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Hi there!

I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

National Mosque of Nigeria | Abuja city tour (2/6)

National Mosque of Nigeria | Abuja city tour (2/6)

In the past, I visited the mosque but I never entered. For some strange reasons, I just thought non-Muslims were not allowed to enter, not to even think of entry for tourist purposes.

Anyway, we explored the mosque and boyyyyy... I lost my breath countless times. It was some fine piece of art. Definitely one of the iconic religious buildings in Nigeria. 

The women and men worship in the same building but separately. Infact, their entrances are also different. While the men enter from the front of the building, the women go through the side and climb upsides. 

Let me not 'talk the story finish' before you get the opportunity to see pictures :). Now let's get down below.

THE COMPOUND

We arrived during congregational prayers and had to wait for a few minutes. The staff ushered us into the board room at the administrative building where we were undoubtedly entertained informatively by a senior member. He was extremely witty and we laughed away as we learnt about the mosque from inception to date. When the prayers ended, we were led into the mosque.

  The board room

The board room

  The hallway to the Board room

The hallway to the Board room

  Hasana (a colleague) and I

Hasana (a colleague) and I

  The group

The group

  The group with a representative from the mosque

The group with a representative from the mosque

  The Ajala Bug admiring the mosque which dominates the skylines

The Ajala Bug admiring the mosque which dominates the skylines

  Entrance into the mosque

Entrance into the mosque

  Outside the mosque

Outside the mosque

THE MOSQUE

As we approached the building, we saw the golden dome in all its splendour. The magnificent building had Arabic calligraphy inscribed on it and then, there was the entrance door. The obvious entrance door in front of the building is for the men.

  The front and entrance for the men

The front and entrance for the men

  The side and entrance for the women

The side and entrance for the women

  Fine people

Fine people

  The interior

The interior

  The Interior upstairs. This is the prayer area for the women

The Interior upstairs. This is the prayer area for the women

  The Interior. Below is the prayer area for the men

The Interior. Below is the prayer area for the men

Final thoughts

Apparently, the Federal Government of Nigeria gave both Christians and Muslims a start up capital of N10m or so, to build. Both religions obviously also got massive contributions from their respective members and built an iconic structure. I hear the mosque was completed in 1984, 20years before the church.. 

I couldn't have missed this opportunity to explore with this cool guys. I truly felt at home in their presence and yes, I look forward to more group trips.

Thanks for reading till my next adventure. Oh! before that, massive thanks to the photographer extraordinary, Tola Oyenuga,  for the pictures. Well appreciated.

Margaret.

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