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Zuma Rock is a large monolith, an igneous intrusion composed of gabbro and granodiorite, that is located in Niger State, Nigeria. It rises spectacularly immediately west of Nigeria's capital Abuja, along the main road from Abuja to Kaduna off Madala, and is sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to Abuja from Suleja".[1] Zuma Rock rises 725 metres (2,379 ft) above its surroundings.[2]

Zuma Rock
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Highest point
Elevation1,125 m (3,691 ft)
Prominence725 m (2,379 ft)
Coordinates9°7′49″N 7°14′2″E / 9.13028°N 7.23389°E / 9.13028; 7.23389Coordinates: 9°7′49″N 7°14′2″E / 9.13028°N 7.23389°E / 9.13028; 7.23389
LocationNiger State, Nigeria

Zuma is depicted on the 100 naira note. It was used for a defensive retreat by the Gbagyi people against invading neighbouring tribes during intertribal warring.[3]


  1. ^ Abah, Adah; Chikelo, Chinelo (2016-04-08). "Zuma Rock Losing Its Face". Leadership. Archived from the original on 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ Alofetekun, Akin (2008-05-28). "All Eyes on Zuma Rock". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  3. ^ According to numerous on-line sites describing Nigeria as a tourist destination, such as National Youth Services Corps: "The Power State: Niger" Archived April 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

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