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A line-up of skkyscrapers, Lagos | © Clara Sanchiz/WikiCommons
A line-up of skkyscrapers, Lagos | © Clara Sanchiz/WikiCommons

The Most Stunning Architectural Landmarks in Nigeria

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Updated: 10 September 2017

There are many edifices around Nigeria that would leave you in awe of the minds that created and brought them into existence. Some of them are old – and falling into decrepitude but somehow managing to hold on to the elegance that once marked their newness – and some are spanking new. We’ve compiled a list of the most impressive architectural landmarks and their locations, so the next time you’re about Nigeria you can look out for them, explore and take stunning pictures.

The National Arts Theatre, Lagos

The National Theatre was designed and constructed in 1977 by a Bulgarian architectural firm after the lines of the Palace of Arts and Culture in Varna, Bulgaria, except it’s bigger. It holds the record for hosting the largest gathering of black arts in the world, the Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), in 1977. It is presently a museum, art village and theatre.

National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria

The National Arts Theatre, located in Iganmu, Lagos | © Maersk Line/WikiCommons

Kofar Na’isa, Kano

After capturing the ancient city of Kano, Frederick Lugard, the first Governor-General of Nigeria, wrote in a 1903 report that he had ‘never seen anything like it in Africa’. Completed in the 14th century (before further expansion in the 16th century) the monument stands, to date, as a testament to the beauty wrought by imagination. It is also fantastic for photo-ops.

Kofar Na’isa – Ancient Kano City Walls, Kano, Nigeria

An edited image of the Kano Wall at Sabuwar Kofar | © Cepit/WikiCommons

The Godswill Akpabio International Sports Stadium, Uyo

Constructed in 2014 by Julius Berger, this magnificent structure is home to the Nigerian Super Eagles, the national, senior male football team. It has a 30,000-person seating capacity and has also played host to several sociocultural events. It’s located in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.

Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Boulevard, Uyo, Nigeria

Aerial view of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium at night. |

Mapo Hall, Ibadan

The historic City Hall of Ibadan, commissioned in 1929 by Captain Ross and constructed in 1925 by Taffy Jones, is built on the hill that marks the heart of the city. It was renovated in 2006, though trailed by a host of controversies. Standing at the top steps of what is still in use as a civic centre, a magnificent view of the city can be seen.

Mapo Hall, Old Quarter, Ibadan, Nigeria

Interior of Mapo Hall | The Guardian

Emir of Zazzau Palace, Zaria

Situated within the ancient city of Zazzau (also known as Zaria), is Emir’s Palace, constructed entirely from mud in the traditional Habe architecture and believed to have been established in 1536. The palace is surrounded by adobes also built in the Habe architectural style, also known as Hausa architecture.

Emir of Zazzau Palace, Zaria, Nigeria

Gate to the Emir of Zazzau’s Palace, Zaria | © Shiraz Chakera/WikiCommons

The Civic Centre, Lagos

This building is not only an architectural beauty, it also has all the conveniences a millennial could need, including space to conduct business both online and offline. It boasts a banquet hall, meeting rooms, and has in-house technology that makes business a pleasure.

The Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Eti-Osa, Lagos, Nigeria

Front view of the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos | © Ayodele Yusuf/WikiCommons

Makoko Floating School, Lagos

Embroiled in controversies since inception, the Makoko Floating School, designed and built by the architect Kunlé Adeyemi, is an eco-friendly solution to the educational needs of the ancient Makoko people who live and work on the lagoon. It is not often said, but the structure was one of the most beautiful architectural designs in Nigeria.

Makoko Community,

Arial view of the Makoko Floating School | ©