A last minute change of plan sent us off on an afternoon trip to the city centre. However, like many non-organic cities, an actual centre is hard to find. In any case we began our trip just outside the Abuja National Mosque.
1. A last minute change of plan sent us off on an afternoon trip to the city centre. However, like many non-organic cities, an actual centre is hard to find. In any case we began our trip just outside the Abuja National Mosque.
2. The first thing we noticed was a lack of people. Being Saturday afternoon, this part of town appeared half asleep — as you’ll see in later photographs.
3. It was hard to tell if the roads missed the traffic or were actually happy to have a weekend break.
4. The gentleman in the middle of the foreground gives you a sense of scale.
5. From this position, the cars did look quite small.
6. Finally, a sign of life: fruit sellers hawking their wares.
7. In the background, beyond the parking garage, is the National Church of Nigeria.
8. I need to check whether or not this structure is called the Millennium Tower; in any case it reminded me of Rotterdam’s Euromast.
9. Another view of the National Church.
10. We hope to discover if people are allowed to visit what looks like a viewing deck at the top of the church tower.
11. Look very carefully (though you might need a microscope 😊) and you’ll discover a security guard looking after this construction site.
12. Aha, some traffic, and of course Aso Rock.
13. There were some moments when everything seemed permanently far away.
14. I have no idea what led to this particular freeze in construction, but still we stood and looked at it for a while. One part of my brain kept whispering: “…potential art project…potential art project…”
15. Here’s the National Church from another angle. The red ‘NO’ signs are to do with our proximity to the Central Bank (out of picture, on the left).
16. Turn 90 degrees to the right of the previous photograph, and you’ll find nature about to give up space for new construction.
17. Here’s another case of look carefully, and you’ll see what we saw…
18. Something about this building grabbed our attention.
19. Here’s another view looking towards Aso Rock.
20. …And a few more signs of Saturday afternoon life.
21. Say “Hello” to the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) towers; you’ll see them again in a bit…
22. Here are those NNPC towers from another angle.
23. And then we looked down and found three men working the crops in the field. Another instance of the contrasts I’d mentioned some days back.
24. The cityscape remains an interesting combination of nature and construction.
25. A look across the road towards the far away Sheraton Hotel…
26. One last glance at the NNPC tower quartet.
27. Ever seen a graveyard for ATMs? Neither had we, until now.