It has been a minute since my last post. Happy New Year everyone!!! 2020 was really a year for us all but I am thankful in all. I really had so many travel plans for the year 2020 especially to complete my journey and travel internationally but hopefully that happens in 2021. After the lockdown got eased in Nigeria, even if I could not travel out of Nigeria , I got to travel locally in the past few weeks . My most recent trip was to Akwa Ibom state which I had visited in 2017 and shared about here and here .
This time , I joined a group trip to Akwa Ibom where I had earlier shared on my Instagram stories , you can catch up here . Our first day was mainly to travel and settle in . We flew Ibom air which was an hour flight from Lagos and stayed at the Ibom Golf hotel and resort .
On Day 2, we took a trip to Ikot Abasi where we visited the bridge of no return , Amalgamation house , women war memorial and opobo kingdom . The latter were the highlight for me since I had visited the first two during my visit to the state in 2017.
The women war memorial was built in memory of the Aba women’s riot which took place during the British colonization of Nigeria from November to December 1929. The museum plays host to sculptures and paintings that depicts the war and account of the town’s people. It was built by Senator Helen Esuene. The riot was led and formulated by the indigenous women of Owerri and Calabar regions. The demonstration occurred when thousand of women of Igbo origin from the Bende region, Umuahia and other regions in the south-eastern region made the trip to Oloko, a town in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Nigeria. The cause of these movement was due to the worry that a new taxation plan was being implemented that would demand women, most especially widows, to pay taxes which they were not mandated to pay earlier on.
A notable fighter in this war was Madam Udo Udoma who hails from Ikot Abasi, (she was the mother of the late legal luminary Sir Ergbert Udo Udoma) who wrestled and seized a gun from one of the policemen and broke it into two. A statue depicting this was made in her honor at the memorial
Next up was a visit to the Opobo kingdom which was founded by the famous King Jaja. The kingdom is under rivers state but can still be assessed from Akwa Ibom and it took us about 7 minutes by boat to get there . Upon arrival , one of us was asked to cover her body cause she was wearing shorts ; so if you decide to go preferably wear a jeans and T-shirt
Also , pictures aren’t allowed in certain places so we had to be careful . We walked through the community , saw the palace , the statue built in memory of King Jaja which we told we were not allowed to step on the red part as well as a mighty bell which was given to King Jaja in 1877 by John Wilson brown which was made in Birmingham .
We left the kingdom , return back to our hotel , ate and played games . Our last full day in Akwa Ibom was a relaxing day; we had golf classes , ate , played games which we got here , swam and relaxed . I returned back to Lagos after getting some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos which was much needed. In all it was a good time and I totally enjoyed myself .
Have you been to Akwa Ibom or any of the places I shared about ? If you have not , would you like to after reading this post .
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