The land of Abuja was the southwestern part of the ancient Kingdom of Zazzau (Zaria). The name 'Abuja' was derived from Abu Ja, a brother to Muhammadu Makau, the last Hausa ruler of Zaria. Makau had left Zaria after being defeated by the Fulani and settled in the area known as Abuja. In 1825 his brother Abu Ja succeeded him as the 62nd King of Zaria.
The full name of Abu Ja was Abubakar (shortened to Abu). Hence he became known as 'Abu Ja' "Abu the fair one" (other sources claim that the name "Ja" was derived from the last name of his father which was "Jatau"). Abu Ja built a new capital for his kingdom and named it "Abuja" after himself.
The largest indigenous group in Abuja are the Gbabyi (also known as the Gwari). The next largest indigenous group are the Koro. Smaller indigenous groups also inhabit the area, such as the Gade, Egbira, Gwandara, Bassa and the Gana gana. Being centrally located, Abuja is blessed with a mix of agricultural produce such as tubers and root crops of the south (yams, cassava, maize and plantain) and grain (sorghum, corn and rice) of the north. The FCT has proven deposits of wide range of mineral resources including Marble, Tin, Clay, Wolfromite, Tantalite and Talc.
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ABUJA (THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY)
The capital of Nigeria was formed in 1976. It is bordered to the north by Kaduna State, to the east by Nasarawa State, to the southwest by Kogi State and the west by Niger State. The current FCT is a planned city, as it was mainly mainly built in the 1980s and officially became the capital of Nigeria on the 12th of December 1991.
This is an Inselberg, beautiful giant rock used for defensive purposes by the Gwari natives against invading neighbouring tribes during inter tribal wars. This rock is believed to possess certain powers which rendered enemies powerless and provided the natives with a good hiding place.This rock offers a different view from all compass points. Most outstanding is the grotesque face that appears to have a set of gouged eyes and a crooked nose.
ASO ROCK AND CAVES
Aso means victory in the Gbagi dialect, and the Gbagyi also known as the Gwari people are also referred to as "people of victory". Aso rock is the largest rock within the city metropolis and dominates the landscape of the city. The name Aso rock is synonymously used to describe Nigeria's capital as a symbol of power, strength and success. The rock overlooks the offices of the National Assembly, the Supreme Court and the
Presidential Villa. In the past, the caves within the huge rock provided a hiding place and one of protection during inter tribal wars and can still be visited.
ASO ROCK PARK AND ZOO
These are located on the side of Aso rock providing a play area, while the animals including Girraffes, Monkeys, Donkeys etc are set within the habitat.
IBB GOLF COURSE
This beautiful 18-hole green international standard golf course attracts both domestic and international tournaments.
JABI RIVER AND DAM
This lush resort is a picnic site with horse stables.
USUMA DAM AND RIVER
ABUJA LOVE GARDEN
USHAFA TRADITIONAL POTTERY
LADI KWALI POTTERY CENTRE
ABUJA ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN
Another view appears to be that of an upturned Egyptian Sphinx, while another is that of a giant head with a broken nose facing skyward, and the last resembles a crouching elephant .Zuma rock represents a beautiful and unique natural work of rock formation, it also offers a good environment for picnics and relaxation.
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Located in the Central Business Area of the Federal Capital, and easily accessible. The hotel is just 38 KM from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Intentional Airport.
Day Spring Hotel
With 60 luxuriously furnished Guest Rooms, Day Spring Hotel offers a serene and beautiful environment for both relaxation and serious business.
The hotel is barely 40 KM from the International Airport and the Federal secretariat, the hotel is in an ideal location for those on holiday.
Located at the dramatic backdrop of Aso Rock, the hotel has 253 luxuriously comfortable guest rooms including 22 suites feature spacious balconies and provide wireless internet access.