Mambilla Plateau: The Hidden Truth about Northern Nigeria

If you recall, I promised to bring you this post in one of my previous posts and also gave my alibi for extended absence here gave my alibi for extended absence here. Well, here it is…the full story on the Mambilla adventure, and my view of the ‘paradise’.

Things have really been hectic since my return. Apologies once again for my long absence and consequent unsteady publication. Things are gradually clearing off my desk so am sure to be steady here in no time.

You must have seen Zainab, the beautiful bride who was the reason I went to Mambilla, Taraba State. Well, just if you haven’t, you can catch a glimpse of her here. My stay in Taraba was hectic but fun as I battled with poor network reception and dysfunctional logistics amongst other challenges. However, I was able to capture my experience in pictures and I will share them with you here.

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The Mambilla Bride: Zainab

Almost daily, on TV and newspaper publications, Nigeria is described with features of a third world country and most of these features are sadly from the Northern part of Nigeria. In some others perception, Nigeria will be ranked a developed country if the North is cut off. Yes, no one has said we have done so well to be among the “G-8” but there are good things to be said about Northern Nigeria and the entire State. 

Come to think of it, the Northerners we all know, are homely people. In their presence, there is brotherly love. Absolutely! If you can just only be able to communicate in their tongue, Oh gracious! you are considered one of their own. They are also known for farming and large scale/commercial agriculture. Unfortunately, day-to-day and year-in, year-out, we are battered with sad stories on food shortage, deadly diseases, poor education, bad governance, fraudulent people, and just more scary things about the country.

Stories that should appraise Nigeria’s eminence as the largest economy in Africa amongst other achievements are cut short of publicity by International Media (not like our local media help matters). Even the recent victory over the deadly Ebola Virus Disease was only celebrated in a flash but the first reported case of the disease was on repeat, Morning and Evening of every day.  In the midst of the uprising and chaos reported around the country, with focus on Northern Nigeria, somewhere, somehow, somebody lied. The question is Who did?

I don’t mean to go all political. My aim of this blog post is to share my view of my most recent adventure to the Mambilla Plateau, some paradise located in Taraba State, North East of Nigeria. A beautiful tourist site that has been overshadowed by the recently more popular Sambisa. The vanguard describes it as an unexplored tourist haven

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Tea Farm in Mambilla

I love adventures. I love to try out new things, different meals (far from the usual), new environment. C’mon, getting used to the usual could get boring at times. This should have been on the list of 20 random facts about me but I had to keep it simple and stick to the rules of the game. After all, it says ’20’. Besides, 20 is enough biko because we all know what the law of see-finish says.

The Mambilla plateau is a high grassland plateau with an average elevation of about 1,524 metres (5,000 ft) above sea level, making it the highest plateau in Nigeria says the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation. The plateau which has an undulating landscape free of insects, also has temperate climate within a tropical region. Located in the highland region of Taraba State of Nigeria, Mambilla plateau houses Chappal Waddi mountain considered as the highest point in Nigeria and probably in West Africa with an average height of about 2,419 metres (7,936 ft) above sea level.

This is one of the scariest jobs I have had, if not the scariest. But in the end, it also turned out one of the best. The event was scheduled to be a 3day event but due to some dysfunctional logistics, we ended up staying 7nights. Nothing to regret, rather we made good use of our extra days, had fun, climbed the heights and even did some shoot.

In addition to the fun of a new environment with different people of different tradition & religion and new food for my taste buds, I also had with me a fantastic crew; Raekeeba and Abdul (of Maigaiskiya Photography). I won’t say it was all wow but of course, the down sides turned out pleasant and somehow we had our own ‘crack ya ribs’ in the absence of Julius Agwu. Who said adventures are always pleasant? Some are scary, risky and for the bold but the memories could make you wear a big smile .  I also appreciate the groom, Sanusi who had a way of playing us like guitar; producing pleasant sounds by stressing some metal strings,  making us laugh hard after going through some stressful trip and impromptu work. We would grunt and make faces but in the end we put in all our efforts to bring out the best. I mean, we had some mix of fun and work. Totally amazing!

I leave the rest of the story for you in pictures…………

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Unveiling of the Bride

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You have just shared in my experience! *wink*

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