Hey guys. Sorry I have been MIA but as I mentioned on my FB Page, I was caught up with writing my thesis. Anyway, I went to Abuja at the beginning of this month for work. Abuja is a beautiful city with wonderful people and amazing roads! They keep right on the road so it was a tad bit disorienting for me. Anyway, these were the few decent pics I managed to take despite our extremely busy schedule. Our hosts had planned to take us on a touristic trip on our last evening but as luck would have it, it not only rained, it POURED!
I just loved this hall in our hotel. The draped fabric on the ceiling was everything! They host very many wedding ceremonies and banquets here.
This is the beautiful Fati, from our host organization, who has a heart of gold. She made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. Isn't her outfit amazing? Nigerians are very proud of their culture and everywhere we went, we saw majority of the populace in traditional outfits or modern outfits made from traditional fabrics. I instantly fell in love with their fashion!
We had an opportunity to quickly pass by the market and I obviously had to get a few fabrics for myself. I later learnt that fabric is a bit pricey in Abuja but very cheap in Lagos.
Most houses in Abuja have this 'hotel-esque' design. Looks very nice & posh!
My picture doesn't do any justice to the Abuja National Mosque. The architecture is amazing and so detailed!
Ok so this picture was taken by my colleague at the Abuja Parliament. I loved the modesty of the statues. It is always good to appreciate our African roots. The architecture of this building was also very beautiful. We obviously couldn't take pictures with my camera hence the clarity issues..
We flew ET (Ethiopian Airlines) and I must say that there is a reason they were awarded the 2013 best airline in Africa by the World Airline Awards. There food is pretty good and their service is impeccable.
Beautiful Ethiopian fabric and sandals below...
And I randomly bumped into Shei of Backyard Shoes on our way back home!
So here are a few pointers to consider while travelling to Abuja:
1. Carry SUNSCREEN. You shall thank me later.
2. Keep yourself hydrated as your body adjusts to the new time zone.
3. Always have comfortable shoes that you can slip on & off on the plane.
4. Plan to buy some Nigerian fabric in the market. You shall not be disappointed.
5. Definitely go out & try out some local cuisines.