The University of Nigeria Nsukka is a large community and for such large community, there are no dull moments with places you can go to give your eyes and mouth contents your brain would digest. Let me walk you through a few places popular places in UNN.
GS BUILDING: GS is a short for General Course. As a new student, I wondered why General Course would have a building. As I got familiar with the school, I got to understand as well why it’s called a GS building. Students of every department in UNN must have one time or twice or more sat in a seat in that building to take either 207 and 208 or 201 and 202. Other courses like the use of English, use of library skills and natural sciences also got a good number of the campus students moving to and fro the building during their first or second year or both years. The GS Building is quite a nicely constructed edifice with a perfect civil architecture connecting the complexes. The philosophy department took a good part of the building. It has 2 big one big auditorium with a capacity of providing a seating space for a good number of students at the same time.
SUB: The highest comment I saw under a Facebook post about the most popular place in UNN was SUB, Student Union Building. No doubt, this could actually the most popular place in UNN by name, but the building isn’t. Few shops and a small hall are not supposed to contain UNN students. SUB got its glory through its vicinity. It’s a place located in the heart of the school. SUB is one place in UNN where you must find someone round clock even at 2am in the midnight. It’s a very busy place. It has a mini market where you can buy anything you would need in the hostel or get any service and yeah! Aboki people sell very tasty meshai there too. There’s a seat there where you can stay to chill, wait, relax, gist, gossip, “chyk” fine hostel girls and just look around.
FREEDOM SQUARE: Stories have it that the origin of the space called freedom square could be traced during the Biafra war when Gen. Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu came to UNN. The freedom square is a large open space inside the school. 3 or more big events can hold there at the same time and there would be no space wants because the environment is large enough. The freedom square is located in a front view before Mary Slessor hostel or behind Okpara/Balewa hostels or before Margret Ekpo ref from its side. Freedom square is perfect for outdoor activities like bonfire nights, cultural festivals, political campaigns etc.
MARLIMA: Marlima is not a building, neither is it an area, it is a big eatery located before Students Affairs Building. It is the popularity of eatery that won its environment the name MARLIMA. It’s a place or an area where someone students hold some recreational activities like Art Exhibitions, modeling/catwalk practices, meetings, table tennis and other evening hangouts. Fellowships, prayers and church activities are also welcome to hold there. Other dinner/night activities etc hold there.
LOVE GARDEN: Love garden is an open place decorated with bamboo seats and swings around it. The earth is usually filled with controlled grasses in other to keep the place natural. It is located by a road side between Marlima and Ekpo ref. Love garden as the name suggest is a place where you can have a date, chilling out with hommies, a place you can sit and wait for someone and a place you can stay when you want to be all by yourself.
HILLTOP: Hilltop is a very popular area in UNN. It is an off campus location where a good number of student who live off campus stay. Someone said hilltop is the Dubai of UNN, I don’t know true that is but if hilltop is like Dubai, I would keep the money I have been saving for vacation and use it to start corn business lol! But regardless, Hilltop is a good place and a perfect location very close to school. It also has modern lodges, good electricity supply, supermarkets, highlife and university life facilities. Just like its name, hilltop is on a hill top. Sometimes you don’t know you run down some of the hill but you actually do. Security is a big threat at hilltop since the area is densely populated by non-academic students (you know what I mean).
- Peters: St Peters chaplaincy is the oldest and the largest religious community in UNN and is owned by the Catholic Church. It is located directly opposite Balewa hostel. It has a bus top to its name. NFCS which is the highest student organization in St Peters is always on point when it comes to holding extracurricular activities like prayers, skill acquisition/vocational trainings, sports, competitions etc. it has a large compound too which is fit for outdoor activities permissible by the church.
NNAMDI AZIKIWE LIBRARY: Nnamdi Azikiwe Library is the second oldest Library in Nigeria. History has it that the Library started from scratch but now, it has more than 12,000 books, part of journals, pamphlets on any subject. The library is another well built and beautiful edifice in UNN. The picture of the building is usually among the first picture you see about UNN and the only picture in UNN admission scratch cards. It has a strong Wi-Fi connection in it. It has special libraries in it for special students. It is also a CBT centre where UNN POST-UTME holds and other GS examinations.
PAA: The PAA is an auditorium named after Princess Alexander of England. It is located close to the University bookshop. The auditorium is a big one. Events like Inaugural Lecture, Public Lectures, Conferences, Inductions, receptions etc are usually are held there. The environs are really beautiful and cool with stable Wi-Fi, space, seat outs and working restrooms.
ABUJA BUILDING: Abuja building is another historic edifice in UNN. The building looks and stands giant like an industrial site. According to Blessing olarewaju, the name “Abuja Building” came about from the ecstasy generated by the design and building of new Nigeria capital from the scratch at Abuja in the early !980s was still in the air when the construction of the new faculty of Physical Sciences Block commenced behind the university zoological garden. The building attracted attention and commendation of the university staff and students who quickly named it “Abuja Building”. That name has lived through the life of the building.
AKANU IBIAM STADIUM: The stadium is a friend of Saturdays. There are just few students in the University who are not enthusiastic about Saturday exercises at the stadium. Anyhow you love your sport and exercise, you can get it in distention at the stadium. Some Physical education or practices classes hold there as well.
The University environment is filled with good places where you can get in full of whatever site you wish to behold. Other good places like Vet. Mountain and UNN zoo with is perfect for tourism, CEC which is a guest house for lodging and accommodation, Franco Pitch for your football, gigantic hostel buildings, complexes, sculptures and a lot more of sites and gist.
Take your time and tour UNN!
Aniekwe Angela Chidiogo