Did you know that Enugu, the capital of Enugu state, is the oldest urban area in the Igbo speaking region of Southeast Nigeria? Yes, Enugu (derived from the word Enu Ugwu), which means top of the hill, has been strategic to the economic development of the region due to the discovery of coal in 1909 by a team of British geologists. A beautiful city in every ramification, Enugu is approximately two and half hour drive away from Port Harcourt, and an hour’s drive from Onitsha.
The city has a good network of roads but traffic jams occur at rush hours of the day. Taxis are very expensive in the city, so budget travellers should consider using the public buses or tricycles which are a lot cheaper. Motorcycles are outlawed in the city. The average Igbo person in Enugu understands English, even though Igbo is the primary language of communication, so language will not be a barrier to tourists. Over the years, Enugu has evolved into a preferred film location for Nigerian movie makers. It also boasts of top-rated educational institutions, bottling companies and large urban markets. Interesting places to visit within the city are the shopping mall and amusement parks, supermarkets, hotels and night clubs, among others.