A dusty veil hangs over Zuba town. The Sun had slipped into her night gown of romantic crimson, saying goodbye and goodnight over the jagged skyline of granite inselbergs.
A mighty rock stands bold, undaunted by the coming dusk. It bears a face: one that looks straight ahead, starring at the setting sun.It is never distracted. Since centuries past, her gaze has remained unchanged; a gaze that threatens to swallow its admirer, one that looks you in the eye if you look it in the eye. With a slightly opened mouth, it proudly declares its royal location.
This is Zuma Rock, the ‘monolithic’ rock that marks the centre of our Nation’s landmass with a human face. The massive inselberg which is depicted on the N100 note, is located in Niger State, just north of Abuja (F.C.T.).
It conspicuously appears to swallow the Abuja-Kaduna express way, rising ostentatiously to an height of about 700m. The Zuma Rock Nigerian village constructed behind the rock has constitutes a vantage spot to servour the the wonders of Zuma; it’s also fitted with chalets and other facilities for relaxation.
Zuma Rock remains the unquestionable watchman of the F.C.T. as long as her face remains.
- The Abuja-Kaduna Road appears to disappear into the mighty Zuma.
- Zuma Rock (from Zuba area of the F.C.T.)
- Turning round the Zuma Rock and capturing it from its south-western flank… one can still the face slightly.
A Video of Zuma Rock
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This article was written by folarin
Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole’s photography and travel writing depict a passionate romance with nature’s endowments. He grew up in the small town of Akure, Ondo State. He is a travel writer, geologist, researcher and tourism activist. When not at work, he writes geo-scientific research papers and travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos, making videos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.