Have you heard about the chain of mountains that links Nigeria to the Cameroons? In Nigeria, it cuts through Borno/Adamawa and ends all the way in Cross River State with the Obudu Mountains. That mountain chain is called the Mandara Mountains. One of its highest points is the Chappal Wadi Mountain in the Mambilla Plateau of Taraba State. At 2,419 metres above sea level, Chappal Wadi is the highest point in Nigeria, and about the highest in West Africa. Living there is like living in the clouds. Mountains are a gift of Nature, a source of adventure, and home to humans, lush vegetation and vibrant wildlife. Elsewhere in Nigeria are rain forests, savannas, beaches, and breathtaking waterfalls, all yearning for discovery and patronage.
The beauty of Nigeria extends beyond these core elements of Nature; the country’s preserved traditions and cultures are as much enchanting. Moonlight tales in village squares and village homesteads; elaborate marriage ceremonies and funerals; seasonal festivals, name them; they add beautiful colours to this canvas called Nigeria. What is more? Nigeria has brilliant pieces of architectural excellence in city centres across the nation, lending credence to the creativity of the people of this land. Most importantly, over and over again, Nigerians have been ranked as some of the happiest people in the world. You may be Nigerian, but have you seen these? Have you seen Nigeria?
With her untapped tourism potentials, much of Nigeria is like a forebear’s will, a sealed envelope, waiting to be opened and its contents gleaned and cherished by the beneficiaries. To kick start this gentle, gradual discovery of all that nature and human enterprise has willed to us, we invite young Nigerians, especially NYSC members serving in different parts of the country, to look out for the good, the historical, and the beautiful in Nigeria and share with the world through this platform – Have You Seen Nigeria. Everybody is welcome to share their experiences through pictures and prose.
Nigeria, with a population exceeding 190 million people, is the seventh most populous nation in the world. It is the most populous Black Nation on earth, vibrating with the tenacious industry and willpower of a people eager to illuminate the world with their brilliance. A country so large, so diverse, and so abundantly endowed; anyone who desires to see the world, must see Nigeria. And here it is!
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