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Enugu is the capital of Enugu State in Southeast Nigeria. Industries in the city include the urban market and bottling industries. Enugu is also one of the filming locations for directors of the Nigerian movie industry, dubbed "Nollywood".


The name Enugu is derived from the Igbo words "Hill top". It is nicknamed Coal City.

Get in[edit]

  • 1 Akanu Ibiam International Airport (ENU IATA). The main airport in the state. Flights from Lagos, Abuja, and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) It can be accessed by buses and taxis. Akanu Ibiam International Airport (Q3497354) on Wikidata Akanu Ibiam International Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

The main forms of transportation in the city are taxi cabs and buses. Okada (motorcycles) served as public transportation in the city until the state government banned them from this use in 2009. Most transport enters and leaves the city through Enugu's Ogbete Motor Park, Garki Motor Park serves as a transport pick-up point as well. Unregistered taxis are known as Kabu Kabu and are differentiated with registered ones through the lack of yellow paint on the unregistered vehicles.

Coal City Cabs, which began to help in the eradication of poverty in the city, employ 400 registered Nissan Sunny and Suzuki taxis.

Coal City Shuttle buses run as public transport for Enugu urban.


  • Udi Hills is a great viewpoint from which you can see large parts of Enugu city.
  • The Polo amusement park is a funfair that is among the first generation of public parks in the city.
  • Enugu's former coal mines, Onyeama and Okpara, are open to public visits.
  • Enugu Zoo is another attraction in the city. It is divided into the botanical garden and the zoological section.
  • There is a National Museum north of Enugu, although it receives few visitors. It is managed by National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).
  • Michael Okpara Square.


  • Two important Igbo traditional festivals take place in Enugu annually; the Mmanwu festival and the New yam festival. The Mmanwu festival takes place in November and features various types of masquerades that each have a name. This festival is held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium as a parade of carnival-like masquerades that are accompanied by music and it is supported by the Enugu Council of Arts and Culture. The second important Igbo festival, the New yam festival known as 'iwa ji', is held between August and October marking the harvesting and feasting of the new yam. The yam is a root vegetable that is the staple crop and a cultural symbol for the Igbo people.
  • Enugu Golf Club, Mount Street, is a beautiful and challenging golf course.


There are three main urban markets in Enugu: Ogbete Market, Awkunanaw Market and New Market.

In Enugu most goods are sold in open markets or by street hawkers; a significant number of street hawkers in Nigeria are children. New Market is a major market for the sale of garri. Ogbete market is patronised by merchants from all over the surrounding area, including merchants from cities like Onitsha, Aguleri, Abakaliki and Aba. In Ogebete market non-food goods are also sold.


You can eat local and delicious cuisines like abacha, nkwobi, ugba, and okpa, and also drink freshly tapped palm wine.


Freshly tapped palm wine (nkwu enu).


Stay safe[edit]

Enugu State is one of the safest states to be in Nigeria.

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