Aba: The Manchester of Africa


Aba is the commercial, financial, industrial, educational….hub of Abia state in the southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It straddles the Aba river, which flows into the iconic Azumini blue river. 

Aba Town Hall

Aba’s population is close to a million. Although other cities are built on river banks, are great economic centers, the Enyimba city as Aba is popularly known bestrode the west and central African sub-region like a colossus. Aba is arguably the most creative and dynamic city in Africa.

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No city in the African continent attracts multitudes of traders, business men and women on  a daily basis as Aba. They  came in droves from the west and central African sub-region to patronize some of the goods produced by artisans, small, medium and large scale industries that dot the city.

Aba is a well planned city with a master plan that regulates its development. It is also an emerging educational hub with institutions of higher learning.

Hopefully, it can imitate the educational prowess of the cities of Cambridge, England and, Massachusetts in the United State of America (USA), that have world class universities if it’s higher educational institutions are well funded.

Aba is on its way to have a dedicated power plant which will ensure uninterrupted electricity supply courtesy of the privately owned geometric power plant which is domiciled in the city.

When completed, the project would further raise the economic profile of the city. Aba is also the maker  of football in Nigeria as the city’s premier football team, Enyimba football club has won the Nigerian league seven times.

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It is also the only Nigerian club to have won the confederation of the African football champions cup, it won it on two consecutive occasions. Aba is akin to Manchester, England, the acclaimed birthplace of the industrial revolution in terms of influence.

However, unlike the former, it lacks a ship canal and is not accessible via the air. These two infrastructures are  prerequisites for economic development.

The Aba River should be turned into a canal to accommodate barges and shallow draught vessels. Moreover, the proposed airport in Umuahia, the state capital should be relocated to Aba and downgrade to an international airstrip.

…..By Mr. Ferdinand C. Uguru….A creative thinker, he wrote via: nostradamuseinstein@yahoo.com



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