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Living in Kaduna, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

19 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Kaduna, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 19 people living in Kaduna 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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If you’re moving to Kaduna, you’ll need to get an air conditioner because it is very hot for most of the year. Aside from that, it is a lovely place to be in. There are many delicious foods to eat, mostly containing beef as the predominant Hausa tribe of this region rear cattle. There is also a mixture of other Nigerian tribes with their own unique Nigerian dishes.

The Kaduna River separates the northern part of the city from the southern part. Kaduna is also known as Croc City due to its history of crocodiles in the Kaduna River. The nightlife is also exhilarating, especially in places like Barnawa, located in the southern part of the city. There are also many fun activities to do across the city, such as paintballing, go-kart racing, horse riding, and polo tournaments.

The season of harmattan, which occurs during the last two months of the year, is very cold and dry, so it would be wise to come along with moisturizing creams and warm clothing. The city is always well decorated to celebrate the festivities of the end of the year and to usher in the new year.

You should look forward to an enjoyable stay in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State. The people are friendly, the food is awesome, and the ambiance is beautiful. What more could you ask for?!!!

My city is huge and beautiful which makes it one of the most interesting cities to visit because of its rich and vast culture. It is the capital of northern Nigeria bringing people of different cultures and tribes together in one place. Being situated at a strategic location, it serves as bridge between other northern cities and the rest of the country and vice versa. It is an economic hub as well as a political one.

Elisha, says: 2020

It is one of the biggest cities in the country. The standard of living in this city is low with poor people everywhere. There are security challenges in the town with cases of kidnapping becoming rampant. The government is not really fulfilling its duties. It is not really a city.

Chukwudi, says: 2020

The city of Kaduna is a good fit for people who want a slow paced area to start a family or retire. The major attractions of Kaduna state are numerous (e.g., the Kajuru Castle, the 5th chukker resort and polo club). The climate is temperate and the citizens are friendly. Although certain parts of the state are a bit dodgy.

Chiderah, says: 2020

The first thing to consider about Kaduna city is its cold weather, you need thick clothes to keep your body warm if moving here. If you are industrious, you will fit in here because the people in this city are business oriented. The people in the city are not religious bigots. They are simply wonderful people. They are hospitable.

Cecilia, says: 2020

Kaduna is the heart of the north in Nigeria. It’s large and occupied by both Christians and Muslims, we have many tribes with Hausa as the major language spoken. Kaduna state is a fast growing industrialized state.

Israel, says: 2020

Kaduna is in the central north of Nigeria the meaning of Kaduna crocodile. It is the main city in Kaduna state it is. It is known as the capital of the state Kaduna. It is between Kano state and Zaria Kaduna is know to have one of the biggest trading market in Kaduna.

Iteoluwakisi, says: 2020

If moving to Kaduna, then know it is one of the coldest States in the north of Nigeria. The cost of living in Kaduna is pretty cheap as is with almost all states in this part of Nigeria. Prepare to feast your eyes on rich Hausa culture, although majority of the inhabitants are Muslims there are also Christians who have made this state their permanent home. Why? Houses are relatively cheap to lease or rent and even buy compared to other parts of the nation, food is affordable, cost of transportation is also very affordable. If moving to northern Nigeria then Kaduna should be first on your list, just come with jackets for the cold and moisturizer for your skin.

Someone moving to Kaduna should know the degraded conditions of the roads, also security challenges; kidnapping and robbery are getting to be the new norm. Staying outside after dark is very risky, many ills befall many people who stay out after dark. But notwithstanding, my city’s a very nice place. It’s got lot of amusement sites like parks, and public saunas. despite the odds, Kaduna is a very nice place in and I do hope you would like to come there someday.

Michael, says: 2020

It is a city that doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation in other countries but that is one of the most misunderstood notions about it. There are bad eggs in every Nationality and it is mostnot an exception. The idea of it’s majority of citizens being that way can and should be seen as a myth and a too quick a way to pass judgment. Hard-working and genuine individuals are really the backbone of the city that predominate it’s population.

It is a pleasant place to stay, the people are nice and hospitable but the downside of staying in such a place is that it could get really heated; that is, in terms of uncertainty and insurgency. Nevertheless such events only take place in the remote parts of the city.

Abdulrasaq, says: 2020

The Crocodile city, it is fondly called, the seat of Northern Nigeria that you should know. When moving here, be aware the weather is usually very cold during the dry season which lasts for latter five months of the year and then rains for the remainder. A City of Green, It is a nature lover’s heaven.

Chidinma, says: 2020

I will say for the first few weeks get somewhere comfortable maybe a hotel, give yourself some time to acclimate and get familiar with the environment first, before settling down to buy a house. secondly, take your time to plan your commute and some route. I would also suggest meeting new people and having a network of your particular kind of people by joining organized and social groups. never forget where you came from you can always keep in touch with your former friend and colleagues from your former city.

Paulina, says: 2020

Moving to Kaduna would be a terrible decision. If you are here to work then it is fine but you must know the security risk is high due to kidnapping, “Boko Haram,” burglary, religious riots, and so much more. However, there are some nice things to be said about Kaduna. We produce lovely fruits like mangoes, sugar canes, lemons, apples, tomatoes, fruits, and vegetables.

Favour, says: 2020

The native language spoken is Hausa. People speak English this can however be limited to the educated ones. Pidgin English may also be spoken as an alternative. It’s is a hot city, and the temperature can really drop in the cold season. Bring a sweater or jacket. The citizens are nice, but short on patience.

Anjolaoluwa, says: 2020

Kaduna is not as crowded as other Nigerian cities. It holds the record of most peaceful city in the country, and its indigenes love its present Governor. cost of living is cheap and the weather is amazing. i think anyone moving to Kaduna state with the aim of starting a new life is on the right track.

It is a beautiful city, with good main roads and it’s divided by the North and South which are occupied by both Muslims and Christians, the North being occupied by majorly Muslims and the South by Christians. There are three major languages spoken: Hausa, English and the Southern Kaduna language.

Kaduna is in the north of Nigeria and it is occupied by predominantly Christians. It has 21 local government areas. It is surrounded by Kano state, Plateau state and Abuja (the federal capital territory). It is well known for its agricultural produce like maize, millet, wheat etc. The current governor is mallam Nasiru El rufai.

The city is good and convenient in terms to social amenities. The people in it have good behavior. The city has the good security service in the country. The city tourist attractions places like the traditions and culture attract, wildlife park, stadium, cinema and more and good marketplaces.

Jethro, says: 2020

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