We travel to experience new places, people and their way of Life which is why I try to embrace every opportunity/holiday I have ever since I caught the travelling bug.
Living in Southern Nigeria has also made me want to explore places around me and this led to my visit to Akwa-Ibom state during the last Muslim holiday.
Akwa Ibom State has been on my bucketlist for like forever, well it’s ‘forever’ all thanks to procrastination. The funny thing is that it’s just like an hour 45minutes from Calabar (the place my country has made my home for one year by fire by force; but I am enjoying the place sef; Lol).
My friends who live in Akwa Ibom state all offered their help in making my trip come to pass and stress-free; thumbs up to them! After several research which I always love to do before travelling, phone calls and messages I arrived the Land of Promise on the 1st of September, 2017. The bumpy roads and many check points made the trip slightly longer than normal.
My next call was to head to my Friend/Host’s house whom was an amazing and hospitable host during my holiday. She is Mbong of Milliam Takon . On my way to her House, I stopped by the Ibom Plaza and also had the opportunity to see the Ibom connection which is one of the tourist attractions in the state.
On arrival at my Friend’s house, we did a lot of catching up, talking on various things and soon after we had to get ready as fortunately for me there was a world cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Cameroon that was being held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. I was actually very excited cause this was a new experience for me; who ever says no to new and fun experiences?
Not like I know so much about football but it was time to practice the little I know and support my Country.
Lo and behold, Nigeria won the match with a victory of 4-0 to cameroon. I screamed at every goal, tried to record as much as I could as I was excited! My snapchat and Instagram followers can testify. Plus, you can also follow me on Instagram Here so you don’t miss the fun
After the match ended, people tried to take pictures with the footballers but it was so much struggle. As for me it turned out to be a mini photo-shoot thanks to Kaycee!
After my mini photoshoot, I saw a few friends from University whom I had not seen since graduation and it was a great time catching up and thereafter we headed home to rest after a long and adventurous day.
The next day right after I had a great breakfast thanks to my host, I spoke with my other friends whom are in the state and we planned to meet at the Ibibio Union museum which I suggested to them that I had found on my many researches and looked forward to visiting it as i said in my post Here how I would love to visit more museums.
The Ibibio Union Museum is actually located at the State Unity park on Udo Udoma Avenue slightly opposite the Central Bank.
Unfortunately, the museum at the time of my visit was actually empty due to certain issues that happened there; I was a bit sad cause it was one of the places I looked forward to going to. Nonetheless, my friends and I still made the most of our time there as it even started raining and we actually just played around and took pictures of course; you already know
We thereafter, went to the Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre which is also another tourist attraction of the state and home to the Cinema too where we ended up seeing Girl’s Trip which was a great movie. I was quite disappointed as the most part of this centre which is quite beautiful is empty and for whatever reason, I think the government should do something about this place soon.
Coming up in my next post would be details of my final days in the state which includes my Visit to the bridge of no return and also a cost breakdown as my trip was based on a Budget.
I hope you enjoyed reading this first part of my Holiday. Please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section and If you have visited Akwa Ibom state, I would like to know how your experience was!
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Many Love from your favourite Ajala!