Asaba is a town in Delta state, South South Nigeria. It is also the administrative capital of the state and falls at the west bank of River Niger.
Asaba originated from the exclamation Ahabam, a quote from the Nnebisi the founding father of Asaba, meaning "I have chosen well". Igbo is the native language of Asaba and 95% of the residents speak Igbo.
The city of Asaba was founded in 1884 and was once the colonial capital of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate. Between 1886 and 1900, it hosted the Royal Niger Company, which the British authorities set up to stimulate trade and the exportation of goods to England. The River Niger is a trans-African link beginning from East Africa and down into the Atlantic Ocean. Asaba forms a connector between western, eastern and northern Nigeria through the River Niger from the north and via the Asaba Niger Bridge. The Asaba Niger bridge is an east-west link and a Nigeria landmark.
Asaba lies approximately 6 degrees north of the equator and about the same distance east of the meridian; about 100 miles north of where the River Niger flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The greater Asaba occupies an area of about 300 square kilometers. It maintains an average tropical temperature of 90 degrees during the dry season and an average fertile rainfall of 6 inches during the rainy season. Asaba is known to be rich in crude oil.
- 1 Asaba international airport (ABB IATA), Asaba. The airport handles domestic services connecting the city to Nigeria's major metropolitan centres.
- The statue of the Omu. The name “Omu” in their local dialect means “palm frond", and palm frond means “fertility”. The palm tree is female, and the frond connotes fertility. The statue of Omu represents the women's leader and voice.
- Princess Ojife statue. The story of Princess Ojife speaks on how she saved her people. The people cried to the gods for help and a human sacrifice was required which Princess Ojife offered with her only daughter to save the Asaba people.
- Grand Hotel Asaba. The Grand Hotel sits on the Niger River and it's a nice place to enjoy the elegant atmosphere and statues.
- 1 Second Niger bridge. This bridge over the Niger, built in 1965, connects the cities of Asaba in the Delta state on the western bank and Onitsha in the Anambra state on the eastern bank.
- Landers Brother Anchorage Monument. The anchorage is a kind of memorial in honour of the Lander Brothers who anchored in Asaba in the 18th century during their expedition to discover where the River Niger entered the Atlantic Ocean.
- Ogbeogonogo market, Nnebisi Road, Umuonaje, ☏ . 8AM - 6PM.
- Okwe market, Market square, Okwe. 7AM - 8:30PM.
- Abraka Market, Cablepoint. 6AM - 8PM.
- Asaba Modern Market, Nut Road, Umuagu,. 8AM - 9PM.
- Midwifery Market, Behind midwifery market, Okpanam Rd, GRA Phase I, ☏ . 24/7.
- Iyanga Market, Coka express, Chief Ezenwa Street, off Ibusa Road. Su-Tu 7:30AM - 6PM.
- Chefnfoodiz, Chukwufumnanya Back of NTA. M-F 8AM-5PM. Curbside pickup, no delivery.
- Rodina Restaurant, Asaba, Government House Rd, Umuagu. 7AM - 10PM. Service options: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Delta food mart, Kilometer 10 Peculiar Building Delta, Anwai Road, GRA Phase I. Takeaway.
- K P R Resturant, DLA Rd, Umuagu. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Iyara Side African Kitchen, Okpanam Rd, GRA Phase I, ☏ . 9AM - 7PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Igho's kitchen, 6, junior staff quaters road, off Okpanam Rd, 320211, ☏ . 24/7. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Afroview kitchen, Afroview Hotel and Apartments, off Maria Babangida Way, Central Area, ☏ . 9AM - 5PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- New Mandarin Chinese Restaurant, Events Center Okpanam Road, opposite DBS junction, ☏ . 11AM - 10PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Peptoma Tasty Cuisine, Okpanam Rd, GRA Phase I, ☏ . 10AM - 5PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
Most bars, cafes or lounges usually includes a restaurant.
- The Rodinia Restaurant and Bar, Summit Junction by Rain Oil filling Station, ☏ . 8AM - 10PM. Closed on Wednesdays. Dine-in or takeaway.
- Espana Grillz Restaurant & Cocktail lounge, Adjacent Swiss Spirit Madezok hotel, Plot 130 Okpanam Rd. 10AM - 9PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- Grill House Cafe, No. 1Wilfred Iwene Street off, DBS Rd, ☏ . 9AM - 9:30PM. Dine-in, takeaway, delivery.
- De Iceberg, Illah Road, GRA Phase I, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM - 9:30PM, Su 1PM-9:30PM. Dine-in, takeaway.
- Best Western Plus Elomaz Hotel Asaba, Plot 22 A/B-27, Core Area, DBS Road, GRA. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. 24-hour front desk, room service at limited hours, laundry/dry cleaning services, business centre, luggage storage room, 24-hour airport shuttle, daily housekeeping, hair salon, free newspapers in the lobby, concierge at a surcharge fee, free private parking, no pets and cribs.
- GQ Suites Asaba, Plot 4 Ogagifo Street, Beside Junior Staff Quarters, Off Summit Road. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. The nearest airport is the Asaba International Airport which is just a 26minute drive away. GQ Suites Asaba has 24 hours power supply, free parking space, laundry/dry cleaning services, car hire, ironing services, concierge, 24hour room service available on request, a gym with expert trainers, an on-site restaurant, a bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Lone Palm Hotel, 45 Ezenie Avenue Ezenie Road. Lone Palm Hotel's rooms are divided into Single, Standard, Royal, Executive, Family Suites and Royal Suites. Each room is equipped with amenities such as an air conditioner, TV with satellite reception, private bathroom with bathtub, refrigerator, telephone, work chair and table. The hotel offers 24-hour security, a cocktail bar, free Wifi access, laundry services and no pets.
- Orchid Hotels, DBS Road GRA. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Free Wi-Fi access, swimming pool, a restaurant, an in-house sports bar and an outdoor pool lounge, a car park that can accommodate 250 vehicles, on-site unisex boutique, meeting rooms, and a 1,500 sitting capacity events centre, car hire, laundry/dry cleaning, 24-hour room service and concierge on request.
- Hotel Benizia, 1-4 Kingsley Emu Street, Behind Fine Homes, Off Summit Road. Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. 24-hour room service, power supply, security network; a private room check-in service; concierge and laundry service; mini-bar; an outdoor bar with a live band; barbeque fish joint and games room; a gym; swimming pool; on-site restaurant; a pastry shop; a retail shop; conference halls; board rooms; and meeting rooms. No pets, and no payments for kids. A
- The Rodinia Hotel, 3 Ogochukwu Moyeta Street, Off Summit/DLA Road. Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. No pets allowed, no payments for all children, on site restaurant, free WiFi access, a bar, and free parking.
- Seth Hotel, No 2 Anam Cresent, Oduke Okwe Asaba. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Gym, outdoor pool, V.I.P bar, restaurant, gym, mini mate, event hall, CCTV cameras, standard trained security men and mobile policemen, laundry and dry cleaning services.
For most locations in the city, there is coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks. Signal strength usually diminishes further away from the center of the city, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the city. All major mobile phone service providers are operational but with varying levels of reliability and usability. Different providers networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the town at different times.
If you are planning a visit to Asaba, like many other places in Nigeria, you should probably consider having multiple SIM cards, preferably for all the mobile service providers, since you can't tell which will be more stable and reliable at a time in your location during your visit. And if you will risk not having any of them, you might be better off not risking the MTN network, because, from indications, it seem to perform well than the others, though its rates may be high and its offers and services might be stringent, but you are less likely to be concerned of erratic voice and data connection compared to others.
Airtel is another service provider which is fairly satisfactory for all you might need to connect to the world, including rates and network stability. Of course, Glo (or Globacom) boasts of fast network speed for internet browsing activities, only that you might not be able to enjoy the privilege in some locations. And 9Mobile (formerly Etisalat) usually also performs well in internet browsing speed but with locational limitations as well, plus data rate is fairly higher.