Living In GRA Enugu

G.R.A, “Government Reserved or Residential Area” is a suburb in the city of Enugu, it is located in Enugu north local government area of Enugu state. GRA is the center of activity as it is strategically located in the center of the city and houses, the state secretariat, three out of the four major radio stations in the state, most of the hangout spots and banks in the city including the central Bank.

Living in GRA Enugu

First of all, welcome to my neighborhood and welcome to my city.  I just feel like sharing with your reader what life is like here in Enugu especially in GRA. Enugu as most of you know is a state in southeastern Nigeria and its capital is Enugu, Enugu is popularly or most times refereed as Coal City or 042. I can’t  say am a traveler but i have visited few places in Nigeria but none of those places felt like home and i don’t know why. the longest i have stayed outside Enugu was three weeks and that was when i visited Abuja. i have sometimes wondered why i dont feel too comfortable when ever i travel outside Enugu, i dont know if it its because i was born here or because of the easy life we live here in Enugu especially for those that reside in GRA. I am more particular about GRA because this is where i was born and everything i have done were centered in and around here. Aside from the fact that we have constant light, water and good road which might be one of the things that could make someone want to change his or her location, i have traveled and stayed in places that has constant light even more constant than what we have here, none stop water and a very good road network. let me take you guys around my neighborhood to know if my feeling about this place if justifiable but before then.

Living in GRA Enugu
GRA Enugu At Night

I was born in park lane general hospital, now ESUT teaching hospital parklane Enugu, this hospital is just one or two minutes drive from my house, my house is basically facing the hospital but the main entrance to the hospital is not that close, all my schooling were all in enugu and precisely here in GRA except my senior secondary school which wasn’t in GRA but very close to GRA. After my secondary school i gained admission to study med lab in Esut and guess what? I was brought back to GRA my neighborhood, where ESUT teaching hospital is located. GRA is like the center of Enugu, i might be wrong but thats the way i see it, for someone who resides in Enugu, any part of Enugu at all, be it New Haven, Independence Layout, Maryland, Trans Ekulu, or Emene you can never get most of the things you need in your locality but in the case of GRA, you can get close to 98 percent of everything you need here.

Living in GRA Enugu

 

Getting Around GRA

GRA Enugu is connected by two major roads and lots of connecting and internal roads. The Enugu Abakaliki road and Enugu Onitsha express road are the two major road connecting GRA to other part of the city and outside the state. You can drive round GRA with either a cab drop or a tricycle, although you can get a bus that drives through GRA on their way to other part of the city but can only drop you at a bus stop along the road. To go inside, you can only trek if your destination is close to your bus stop or take a drop to where you are going to.

Living in GRA Enugu

Where To Stay In GRA

Although GRA doesnt have as much number of hotels as places like New haven and Independence layout, but there are few number of hotel around GRA that visitor can lodge in and feel at home. Some of these hotels include Victoria Garden, Grace Cut Hotel, City Light Villa, Gorgic Hotels, Lotanna Souia Guest house, Standard Hotel, Golf Le Meridiem, Brifina Guest house, The Edge Guest house, Top Ten International Hotel, Bourgeon Hills Hotel, Golden Garden Suites, De Angelo Hotel, The castle resorts, Nugget Suites,  Nugget Suites, Medway Luxury hotels And Suites, Dorons GATE Guest house, Apple Lodge Resort, Silicon Valley Resort, Aegeyi Grande Express.

Living in GRA Enugu

Food And Places To Eat

Enugu is home to popular Igbo dishes and these dishes can be found in most restaurants or street food vendors along park lane and polo park. As long as you are in GRA you dont have to worry about food because not only are the foods within your reach, they are also affordable. Aside the street food vendors who mostly sell local dishes, here are some of the restaurants you can go and enjoy both local and continental dishes. Mama Onyinye restaurant, Celebrities, Kilimanjaro Restaurant, Dolphin Restaurant, Culture Arcade Restaurant, Full Time Restaurant, Golden Bowl Nigeria, Roots Restaurant & Cafe.

Living in GRA Enugu

Top seven most popular Enugu food

Places To Hangout In GRA

Most of the hangout spot and major hangout spot in Enugu are located here in GRA. These park and garden are places both family and friends can gather for any form of activity like relaxation, recreational for shopping. these places include, Polo park Mall, New Berries Park, Brifina Garden, Magic Garden, Enugu Sports Club and  Enugu State Golf Club.

Living in GRA Enugu

Education, Health Care and Places of Worship

Here in GRA we have one of the oldest secondary and primary schools, Two major Government medical centers, and two popular worship center for both the Catholics and the Anglicans.

For those who wish to start a family or relocate to the city, here are some schools in GRA. “Secondary” Government Technical College GTC Enugu, Government secondary School GSS Enugu, Graceland Private School, Magnet Schools. “Primary” Ekulu Primary School, Chiazo Nursery/Primary School, First Parkview Montessori School, Childbase International Nursery And Primary School, Royal Orchard First School, Graceland Private School, Seeds Of Greatness School. “Tertiary Institution” Enugu State College of Education Technical. “Places of worship” Christ the King Catholic Church, Capuchin Friars, All Saints Anglican Church, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Winners Chapel, Holy Spirit Parish, St Aloysius Catholic Church, Nike Ave Carmlite Church and others. Hospitals, ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane Enugu and Enugu State Medical Diagnostic Centre. For security we have Abakaliki Road police station, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit PCRRU, Ebeano Tunnel Police post. Places you can shop include, polo shopping mall, Chase Mall and few more. Housing estates in GRA include, Coal City Garden Estate,  Zoo Estate, Golf estate, Fidelity Estate.

Living in GRA Enugu

Other Places You may Wish to Visit In GRA

National Museum of Unity

Living in GRA Enugu

Enugu State Golf Club

Living in GRA Enugu

GRA is one of the places in coal city that would make you feel at home with a social life that is so exciting. Enugu has been argued to be one the most beautifully planned cities in Nigeria but GRA is arguable the most serene, the most secure, the most beautiful and the most planned part of Enugu, well, i know most people will argue this but that’s just the fact.

Living In GRA Enugu
Saying Goodbye To GRA Via Ebeano Tunnel.

16 thoughts on “Living In GRA Enugu

  • December 4, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    What a nice city you have here! I like how everything is so close to your home. Its important to feel comfortable in your hometown!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm
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    I didn’t visit this part of Africa but it looks lovely. I think more travelers need to discover Africa & it’s beauty

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  • December 5, 2017 at 7:46 am
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    never heard of this place before to be honest, but that photo you took of a street with houses looks so inviting and neighboring ! 😀

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  • December 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm
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    Thank you so much for sharing about your home! I don’t know much about Africa and haven’t heard of Enugu before. This was really cool to see what life looks like. It seems more suburban than I would have thought. And that food looked incredible!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 10:04 am
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    I personally love places that look to hold a piece of story inside them. There is so much drama in all your pics that I felt like I am on the trip of this place.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    I really feell like I got to know Enugu by reading your post. I would love to travel around Africa and especially Nigeria, looks fantastic! I know what you mean about feeling at home in the place you grew up. I was born in London but I live in Spain, whenever I go back it feels sooo natural!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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    What a fun town to travel! With great food near by can’t go wrong with that. Local museums and music that’s the best!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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    Wow what an awesome inside look! Thanks for showing me a place I might have otherwise not seen! Love learning about new places and the people who live there!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    WOW…I loved hearing your story and taking a walk through your hometown. I have never been to Africa. So interesting to see! I am from New York City in the US…so it’s a world of difference.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm
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    Its a beautiful city and loved the ferris wheel shot.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm
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    I loved learning about Enugu! There is so much beauty, history, and culture shared through your writing and pictures. Thank you!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 2:47 am
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    Looks like a quite little town that I would like very much because I don’t loud cities. I might have to go visit it soon.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 6:47 am
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    This is such an interesting depiction of the city ! Many of us will never have a chance to experience it, so it’s great to read about it from your perspective.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 11:07 am
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    I haven’t heard of enugu before but looks beautiful and peaceful. You’ve described it nicely. A place worth visiting.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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    While reading this it kinda reminded me of home, Botswana. A lot of the infrastructure is the same and also very serene. I haven’t been to Nigeria but I’d like to one day.

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