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Thriving in Bar 1

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re good?

This post is mainly for the newest people in Law School at the moment, the Bar 1 folk. Welcome! I hope you’re settling in alright. I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of what’s what in the Bwari area and a few things to do during your spare time. Bar 1 is the easier bit of Law School so ideally it’s the better time to explore. (I did the Bar 1 program last year, fyi 😊).

Academics: I would definitely advise that you attend all your classes, listen and make notes. That helped me. If you’re not very good with writing quickly, or get easily distracted, then get a compilation of the notes from Mammy market. There’s a famous past questions book which is red in colour. It is very helpful for the exams.

Dress code: Please stick to the dress code. It is white shirts and black skirts or black dresses for ladies, and white shirts and black trousers for guys. You can also wear navy blue. Your skirt should be a decent length (at least by your knee). Guys must wear black ties or the Law School tie. Don’t buy this o, you’ll be given free of charge in Bar 2 before your dinners.

Food: For Mammy market, the key is to find a place that suits your stomach and stick to it. There are a couple of joints at Mammy to choose from. A guy called Godspower makes toast bread and sharwama. He’s in front of Oto Obong’s store. You can call to order on 08180254012‬. He delivers to school hostels. You can also get smoothies made for you at the fruit store beside the suya joint. Between Mama Ngozi and Streetwise, there’s a shop without a name (I call it Nameless) which has spaghetti I really enjoy. You might want to try that. Mama Aisha is food bae for me. I wrote a whole post about that a while ago.

Across from Blocks A and B, there’s a joint where you can get noodles or make it yourself, if you want. They also have fried plantain, sweet potatoes, chips and sausages. In front of Blocks C and D, there’s Uncle Seun who sells snacks like meatpies, doughnuts and fishrolls and also makes sharwama. In the evenings, he makes chicken and chips as well. Contact him on ‭08076733635‬.

Off campus, there’s Lovitoz, which I have been to and highly recommend their Chicken pasta, Stirfry noodles and Sweet potato fries. At Zen Apartments, there’s a Chef available. Call him on 09053383274 to find out what’s available. I’ve had their breakfast and pancakes which were good. Also available is Liberty Suites, near the Bwari Market. It is a hotel and has accommodation for students if you want to stay off campus, preferably if you have a car or means of transportation. My best dishes from their restaurant are jollof rice and coleslaw and assorted pepper soup. Bwari Kitchen (08032879756) is a new joint and Sade’s Kitchen (‭07066088962‬) is also good.

Vendors to try: If you have some fabric and would like an outfit, Mr Enoch is the plug. He shares a shop with one of the salons in Mammy. You can reach him on 08162548518‬. He’s been my go-to and has made outfits for my friends too! He sews for guys and ladies. Only last week, I met Rachel who made me a pair of slippers (in less than a week) for N2500. If you want a pair of handmade slippers or sandals, contact Rachel on ‭09085878717‬. This is a bit random but for anyone who is a fan of pure honey, contact Uncle Sam (08036089268) for some.

On some weekends, you will tire of playing football, sleeping, chilling at Lovitoz or watching a movie on your laptop and desire to do something else. You might just want to go to town. Here are a few ideas for you. Closest to us in Bwari is Usman Dam. I still haven’t been but I’ve been told it has a nice view and is a lovely place to hang with friends.

Some other places to check out in town are:
-Arts and Crafts Market, Wuse
-AJs Pizza, Shariff Plaza, Wuse
-Blu Cabana, Mabushi
-Bukka Restaurant at Transcorp Hilton
-Charcoal, Wuse
-Chicken Capitol (Sharwama, have it with cheese, if you’re not allergic)
-Coldstone +Dominos
-Ivory Room, Wuse (Alfredo Pizza recommended)
-Keje Grill at City Park, Wuse (Interesting drink menu)
-Metro Cafe & Grill, Wuse
-Nkataa Bukka, Mabushi
-Nkoyo
-Reset Restaurant & Lounge, Wuse (Pizza recommended)
-Salamander Cafe, Wuse (Books available for sale)
-The Trukadero Place, Wuse (Bowling)
-Traffic Bar, Maitama
-Wafflestop, Maitama
-355 Steakhouse & Lounge, Maitama
You could also follow @pam_E_chic on Twitter. She often goes to places in Abuja and gives pictorial reviews. Abuja also tends to have a couple of food expos in the Summer so please keep your eyes and ears open for those kind of events if you’re interested. Follow @eventsbykwadie on Instagram for more info.

You could see a movie at Ceddi Plaza, Jabi Lake Mall or Silverbird . If you’d like to do some shopping, get some toiletries or household items, you can find stuff at Next, Shoprite or H.Medix. For those that are into thrift shopping, Wuse Market is the plug, but I’d advise you go with someone if you’ve never been before. If your family and friends are big on kilishi and expecting some when you return, you should visit the Area 1 Kilishi Market. It’s pretty popular, so you won’t miss it.

Just in case there’s a birthday soon or you just want cake, you can get lovely cakes from:
-Gogzees Cake: 08033153677
-Kyez Cakes: ‭09035038370‬, IG: @kyez_kakes
-Purple Silk Treats: ‭08061562584‬
I’ve had all their cake and they’re pretty good. Delivery costs might be incurred as they’re based in town.

Transportation: For transportation within or out of Bwari, please contact Mr Cletus: ‭08035971197‬; Mr James: ‭08064986619‬; Mr Dickson: 08068638947; or Mr Ifeanyi: 07081349444.
If you’d like a more affordable ride to town, take a bike from school gate to JAMB and get in a green cab from there. You’ll hear them saying “Berger, Area 1”. Find out where to go from any of these places before you leave school. Disclaimer: Traveller discretion is advised. If you haven’t done this before, don’t start now!

Places of worship: For church on campus, a couple of churches use the Chapel for their services. I know CLASFON (Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria) meets at 3-5pm. There’s a Redeemed church just outside the school gate to the left, a Mountain of Fire church further down the road. There’s also a Winners Chapel in Bwari with bus pick up in front of the Assembly hall. There are free buses to some churches in town such as COZA and The Transformation Church. Ask around if you’re looking for a particular church. There’s also a mosque on campus opposite the main Administrative Building.

Lastly, and very, very importantly, please respect staff and authorities at the Law School. I cannot emphasise this enough. There’s no point trying to prove a point to anyone or insisting on your way. Just breathe, apologise and let things go. Avoid getting into any arguments with authorities, you don’t want to jeopardise your time in Law School. It’s better to be ‘too respectful’ than to risk being sanctioned or picked on for not being ‘fit and proper’.

That’s it for now. If I think of anything else, I’ll update this post so please keep your eyes peeled. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll try and answer ASAP.
I wish you all the best in Bar 1 and thereafter. Don’t stress too much. Live your best life (safely)!

Love and hugs,

Ife.

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