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North West is a region of Nigeria. It is native homeland of Hausa people with the second largest tribe being Fulani. It is composed of the following states: Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara.


Map of North West Nigeria

Kano State

Kaduna State

  • 14 Kaduna — central commercial, oil refinery and academic city
  • 15 Kagoro — known for its mountainous scenery and cultural events such as the Afan Festival
  • 16 Zaria

Katsina State

  • 17 Katsina — the centre of an agricultural region producing groundnuts, cotton, hides, millet and guinea corn
  • 18 Daura

Zamfara State

Sokoto State

Kebbi State

Jigawa State

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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-west 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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