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“I stand on Ibeno beach, entranced and hypnotized as the solemn waves of the ocean wash my feet and a gust of enchanting breeze embrace my skin” -Notey Akpotive, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
If you work 8-5 like me, then you know that a public holiday, any one at all is welcomed with great joy. However, before you know it, the holiday has come and gone; you return to work and it’s almost as if the holiday never happened. It was for this reason that I decided to celebrate Democracy weekend this year, in style, with a road trip to Akwa-Ibom State, to preserve the opportunity of the Democracy day holiday. It was my first time in there and I needed to explore the treasures the state has to offer.
So I set out! I boarded a Toyota Sienna car from Waterlines, Port Harcourt for the three and a half hour journey into Uyo- the state capital of Akwa-Ibom. I was so excited as this was the first trip I was making by road since I moved to Port Harcourt four months earlier. My trip was made more fun by my brother’s classmate from college who lives in Uyo with her family. Thank God for her and her brother who offered to drive me around town for the weekend and even offered me a pass to the State Banquet for the incoming government of Governor Udom Emmanuel. I had a wonderful time, visiting Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Ibeno beach. Enjoy the pictures from my trip!!!!
On the bridge separating Rivers state from Akwa-Ibom
I arrived Lagos Park in Uyo and enjoyed a meal of boli and roasted chicken. The boli here, unlike that of Port Harcourt, is first boiled, before it is roasted.
Akwa-Ibom International Stadium in the distance. It was very busy as expected on Democracy Day.
State banquet calleth! At the inaugural dinner for Gov. Udom Emmanuel. Ekemini Theatre group thrilling the crowd.
Enroute Ikot-Ekpene. This is a small, connecting town that we drove through.
Four Points by Sheraton! at Ikot-Ekpene. Ikot-Ekpene is a lovely town in Akwa-Ibom to visit.
Ibeno beach (pronounced “ibunor”)… the waves here are more solemn, less hurried to hit the shoreline.
My tour-guide and I at Ibeno beach, because sometimes strangers are friends you are yet to meet.
I took this shot on my way back to Port Harcourt. Thankful for the setting sun and the fabulous experience in Akwa-Ibom
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