5 Best Places To Live In Benin City
Benin City is an ancient city and the capital of Edo state known for its rich cultural heritage. It is located approximately 40KM north of river Benin and about 320km 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 Benin do experience heavy traffic sometimes because the major road linking states in the south western part of the country to the South East 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 city.
If you’re thinking of moving to Edo state, below are 5 best places 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 of the university or any other young person who wishes to live close to students can get a flat for as low as N30,000 for a single room apartment or N50,0000 for a self-contained apartment.
Food Items are very affordable in Ugbowo.
Life in Ugbowo can however become very unbearable sometimes due to the activities of cultists who are everywhere in the neighbourhood.
For those people that like a quiet and serene environment, the Government Reserved Area in Benin City should just be okay for them. Life in the GRA is quiet but can be quite expensive. Security is tight so residents don’t need to worry much about petty thieves or criminals.
A 3 bedroom flat for a moderate family starts from N350,000.
GRA also has something for fun lovers in its many clubs that host night parties and serve as relaxation centers for night crawlers.
3. Igun-Eronmwon Quarters
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.
Most houses in this area are built with mud.
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 buildings here are mostly old, rent is cheap in Igun-Eronmwon.
4. 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 my list because it is a place that provides job opportunities for those who in need of daily or monthly jobs. There are many stores and shops where different things are sold.
Ring road is also a place for relaxation and having fun as the National Museum Benin is located here.
Ring road has good road network, fair power supply and easy access to water.
5. Sapele Road
The last on my list of places you can stay in Benin city 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. These 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 hotels that can be found along Sapele road.
One room self-contained flat costs about N90,000 per year while a 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom flats go for N250,000 and N300,000 respectively.
Should you resolve to buy a property in Sapele road, you can get a plot of land for about N3,000,000. A newly built two or three bedroom bungalow costs about N20m.