Major cities in the Middle Belt of Nigeria

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Middle belt Nigeria

Nigeria is a large country with many tribes and ethnic groups settling in various regions. However, the cities in the Middle belt of the country, although marked by history, are often neglected when popular urban areas around the country are being celebrated.

The Niger-Benue Confluence region offers something unique with its exotic landmarks, shopping, food, entertainment, and culture. In fact, some of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria such as Jos are located within this region. From some of the top hotels in Nigeria been located in the middle belt region to a rich cultural heritage. 

Looking to explore the middle belt of Nigeria? Read on as Jumia Travel gives you a head start with a list of the five major cities in region.


Often regarded as a south-western town rather than a city in the middle belt, Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state,  is the 13th largest city in Nigeria by population. Populated by Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Nupe, other Nigerians and foreign nationals, the city features a confluence of cultures and thus is a notable tourist destination. The city is largely urban with various infrastructures and top hotels in Ilorin fit for guests. Ilorin is popular for  pottery and textile, and is also a trading center for agricultural  produce as well as the site of a sugar refinery, a match factory, and a plant for processing tobacco.

  • JOS

Jos is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the middle zone of Nigeria. Nestled in Plateau and very close to the capital city of Abuja, it is picture-perfect and very easy to navigate.  With a rich history and culture, an outdoorsy atmosphere and large attractions, there are numerous activities  you can try, including hiking and biking.


Minna has a long and prominent history. Currently the seat of law and leadership in Niger state, the city is endowed with monuments and memorials that represents both the past and present, attracting both nationals and tourists from around the globe.  It also features an heterogeneous blend of religions and traditions which adds to its reputation as a spirited and colorful society.



A major stop on the road for travelers to Abuja and other Northern parts of the country, Lokoja is indeed an appealing city. This city is something of an up-and-coming destination, and you may need to look beyond the city’s average structures – a reminder of this area’s diverse culture and religious history- to see its true beauty. The real draw of Lokoja, however, is its peaceful and almost hedonistic lifestyle of its people.


Located on the banks of Benue River and populated mostly by indigene of the Tiv, Idoma and Igede ethnic groups, Markurdi is an intriguing place that is fast evolving. To really see the city in full swing, visitors plan their trips to coincide with the lively festivals held within the area, including the new yam festival. The people are friendly and there is abundance of food, meaning you are certain to have a marvelous time.

Jos Nigeria

We would love to read your opinions in the comments section below. 


  1. El-K

    June 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    And where did you leave Lafia?

    • Jennifer Egah

      November 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Pls, help me ask them. Nasarawa is also a middlebelt ooo!!

  2. Nattydrey

    June 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

    How about kaduna

    • OM

      July 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Kaduna is in the North.

  3. Ricky

    July 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Nice one

  4. Mba Achi

    July 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

    where did you keep Kaduna state? I believed that Kaduna is are mony middle belt

  5. peter leke

    July 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    the true middle belt is Ilorin because Yoruba, Fulani,Hausa, and Nupe

  6. Peter

    August 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Middle belt will because a nation one day. But mulism are still in the middle belt why. State that will be in it ‘ new benue, gboko,apa,konshisha katsina alu and other states as will.amen

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