Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria and located right in the middle of the country. Fondly referred to as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the skyline of the city, it was built largely in the 1980s and dominated by Aso Rock, an enormous monolith which rises up behind the Presidential Complex and houses the residence and offices of the Nigerian president in the Three Arms Zone on the eastern edge of the city. Nearby are the National Assembly and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Whats even more:
- The Federal Capital of Nigeria is the first planned city to be built in Nigeria.
- Abuja is centrally located, has easy accessibility, salubrious climate and low population density with readily land availability for future expansion.
- The city is approximately 300 miles (480 km) northeast of Lagos, the former capital (until 1991).
- Abuja is Nigeria’s administrative and political centre. It is also a key capital on the African continent due to Nigeria’s geo-political influence in regional affairs.
- The city’s Central Area contains the city hall, national cultural institutes, and other government-related offices.
- The FCT is also a conference centre and hosts various meetings annually, such as the 2003 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and the 2014 World Economic Forum (Africa) meetings.
- Served by the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is also largely known for being one of the few purpose-built capital cities in Africa, as well as being one of the wealthiest.
- The National Stadium, a large multisport arena, is located on the western edge of the Central Area.
All these and a little more are a few of the things that make the Federal Capital the perfect host city for the maiden edition of Africa Film For Impact Festival set for May, 2020.