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Located in coastal southeastern Nigeria. Calabar is one of the oldest trading centers in Nigeria. The city is set on a hill overlooking the Calabar River. Calabar was established as a center of slave trade by the British in the 17th century. At the end of the slave trade, the city was a major port for palm oil trade and commodities exports and imports from the southeast of Nigeria. The city is a center of tourism in Nigeria.
Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation has over 500 languages spoken within its borders. The official languages are English and French, though Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are also widely spoken. Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. The rapid growth presents problems, however, as much of the country’s population does not have access to clean drinking water or sanitary services. Less than 30% of Nigerians attend secondary school. Religiously the country is split almost evenly between Christianity and Islam, with most Muslims located in the north and Christians in the south and central regions. Nigeria has a strong literary tradition, including such authors as Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka and Chichua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart. Nigeria has also been very influential in the development of modern African music, particularly styles such as Highlife, Afrobeat, and Palm Wine music. Nigeria also has a large film industry. Soccer is extremely popular in Nigeria; it is the first African nation to have won the gold medal for soccer in the Olympics. Basketball is also popular. Spicy soups and stews are popular cuisine in Nigeria, though rice- and bean-based dishes are also common. Meat is eaten in most meals, often cooked with chili peppers or other spices. Chin chin and Puff Puff are popular snacks that are similar to donuts.
Calabar is one of the first cities in Nigeria with which Christian missionaries came in contact. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived in Calabar more than a century after Christianity was planted in the area. The movement has since grown.
Spicy soups and stews are popular in Nigeria, though rice and bean-based dishes are also common. Meat is eaten in most meals, often cooked with chili peppers or other spices.
Local taxis are not advisable as the cars are very old and quite often the drivers are not particularly experienced.
This is one of the safest states of Nigeria, and wherever you go you can expect to be welcomed. Nigeria is still a rugged country, so be careful at all times. The city suffers from regular power outages.
Nigeria has a large film industry. Soccer is extremely popular in Nigeria; it was the first African nation to have won the gold medal for soccer in the Olympics. Basketball is also popular.