ART & ENTERTAINMENT
The Thought Pyramid Art Center
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Address: 62 Parakou Crescent, Wuse II
It is a creative landmark of the city and its purpose is to assist artists reach their creative potential, as well as promote Nigerian art on the map at home and abroad. The gallery has a modern exhibition hall which also acts as a training centre for artists and curators in a programme offered throughout the year. In it, there is also a well-assorted library with a good collection of materials on Nigerian and African art. Visitors are encouraged to drop by to view and purchase art of startling originality by the Nation’s Finest Artists.
Jabi Arts and crafts Village
Address: Airport Rd, Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria
This is one of the wonderful places where visitors can see and buy some of Nigeria’s arts and crafts that represent the country’s culture. The art shops are thatch-roofed huts with walls made from red earth (clay). The art ranges from small sculpted “warrior and horse” statuettes, beaded necklaces and bracelets to African traditional masks, leather bags and clothes. Food and drink stalls are also available.
Address: 1322 Shehu Yar'adua Way, Mabushi, Abuja
Arranges art exhibitions from time to time where they exhibit some of Nigerias’ finest artists. They've had exhibitions with Duke Asidere, Franklyn Enebeli, Alimi and many more. BluCabanna believes in art as a form of communication and a creative must in our everyday lives.
Bwari Pottery Village
Opening hours: Daily 8am-6pm
Address: Next to the Nigerian Law School, Old Suleja Road, Bwari
The fantastic design of palm-thatched roofs, arrowhead-shaped windows and a studio laid out like a gallery, attracts visitors to this village. The main activity is the training of new generations of potters to encourage creativity and cultural exchange to the newest enterprises. The village has a shop that produces a variety of items, from pitchers and vases to casserole dishes, teapots and decorative lanterns.
Nike Art Village
Opening hours: Daily 8am-7pm
Address: On the Airport Road, behind Texaco Petrol Station, in the Central Business District, Abuja
The Abuja village consists of stone statues, carvings and huts with animal shaped roofs. There is an outdoor exhibition space for artists and teachers who live on site, and the display of colourful batiks fusing traditional and contemporary styles. During the week there are workshops in African dancing and drumming, as well as the availability to sign up for individual tailored art classes. Tours are offered to the various Nike Villages, as well as other museums and galleries.
Ushafa Pottery Village (Art and Craft)
Opening hours: Daily
Address: Ushafa, along Bwari Expressway, about 20 km from Abuja city centre
This area is famous for its uniquely stylish pottery craft, giving the village the honour of hosting numerous international statesmen, like the former United States President, Bill Clinton who was awarded a chieftaincy title and citizenship of the village. Pottery of different sizes and shapes is made and can be purchased from this village.
There is a wide range of movie theatres in Abuja, some examples include:
Jabi Lake Mall Cinema (Silverbird)
Address: Bala Sokoto Way, Jabi
The newest cinema in Abuja. Ultra modern screens and sounds systems. Check out what movies are on tonight: http://silverbirdcinemas.com/jabi
Opening hours: Daily 8am-10pm
Address: 5 Bujumbura Street, Off Libreville Street, Wuse II
Great place to hang-out, as it hosts a Sunday night art house film club from 6pm to 8pm. The film sessions are free of charge and there is usually a chance to discuss and share ideas over a drink.
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm
Address: Ceddi Plaza, 264 Tafawa Balewa Way, opposite Central Bank of Nigeria
Tickets range from N500-N1,500. It is surrounded with food and snack outlets, which attracts teenagers and young families throughout the week.
Silverbird Entertainment Centre
Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Address: Plot 1161, Memorial Drive besides Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Business District
Ticket prices ranging from N500-N1,500. This is a fairly recent building with 12 screens, arcade games and a big shopping mall. The centre also has a food court with a range of restaurants and bars, a spa, a supermarket and VIP balconies. Movies include; international blockbusters and Nigerian home-grown movies.
The Yar’Adua Foundation
Opening hours: One Memorial Drive Central Business District, Opposite Sheraton
Address: Daily 8am-6pm
This foundation was built in memory of the late General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, Former President of Nigeria. The Yar’adua Foundation has a lot of facilities ranging from libraries, a centre with both conference facilities and a shop to buy gift items to organized programmes such as charity projects, Yar’adua Merit Scholars, exhibition halls, and above all the Late President’s speeches, photographs and biography. For more information visit: www.yaraduacentre.org.
Magicland Amusement Park
Opening hours: Daily 9am-6pm
Address: 1 Kukuwaba Road, opposite the National Stadium
This Magicland is equipped with a small roller coaster, merry-go-rounds, rides, games arcade and bumper cars, trains. There are some activities for younger kids like bouncy castles, and a safe place for older children to enjoy themselves. There is also a range of refreshment and dining facilities available on-site.
National Children’s Park and Zoo
National Children’s Park and Zoo
Opening hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Address: Asokoro District behind the Presidential Villa
This exciting park is situated in the North Eastern corner of Abuja city at the base of Aso Rock, near the Murtala Muhammed Expressway. Opened daily for visitors, this park introduces children to different types of domestic and wild animals and birds. Examples include: camels, donkeys, chickens, and wild animals like cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and lions.
Address: Eltengi plaza, 1st Avenue, Along Agete Hotel road, Gwarimpa
Games City is an entertainment Plaza with several different attractions and fun things to do. It enables you to simply visit one place while having all kinds of fun.
IBB International Golf Club
Opening hours: Daily, 6am-9pm
Address: 41 Udi Hill Street, off Aso Drive, Maitama
It occupies a land area of about 101 hectares with a number of ponds, lakes, streams and bridges. The 18-hole green international standard Golf Course attracts local and international tournaments in collaboration with major hotels in the city and Golf Associations throughout the country. The International Golf and Country Club is an exclusive club with access for members only.