Things to Do in Miango, Nigeria

by Karen Smith
The Plateau State is a lush, beautiful region of Nigeria.

The Plateau State is a lush, beautiful region of Nigeria.

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Miango is a town in central Nigeira located 30 km southwest from the city of Jos. It is situated in a region called Plateau State, known for its natural beauty and high elevation. The Plateau State has historically been visited by a significant number of Christian missionaries. Many missionaries still come to Miango either for work or for relaxation.

Rejuvenate at the Miango Rest Home and Conference Center

Since 1913, the Miango Rest Home has provided Christian groups and individuals with a comfortable place to retreat, rest and learn from each other. Rooms and small cottages are available for rent, and Continental and Nigerian dishes are served. Guests can enjoy tennis, hiking, volleyball, games, movies, reading and visiting. The Rest Home has its own electric generator and borehole for water. Expect to meet missionaries and visitors from all over the country and the world.

Visit the Kent Academy

The Kent Academy is a Christian boarding school, established by SIM missionaries in 1945. It offers elementary-level education based on an adapted North American-style curriculum. Teachers and administrators work to help each child develop his potential to the fullest extent possible for the glory of the creator. The school offers Open House days periodically, but if you are planning to be in the area at a different time, contact the administration and request to arrange for a tour. Ask to visit the Academy's small cemetery, located behind the chapel, where many missionaries were laid to rest.

Climb Mt. Sanderson

Mt. Sanderson is a small mountain located in Miango behind a compound of the same name. Hikers who climb the mountain are rewarded with a beautiful view of the town. Other hiking opportunities can be found in the area, leading to waterfalls, wildlife and volcanoes. Ask your local host for guidance.

Travel to Jos

Jos, the capital city of the Plateau State, offers visitors cool temperatures because it is located at an elevation of 1,300 meters above sea level. Visit the Museum Complex, home to the Railroad Museum, the Tin Mining Museum, the Jos National Museum, the Traditional Nigerian Architecture Museum and the zoo. Jos is also home to a wildlife park with rare and exotic animals and a playground for children and Rock Brewery, which offers samples and tours. The town provides a base from which you can hike into the Shere Hills, the Jarawa Hills, the Vom Hills and the Gana Wuri.

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About the Author

Karen Smith has been writing professionally since 2008. Her articles are published in the "Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History" and the upcoming "Dictionary of African Biography," as well as on Patheos.com and in volumes of "Anthropology News," "Contemporary Islam," "Islamic Africa" and "American Ethnologist." She has a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology.

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