Abuja

capital city of Nigeria

Abuja (/əˈbə/)[2] is a city in Nigeria. It is the national capital of Nigeria. Around 2.5 million people live there. Abuja is in the middle of the country, in the center of the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.

Abuja
Municipality
Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Abuja Municipal Area
From top (L–R): View of a street in Maitama District, Abuja National Mosque, Zuma Rock, fountain in Millennium Park, Central Bank headquarters, and nighttime skyline of Central Business District, Abuja
From top (L–R): View of a street in Maitama District, Abuja National Mosque, Zuma Rock, fountain in Millennium Park, Central Bank headquarters, and nighttime skyline of Central Business District, Abuja
Nickname(s): 
ABJ
Abuja is located in Nigeria
Abuja
Abuja
Location of Abuja in Nigeria
Abuja is located in Africa
Abuja
Abuja
Abuja (Africa)
Coordinates: 9°4′N 7°29′E / 9.067°N 7.483°E / 9.067; 7.483Coordinates: 9°4′N 7°29′E / 9.067°N 7.483°E / 9.067; 7.483
Country Nigeria
TerritoryFederal Capital Territory
LGA(s)Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)
Settled1828
Incorporated1 October 1984
Declared capital12 December 1991
Government
 • City PlannerFederal Capital Development Authority (FCDA)
 • City ManagementAbuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC)
Area
 • Municipality1,769 km2 (683 sq mi)
 • Urban
713 km2 (275 sq mi)
Elevation
840 m (2,760 ft)
Population
 (2011 estimate)[1]
 • Municipality1,235,880
 • Rank7th
 • Density700/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,440,000
 • Urban density3,423/km2 (8,870/sq mi)
 • Metro
6,000,000 (estimated)
Time zoneUTC+1 (GMT+1)
Postal codes
900211–900288
ClimateAw
Websitewww.fcta.gov.ng

The capital of Nigeria used to be Lagos, but it was moved to Abuja in 1976.

Abuja is a planned city, which means that architects designed it specifically to be Nigeria's capital city. Construction of the first parts of the city was finished in the late 1980s.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)". City Population. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. "Define Abuja's at Dictionary.com". dictionary.com. Random House, Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. Oke, Steve (9 October 2016). "History of Abuja - How it Was Created & Chosen as Nigeria's Capital".