Yola in Adamawa State – Nigeria

Yola in Adamawa State is one of the busiest and most prosperous cities in Nigeria. A major transport hub, the city also has some interesting geographical features.

Location and How to Get to This Specific Site

The city is in the center of Adamawa. The city is divided into two areas. There is the old town and Jimeta, the new city. This is 5 km northwest of the old town. Jimeta is the business and commercial center.

But both are known as Yola. You can reach either place via buses and taxis to and from Maiduguri and Mubi north and Makurdi. The city also has an airport with flights to Lagos and Abjuja.

What to See There

Jimeta has a modern zoo where you can see different animals. There is also a modern airport so you can travel in and around the city. Within the area are mosques and cathedral. As a state capital, there are also several universities.

Some of the best known are State Polytechnic and American University of Nigeria. There are several hills at Yola in Adamawa State including Uki Hill (24 km) and Bagale Hill (22.7 km). The major streams are Mayo Gugu (22.7 km) and Mayo Jerngel (9.9 km).


The city was founded in 1841 by the river Benue. As of 2004, its population stood at 88,500. It used to be a Fulani state’s capital until it was captured by the British in 1961. During the summer, the temperature can reach 40 C (104 F). This is from April to May.

The city is situated so that the Shebshi Mountains are on the south and the Mandara Mountains are on the north. The city is also the entryway for the Mambilla Plateau and the Gashaka Gumpti Nature Reserve.


The cost will depend on where you are coming from. Flights from the US to Nigeria will cost at least $600 (it may vary depending on the exchange rate).

Other Info

Adamawa State is 42,158 sq km. There are several ethnic groups in the area. These include the Libo, Verre, Gude, Fali, Yandang, Longuda, Bwatiye, Chamba, Kilba Ga’anda and the Bwatiye. The other major cities are the Mubi and Numan. Among its natural resources are cassava, maize, fish, wheat, bananas, sugarcane, tomatoes, yams and many more.

Yola in Adamawa State is also known for the Three Sisters Hill. There are also several historical landmarks in and around the city.