Arts and Entertainment

Movie Theatres

There is a wide range of movie theatres in Abuja, some examples include:

 

Jabi Lake Mall Cinema (Silverbird)

Address: Bala Sokoto Way, Jabi

The newest cinema in Abuja. Ultra modern screens and sounds systems. Check out what movies are on tonight: http://silverbirdcinemas.com/jabi

 

Salamander Café

Opening hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Address: 5 Bujumbura Street, Off Libreville Street, Wuse II

Great place to hang-out, as it hosts a Sunday night art house film club from 6pm to 8pm. The film sessions are free of charge and there is usually a chance to discuss and share ideas over a drink.

 

Silverbird Cinema

Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm

Address: Ceddi Plaza, 264 Tafawa Balewa Way, opposite Central Bank of Nigeria

Tickets range from N500-N1,500. It is surrounded with food and snack outlets, which attracts teenagers and young families throughout the week.

 

Silverbird Entertainment Centre

Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm

Address: Plot 1161, Memorial Drive besides Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Business District

Ticket prices ranging from N500-N1,500. This is a fairly recent building with 12 screens, arcade games and a big shopping mall. The centre also has a food court with a range of restaurants and bars, a spa, a supermarket and VIP balconies. Movies include; international blockbusters and Nigerian home grown movies.

 

Other Entertainment

 

The Yar’Adua Foundation

Opening hours: One Memorial Drive Central Business District, Opposite Sheraton

Address: Daily 8am-6pm

This foundation was built in memory of the late General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, Former President of Nigeria. The Yar’adua Foundation has a lot of facilities which ranges from libraries, a centre with both conference facilities and a shop to buy gift items, organized programmes such as charity projects, Yar’adua Merit Scholars, exhibition halls, and above all the Late President’s speeches, photographs and biography. For more information visit: www.yaraduacentre.org.

 

Wonderland Amusement Park

Opening hours: Daily 9am-6pm

Address: 1 Kukuwaba Road, opposite the National Stadium

This wonderland is equipped with a small roller coaster, merry-go-rounds, rides, games arcade and bumper cars, trains. There are some activities for younger kids like bouncy castles, and a safe place for older children to enjoy themselves. There is also the availability of a range of refreshments and dining facilities.

 

National Children’s Park and Zoo

National Children’s Park and Zoo

Opening hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

Address:  Asokoro District behind the Presidential Villa

This exciting park is situated in the North Eastern corner of Abuja city at the base of Aso Rock, near the Murtala Muhammed Expressway. Opened daily for visitors, this park, introduces children to different types of domestic, wild animals and birds. Examples include: camels, donkeys, chickens, and watch wild animals like cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and lions.

 

IBB International Golf Club

Opening hours: Daily, 6am-9pm

Address: 41 Udi Hill Street, off Aso Drive, Maitama

It occupies a land area of about 101 hectares with a number of ponds, lakes streams and bridges. The 18-hole green international standard Golf Course attracts local and international tournaments in collaboration with major hotels in the city and Golf Association throughout the country. The International Golf and Country Club is an exclusive club with access for members only.

 

Arts

 

The Thought Pyramid Art Center

Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm

Address: 62 Parakou Crescent, Wuse II

It is a creative landmark of the city and its purpose is to assist artists reach their creative potential, as well as promote Nigerian art on the map at home and abroad. The gallery has a modern exhibition hall which also acts as a training centre for artists and curators in a programme offered throughout the year. In it, there is also a well-assorted library with a good collection of materials on Nigerian and African art. Visitors are encouraged to drop by to view and purchase art of startling originality by the Nation’s Finest Artists.

 

Abuja Art and Craft Village

Opening hours: Daily 8am-late

Address:  behind the Musa Yar’adua Centre, Central Business District

This is one of the wonderful places where visitors can see and buy some of Nigeria’s arts and crafts that represent the country’s culture. The art shops are thatch-roofed huts with walls made from red earth (clay). The art ranges from small sculpted “warrior and horse” statuettes, beaded necklaces and bracelets, African traditional masks, leather bags and clothes. Food and drink stalls are also available.

 

Bwari Pottery Village

Opening hours: Daily 8am-6pm

Address: Next to the Nigerian Law School, Old Suleja Road, Bwari

The fantastic design of palm-thatched roofs, arrowhead-shaped windows and a studio laid out like a gallery, attracts visitors to this village. The main activity is the training of new generation of potters to encourage creativity and cultural exchange to the newest enterprises. The village has a shop that produces a variety of items, from pitchers and vases to casserole dishes, teapots and decorative lanterns.

 

Nike Art Village

Opening hours: Daily 8am-7pm

Address: On the Airport Road, behind Texaco Petrol Station, in the Central Business District, Abuja

The Abuja village consist of stone statues, carvings and huts with animal shaped roofs. There is an outdoor exhibition space of artists and teachers who live on site, and the display of colourful batiks fusing traditional and contemporary styles. During the week there are workshops in African dancing and drumming, as well as the availability to sign up for individual tailored art classes. Tours are offered to the various Nike Villages, as well as other museums and galleries.

 

 Ushafa Pottery Village (Art and Craft)

Opening hours: Daily

Address: Ushafa, along Bwari Expressway, about 20 km from Abuja city centre

This area is famous for their uniquely stylish craft in pottery giving the village the honour of hosting numerous international statesmen, like the former United States President, Bill Clinton who was awarded a chieftaincy title and citizenship of the village. Pottery making of different sizes and shapes are made and can be purchased from this village.