Aba, Abia state | History of Aba

Aba, Abia state | History of Aba

Aba, city, Abia state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the west bank of the Aba River at the intersection of roads from Port Harcourt, Owerri, Umuahia, Ikot Ekpene, and Ikot Abasi (Opobo).

Aba is widely referred to as Enyimba city, It is a major urban settlement and the commercial nerve-cen­tre of Abia State, Nigeria. Established by the Ngwa clan of Nigerian Igbo people as a market town, a notable feature of the city is the regularity of markets in all corners of the city which provide tourists and visitors with a wide range of commodities.

Aba is relatively accessible by air, with Owerri Airport just an under an hour away by road. Port Harcourt International Airport offers a more diverse set of international routes and a more regular schedule of flights. This airport is located around 73km away from Aba and takes around 2 hours to reach by road.

Aba, Abia State

Aba is a city in the south-easterly regions of Nigeria and an economic centre of the Abia State region. Well known for its bustling trade and sprawling markets, it’s not hard to see why this city is often considered a commercial hub of Nigeria. Aba is known for its Craftsmanship, most people here make a living as Artisans using skilled labour, Textile, Pharmaceuticals and Plastic. Surrounded by neighbouring villages like Obudu-Aba, Aba-Ukwu, Umuokpoji-Aba and Eziukwu Aba. It is known for its Farm Produce station which the British linked to Port Harcourt in 1901.

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Public Transportation
If you didn’t make arrangement for a private car, you will have to use the most common mode of transportation in Aba, Buses and Keke Napep tricycles which go from 50 Naira to 100 Naira, You will find Taxi’s to Charter from Aba Hotels like the Luxury City Hotel and a few others.

Restaurants in Aba

Most of the restaurants in Aba serve local delicacies like Egusi, Onugbo, Okazi and Oha Soups served with wheat or Corn meals. You should try the Jevinik restaurant on Brass Street, Aba north, they serve both Local and intercontinental dishes from 300 Naira, then there are other fast-food restaurants like Mr Biggs, Apples fried chicken and Popcorn factory.

 Things to do

There’s plenty to see and do in this Nigerian city. Spend some time browsing the exhibits at the National Museum of Colonial History, or enjoy an afternoon spent strolling through the Ahia Ohuru market. Looking for something to do come the evening? Head to the ICONS lounge at the Luxury City Hotel and Towers for live performances, a first-rate drinks menu and some of the best party spirit in the city.

See the astounding dark cave called The Long Juju of Arochukwu, this place marks the period of Slave trade during that era and it is said that long before the slave masters came with their ships; this long tunnel was used for resolving issues among locals as such.
Visit the Azumini Blue River and you will be awestruck, it has the amazing colour of the deep ocean with the glimmer of the sun reflecting on it. This site attracts several National and International tourists to this spot.
The Amakama wooden cave is another sight not to miss, this was one of the safest places for hiding in the times of war and the slave trade period, it is big enough to hold 20 people in a deep-set hole, now revamped into a tourist centre, it is a breath-taking experience and the best times to visit is all year round.

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There are several shopping centres like the Ekeoha shopping plaza where you can find clothing, fabrics, Electronics and lots more, it is near Aba Town Hall in Aba south and accessible. Other places like Eziekwu and Ariria International market.