Nnewi is a city with an estimated population of 1.1 million people (2021) in Anambra State in Southeast Nigeria.
As a fast developing city and a major industrial and commercial hub in Africa, Nnewi hosts major banks, and other financial institutions. Industries are located around the city and adjoining towns. Palm oil, cosmetics, motor, and motorcycle spare parts, books, and stationery, textiles, electric cables, and so on are produced in commercial quantity in the area.
In the typical Nnewi home, kola nuts, garden egg and peanut butter are kept in the refrigerator in case any stranger should visit their home. Every visitation to their home begins with the offering of the kola nuts to the visitor. The kola nut iindicaesthat the visitor is very much welcomed.
The city is east of the Niger River, and about 22 km southeast of Onitsha in Anambra State.
The primary means of transportation in Nnewi is motorcycles. Almost every household own at least one motorcycle and the commercial motorcycles exist too. There are also shuttles and Tricycles complementing the motorcycles as the means of transportation available across the city.
- 1 Nwafor Orizu Statue, Nwafor Orizu Roundabout, Nnewi, ☏ . 24hrs. The statute is of a national hero and Prince of Nnewi Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor Orizu .He was Nigeria's second Senate President from 16 November 1960 to 15 January 1966, during the Nigerian First Republic. Orizu was also Acting President of Nigeria for a short period .
- 2 Igwe Orizu Palace Nnewi. The home of the oldest monarch in Igbo land the palace is a mix of ancient and modern .There is a museum showcasing the rich culture of Nnewi at the palace.
Igwe Orizu III is the 20th monarch in Nnewi and one of the longest serving monarchs in Nigeria. He is a nonagenarian. The palace is huge and beautiful.
- New Yam Festival: In Nnewi, the occasion of Iri-ji ọhụrụ (new-yam eating) is a cultural festival because of its significance. Nnewi people celebrate their new yam festival usually at the end of August during which assortment of festivities mark the eating of new yam. These festivities normally include a lot of variety entertainment including performance of ceremonial rites by the Igwe (King), cultural dances by Igbo men, women and their children, and a display of Igbo cultural activities in the form of contemporary shows, masquerade dance, and feasting at a grand scale on a wide variety of food making up the menu of the Igbos.
- Its main trading centres include Nkwo Nnewi market (the largest spare parts market in West Africa) and Nwafor market, Eke Amaobi market, Eke Ochie, Eke Ichi Market, and Orie otube Market.
- Arts and crafts: Works of art produced in the area include carved doors, walking sticks of different designs, sculptures, flutes, wooden mortars and pestles, gongs, and the famous talking drums. Metal works and various types of productions are locally fashioned.
Several fast food chains such as Mr Bigg's, Ever Fresh, Kitchen De Royale (KDR), Gracia salad, N.K. Salad, Chicken Legacy, and Milky Chunky are found in Nnewi. There is also a variety of local restaurants offering a variety of continental & Igbo dishes, indoor and outdoor catering services.
- 1 Evergreen Fast Food LTD, Nnewi-Nnobi Rd, ☏ . M-Su 8AM-8:30PM. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 2 Mayan Foods, 99,Igwe orizu Rd, ☏ . Takeaway. Delivery.
- 3 Pallet Restaurant, Owerri Rd. Dine-in. Takeaway. No Contact Delivery.
- 4 Chicken Legacy, Owerri Rd, ☏ . Daily 8AM-8:30PM. Dine-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 5 food.com Tetrazzini Food, 77, old Onitsha Rd,1st Mag Junction, Near specialist Hospital,420001, ☏ . Daily 9AM-10PM. Dine-in. Takeaway. Delivery.
- 6 Mr Bigg's, Old ibeto bank Building,old Onitsha Rd, toll-free: . Daily 10AM-6PM. Dine-in.Takeaway.Delivery.
- 7 Golden Garden, Ikejiaku Street, Okpuno, Otolo. A restaurant where contemporary Nigerian dishes are sold.
- 1 Executive Golden Nugget Hotel & Suites. An hospitable hotel in a calm environment providing sevices in local dishes and drinks.
For most locations in Nnewi, there is coverage of the 2G/3G/4G mobile networks, but signal strength usually diminishes further away from the city center, and you might occasionally experience network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in the remote areas of the city. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the city at different times.
If you are planning a visit to Nnewi, 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 too but with locational limitations as well, plus data rate is fairly higher.