10 Most Beautiful Cities in Nigeria

In total contrast to the way some ‘outsiders’ see African states, there are actually a lot of places in Africa you should see before you pass. In Nigeria, the reporters and media channels blow things out of proportion but come around and let’s show you something different. If you ever find yourself in Nigeria, you shouldn’t leave without visiting these ten cities or else, you just might have missed out on some beautiful places in ‘Naija’.

10. Warri, Delta State

Warri comes first for no particular reason but this place gets more attention and developmental focus than even Asaba (the state capital). Road networks are top notch and the constructions are very organized. Night life is not really okay, but it’s a beautiful place overall.


9. Calabar, Cross River State

This is one of the most lavished and garnished state capitals in Nigeria. It is even touted as the most beautiful city in Nigeria and it is ever springing out newer developments. The landscape is wow, and the organization  and security of these city is indeed top notch. Calabar also houses exquisite resorts and executive hotels.


8. Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

People in Uyo would never agree to Calabar being crowned as the most beautiful city in Nigeria, and reasonably so since the road network in Uyo is very planned out without potholes and with solar street lighting system. The landscape is very attractive and it houses some 3-5 star hotels. It also has a multi-billion naira ultra-modern stadium.


7. Owerri, Imo State

Owerrihouses tourist attractions like the Oguta Lake, Ada palm plantation, Mbari cultural and art centre amongst many others. The city is beautiful with good night life and lighting. The landscape is well laid out and the structures are an embellishment to attractive natural elements.


6. Enugu, Enugu State

Enugu’s development has not been stagnant like a few of its counterparts and it’s a very beautiful city with nice topography and attractive structures. The city and the state bear the same name since the developmental attention of the state is focused on Enugu.


5. Port Harcourt, Rivers State

For everyone with a love for aqua life and water fronts, this is one place in Nigeria you must visit. It is called the Garden City for a reason and it’s one of the richest regions in Nigeria. It houses various 2-3 star hotels, bubbly night life and security has greatly improved.

port harcourt

4. Kaduna, Kaduna State

Another city sharing name with its state and a must visit place for people who gets caught up with the culture of the north. Forget the insecurity news, Kaduna still lives a normal day-to-day life and you need to see for yourself to know how beautiful the city really is.


3. Akure, Ondo State

Probably the only carved out state to make the list. Akure is the capital of Ondo state one of the regions who have given nature a space to breathe. It houses various natural attractions, appreciable topography and it redevelopment has been something really noteworthy.


2. Lagos, Lagos State

Make no mistake, Ikeja is the capital of Lagos but talking about one of the smallest states in Nigeria would leave one wondering how it became possible for Lagos to embed such a fine blend between a hectic life and Cool serene life, between ghettoes and highbrow urban areas. Lagos is a beautiful mystery and the most popular city in West Africa.


1. Abuja, F.C.T

This list would be crap if the most pre-planned city is missing from it. FCT’s Abuja is an example of a world class capital state. With a grand master plan for what the city would (must) look like, international shopping centres and 3-5 star hotels, you definitely haven’t seen Nigeria’s beauty if you’ve not been to Abuja.


69 thoughts on “10 Most Beautiful Cities in Nigeria”

  1. Abuja might be the most beautiful city Achitecturally but Plateau, Jos is the most beautiful city naturally.
    The reason why you might have shoved that fact is because of socio economic and political crisis ravaging the city.

  2. believe me as a owner of a farm in this country i never travel without two guards and my team is with me when i am on farm. i am white woman with mission to help the people but i would not recomend any of this country to travel.

    then i am white western.

  3. None of these cities have 24/7 power supply. So none of them worth international standard of modern city. None of the cities have good road networks and accommodation for all set of people. Not even Abuja or Lagos worth it. Pictures are deceptive. I have had opportunity to visit many of these cities and none has the standard of world class beautiful cities.

    • Abakiliki needs to sell 50trillion tons of rice to compete in this list.Bro go hug transformer.That place no fit hold better whitey.How many cities fit hold bill gate for africa?Think about it

  4. Im from Edo state and i have travel alot abuja is the number one why other states are nonsense in Africa i believe Abuja will be top 20 cape town will be number 1 nigerian is smelling no gud roads no street light no electricity guys how many can i count

  5. When u need to relax, just rush down to Enugu City. Clean babes everywhere, unbeatable nightlife, swaggers throwing slags like 2moro no dey. It’s all fun staying in the City of Enugu…I rate it number one.

  6. e be like say who list dis tin no dey travel oooo becx as i dey here so i don travel to 28 state in nigeria but among dy 28 state is only 4 dat i se say he lok nice nd clean noba 1 is calabar 2 akwa ibom 3 lagos 4 abuja

  7. Apart 4rm abuja as a capital no city is finner dan lagos, gov ambode is doing good. Is it to talk abt lekki or haja or even ikeja or island abeg no state reach lagos

  8. calabar is the most beutiful city in nigeria with low traffic and crime rate is about 10% making it the most peaceful state in nigeria no other city like calabar.believ it or u live it

  9. WARRI FOR LIFE,I am Warri my home city has this positive light to the outside world,but to be sincere Benin city supposed to be on this list,I just admired just can’t get enough of that Ring road,King Square roundabout,that place is so beautiful

  10. I stand to say no to every submission on best city in Nigeria. Not until everyone here go round the country everybody will think his/her state capital is the best. Therefore, fix a date,an airport to meet, food enough for the tour, sure accommodation wherever we go then let us go round Nigeria and come back with results.

    • I guess u have not travelled out of kano before. U haven’t seen anything. Nano can’t even near cities like Lagos n Imo not to talk of others. Abuja is the best then Lagos next

    • I was born and raised in Lagos, I’m from Imo State by origin and I schooled at University of Calabar.
      Now I live and work in Abuja and I have also travelled to many cities in Nigeria.
      With my experience and also from world class rating, only No.1 (Abuja) and No.2 (Lagos) hold true on this list, other cities were misplaced. I didn’t even see Jos on the list, for real? Look at where Portharcourt was place, Ooo c’mon, Please re-arrange the list from No.3 to No.10.

  11. This list is crap, try as much as possible to delete this post plz, bcus is nonsense. U dont even know where to fix calabar in ur list and normally calabar should have top the list and not to be rated as no 9.

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