Benin City
 an ancient city and the capital of Edo state known for
its rich cultural values and heritage.
It is located approximately 40KM north
of the river Benin and about 320km by road east of Lagos.
Benin is a
hub for commercial activities
. Oil palm production is a significant industry and the city is a center of rubber production in the
country. The people of Benin have four market days which include Agbado,
Ekenaka, Eken and Ekioba.
The city of
do experience heavy traffic sometimes because the major
linking states in the south western part of the
to the South
passes through it
Benin is a
home of both traditional and foreign delicacies,
like the pepper rice which though
cannot be said to be
particularly indigenous to
the people is found in almost all restaurants in the
If you’re thinking of moving to this great city, below
are 5 areas that offer the best of Benin city.


Ugbowo is a
top choice for many people especially
young people being that it is a student
residential area. It is the area where the prestigious University of Benin is
located. The place is always busy and lively because of the activities of
students.  Students who get admitted into
the university can rent one of the lodges to stay or any other young person
that wishes to stay close to the students can also rent a lodge for as low as
Thirty Thousand Naira (30,000) only for a single room apartment or for as low
as Fifty Thousand Naira (50,0000) only for a self-contain apartment. Food Items
can be gotten at cheaper rates. Beware that cult activities can become almost
unbearable sometimes because it is an area mainly occupied by students.


For those
people that don’t like a noisy environment or that like a quiet and serene
environment, then the Government Reserved Area, GRA as it is popularly called
is just okay for them. Life in the GRA is quiet but can be quite expensive.
Security in the GRA is tight so residents don’t need to worry much about petty
thieves or criminals that go about intimidating people because there is no room
for that. A good accommodation for a moderate family starts from Three Hundred
and Fifty Thousand Naira (350,000) only and Five Hundred Thousand (500,000)
Naira and above for a three bedroom flat.
GRA is also a place for fun lovers because
the area has some clubs that host night parties and serve as relaxation centers
for Night crawlers.

Igun-Eronmwon Quaters

The Benin
kingdom is well known for its bronze casting and other art works. Igun-Eronmwon
Quarters is a place for lovers of arts and those that will like to know a thing
or two about the history of the Benin kingdom tradition and arts
exploits.Igun-Eronmwon still holds many cultural values of the Bini
people.  Most houses in the street are still
built with muds but they still stand tall and strong. Igun-Eronmwon is most
famous for its brass casting and wood carving as it was listed as a cultural
heritage site by UNESCO. Though buildings in this area are very old except for
few newly built houses, the place is worth staying as it gives more details
about the people of Benin and their culture. There are old men and women who
are not tired of talking about the history of the Benin people and what
distinguishes Igun-Eronmwon from other communities. Before now, people were
restricted from staying in the area except for those who are into the art of
brass carving or those who are natives of Igun-Eronmwon.  Because of the old structures of the
buildings, houses are cheap in Igun-Eronmwon.

Ring Road

Ring road is
a place of commercial activities in Benin City. Ring road is one of the busiest
streets in Benin as it mostly occupied by traders who come to Benin to do
business. Ring road is surrounded by other streets like Lagos streets and
Ibiwe. Ring road is on our list because it is a place that provides job
opportunities for those who wants both daily and monthly jobs. There are many
stores and shops where different things are sold there. Ring road is also a
place for relaxation and having fun as the National Museum Benin is located
there. Ring road has good road network, fair power supply and easy access to

Sapele Road

The last on
our list of places you can stay in Benin is Sapele road. Sapele road in Benin
City is not too quiet or too noisy; it’s just an ideal area for the middle
class people located in the very heart of Benin City. The popular Kada plaza is
located at Sapele road. Kada is one of the coolest and most visited places in
Benin. It is a center of entertainment, enjoyment and relaxation. There are
many things you can do in Kada plaza when you decide to have fun there. Things
you can do in Kada plaza include, watching the best of adventure movies at the
cinema, stopping by the Kung Fu restaurant to have a nice meal of any Chinese
cuisine and other continental dishes, have body massage and professional body
treatment, enjoy cool music and also play some games at the sport bar. There
are other relaxation centers and hotel s that can be found along Sapele road.
One room
self-contain costs about Ninety Thousand (90,000) Naira only while two bedroom
and three bedroom flats go for Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand (250,000) Naira
and Three Hundred Thousand (300,000) Naira only respectively. If you consider
owning a property of your own there, then you can get a plot of land for about
Three Million (3,000,000) Naira only and a newly built two or three bedroom
flat costs about Twenty to Twenty-Five Million Naira only.

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