Christmas is a special moment when people want to make eternal remembrances with their loved ones. For the people of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, a newly created Christmas village with dazzling lights and twinkling stars is one option.
“Basically, the only thing that excites me is the light and the ability to take beautiful pictures, because there are stunningly beautiful surroundings to photograph,” says Ijomone Oghenemine, a city nurse and resident. “This is your chance to take pictures with your nieces and nephews and make memories.” Added Oghenemine. Another resident, Bridget Jonah, says the Christmas Village has a relaxed atmosphere. “When I go outside, I feel relaxed, I can forget my worries, put everything aside and enjoy the season.
As Nigerians face rising costs of living and fuel shortages this year, grid-independent bright lights across the country with regular blackouts were welcomed.
The Christmas Village combines a dazzling light show with fun activities such as a carousel, music and entertainment for children.
Insurance broker Kayode Odusote told Africa News: “After spending Christmas with my family here in Abuja, I’m having a virtual chat with other families to wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”