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Travel Warning WARNING: There is a threat of terrorism in northeast Nigeria; the extremist group Boko Haram is based in this area. The US State Department and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to this area and recommends practicing special health precautions because of the risk of contracting Malaria.
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(Information last updated Jul 2020)

North East Nigeria is a region of Nigeria. It is composed of the following states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe. It occupies slightly less than one-third of Nigeria's total area and had a projected population for 2011 of 23.6 million, or 13.5% of the country's population. The inhabitants are mainly Fulani. Only Borno state has Kanuri people as majority. There are more than 100 minority ethnic groups.


Map of North East Nigeria
  • 1 Bauchi — capital city of Bauchi State, and of the traditional Bauchi Emirate
  • 2 Maiduguri — capital of the Borno State, and the principal trading hub for north-eastern Nigeria
  • 3 Gombe
  • 4 Damaturu
  • 5 Jalingo
  • 6 Jama′are
  • 7 Wukari
  • 8 Yola

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The Mambilla Plateau encompasses large parts of Taraba State, with an average elevation of 1,600 metres it offers dramatic landscapes with spectacular views.

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Iron smelting community in the Sukur cultural landscape



Sharwa Milk is a drink from Borno made with white rice. Kunun gyada is a groundnut based porridge. Mordam is a millet gruel taken with yoghurt. Kunun Aya is juice made from tiger nuts. Sobo is made with hibiscus flowers.

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As with any other region of Nigeria, you would most likely find a reliable coverage of the 2G/3G mobile networks in most states and cities of this region, but reliable coverage of the 4G network might only be limited to some cities or states. Signal strength might diminish further away from cities' centers, and you might occasionally experience a network outage for all or some of the mobile phone service providers in some remote areas in the region. Different networks tend to be more stable and reliable in different locations of the region at different times.

MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel (Zain) and GLO are all available service providers. So if you are planning a visit to any of the states or cities in the North-east region of 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 reliability. 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.

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