A Trip To Keffi

I am not usually curious about places(abeg, note that major destination spots in the world are not included here).

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Reason why I never visited Ilorin, a stone’s throw(barely 30mins journey as they say) from Ogbomoso where I spent six years.

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Everywhere I have ever lived, including where I am now, life or maybe providence brought(forced) me there. I have my own favourite destination in mind.

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I went to Eyenkorin a couple of times, only because it was a group journey from school for retreat. I really don’t know the distance between Eyenkorin and Ilorin but I guess it should be like the distance between Abaji(abuja) and gwagwalada(abuja).

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So, on this day, I had things to do in Nasarawa state. Now, those popular places called Mararaba-Nyanya-Karu are actually part of Nasarawa state.

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I particularly don’t fancy that axis much because of the great influx of people into that area due to the affordability of housing and other basic economic needs.

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But this has made the roads very busy, the social amenities have been overstretched, the infrastructures no longer able to adequately cater to the teeming populace at that end.

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Not this alone, it was the target of boko haram bomb some years back. In fact, the Nyanya motor park was just reopened after it was sealed since the time of the blast.

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I had stayed briefly at that axis for a period of 48hours on two different occasions. But I had to hurriedly move to Apo after the last time. I just couldn’t deal. Thanks to good friendship. Those were the periods i was new in town.

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Apo turned out to be very cool, in fact, its the best place I have lived in abuja. Because electricity is on for 24 hours. The houses are built the same way, according to the same plan, beautifully arranged one storey buildings. You don’t need a generator in Apo. My host didn’t have one. This was four years ago. I hope Apo is still like this.

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However, this travelogue is about Keffi/Nasarawa state.

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I had never been to keffi or Masaka and other areas after Mararaba. Well, I travelled on Keffi expressway once when baba Adeboye came to abuja. A friend invited me. This was still in 2013.

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The cab dropped me at Nyanya and not knowing where to turn, I approached a NURTW official who was decked in his green white green uniform.

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He pointed at the small park where cars and buses were loading.
Now, it got confusing. I had thought that where i was going was located in Lafia(the capital of nasarawa state) so I sat in lafia bus.

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Then, my mind became unsettled and I decided to call Police Amodu(my good friend.

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He told me to go to keffi so I dropped and went to sit in the appropriate car. I met a guy already seated. I later found out he hails from my mother’s village. How I manage to make friends in this period with my sullen face still beats me.

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Keffi is more of a village. It reminds me of those settlements along ikirun to iba-ire-inisha. Things are relatively cheap there. Life is easy there. Accommodation is too affordable especially if you have lived in abuja.

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Keffi is blessed with a university and polytechnic. The Nasarawa state University and Federal Polytechnic.

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Despite the presence of these two schools, the town is still relatively quiet. It tilts towards being a mid urban and rural settlement.

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Keffi is just about 45 mins drive from Nyanya. I went past Keffi to Nasarawa state. I saw the “welcome to nasarawa” but there was nothing interesting or welcoming about the small town. Even the roasted corn turned out unwelcoming. I didn’t buy it eventually. Even the kunu looked dirty. I didn’t touch it too.

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On my way back, I saw the dilapidated structure of the NYSC camp, the paints had nearly gone off, the walls looked dirty, the camp looked deserted.

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Keffi is a nice place if you love peace and quiet. If you love rural, stay in Keffi. I will be seeing more of Keffi as the months go by. I guess that’s my new muse.

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Have you ever visited Keffi? What are your thoughts?

P.S. sorry I forgot to take pictures

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Comments

Oyeniran kayode
July 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I have a very good friend in keffi, hoping to see her in keffi soon.



opeshow
July 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Keffi! how could i ever forget that place i stayed for one year (Nysc tins). the only issue i have is that food stuff are not that fresh(compared to yoruba states na) and there’s no electricity too oooooo. Pretty rural place but i enjoyed my stay there sha



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