Station, Garki II. Open daily from 9pm to 3am, Contact: +234 (0) 9413 1624. This resort is worth visiting if you want to experience Abuja's nightlife at its best. There are also comedy shows, theatre performances featuring impersonations of some Nigerian artists and personalities.

Celebrities Nite Clubs

Situated in Ekiti House, Plot 1042, Kur Mohammed Street, Central Business District. Open Mondays to Sundays from 7pm till the last guest leaves. Contact: +234 (0) 99628 0040/3 or 0807 834 4482. This club is on the ground floor of the Nanet Suites Hotel, patronized by Nollywood stars and a good place to dance or pose and swagger all night if it is more your style. Live bands usually play on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7pm to 3am.

 

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₦46900 / $160

Standard Double
₦41900 / $145

Standard Single
₦37400 / $130

Economy
₦33700 / $120

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