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Whats Abuja Like For A Living? Is Relocation To Nigeria Advisable? Abuja?

I am tired of Obodo Oyinbo. Believe it or not, there is no place like home. I am having a thought of going back home. Thinking of living in Abuja because of security and access to government people (you know sup).

What do you think I should have or prepared for to relocate back to Nigeria and Abuja to be specific? Obodo Oyinbo na just ladder to step up aside that my brother insults too much o. Better to live where you'll get your respect and be able to at least be part of your own society development.

Thanks as you advice. Ciao.

N.B. what's the best business to go into if living in Abuja?

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Hi,

I might have to relocate to Abuja and want some advise on the safety, health care, international schools?

Can anyone help me?

thanks

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@ Jarus. Thanks. 5,000 is okay with me. NOTED.

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I got a N5000 hotel in Kado Estate though. A decent hotel, but definitely not A-grade.

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@ Dis Guy thanks for the info.

Am on same page with you. Need to have idea of good hotel with specifics on the amount. Sure fellow nairalanders will help.

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can one find hotel accomodation as low as N3000 in Abuja maon town? Not outskirts o!

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Hi all,

Can anyone please give me an idea of a decent and cheap hotel i can stay for a couple of days in abuja. I intend to be there next week. Also what places can one go to hang out. Are there any tourist attraction in abuja?? if there are, will appreciate knowing. thanks.

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The only thing I hated about Abuja the last time I visited was the fact I had to come through Lagos, lol. Abuja is a place I am seriously trying to move to this year, if possible. The place can be so beautiful and hassle free.

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I think that Abuja is probably the best place to live in Nigeria; the security for even the  common person is high.

I land there as well as stay there when i visit nigeria.

True,its expensive but considering the pluses like safety (which has no price by the way; if you think about it),clean ennvirons,polite citizens,amenities and the nice relaxed vibe, you will basically be getting fantastic value for money.

I will highly recommend it if you want to relocate.

Calabar is cool (leafy and with 'quite' nice people) but i wont go as far as comparing it with ABJ.

Nice interesting thread by the way;thanks

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by "I am tired of Obodo Oyinbo. Believe it or not, there is no place like home. I am having a thought of going back home.", I take it that U r tired of sweeping, loafing and generally being a nuisance in the land of the White man

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Twinskenny, what is living fairly well? Can you explain. I hear that food is expensive and I like to eat o !! Someone was telling me to be prepared to spend about N9000 daily for 3 good meals. I don't really cook and probably would be eating out most of the time . I also hear that while there are many nice women in Abuja, finding one of them to cook for you is a challenge, lol. I hear alot about the cinemas and the rest but are there also nice gyms,basketball courts,etc?? all input is welcome,

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Abuja is cool and quiet. good to raise a family but you sure need a persobal and family car to move around.

Standard of living is high in Abuja so you need a well paid job or business

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@jlemo, thats a decent pay for me, since accommodation and transportation is not involve, you can live fairly well buddy! grab the offer

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I'm also relocating to Abuja very soon. I received an offer from a bank in the area and they are offering me 4M Naira with accommodation and company car among other benefits. Does anyone have any idea

if that kind of salary would suffice to live in Abuja, not just survive but be able to have a decent life and save money too!! Thanks

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hmm, Abuja is a great place to live in, but its quite expensive, however food is cheap!if you know your way around then you shouldnt be scared of coming to live in abuja,

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Abuja is not boring at all, its just that people who have been used to a high level of stress and an atmosphere of hustle and bustle in Lagos, feel out of place in Abuja.

Wahala is not the same as excitement people.

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Thanks. Yes, I'm very much aware of this. I've already started planning. From getting job/posting to Abuja to the Financial implication of accommodation etc. I have resolved to move to Abj latest June by God's grace.

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From the way I look at it, Abuja is about the coolest place in Nigeria.

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Abuja is cool but please plan very well before coming. Failure to plan can be disastrous.

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boring boring boring, i have stayed over 13 years in Lagos, just relocated to Lagos last year, I love life in Lagos becouse of the numerous business opportunities, Abuja is a Boring place,

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so u ran to cambridge? doin what? studying?

warwick abi where u dey?

nyways, shey ure fine

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Hi all,

I read with kin interest those that desire to relocate to Abuja, sincerely Abuja is a nice place though a bit expensive. But I don't think it is out of reach for whoever want to live there. I live in Abuja and I know that you can cut your coat according to your size. The issue is in some places like Maitama, Asokoro and WuseII 3bedroom flat goes for as much as #1m to #2m, but but within the same neighbourhooh you can still get as low as #400 to #500k.

My sister stays at Minister's Hill in Maitama and she paid her rent last month #400k for a two bedroom flat, also a colleague in the office paid #400k for a 2bedroom flat in Maitama (blocks of luxury flats) , though it could take time b4 you get that kind of houses but I can tell you I ve benn to the two houses, they re quite a nice place.

But there re so many beautiful areas in Abuja that could go for less, it all depends on the landlord/agents, but if you re interested, I can recommend a Quantity Surveyor, she has her own property company with offices in Garki and Maitama. She helped me with my accommodation, a good chriatian, very upright and transparent from my dealings with her, she has helped secure accommodation for my friends too, no filling of forms or any kind of extortion.

Again, my candid advice for anyone that want to move is to make sure you do a good feasibilty of whatever business you want to do before moving. Food as mentioned by a poster is not as costly as mentioned, Abuja has so many satelite towns where you can get food as cheap as any other place in Nigeria.

You can reach me on this line: +2348056575020 or segzycompass@yahoo.com

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Jarus

cool. i also share ur sentiments, if my will ask me to choose between lagos n Abuja, ill gladly run to ABJ

na so u like Abuja reach? same here with me o

was in rockview/Valencia for many months when i was in a consultng firm and i never wanted to go back to Lagos. My last project day was really an emotional, as the plane was going round the rock, i felt like jumping down and telling my Manager to fck off. But, wetin i go chop no make me get liver.

I'll grab any opportunity that comes my way sha

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Loads of people are just writing uninformed stuffz about abuja.

I have used my feet to transverse abuja and i can authoritatively say the farther you move from the city,the more congested the roads become.

Life camp is where i live. A woman sold her house last week at efab estate(in life camp) for forty million.the only problem we have there is light.absolutely no light.we run on  inverters and generators.traffic is better here than lugbe and gwarimpa.security is so good,i can stand outside my house at anytime.There are shops within the estate and there are estate cabs for shuttle.

Asokoro most definitely has three times as much traffic as lifecamp does and yet houses cost three times as much at asokoro because of proximity to the villa and status.

A self contained in lifecamp is about 300k p.a.A three bedroom is about 850-1million p.a.

In maitama,asokoro and parts of wuse,self contained cost about 350-600k p.a. while 3bedroom cost from 850k-1.8million depending on location and building type.Using an agent means you pay 10% of the agreed rent to him which makes 350p.a 385p.a. and to maximise their profits they demand two years down payment.

As for hotels,abuja has good 5k hotels in wuse.opposite rockview near efcc,there is eddybinna hotel which is affordable.its taste and search for class that makes people pay 25-55k per night at other hotels.there is also city capitol hotel in wuse 2 which is also reasonably affordable.the night life is beautiful.cabs are always available.u could even collect  their mobile numbers for better assurance.

there are always ladies available but the higher your taste,the costlier they become.

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I learnt Abuja is expensive, but I doubt if it can be more expensive than VI. I live in VI now, and our semi-detached duplex was bought for 50m(na family house o).

I was in Abuja in December and I got a decent hotel @ 5k, beyond my imagination. My friend that works in Afribank in Abuja told me he got his two room apartment for @ 140k per annum, whereas a self contain in Vi here cost between 180-400k per annum.

It is obvious you did not stay in town but on the outskirts or satelite towns. You will not find even a self contained room that cheap in town.

The meaning of decent comes in various shapes and sizes it all deoends on what you see.

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i moved to abuja in september of last year.in my opinion,its a dream place to live.it has most of the best nigeria has to offer.security is as relatively good,there are good hospitals,roads are good.Transportation is a problem if you dont have your own car because it could be costly getting around.its important to know the down side though.most drivers in abuja are reckless.It is impossible to drive in abuja for 35 mins and not see a near accident or an accident.Its much worse at night!

Most people in abuja have empathy so help is usually readily available for accident victims.

A three bedroom house in abuja in those places you have pointed can cost anywhere between 12 to 100million or even more depending on taste.

Gwarimpa has some houses for around 10-15million but these are not completed houses.They are at lintel stages of just roofed.

Light is a major problem in gwarimpa so planning for a generator is a very good idea.

for me,the best business in abuja is real estate.

Abuja is a good place to live but you must have funds or source of funds to see it that way!

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Are you sure you are not one of the victims of the current economic meltdown, Anyway, it is better to come back home, you are welcome my brother.

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@ poster,

Buy a return ticket and come see things for yourself.

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In the last few months I have also been seriously considering moving to Abuja. I'm beginning to like the place. My current company cannot post me to Abuja, because my dept is basically a head office work. I'm considering moving to a bank(GTB or PHB) and ask that I be posted to Abuja.

I learnt Abuja is expensive, but I doubt if it can be more expensive than VI. I live in VI now, and our semi-detached duplex was bought for 50m(na family house o).

I was in Abuja in December and I got a decent hotel @ 5k, beyond my imagination. My friend that works in Afribank in Abuja told me he got his two room apartment for @ 140k per annum, whereas a self contain in Vi here cost between 180-400k per annum.

Anyway, I'm not deterred by this expensive talk, I want to move to Abuja.

How much does a 3 bedroom flat go in different areas pls?

I've made up my mind to move to Abj this year. I need to do some budgeting and planning.

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I got tired of the junk that lagos was/ is years back and packed a few things to move down to abuja. The move was impulsive but was trigered by an ever ending memory while on a short vissit. I am glad for it all now 8 years later.

It can be lonely though. Everyone seems to be for him/herself. However all that is made up for by the organised way the city is designed. Its not all rosy though but you can afford to cruise around in town all night till dawn with your eyes closed.

If you can afford it, buy a house which will set you back b/w 30M - 150M depending on the location you choose. If you've got your nose in the air (aristo) you will have company on the other hand there a few undeveloped areas that will remind you of lagos shanties - Ive seen it all.

The best part is that I can sit in a park and read a book while the sun sets on a sunday afternoon.

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Abuja is a nice place based on statistics but could share of the same ranking with Calabar or even depreciate from Calabar's pedestal. Fortunately, i was opportune to visit Calabar last i visited Naija, 2008 xmas to be presides. I was convinced with what i saw and i'm planning to release my loads big time in Calabar. Oyo is also coming up. I'm not from any of those states but to be honest with you, Calabar is a nice place to relocate for those of us in diaspora.

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@topic,

Abuja is a really nice place which I will definitely relocate to if I were planning to go back to Nigeria.  I lived in Abuja for almost 4 years before moving to the US.  To say I miss the place is an understatement.  I stayed briefly with my aunt in Asokoro, and moved out to live in hotels for almost two years.  My aunt was always scared and apprehensive because I travelled a lot.  I just had to move out to give her some peace of mind.  

I spent my last 18 months in my own house in Lugbe and even though it was safe, you usually hear the sound of gun shots now and agin at nights.  I think the place was becoming relatively unsafe at the tail end of my stay.

While Abuja can be an expensive place to live in, you can also make money like no man's business there.  I wasn't into business in Abuja and so cannot advise.  However, I was a professional doing a lot of construction work. I think civil and structural engineers will have a field day in Abuja.

But I do have some concerns though.  I bought a piece of land in Apo and I am yet to get my C of O.  I understand my property is among the ones shared by some lawmakers and that they will be giving me another land to replace the one I bought.  It is this kind of issues that really puts you off about the country.  I had all my papers and bought the thing legitimately but you have people in power disregarding all protocols. Hopefully, I'll have all that sorted out later this year.  It's dragged on for too long already.

I wish you good luck with your decision.

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Abuja is the best place to stay in the world. Because its a free for all place you can virtually do anything you like as long as you dont cross boundary. LUXURIOUS HOTELS, NICE CLUBS, NICE JOINTS, NICE PARKS AND RECREATION CENTERS ETC NAME IT we have them in Abuja. Seeing is believing.

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This message is to the South African Mortgage W. 

Have you continued with your plans to move to Abuja?  We are considering the same move and it would be great to get in touch with you, if you're still in SA.

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Abuja is a great place to live,i stay there whenever i visit nigeria and im planning on buying a holiday house there soon cos its secure,clean with less traffic but its very expensive there,its nothing compare to other cities in nigeria houses there cost multi millions but anyway good luck with ur relocation plan

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hi guys,

relocating to abuja will be one of the best decission oe can ever make in his life.

abuja is a very nice place to stay, many business oppurtunity and fun.

about cost of living although abuja might be expensive to live, but you will definately get cope if u have a business u do that earn u money.

the costly the town is, the more money u generate.

about getting apartment, actually i am an agent, and there many more agents aroud u can contact. they will get u nice place depending on u and at a reasonable amount.

but if u want to deal with me, u can contact me on 08076976917

discuswithmayor@yahoo.com

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Go stay in victoria Island in Abuja. I heard it's just as beautiful as Abuja; Also as Safe as Abuja but a lot cheaper.

Evne Calabar, i heard Calabar is beautiful also.

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Hi Guys,

I'm also relocating to Abuja in early 2009 with my family from South Africa.

Can you recommend any decent and reputable real estate agents?

What I need to know is the breakdown example of costs, the deposit etc. Lets use an example :-

1) How much is the deposit would I need for a property that is NGN 2million?

2) Is the rent payable monthly?

We need a 3 bedroom house with a nice sized garden for 2 children WITH a swimming pool in one of the following areas:-

1) Maitama District

2) Asokoro

3) Wuse II and perhaps

4) Gwarinpa Estate

Any assistance much appreciated as I can't seems to find much on the net.

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Calabar is better looking and more affordable. It also has a fast up and coming tourist industry in which will provide you with plenty of opportunities for a good job and or to start your own lucrative business at an affordable price. Cross Rivers State, where Calabar is located, is quickly becoming the Florida of Nigeria. Humm, I even hear that plans are on the way to begin having cruise lines operate out of there as soon as the Nigerian Navy and the state of Cross River themselves can assure sufficient maritime security for them while in Nigerian waters.

One major selling point of the cruise operations will primarily target African-Americans and other diaspora blacks in the Americas to sale the sea paths in which many of their ancestors may have journeyed in the bellies of slave ships from Eastern Nigeria to the Americas. Calabar was a major slaving port during that time, and is the only Nigerian port town to have preserved the relics of that day.

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@Samm

Sorry for getting back to you so late.

You have to speak to an agent about prices. Property prices change.

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self contained apartment-from 350,000per year,if you are lucky you can get one for 250,000-300,000.

one bedroom flat-from 450,000 if you are lucky,you can get one for 350,000

i prefer maitama to asokoro based on availability of drop(cab)

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@ekas

Thanks. Can you (anyone) give me an idea how much apartments are in Maitama or Asokoro?

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if you want to stay in Gwarinpa,it better be Gwarinpa estate for security reasons.

personally,i'll advice you to rent a year apartment in Maitama or Asokoro,from where you can get acquainted with people and know whats going on in Abuja before you purchase your own house.

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@Abujabooks

Can give us an insight as to the cost of houses in these places you mentioned? Also, how do those places compare to Gwarinpa? Thanks for your input.

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Abuja is beautiful. I agree.

If you are relocating, and food is expensive in Abuja. Why don't you go to neighbouring places like Suleja market, buy your foodstuffs for 3 months and save money that way.

Alternatively, go to wholesalers in the UK or US or wherever you reside. Buy a VAN, stock it up with foodstuffs that, will expire in 1 year's time and bring them back to Abuja. Sell the VAN. You had free shipping for your foodstuffs. ABI KE.

Also, you don't have to buy in Asokoro, Maitama, where properties cost hundreds of millions. Go to places like Lugbe (5 minutes from the airport), Suncity, Jabi, and other places outside the city centre. Land and properties are cheap there. The roads are excellent and there is no traffic whatsoever. So, you can get to where you are going in no time.

There is no place like home.

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sorry my brother, i have been a little bit away that's why probably you did not hear from me

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@babasin, life camp is the whole area, Berger camp is in life camp. Sorry don't know the cost of houses there.

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@aidevou,

what are the cost of houses in Life Camp? are they close to Berger Camp?

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Nice place to live, just expect to shell out lotsa money.

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