There are over one million of them spread across four local government areas of Benue State. You can find them in Ado, Oju, Okpoku and Obi, all in Benue State. They are ethnic Igbos. Before the Nigerian civil war, they lived a happy and meaningful life, mingling freely with their kith and kin in the state. But today, things have fallen apart. Instead of the joyful songs, they were used to, they now sing dirges.
For people who had lived in Lagos and relished the practice of going to Oshodi to shop at the bend down boutiques, Oshodi has disappeared. You might even miss the spot where it stood. It was the quintessential sign post of Lagos. Anything you wanted to buy, including the human parts, you could find in this market that never slept. Now traffic flows and the place is well lit. Women can walk pass the place without fear that some hoodlums called area boys would walk up to them and seize their necklaces. You can wear your expensive wristwatch and walk through, not just Oshodi, but Mushin, Ojuelegeba and other notorious parts of Lagos.
Mararaba, settlement a 15 kilometres from the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, FCT city centre could best be described as a spot of the good, the bad and the ugly. It is a mix grill of activities ranging from crimes to freedom or best still, live the way you want it settlement.
There are actually two Hausa quarters in Calabar, twinned by a single stream of historical experience and socio-cultural climate, over the long years. These are Nassarawa, Bacoco, at 8 miles, an outskirt of the city, and Bogobiri, located within the heart of Calabar.