Hello Wonderful People!
A very Happy new year to you all and a very big welcome to 2018; I know this is rather late; please forgive me but its better late than never. If this is your first time of visiting my blog, a very big welcome to our great family and if its not, here is a special greeting from me to you. I hope that our 2017 was great and I believe our 2018 shall be greater.
2017 was a year full of a lot of experiences for me, lessons and a lot of exploring. Just In case you missed any of my posts, here is a review of how my 2017 went. I started this year with spending 21 full days in a paramilitary camp in a remote village in Cross River state, Nigeria for my mandatory service to my dear country Nigeria, you can read all about my experience. Thereafter, Calabar which is the capital of Cross river state became my home for 10 months and this was the beginning of my exploration of the year.
As an Ajala that I am, I used my free time to check out new places in the city, try new delicacies which I wrote about here. I also did a flashback post for my journey to Ogun state where I partly lived for 4 years due to my university or that doesn’t it count? Anyway, I documented all about my journey to Ogun state here.
In June, I decided to try my skills on being a tour guide with my friends who visited Calabar for the first time and we visited the Slave History Museum which happens to be my second visit to a museum and it was such an enlightening experience. I guess I did a good job as a tour guide, as you can read the testimony by one of my guests. A few weeks after I spent 36 hours in the coal city (Enugu State) which was the longest and shortest trip I had planned in 2017.
Moving on to August, I was in Calabar and didn’t travel anywhere but I shared my 10 essential tips for enjoying a road trip as well as Visa Free Countries with a Nigerian Passport which you can read here and here. Still In August, I visited CERCOPAN which is the Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature in Calabar and here I realized that monkeys are actually wild animals which made me feel like a rookie.
For September, there was a Muslim celebration which meant holiday and I was so excited especially since that same weekend there was a world cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Cameroon in Akwa Ibom State which was only 105 minutes from my Calabar home. I jumped on this holiday and it was such a great experience for me.
My holiday to Akwa Ibom was on a budget and I documented all about it here firstly and thereafter I went to Ikot Abasi still in Akwa Ibom which has the bridge of no return (you can return now though) which concluded my trip to Akwa Ibom here.
All over the world on September 20th, 2017 was world tourism day 2017 which focused on sustainable tourism and I attended an event to commemorate the day in Calabar. In October I started a new series on the blog called the Spotlight where I get to have an interactive session with an amazing person and the first edition was done here which featured Amarachi Ekekwe of Travel with a Pen .
Towards the end of October, I allowed Cardio meet Adventure in the Federal Capital and I had a great experience hiking on the famous Usuma Dam .
I started November by visiting Rivers State though I didn’t blog about my stay there. Thereafter I had a second edition of The spotlight featuring Susan Ekpoh of Waka Waka Chronicles who seeks to tread off-beaten paths. I turned a year older in November also specifically on the 26th November and it was declared as International Diusor’s Day (Big shout out to everyone who wished me a happy birthday once again )
Work ended for the year for me in November, and while I waited on the Federal government to release me to the world, I decided to explore places in Calabar which I started by visiting Drill Ranch and the National Museum. Thereafter, I became a tour guide again in the year with a couple of people and we visited Tinapa Business Resort and Marina Resort and I had my first ever monorail experience.
To gradually wrap up the year, I joined my Office for its end of year’s picnic to Kwa Falls which was my very visit time of visiting a Waterfalls. You can tell that my year was full of new experiences by now.
The latter part of my December holiday was spent at the Calabar Carnival and Festivals otherwise known as Africa’s Biggest Street Party. I planned to blog all about after the event but unfortunately my phone wiped and I lost all my pictures and videos from the carnival. It still hurts me but maybe if I get some good pictures I might blog about it, do let me know if you would like for me to do so.
For my journey on Visiting 25 Nigerian states before turn 25, I was able to visit 4 new states in 2017 which brings the number of states I have visited to 10 and now 15 more to go!!!! I appreciate everyone who has made this journey possible. To 2018, here are a few goals I have for my journey and the blog:
-Visit at least 7 new Nigerian States for my Journey
-Blog at least twice a month
-Have a total of at least 10,000 collective blog views for the year. (please share my posts with all your loved ones)
-Get more features and collaborations
Thank you once again to everyone who read my blog posts in 2017 and left comments and suggestions, to those who proof read my posts before they come out, those who reached out when I wasn’t sharing anything and to you reading this post till this time, I appreciate you all. I look forward to many more in 2018.
Feel free to also share with me your goals for the year be it travel or not. I am also still open to collaborations, partnerships, suggestions, observations, sponsorships and lots more!
Have a GLORIOUS 2018!!!!!
Much Love from Me to you!!