Enugu, usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State. Its capital and largest city is Enugu, from which the state derives its name.
Enugu State is one of the states in the eastern part of Nigeria located at the foot of the Udi Plateau. The state shares borders with Abia State and Imo State to the south, Ebonyi State to the east, Benue State to the northeast, Kogi State to the northwest and Anambra State to the west.
Enugu has good soil-land and climatic conditions all year round, sitting at about 223 metres (732 ft) above sea level, and the soil is well drained during its rainy seasons.
Enugu the state capital, is a historical town that dates as far back as the colonial era. The city has a number of landmarks (both natural and manmade) that have lived through time. 5 of such landmarks are listed below.
1.African Continental Bank (ACB) Tower
The ACB tower is a 6-storey building and at the tie it was built, it was the tallest building in the Central Business District in Enugu. It was constructed in the late 50s for African Continental Bank Limited, a financial institution established by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe (Nigeria’s first president). The tower was inaugurated on 30th April, 1959.
2. Miliken Hills
The name, Miliken Hills is derived from the earliest colonial administrator in Enugu back when Nigeria was still ruled by the British forces. The height of the hills above sea level is about 300m and at the foot of the hill is the first road that leads into the city of Enugu. Beneath the hills are tunnels, coal mines as well as the Iva valley.
The Miliken Hills can be found at Ngwo, in Enugu North Local Government Area.
3. Silicon Hill
Silicon Hill is sometimes referred to as Enugu's Chappal Waddi because it is 300 metres above sea level. It gets its name from the 'Silicon' mineral found here.
Located near the Nkalagu campus of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), the state commission on tourism records a staggering number of visitors who mount this hill for their viewing and climbing pleasure yearly.
4. Opi Lake Complex
Opi Lake Complex, usually called Opi Lake System, is a fusion of seven lakes located in the community of Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. These seven lakes are all interconnected and linkup into a channel of water bodies. The lake complex comprises of Ozzi, Ogelube, Uhere, Orufu, Ikpa Eze-agu iyi and Nkpo.
Opi Lake is a significant monument for the people of Enugu and a popular tourist destination due to its breathtaking atmosphere and amazing scenery; one which you will not forget in a haste as its scenic sight recurrently plays in your memory. It is heavily inhabited by crocodiles and hence requires utmost consciousness.
5. Udi Hills
The Udi Hills, or Ugwueme and Udi hills, is located in the North Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. These hills rise hundreds of meters above sea level.
In 1915, Udi hills was the site for the first coal mine to be opened in Nigeria but was closed two years later and replaced with the Iva Valley mine.
Are you visiting the city of Enugu anytime soon? Seize this opportunity to truly appreciate the beauty of the city and also use these landmarks as reference points as you navigate through the city.
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