Upon the lofty lands of Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, a veil of dry dust hangs over the small town of Zuba. I sit calmly in my Volkswagen car as we journey along the Abuja-Kaduna express way. The sun had just begun to set and had slipped into her night gown of romantic crimson, whispering "goodbye and goodnight" over the jagged skyline of clusters of granite inselbergs which punctuated the entire area.
We entered Niger State and passed Suleja town. Vehicles swept back and forth, smearing the air with bursts and blasts of hoot and horns. Suddenly, ahead of the road soared a mighty rock; it stood wide and bold, undaunted by the setting dusk, gleaming and glittering endlessly. The road appeared to plunge into the belly of the rock as we progressed, then takes an almost abrupt bend and meanders round the rock and continues towards the Savannah lands of Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria.
On one of its vertical sides, it bears a human face, naturally etched into its crust. The face looks straight ahead, staring seductively at the setting tropical sun. This is Zuma Rock, one of the most popular rocks in Nigeria due to its location which is generally believed to be the centre of our Nation’s landmass. The rock which graces the Nigerian 100 naira note, rises ostentatiously to an height of about 700m above sea level.
Among numerous efforts to package Zuma Rock for tourism is the Zuma Rock Nigerian village project, which is located behind the rock. The tourist village constitutes a vantage spot to savor the the beauty of Zuma and it’s also fitted with chalets and other facilities for relaxation. Zuma Rock remains the unquestionable watchman of our Nation’s capital city as long as her face remains.
A Video of Zuma Rock
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