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Nigeria tourism industry and attractions

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By Mercy Kelani

Challenges have impeded the potential and growth of the industry.

The tourism industry in Nigeria is known for its wealth of attractions and as a hidden gem, in many ways that are unknown to people. There are many great places in Nigeria to pay visits to, starting from the top-class and ancient ruins museums, to its diverse culture and stunning beaches which bless the sight of beholders. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties in the tourism industry, such as limited global awareness, security concerns and inadequate infrastructure, the industry is regarded as the attraction of the country.

However, the challenges have impeded the potential and growth of the industry. The Nigerian government has also been contributing to the improvement of infrastructure. There is also the creation of tourism awareness in the sector through international trade exhibitions, marketing campaigns and addressing security concerns, in order to develop the sector in Nigeria. Also, the country’s coastline runs along the Gulf of Guinea, spanning over 800 kilometres, which is also responsible for producing an array of beautiful beaches.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in Nigeria.

Few of the notable tourist sites in the country are Oniru Beach, Eleko Beach, Lekki Beach and many more. Also, at the tourist centres, visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, indulge in water sports and enjoy the sun. This helps in the creation of an ideal venue for observing beach holidays. Nigeria is known to be a hub for traditions and cultures, with over 250 ethnic groups. More so, the diversity of the ethnic groups in the aspect of traditions or culture are found in festivals, music, art and cuisine.

Furthermore, there are many activities and celebrations, such as the Eyo Festival, the Durbar Festival, and the Osun-Osogbo Festival, which makes provision for a great experience into the vibrant tapestry of cultures in Nigeria. In addition, many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in Nigeria, with an amazing cultural significance and a unique historical significance. Also, captivating sights are offered to tourists by Sungbo’s Eredo, the Sukur Cultural Landscape and the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove into the rich heritage of Nigeria.

It is a land of diverse places of worship and holy sites.

Film industry in Nigeria, Nollywood — the Giant of African Cinema — is regarded globally as the second-largest film industry, with the production of more than 2,500 films yearly. The movies are known to address different cultural and social issues, with a reflection into the Nigerian society and captivation of audiences with engaging storytelling. Also, with encompassing genres, such as juju, Fuji and afrobeats, Nigeria is famous for its diverse music scene. Rema, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Davido and Wizkid are celebrated and gifted artists in Nigeria, who have gained International recognition.

More so, wealth of ecotourism destinations can be explored by nature enthusiasts in the country. This includes the biodiverse Cross River National Park, the expansive Gashaka Gumti National Park and the enchanting Kainji National Park. These sectors abound with adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts, as they enjoy the perfection of unique flora and fauna. With regards, Nigeria is a land of diverse places of worship and holy sites. Examples of religious sites that attract tourists and pilgrims seeking spiritual experiences are the historic Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Lagos and the National Mosque in Abuja.

Government is taking steps to promote awareness of the industry.

Additionally, the infrastructure in the country include various convention centres and hotels that can host corporate events, seminars, and large conferences. Hence, the country becomes enticing for event organisers and business travellers. Apparently, the tourism industry in the country is the major influence for economic growth. Tourist attractions, such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diverse culture and beautiful beaches are found in the country. Also, steps to promote tourism awareness, and address security concerns are taken by the government to improve tourism.

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