City Guide, Enugu
Situated in inland south eastern Nigeria, Enugu State covers 7,161 square kilometres.
It shares boundaries with Anambra on the West, Abia State on the South, Kogi on
the North while Benue and Ebonyi on the East, and Imo State on the south. Enugu
and Nsukka are its major towns. Enugu was the headquarters of the former East Central
State and Eastern Nigeria.
The state is situated on the highlands of the Agwu. Udi and Nsukka Hills to the
east as well as Oji-River basin to the west. The name of State derives from its
capital city, Enugu. The word "Enugu" means "the top of the hill".
The Nike Lake Resort which is located about 10km away from Enugu, the state capital,
provides a good spot for tourists in the state. The Five Star Hotel stand out as
one of the key points in the state's drive for tourism. There are also the new yam
and Mmanwu festivals.
Culture and entertainments
As a Northern Igbo city, Enugu shares cultural traits with its neighboring towns.
Two important Igbo traditional festivals take place in Enugu annually; the
New yam festival. The Mmanwu festival takes place in November and features various
types of masquerades that each has a name. This festival is held at the
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium as a parade of carnival-like masquerades that are accompanied
by music and it is supported by the Enugu Council of Arts and Culture. The second
important Igbo festival, the New yam festival known as 'iwa ji', is held between
August and October marking the harvesting and feasting of the new yam. The yam is
a root vegetable that is the staple crop and a cultural symbol for the Igbo people
Enugu rose as an important center for
music in Nigeria in the 1950s. The Igbo dominated version of the genre grew
out of earlier "Igbo
blues" or "palm
wine music" and further spread in popularity to the
Southern Cameroons where Enugu had considerable influence in arts and culture
in towns such as
Food and Drink
Nigerian cuisine consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic
group that comprise the West African nation of Nigeria. Like other West African
cuisines, it uses spices, herbs in conjunction with palm oil or groundnut oil to
create deeply-flavored sauces and soups often made very hot with chili. Nigerian
feasts are colorful and lavish, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked
on barbecues or fried in oil are plentiful and varied.
Malls offer a great shopping experience with deals in assorted products, wholesale
or retail. Product line include fashion and beauty products and supplies, house
decoration, kitchen items, electronics, computer accessories, children toys, hair
care products, baby products, handbags, shoes, and many others
Enugu City Map