How did you spend the Easter holidays? For me, getting time off work was the best part of my Easter break. I decided to spend time with my family in the City of Uyo (the Land of Promise), Akwa Ibom State. I travel home as often as I can but this trip was different because I explored the city through the eyes of a “wakaholic”.
For the first time in sixteen years, I visited my hometown, a small village on the outskirts of Uyo. Back in Uyo, we had a full house, all five siblings of mine had returned home for the weekend. We had our family meeting, spent time cooking and laughing in the kitchen with mummy dearest, visited friends and close relatives, and visited some iconic sites to enrich this article of mine.
Akwa Ibom State, particularly the city of Uyo has experienced radical changes in recent years and these developments have made the city attractive to investors and tourists.
Why we love the Land of Promise;
- The People
Akwa Ibom people are industrious, resourceful and hospitable. We have a rich cultural heritage and pride ourselves in our exotic dishes largely dominated by vegetables, sea foods and domestic animals. The average akwa ibom girl-child is trained at a very tender age to carter for the family and this she derives pleasure in doing.
2. Le Meridien Golf Resort
If you are looking for a serene environment for a weekend getaway, then the Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort is the place to be. The resort is located in a serene environment, about 15 minutes drive from the city centre. With 163 rooms, suites and chalets set on 145 Hectres of palms trees, golfing grounds and natural vegetation, you’re sure to enjoy the bliss and beauty of this resort paradise.
3. Ibom e-library
The Ibom e- Library is a modern State owned library and is located in the City of Uyo. Facilities include a State of the Art Video Conferencing Hall, Children Multimedia, e-Learning facility, e-Testing Centres and Certification undertakings, Board/Meeting Room for leasing, Short-term Office Space, Crèche and Daycare, a Smart Classroom and Reprography Unit.
4. Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre
Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre is a modern leisure and business resort located in the heart of the City of Uyo and is home to the Silverbird Cinemas. Uyo.
5. Akwa Ibom International Stadium
The stadium is a 30,000 seater ultra modern multipurpose sports complex located in the city of Uyo. Facilities include 30,000 capacity covered main bowl, bullet proof VIP areas, box office, media facilities, floodlights, eight-lane 400m standard track, standby power supply system, 30 emergency exit points, helipad, ambulance bay, 7500 seater Grand Stand and two score boards that comprise electronic scoreboard and video facilities for replays.
6. Ibeno Beach
Ibeno beach is a beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean along the shores of Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State. It is known to be the longest beach in West Africa and is one of the tourist attractions in Nigeria.