The top 10 most beautiful States in Nigeria this 2023 are those States in the country which stand out in terms of their development and breathtaking scenery. While we do not dispute the fact that every of the country’s 36 States have some landmarks or features that stand them out and put them in contention for a spot in this list, we have decided to go with the most generally accepted view of many people in the country regarding this topic.
Within most of the States in this list lie some of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria as well. We would love you to go with us on this journey as we unveil the States in our beloved country that are currently ranked as the finest in all of the Federation, taking into cognizance the beauty of their capital territories and some other impressive landmark features where necessary. Without further ado, let us proceed with the business of the day.
TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL STATES IN NIGERIA 2023: FULL LIST
In no particular order, listed below are the 10 most beautiful States in Nigeria this 2023:
The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is the nation’s capital city. While it is not a State but a City, it comfortably takes its place as the first on this list of top 10 most beautiful States in Nigeria because of its importance in our nation as the seat of power. Abuja is a very beautiful place with impressively built infrastructure that leaves you in awe. The beauty of Abuja is totally down to the fact that the city has a master plan and this building plan has been consistently followed since the 1980s to date.
The city of Abuja has beautifully designed parks which makes the whole place a tourists dream. The most popular of these parks is the Millennium Park officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on December 4, 2003. Other parks and the majority of government administrative buildings, as well as the good road networks, great lighting systems and a number of high profile hotels also makes the city a heaven on earth.
Lagos State is the richest state in Nigeria and this is a testament to it being the economic nerve centre of the country. The centre of excellence, which also ranks among the most developed States in Nigeria, is very beautiful all through, although the majority of the beautiful parts of Lagos is concentrated on the Island part of the State, namely Banana Island, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki, Eko Atlantic City, etc., it is not unusual to spot several beautiful places on the mainland as well, Chief of them being Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. Magodo GRA is another beautiful location on the mainland. Lagos State has very beautiful road networks, link bridges and impressive night lighting systems. It is predominantly a Yoruba speaking State.
Enugu State is one of the Igbo speaking states in the country, and a very serene place to live in. The State has a very important place in Nigeria’s history due to it being the centre for coal mining which contributed hugely to our economy in the years past, as well as it housing the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Enugu campuses. Enugu has a beautiful topography, and many beautiful landmark features that stands it out as one of the best places to be. A defining feature of Enugu is the good road networks as well as fine places such as Independence Layout, New Haven, Enugu GRA and the Achara Layout.
Rivers State, one of the oil producing States in Nigeria, is very beautiful, especially its capital, Port Harcourt. The Rivers State capital is known as the garden city due to its beauty and splendour. Bonny Island, an island which is located on the southern edge of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most beautiful places in Rivers State as well. Other beautiful places in the State include the Bonny Nature Park and the Finima Beach. Rivers also houses several impressive hotels that add to the beauty of the State.
Kaduna State, which takes its name from the River Kaduna, one of the major rivers in Nigeria, is another beautiful State in the country. There are many tourist destinations which add to the beauty of Kaduna State, some of which include the Kaduna Museum, Lugard Foot Bridge, Kajuru Castle, Kamuku National Park, the Nok Village. Matsirga waterfall, Trapco Ranch and Resort, etc.
Delta State is an oil-rich State located in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria. This beautiful State is known for its good road networks especially in Asaba, its capital city and Warri, its economic hub. Both aforementioned cities are also blessed with great buildings that add to the beauty of the State. Some of the beautiful locations to visit in Delta State include places like the Palace of the Olu of Warri, who happens to be one of the first class Kings in Nigeria, as well as one of the richest monarchs in the country, Chief Nana’s Palace, Effurun Garden Park, Abraka Turf and Country Club, Abraka River Resort Motel and the Golden Tulip Hotels.
CROSS RIVER STATE
Cross River State has many beautiful places that makes it really special. This State which is located in the south-south geopolitical zone in the country has great tourist destinations such as the Cross River National Park, National Museum, Slave Museum, Kwa Waterfalls, Mary Slessor’s tomb, Mary Slessor’s statue and Mary Slessor’s House. Also bear in mind that the famous Obudu Cattle Ranch and Tinapa Resort in Calabar add to the beauty of a State which has so many great places and road network systems. Calabar is one of the cleanest cities in Nigeria today.
AKWA IBOM STATE
Akwa Ibom State, which is famous for its great production of crayfish in the country, is also one of the most beautiful States in Nigeria currently. The State is neat with good roads and great infrastructure, with the highlight being the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Complex in Uyo which is likened to Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena in Germany. Other beautiful places in Akwa Ibom State include the Ibom Plaza, Ibeno Beach, National Museum Uyo, the Lord Lugard’s Residence, etc. Akwa Ibom State also houses several 5-star hotels which are situated in Uyo the State Capital.
Imo State, the Eastern Heartland, also features on this list as one of the most beautiful States in the country. As you approach Owerri from Onitsha, you are greeted with the beautiful view of the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, then as you make your way towards the left, into the City, Okigwe Road connecting Bank Road, Government House and Imo State University (IMSU) gives you an impressive view of what Owerri city looks like.
You can also see the Imo Conference Centre, Freedom Square, as well as some of the beautiful hotels that add to the fine view Owerri gives you, Chief of which is the Rockview Hotel. Other beautiful places in Imo State include the Oguta Lake, Ada Palm plantation, the Mbari Cultural and Art Centre and the Imo Zoological Garden which is one of the major zoos in Nigeria. The Ada Palm Plantation is one of the most viable oil palm plantations in West Africa.
Ondo State, popular for its cocoa production, is the last but not the least of our most beautiful States in Nigeria list. Its capital city, Akure, is really impressively planned. The Sunshine State is blessed with various natural attractions, good topography and beautiful scenery as regards its infrastructure.