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Uncovering the city: Abuja

Wide avenues, extensive green areas and government buildings on a monumental axis. A typical scene of cities like Brasilia, Washington D.C. or Canberra, which were built from scratch to serve as new government headquarters. Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, also shares a similar story, but with a very different socioeconomic context.

The construction of Abuja began in the early 1970s and officially became the capital of Nigeria in December 1991, replacing the congested and overpopulated city of Lagos. Abuja was built for reasons similar to those of Brasilia, as both sought to move political power away from their original capitals. Additionally, Abuja has a strategic location in the centre of Nigeria and also houses the main centres of worship of the two main religions of the country: Christianity and Islam.

27 years after the establishment as a national capital, Abuja has become the second largest metropolis in Nigeria, with a population close to three million inhabitants. A number that…