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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Self-contained, 2 or 3 Bedroom Flats and Apartments for Rent in Abuja

In Abuja finding an apartment for rent is not an easy task especially if you are on a budget.  To start with not everyone is able to afford the exhorbitant rents charged by Abuja landlords and so typically people would rather opt to reside on the outskirts of the city in satellite towns such as Kubwa, Karu, Nyanya, Lugbe to mention a few.

But with tested hands with the right connections you can actually reach people with flats and Apartments for rent in Abuja. These people are agents who try to match your requirements for an Abuja Apartment or flat with what they have from their pool of vacant apartments.

Types of Abuja Apartments and flats for rent

If you’re looking for an Abuja apartment or flat to rent then your choice must fall into one of these;

Self Contained Flats

These are apartments that come with a toilet/bathroom and kitchen (optional) but a single room and in some cases a parlor to go with it. Price varies from N250k to N600k depending on location and condition of the apartment. Most self contained apartments are buoys quarters of bungalows or duplexes. These kind of apartments are ideal for young single professionals working in Abuja.

2 Bedroom Flats

2 bedroom flats in Abuja usually have a single bathroom with toilet and kitchen plus a living room and two bedrooms usually in blocks of flats or multi storey buildings.  A young newly wed would find these kind of flats ideal for them as it offers them the kind of convenience most married couples would love to have. Price ranges from N1 million per year to N3 million depending on location.

3 Bedroom Flats

These are the kings among flats available for rents at least one rarely comes across 4 bedroom flats for rent. For this kind of flat you’ll find they usually have 2 toilets and bathrooms with a kitchen and 2 veranda to go with. This is obviously more spacious and ideal for a nuclear family. Price usuallly starts from N1.5 million to anything near or above N5 million again depending on location.

Tips on searching for Abuja flats for rent

So you now want to rent an Abuja apartment after knowing your budget and where you fit in what should you do when searching for a flat to rent?

Choose a suitable Location

Whether you want a quiet, safe and serene environment or you want one close to your place of work or one not too far from the city center it makes sense to define your preferred suitable location. That’s not always an easy choice considering that often times a quiet serene environment may not have good roads or when there good roads the cost of rent is high. It’s a case of you can’t eat your cake and have it. The most expensive parts of Abuja to rent a flat are; Wuse, Gwarinpa, Mabushi, Utako, Maitama, Asokoro, Garki, Apo and Durumi to mention a few. Flats are cheaper on the outskirts such as; Lugbe, kubwa, Nyanya, karu, kurudu to mention a few.

Get your budget right

Following this guide you should have an idea of how much you should be thinking of when you now want to rent your desired Abuja flat/apartment. Always keep at the back of your mind that you’ll pay for commission/agency fee, legal fees and security deposit/service charge (if your compound is being managed by a realtor).

Set your requirements

It makes sense to know what you want or don’t want in your preferred locations. For instance are there good roads, fenced houses, presence of police posts and active security, markets, good schools, playgrounds, recreational facilities etc. These are some requirements but we all have what we feel or think should be present in our ideal residences what are yours?

Contact the right agent

Finally decision time. Who to contact on your preferred Abuja flat. A reliable agent who has a pool of apartments to look at. If you’re serious and ready just give him/her a call and make an appointment.

Looking for a reasonably priced self contained apartment within Abuja? Give me a call to hook you up: 0803 206 4106

Friday, July 19, 2013

Top 8 Abuja Events to know about

There are events and there are numerous social events happening in Abuja almost on a day to day basis although Abuja is primarily an Administrative and somewhat boring city rather than a commercial or industrial city like Lagos. However there are a few events that happen in Abuja that are worth knowing because of the impact they have on the capital city whenever they’re held. Here are 8 popular Abuja Events to take note of:

Designers Market Place (DMP)

This is one of the most popular social events that happens on the first Saturdays of every month at the popular city park located in Wuse 2. The DMP as it is more popularly called is a small business and lifestyle event that enables small lifestyle related businesses in Abuja showcase their products and services to an estimated 5,000 people who visit the event venue each time it holds.  The event starts by 10 am and ends 7 pm and is a great place to network and socialize.

Fusion Lifestyle Fair

This is a quarterly shopping event targeting both fashion and lifestyle vendors and even food related businesses. It’s held at the BMO events center at River Plate Park in Wuse 2 and attracts some of the most interesting Abuja small businesses. It’s usually held on a Saturday and Sunday making it a two day event and usually the 3rd weekend in the month it’s held.

Adopt a tweep

The quarterly Adopt a tweep is a unique event which happens in Abuja. Unlike most events this particular event is for online social media savvy folks who want to expand their social media prowess, meet and interact with other active Abuja based bloggers and social media enthusiasts. The concept was developed by popular Abuja tweep (twitter personality) Nnodim Blossom AKA @blcompere with the aim of enabling real life networking of tweeps. The event happens on the first Saturdays of every quarter at Hawthorn Suites in Area 11, Garki. For details on the next adopt a tweep contact @blcompere @adoptatweep or @ojaysays.

The Run Way Abuja

The Run way Abuja is an annual fashion and music show which holds at the popular Thisday Dome in Central Area of Abuja metropolis every November or December. Some notable highlights on display for the day include fashion shows where local designers have their designs showcased by models on the fashion runway plus music interlude from popular Nigeria acts. The last edition the Runway 3 was held in December 2012.

Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awards)

This event strifes to recognise young enterprising Abuja based business people who have through industry and creativity come up with businesses that have made an impact on the city. Nominees for this event are drawn from various segments including media and arts, entertainment, food, health to mention a few and must fall within the age bracket 21 – 35 to be eligible. The event which receives sufficient media coverage is held every April at the International Conference Center in Garki Area 11.

#Iblog Networking Workshop for Abuja Bloggers

Just like Adopt a tweep the #Iblog is an event targeting bloggers but unlike the former it is an exclusively  bloggers affair with almost no consideration given to social media. It usually has two sessions namely; one for training and learning on ways to increase web traffic to your blog or website and a discussion segment where a topical issue is discussed by participants and a guest. It holds monthly on the last Sundays at Juice Place 2 on Libreville Street in Wuse 2.

Weekly Free French Movie Screening

Every Thursdays the French Cultural Center shows a French movie sub-titled in English for the general public. Entrance to see this movie is free and time is 7 PM. Venue is 52, Librevillle Street (Insitut Francais du Nigeria) also known as the French Cultural Center.


This event holds on the first Saturdays of every month at the Hawthorn Suites in Area 11 Garki. It’s put together by the #LimbSimple team which is dedicated to offering technical and leadership skills to the next generation of business leaders in Abuja. It’s a place to meet and interact with business minded folks.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Top 5 Universities in Abuja, Nigeria

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria and for that reason one would expect the best Universities in Nigeria to be found here. But reality on ground is they aren’t so at the moment not in the least is the age of these universities plus the fact that many of them are not fully operational at least as at July 2013. But it does pay to know a little about these 5 Universities in Abuja in case you’re thinking of taking up a course in any of them. By the way as at the time of this writing no Nigerian University is in the top 5000 in the world.

University of Abuja, Gwagwalada

This is the oldest university in Abuja and by antecedents the best as at 2013 – if the other universities get their acts together this so called University would fall from its ‘exalted’ position. Founded in 1988 by a military decree the University runs both undergraduate and post graduate courses in diverse fields including social sciences and arts. But the University is sub –standard going by national averages as many state universities fare better in terms of academic and infrastructural readiness. The university is notorious for cash and carry admissions as many students get admitted through a corrupt system.

Baze University (Jabi Abuja)

This is the most expensive university in Nigeria and this may not be unconnected with the fact that it’s owned by some very powerful and wealthy Abuja based politicians who have invested heavily in setting it up. While the University boasts of having state of the art facilities and some imported lecturers with specialized experience one still has to adopt a let’s watch and see attitude for this University. Will the amount paid be justified by the quality of products it churns out? It currently runs only undergraduate courses in IT, law and Business Studies.

Veritas University Abuja (Bwari)

This is the first truly owned Catholic University in Nigeria – if Madonna University Okija is seriously Catholic owned. The University just like Baze is less than 5 years old and has just two faculties as of 2013/2014 Academic session. In terms of standards that remains to be seen although Catholic run tertiary institutions tend to be of high standards globally. Hoping that this University would prove itself over time and join the league of world class Universities operating in Africa.

Nigerian Turkish Nile University (Jabi Airport By Pass) Abuja

At the moment this University is still growing with a small student community but a vibrant academic calendar. If the University follows in the footsteps of Nigerian Turkish International College one would expect this University to be a reference point for sound tertiary Education in Nigeria. However for now I’ll rather watch as things unfold. By the way this University is very expensive by Nigerian standards of course only slightly cheaper than Baze University.

African University of Science and Technology - AUST Abuja (Galamadimawa)

This is a research oriented University geared towards providing technically sound graduates in the core sciences and applied sciences. At the moment the University runs both undergraduate and post graduate courses in various fields including petroleum Engineering, Computer Science and biological sciences. The university is also trying to introduce some innovative courses in the coming years including some on renewable energy and innovation in business.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Best Study Abroad Tips, Opportunities and Agencies for Nigerians to Consider

When it comes to studying abroad many Nigerians are at a loss as to what real opportunities exist for them to study abroad in world class universities or even which qualified agencies can actually provide them with the needed assistance and consultancy to land a dream course in a top flight university.

With the problems many face at home with studying in local universities such as strike action and falling standards of Education many parents who can’t afford to send their children/wards abroad prefer to send them to private Universities in Nigeria instead. But studying abroad has more career opportunities for Nigerians than in local universities because of the prestige and quality of training Universities abroad are perceived to offer international students.

That now brings up the thought of where to consider when opting abroad for a university degree or Education and who to approach to guide you for your documentation, counselling and visa processing among others.

Things Nigerians Should consider when they want to study Abroad

Here are a few things Nigerians intending on studying abroad should look at in order to help them make the right/best choices:

Country Abroad of Choice

Which country abroad can best offer you the kind of learning environment and choice of course plus living standards/cost of living that you’d like to have? That’s a criterion you shouldn’t overlook when considering opportunities to study abroad here in Nigeria.

Financial Aid Opportunities

We all know University Education is expensive abroad hence why many Universities offer Financial Aid. So ask yourself are there any financial aid opportunities/programs I can tap into?

The right course/field

Even when you know what you wish to study abroad have you thought of the possibilities of similar courses with greater specialization and lower costs that might give your career a boost. Someone may want to study an IT course like say software engineering that may cost him let’s say $60,000 for 4 years in one university whereas another University might be offering a more specialized course like software architechture which costs much less but offers more employment opportunities based on current realities.

Career Potentials of the Opportunity

Always consider what potentials your future career would take based on your choice of study. If you pick a course abroad because it’s not in Nigeria would it remain relevant for long?

The right Study Abroad Agency

Finally and may I say most importantly who will guide in in making the best choice? If you approach family and friends they might give you sound advice on what to study and where but experts in the field who are affiliated to world class universities know best what suits you based on your requirements, that’s why you’ll need professional  counselling from a reputable agency that links Nigerians to study abroad opportunities.

To find such an Agency simply give us a call and you’re on your way to making the right career choice and study abroad opportunity right here in Nigeria – 0818 083 1826

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