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Living in Owerri, Nigeria:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

24 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Owerri, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 24 people living in Owerri 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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24 comments on “Owerri”

It’s a city with a lot of hotels and they like enjoyment. Things are kind of expensive compared to some places in the west. They have beautiful girls… tho a lot of them are runs girls… All in all, Owerri is not a boring city.

Owerri is a quiet place to come live and be at rest. However, recently the activity of armed men causes tension around towns bordering Owerri. Still it has not lost its place as one of the nicest cities in Nigeria for visiting and entertainment.

Owerri is the capital of Imo State, as such it is developed with adequate facilities for a good standard of living. Owerri is the trade centre for agricultural products such as palm, cassava and maize. It has several road networks, being at the intersection of roads from Aba, Port Harcourt and Onitsha therefore it is easily accessible. There are quite a number of jobs and establishments and excellent residential security.

Fortunatus, says: 2020

Owerri is a densely populated city. It has a very active nightlife and residents are known to like clubbing. As a result, there are lots of hotels and social clubs. Also, food prices relative to other towns and cities is fairly high as well. Finally, it rains more slightly more than other neighbouring cities.

Alhaji, says: 2020

1. Safety issues can be a challenging factor.
2. Business etiquette may require your social skills.
3. There are inadequate health care facilities and other basic amenities.
4. A welcoming expat community.
5. Steady power supply is a challenge.
6. The city is hot and humid!
7. Nigerians are warm, friendly and loud.
8. The country is chaotic.
9. Water is mainly available through boreholes in some areas.

Princess, says: 2020

The friendly atmosphere. My city is well known for the inhabitants always willing to give a helping hand, where and when it is needed. We will look out for you and the camaraderie we exude is second to none. Food is quite cheap with seasonal fruits always bountiful and organic.

Favour, says: 2020

Owerri is a well nice develop city in Nigeria Therefore for someone trying to move to and live in owerri must be well intelligent because he or she will meet prominent people throughout his stay and he or she must be ready to work and be hardworking human being.

Varieties of hotels and recreation centers. and some good road and smart artistic works. The urban development structures are very captivating especially the locations where the markets are situated. Our roads are most times jammed because of traffic issues and roadside hawkers. Things are relatively cheap especially foodstuffs.

Chidinma, says: 2020

Owerri is a beautiful and peaceful city that welcomes foreigners no matter your race, color, or religion. It has a rich culture and a good road network and an array of breathtaking infrastructure in the metropolitan city. Since its creation, it has been dubbed the “Eastern Heartland”.

Oluwasegun, says: 2020

Owerri is a small City in South East of Nigeria with an approximate population of six million people. The city is the Eastern heartland due to its location in the center of South East Nigeria. The people of Owerri are known to be industrious and educated in Nigeria. Therefore, by moving to Owerri, you must be prepared for a quiet life of commerce far from the bustle of huge cities.

Ayomide, says: 2020

– The city has wet season from March to August.
– The city does not have an organised transportation system.
– The city is the entertainment center of eastern Nigeria.
– You do not need to worry about accommodation because there are lots of cheap hotels.

Claret, says: 2020

Owerri is beautiful and has lots of hotels. It is a very small city with lots of tall buildings. It is safe to drive at night because the security is very tight. It has three federal schools, and has a nice airport.

Olivia, says: 2020

The city is full of accommodating and friendly people. The city is known for its safe environment. Also, moving to my city, one would not fail to see its beautiful landscapes and tall buildings. All the basic needs are in tact. The city is very cool and a wonderful place.

Promise, says: 2020

Someone moving to Owerri should know it is not advisable to move about my city at night. This is because people who prefer stealing from civilians operate at night and perform all manner of inhuman and irresponsible acts.

Iteoluwakisi, says: 2020

Owerri is a beautiful place with an infusion of both city and country-like scenery. It is home to several tourist sites and hangout spots where one can have a good time. In a country as culturally diverse as Nigeria, Owerri serves as a converging center for people from different tribes thereby giving an array of various unique cultures in one place. The city also has well constructed road networks that provides free flow of traffic for convenient movement around the city. If you’re looking for a city in Nigeria where you can have fun and relax Owerri is the place for you.

Collins, says: 2020

Anyone moving here, that is Owerri in Imo state; must be aware of the rent. The rent in owerri is quite high but if one is familiar with some residents here, he or she would be able to get a home of cheaper rent compared to one who is completely new.

Precious, says: 2020

The person intending to move to my city should know is a city that is calm but needs a lot of focus, discipline and hardwork to thrive and survive. My city is full of distractions that if care is not taken you might come in and spend your hours and days with futile activities if you have not cultivated the discipline of focus.

Francis, says: 2020

Owerri is a safe place to visit and reside. The people in it are relatively hospitable. It is known for its serenity. There are quite a good number of places you can visit and have fun if you are coming as a tourist like the Oguta lake. Some of the best hotels in my country can be found in my city.

Osarumen, says: 2020

Owerri is the best city in Nigeria to live in. The people are great, we have awesome food and most especially the culture here is amazing. I really think anyone moving here should because it’s a great city. There is low crime rate considering that Nigeria, overall, has a very high crime rate.

Valentina, says: 2020

Owerri, Imo State, is a great place to stay if you’re looking for relaxation as it contains so many hotels and eateries. However, the roads are horrible and you might need to consider that. Some places have constant power supply while some other places have an erratic power supply. Generally, the locals are welcoming and cost of living is not so expensive.

Sylvester, says: 2020

It is an urban area full of life and jobs. The city is filled with amazing people of different cultures and religions and living here doesn’t cost a living. Owerri is the capital of the state, apart from the jobs the city has vast land area that will attract prospective investors.

Owerri is the capital of Imo state. this is the largest city in the state surrounded by government ministries and institutions. The city is serves as tourist attraction because of so many five star hotels and with so many colleges and universities around. It is a city for businesses activities. Weather condition in Owerri is cool as temperature ranges from an average of 23-32 degree centigrade.

Oluwaseun, says: 2020

Owerri is a fun place. The city attracts people from other states in the country because of the entertainment centers found at every junction in the city. Workers and businessmen who close for work around 6pm always find their way to an entertainment spot to relax and enjoy themselves, while talking about their day at work.

Nnanatu, says: 2020

i will advise the person to hustle for money in order not to get hungry. Secondly, be careful of fraudsters. The city is an interesting place with different individuals with different characters. do not be idle and be ready to cope because things are not that easy here. With my advice he or she should be able to survive here.

Ibebuogu, says: 2020

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