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Katampe Hill: the Centre of Nigeria

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When I was a student, studying Leisure and Tourism management in Nigeria, my lecturer told me that there is a particular hill located in Abuja known as Katampe Hill where the geographic centre of Nigeria is. I simply nodded to that statement and told myself that I must surely visit this significant hill when next I go to Abuja.

Several months later, I found myself back to Abuja, so I quickly made arrangement to visit Katampe hill with my friend Isaac and my little cousin Abednego. We boarded a taxi and arrived at the foot of the hill, where we saw commercial motorcyclists. Despite the beckoning of the motorcyclists to give us a ride up to the hill, we opted to go by foot.

The hiking was a little strenuous but the excitement once we got up the hill was worth more than the pain. On getting to the summit all that came to my mind at that moment was “Wow! This is Nigeria”. I quickly placed my right hand on my chest, standing over the metal spot which is used to mark the ‘centre of Nigeria’ and pledged to Nigeria my country. Immediately after I felt more patriotic than ever. The excitement was so strong that I didn’t realise when I pulled off my shoes, jumping up and down.

From that point on top of Katampe hill, we could see Jabi lake; a natural body of water in the Jabi district of Abuja where you will find a recreational park beside the lake called the Jabi Park and also Jabi Lake Mall which houses Shoprite. We also saw ‘Aso’ Rock, close to Nigerian President’s official residence, the Nigerian National Assembly and Nigerian Supreme Court. In fact, we had mountaintop views of most of AMAC and Bwari Area Councils, two of the six Area Councils that make up the Federal Capital Territory.

Katampe hill is a very good spot to have a clear view of the Abuja city, apart from the fact that it is the centre of Nigeria. It is also a perfect location for picnics, hiking and breathtaking view tour.

Katampe hill is one of the top natural attractions in the Federal Capital Territory and apparently deserves more attention and publicity.

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