In Pictures: Jos at First Sight

Aah, so recently I had the pleasure of visiting Jos for the first time, and its beauty captured my heart. Right from my first glimpse of it over 30,000 feet above sea level, I just couldn’t stop being impressed about the beauty of the plateau (Jos). In fact, I was swept off my feet .

Popularly called “J-town”, Jos is a city in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. It is also the capital of Plateau state. For someone like me who has spent most of her time in Lagos, the weather in Jos is cold.

Nevertheless, while the weather is cold, Josites (people from Jos) are nice and welcoming … at least, most of those I met. You need to hear me and the Taxi driver gist as if we have been long-time friends. That was a novel experience unlike what I have been used to in Lagos where Driver-passenger rapport often seemingly impersonal.

Although I was unable to visit the whole of Jos, the side I saw of Jos was beautiful!.  Infact, I was told that I have not seen the beautiful part of Jos.

One of the first misconceptions I was cured of is the fact that Josites (people from Jos) are not Hausas and the state is originally a “Christian” state. The Hausas and Fulanis, who are the majorly the Muslims among them, have migrated to Jos overtime and it has  now become their home. Hence, the state is now a multi-region state.

Although the state has suffered violent religious clashes between its Muslim and Christian populations, Jos has been relatively peaceful but the scars of the past are still there.

While I will ask you to keep your finger crossed on my experience in details and some inside stories from Jos, here are some beautiful sights of this new found lovely city that I want to share with you.

Enjoy!

Bonjour! Welcome to Jos!!

Bonjour!
Welcome to Jos!!

 

Almajiri Kids in front of University of Jos, permanent site

Can you see the beauty. The natural beauty of Jos is awesome.

 

Electricity Distribution Company in Jos

Hawkers display their wares by the street of Jos

 

Due to the incessant attacks by insurgent groups, check point such as this is a common sight in different parts of Jos.

A suya seller prepares to begin sales of his ware at Angwan Rukuba market in Jos.

Jos Airport: No Stopping …Keep moving

Front gate of Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos

Angwan Rukuba town, a beautiful and quite community but it has also been scarred with the series of violence in Jos.

More check points ..

I leave you with this to enjoy the sight 😉

Busayo Sotunde is a prolific writer with special focus on Business, Entrepreneurship, Reproductive Health and other development issues in Africa. Her articles have been published by different outlets including Investing Port and Ventures-Africa.com. She has a penchant for reading and sustainable development. Follow Busayo on Twitter @BusayomiSotunde

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