The Land of Promise, Akwa Ibom, is on a pedestal that most states in Nigeria would envy. Since its creation from Cross River state in 1987, Akwa Ibom has become a choice destination. From Uyo to Eket and to Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom boasts of the best road networks in Southern Nigeria.
The people of Akwa Ibom have a degree in hospitality as it is evidently displayed in the way they treat stranger. Youth corps members earn between 10,000 to 15,000 Naira from the state government (Still serving? Redeploy ASAP).
Common stereotype of Akpan is that he is a houseboy and Ekaette is “good in bed”. If you go by that deception, you are in for a huge surprise. Most people from Akwa Ibom do have a problem pronouncing “t” and “d”; and will use “r” instead of “d” comfortably. “Madam” begins to sound like “Marram”, a clear influence of the three major languages – Ibibio, Eket and Annang.
Akwa Ibom is neat and with an international airport, the immigration is en-masse. Words like “Emesiere – Good morning/afternoon”, “Abadie? – How are you?”, and “So Songho – Thank you” will be handy. Here are six of the best places to visit in Akwa Ibom (It’s a long list though).
Hangout at Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center
Sun City, South Africa meets Disneyland, USA, to create the marvellous Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center. It is a modern leisure and business resort. The center is crowded most times, you are likely going to meet an old flame or acquaintance while strolling through the corridors. Meeting someone new is also a good way to create fun memories of any place. You will need a selfie stick for picture-perfect moments.
Relive History at the National Museum, Uyo
Knowing your past is necessary to understanding the future. When you visit the museum which houses some of the finest carvings, relics and other antiquities, you connect with the past. Items such as masquerade costumes, traditional instruments, and pottery, flood the whole place. It also contains an attractive, shaded waterfront garden where one can watch small boats drifting on the creeks.
Spend your Money at Ibom Plaza
Ibom Plaza is your one-stop shop in Akwa Ibom. You will find something to spend your money on with incredible deals. The plaza has an open theater and a double-rolled water fountain within the Plaza. Aside from shopping at its shopping centre, you get an opportunity to appreciate modern history. Alone, it stands out as the first of its kind in the history of city modernisation in Nigeria.
Play and Chill at Ibeno Beach
For maximum fun, Ibeno Beach is a place you MUST visit. Ibeno Beach is known to be the longest sand beach. Beach volleyball, Surfing and Beach soccer are wonderful sporting activities you can indulge in at Ibeno Beach. If sports isn’t your thing, you can just have a nice picnic with friends. It also presents a nature’s gift, not only as a home for fishing but a relaxation spot for tourists. Fun is guaranteed.
Sight-seeing at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium
The Stadium is an all-seater national sports stadium home to the Nigerian Super Eagles as well as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events. Since Emem Eduok scored in the Match between Nigeria and Ghana, the edifice has not lacked visitors. It is home to Akwa United, a Nigerian Professional Football League club, and so can be visited during the weekends.
Play Golf at Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort
Golf playing newlyweds will have most romantic experience at Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort in Akwa Ibom State. It is located in the midst of a flourishing palm forest vegetation, and full of romantic discoveries and adventure, it is a sweet escape for lovebirds on their honeymoon. The lush greens of the world class 18 hole golf course, creates the right atmosphere for the most challenging memorable golfing experience.
Akwa Ibom, mme dakka nda, dakkada!!!