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ABIDJAN

Côte d’Ivoire An industrial and modern city, Abidjan has a number of cultural offerings for business travellers as well as tourists en route to one of The Ivory Coast’s bountiful beaches. Notable spots include the Galerie d’Arts Pluriel, (Rue des Jardins) which is run by a local arts historian, and the Musée National (32 Boulevard Carde), which houses traditional artworks. The Cathedrale St Paul (Boulevard Lagunaire) is also well worth a visit. BUY The Marché de Cocody (Boulevard ...

YOLA, NIGERIA

BEHOLD The capital of Adamawa State is a spacious town on the banks of the Benue. Formerly the capital of the Fulani State until the British arrived in 1901, the town is divided in to two parts, the old town and administrative centre, Jimeta. Yola is also home to the American University of Nigeria. BUY Yola is an easily-navigable town where most of what's available is visible on the roadside including textiles, fruit and vegetables. BON APPETIT Choice is limited. The Pool Bar Restaur...

WARRI, NIGERIA

BEHOLD Warri is a predominantly Christian oil city in Delta State with a population that has increased rapidly since the worldwide oil boom in the 1960s. The city developed as a port during the late 1800s, when it became a centre for the palm oil trade and other major items such as rubber, cocoa, groundnuts, hides, and skins. Warri has a vibrant culture and kind people. A good way to spend a weekend is a visit to Abraka Beach, 30 minutes away from Warri by car. The beach is famous for its ...
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UYO, NIGERIA

BEHOLD Satisfy your inner historian at the Uyo museum (Wellington Bassey Way). Beach lovers can head to the Ibeno beach, farther afield but worth the journey. Ask your concierge for directions and information on how to get there. BUY Akwa Ibom state is famous for its raffia creations, with everything from baskets to ties made out of the fibre Ð it's evidently more versatile than most people think. Good souvenirs also include textiles from Uyo's textile mill, and handicrafts, all of which ...

SOKOTO, NIGERIA

BEHOLD Located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, Sokoto is the seat of the Sokoto Caliphate, and home of the Sultan of Sokoto, regarded as a spiritual leader to many Nigerian Muslims. The proud and orderly town has a rich and colourful history. The Fulani are thought to have migrated there from Mali in the 13th century. In 1807 Usman Dan Fodio's jihad led to the creation of the caliphate. Historical sites of interest include the Sultan's Palace, Shehu Mosque and Bello Mosque on Sultan ...

PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA

BEHOLD If time and flexibility is limited, head to Port Harcourt's State museum at the bottom of Azikwe Rd for outstanding examples of objects from the area's ethnic groups, including colourful masks and utensils. There are also a few small parks throughout town. Port Harcourt is known throughout Nigeria as 'the garden city.' BUY There are supermarkets on Azikwe Rd and two markets in the Old Township including the bustling and chaotic Creek Road Market. BON APPETIT For upmarket dining, ...

OWERRI, NIGERIA

BEHOLD The heart of Nigeria's tropical Igboland and formerly the capital of the Republic of Biafra, the lush landscape of Owerri has a lot of natural and cultural attractions to lure visitors including outdoor activities around the Oguta Lake, hot springs, craft markets and ancient shrines. Reliable listings and updates can be found at www.imostate.gov.ng BUY Igbo arts and crafts are aplenty at Owerri's Mbari Cultural Center, Eke Nguru in Aboh Mbaise and lgwekala shrine in Umunoha. BON ...

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

BEHOLD There's no mistaking the fact that, for the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou is surprisingly upbeat, friendly, and home to good hotels, restaurants and nightspots. Explore the many cultural and historic landmarks within the city such as Musee De La Musique (for traditional music lovers), the Musee National, and the Moro Naba Palace Ceremony - a weekly ritual event orchestrated by the Moro-Naba (the emperor of the Mossi peoples and the most powerful traditional chief in Burkina ...

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BEHOLD Places to sight-see are ten a penny in NYC . Don't miss views of the Statue of Liberty from the free Staten Island Ferry (1-718 727 2508; www.siferry.com) and the Empire State Building (1-212 736 3100; www.esbnyc.com) or get lost in artistic reveries at the Museum of Modern Art (1-212 708 9400; moma.org) For those who want to get off the well-worn track try the numerous walking tours available. Official tourist information can be found at nycgo.com. BUY New York is famous as a ...

MONROVIA, LIBERIA

BEHOLD There is an understandable lack of tourist traps in Monrovia Ð but all the better to see the local flavour. The National Museum (Broad Street, open every week except Sunday and Monday) is worth a visit. About three-quarters of its once glittering collection of 6,000 artefacts were looted during the war, so it is both an example of and a chronicler of Liberia's recent history. BUY Waterside market (Mechlin Street) is definitely the place to go for souvenirs, especially beautiful ...
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