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All you need to know about Yola

Yola is the capital city of Adamawa State in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. The City of yola serves the growing function of being both the educational and administrative center of the state.

Yola is a place for everyone because the city is a center of commercial activities in the state making it one of the most visited cities in the northeast region of the country.

Yola is divided into two parts, the old town of Yola which serves as the traditional headquarters of the state as well as the home of the Lamido, the traditional ruler of Adamawa state, and the new town of Yola also called Jimeta, which serves as the administrative center.

If you have it in your mind to move to Yola either as a visitor or as a permanent resident, below are fifteen (15) things you need to know about the city before moving there.

1. History of Yola

The name Yola was derived from Yolde, a Fulani word that means settlement on rising ground. Yola was founded by Modibbo Adama in 1841, where he made it the political center of Adamawa Emirate. Modibbo Adama used yola as his base in his jihad against the indigenous people of Bata and Vere.
Yola was the capital of a Fulani state until when it was taken by the British soldiers in 1901. Heinrich Barth was the first European to visit the area in 1951. He traveled from Lake Chad which was at that time the capital of the Borno Empire, coming through Kukawa using the Sahara route.

2. Climate and Temperature of Yola

The climate of Yola is tropical. It has a good deal of rainfall in the summer while rainfall is very little during winter. The average rainfall in a year is 933mm while the average temperature in a year is 28.0 0C in Yola.

January is the driest month with 0mm of rain in that month. Most of the rainfall in yola falls in August with an average temperature of 211mm. April is the warmest month with an average of 32.1 0C, while December is the coldest month with an average temperature of 25.9 0C.

3. Infrastructures of Yola

Although not every road in Yola is tarred, the roads leading to major parts of the city are well tarred and still new. Yola has an International Airport which has a direct flight to Saudi Arabia and some other countries around the world.

As the state capital, it is a major transport hub with plenty of buses and taxis to transport humans, goods, and services to their various destinations. It is a center of business activities as the city has a very big market in the town of Jimeta where businesses of any kind are carried out. The people of Yola enjoy a good amount of electricity supply.

4. Educational Institutions found in Yola

Yola is a home of many reputable educational institutions in the state. Ranging from centers for basic education to tertiary institutions.
If you have the intention of starting your education or enroll your kids in Yola, then these are a list of schools that are cheap and affordable.

For primary education, they have Command Children School, Bosco Nursery and Primary, Alkalawa. Best secondary schools include Concordia College, Col. Issa Academy, Nuhu Ribadu College, FGGC Yola, etc.

They also have Modibbo Adama University of Technology, formally, Federal University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola. All these schools are up to standard and they go for affordable amounts.

5. There is a Low Cost of Living in Yola

Yola is one of the cheapest cities to live in Nigeria. Renting an apartment in the city of Yola can go for a very cheap and affordable amount despite the city being the capital; of the state.

Transportation which plays an important role in the cost of living of an individual is relatively cheap too in Yola. They charge between the range of #50 to #100 per drop when using their public bus, while using taxis can go for the range of #100 to #500 depending on the distance.  Education too is cheap in the city as you can find a good school at an affordable amount. 

6. The People of Yola are Hospitable

Despite the threats from insurgents in the area, the people of Yola are hospitable. Most people are always willing to help anyone in need especially strangers.

Many people think every city in the Northern part of Nigeria is not safe for people to live in because of the rate of Insurgents operation in the region. But Yola and some other cities have people who are indigenes that really care about others and their well-being.

7. Cheap food can be found in Yola

Yola is a place where you can eat good food on a low budget since farming is the major occupation of the people there. Yola major food crops include Maize, yam, cassava, millet, rice and guinea corn while their cash crops include groundnut and cotton.

The people of Yola are also known for rearing of cattle which makes the sales of meat cheap in the area. So with less than #1500, you can make good food that will be enough for a family of six.

8. Yola has good reverse areas

If you are in Yola and you wish to find a place to relax, there are a number of places you can go to for site seeing, relaxation, and fun.

Yola serves as an access point to shebshi peak which is the second-highest peak in Nigeria after Chappal Waddi. Yola has one of the largest national parks in Nigeria, which is the Gashaka Nature reserve. The Yadin Waterfalls and Kiri Dam which is on the Gongola River are both located in Yola. 9. Tourist Centres in Yola

There are many tourist centers in Yola that serve as a center of attraction from both Nigerians from other parts of the country and foreigners.

Tourist sites include the Madara mountains, Koma hills, Lamurde hot spring, the three sisters hills in Song which consist of three scenic rock formation that stands side by side at different height with the biggest one (known as the big sister) at the middle, etc. It is also blessed with historical places like Lamido’s palace which has the seat of the Emir of Adamawa State.
10. There are Lots of Festivals and Carnivals

Yearly, the people of Yola and neighboring towns of Adamawa play hosts to about 32 or more festivals. The Kilba people of Hong are known for their Tiwe festival.

It is a funerary ritual that features sacrifices to ancestors and incantations. The festival runs for 120 days. Other festivals include Yinagu Fishing festival at michika, three-day Zhita in Bazza, and Dukwa in Madagali. 11. Yola is a Multi-Ethnic City

Most people from other parts of Nigeria especially the eastern and western people think that people from the Northern part of the country are Hausa language speaking people. But this is not correct as there are over 50 ethnic groups in the state.

Some of the languages spoken in yola include Bachama by the Numan people, Chamba from Ganye, Fulani from Gombi, Kilba from Michika, etc. Your journey to Yola can also be an opportunity for you to learn a new language. 12. Yola is a Multi-Religious City

Contrary to the popular opinion that northern states are Muslim dominated states or that the only religion practiced in the north is the Islamic religion. Yola is a city that accommodates people of different religions.

Yola is a city for Christians, Muslims, and even traditional worships. Even people of other religions that are not popular are allowed to practice their religion without any form of interference from the government or from any other members of the community.

There is a Big Cathedral in the heart of the city where Christians worship and a Central Mosque close to the Main market where the Muslim worship every Friday. 13. Yola is a Peaceful place to Stay

Yola is actually a peaceful place to stay despite the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northern part of Nigeria. The people of the city are peace-loving people, who like looking out for each other.

Before Boko Haram became popular in Nigeria, Yola had been voted as one of the most peaceful city to stay in Nigeria. It is also very important to be conscious of your environment when you are in the city of Yola. 14. Yola is a Land of Opportunities

Yola is really a land of many opportunities because of the presence of some industries and companies in the state. Though the Industries may not be at the center of the city, you can just use any public transport to go there.

Adama plast Beverages is a company in yola that produces the popular Faro Water and they are always in need of daily workers. As far as you are not lazy, you will always get yourself busy in the city. 15. Crime rate is low in the City

The level of crime rate in Yola is not as high as many cities in Nigeria. So you may not be afraid of asking people for direction or help someone in need. But personal security is very important so you just need to be careful when dealing with anybody there, especially if they are strangers.


Now that you have known a thing or two about this northern city, I believe you will see more reasons you should visit this great city soon. Remember that the major language spoken in the city is Hausa, so it will also be an opportunity for you to learn too.

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  1. Yola is a nice place to live in. I once lived there and it was peaceful. the cost of living is also cheap