Living in Awka, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

13 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Awka, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 13 people living in Awka what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It’s the capital of Anambra state, but not as popular as Onitsha. But housing here is relatively cheap and working in a government institution is quite common. Also, the city is rapidly developing with infrastructure.

Awka is a small town and the capital of Anambra State. The cost of Living is high from accommodation, transportation and feeding. The percentage of civil servants in the city is 60% to non civil servants. I will always advice anyone moving to Awka to have a Plan B apart from the normal salary like myself. I have layers chicken that always give me a daily income because I sell the eggs on a daily basis.

Nwamaka, says: 2023

Awka is a commercial city in the southeast region of Nigeria. It sits beautifully on the heart of Anambra; also serving as the capital of the State. The city is always busy during the day with commercial activities cut across several sectors. The city has a large land mass, with a unique environment that any one from any part of the world can easily adapt to, without much stress. As a student, I love this city because, aside commercial venture activities; it as well serves as the host city for two Giant Universities: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Princess, says: 2020

Awka is cosmopolitan and anyone moving to the city should know the high cost of living, although there are good jobs to augment the expenses ranging from the civil service to few unskilled works, in addition to that, my city has a well organized transport system, so commuting will be a lot easier if one decide to stay downtown and work in the city center.

Funmilayo, says: 2020

How to effectively use traffic lights and way around the city. and that there are more expensive housing facilities in the main town. He should also know his way around the city market and many other important places in our town. He should also know that my city is known for its prominence in marketing.

Ekezimero, says: 2020

Awka is a very busy city. It is so busy that if one is not willing to sweat it out, he may have to look elsewhere. Every business thrives in this city. This is a result of the large population. It is noteworthy to mention that the prestigious university, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, is in Awka. This accounts for a good percentage of the city’s population. Aside from that, it is the capital of Anambra State in Nigeria. “Awka is a fertile land”, they say.

Jahswill, says: 2020

The first thing a tourist sees upon entering my city is the poor road network. The roads are so bad that the thought of traveling poses a daunting task. This is one of the many problems faced by people in the city. The next is the level of unemployment among the citizens. This in turn has lead to an alarming increase in the level of armed robbery attacks faced by everyone both the poor and the rich as young men and women who are frustrated by the constant decline in the economic situation turn to lots of nefarious activities to survive.

Housing problem, the rate of unemployment among the citizens and lack of basic amenities are first among the numerous problems faced by people in my city. Also, the citizens are usually exposed to various decrees of insecurity and in many cases, are the targets of disgruntled and trigger-happy police officers. In order words, the survival rate of the citizens in my city is usually very minute compared to other places.

Preciou, says: 2020

Awka is a quiet, beautiful, a city to behold. A place where one can be him/herself. She is in South Eastern Nigeria. With beautiful and ancient places to behold, your journey will to Awka will be one to remember till eternity. Come to my city and feel the grips of nature on your hands.

Precious, says: 2020

“Awka; a city filled with great men and women, a city of the free”. Awka is a beautiful place, when you are in need of a perfect fell of nature. A city at the heart of Igbo land, eastern part of Nigeria. Welcome, stranger to an awesome city in Africa.

The price of houses for rent or for sale are quite average, one wouldn’t have to spend a lot to acquire a living space. It is a safe place, there are rarely any cases of murder, rape, robbery, and others. The transportation fare however, is quite expensive, and to an extent there is electricity. There is presence of clean water, and the price of groceries and other foodstuff is not so high.

Awka is the capital city of Anambra State in Nigeria. It is a quiet town during the day but has a booming nightlife with clubs, bars, and hotels in full swing. It has a market and most of the government ministries and parastatals have their offices in Awka. Awka is also famous for artisans, especially blacksmiths and woodcarvers.

Joseph, says: 2020

Awka is the capital of Anambra state. It also doubles as the second most important commercial center of my state. Anyone moving to my city must be wary of fraudulent people who parade themselves as government agents. They swindle people for unnecessary taxes and levies.

Chinenye, says: 2020

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