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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

Underrated destinations in Nigeria | Imo State tourist attractions

Underrated destinations in Nigeria | Imo State tourist attractions

The world is a big playing ground, why limit yourself to only one space. Move and explore the world around - TAB

Bags packed, camera strapped to my shoulder, and with a lot of enthusiasm, I was Owerri bound! I just wanted a feel of the South-East and to discover the less known but awesome places of Imo state. The highlight of my trip was visiting what I now call 'one of the 50 wonders of Nigeria', the Confluence of the Ogbuide blue water and the Muddy Urashi River (pictures below). This place left me breathless.

Did I mention that i was captivated by the clear blue sky over my head which was a natural tranquilliser and.... gbam it was love at first sight. I looked up and felt like if I made a wish, it would come true at that moment. I kept thinking to myself 'does it mean that the state is free from industrial pollution and its likes or is it nature'?! I concluded that it has to be the former. 

The road network is commendable and for the first time I saw a tunnel in a state. As you would imagine, I was excited. As we approached the tunnel, which i understand was built to control traffic, i requested the driver to stay on the slower lane so I could perfectly capture the unusual moment. :) Kindly see pictures from my trip below and i'm sure you will be convinced to visit the state.

 OGUTA LAKE | The Ajala Bug

OGUTA LAKE | The Ajala Bug

This is the largest natural lake in Imo State and the second largest lake in Nigeria. In the colonial era, the Oguta Lake was a port for the evacuation of palm products and served as Biafran army marine-base during the Nigerian Civil War. I witnessed a ferry transporting vehicles, humans etc from one point of the lake to the other. Don't you think Oguta Lake needs a bridge?! Isn't it time to harness Nigeria's waterways for economic development?

 THE WATER CONFLUENCE | The Ajala Bug

THE WATER CONFLUENCE | The Ajala Bug

Such magnificent ecological wonder hidden away in Oguta and surrounded by thick forest of oil palm plantations This is the confluence of the Ogbuide blue water and the muddy Urashi river. Guess what?! Both two distinct colours of water never mix. How great is our God?! The boat 'captain' actually tried to tension the waters to mix driving in high speed between the two sides but NO. I was told it has remained like this from generation to generation. The left leads to Bayelsa and the right to Onitsha. I still can't get over the romance of the sky and the river. So perfect!

 THE WATER CONFLUENCE | The Ajala Bug

THE WATER CONFLUENCE | The Ajala Bug

This was my first time on a banana boat and it wasn't too bad. Though I had my heart in my mouth, but I guess that's the life of an explorer. This place reminds me of Lac Rose in Senegal. "wetin dey for Sokoto, e dey for shokoto".

 NEDEKE ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN | The Ajala Bug

NEDEKE ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN | The Ajala Bug

The zoo is large and has quite a number of animals. I found the managers of the facility to be very pleasant and professional. If you recall there was once a rumour that a lion escaped from the zoo which caused all the drinking joint to be empty because no one wanted to be mauled. LoL. 

 .NEDEKE ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN | The Ajala Bug

.NEDEKE ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN | The Ajala Bug

I think Ostriches like me :). I have over 10 pictures from different places in Nigeria with Ostriches

 WILDLIFE MUSEUM | The Ajala Bug

WILDLIFE MUSEUM | The Ajala Bug

The Nekede zoo houses a small wildlife museum within the premises where carcasses of dead animals are preserved. All of these animals where once alive in the zoo. These embalmed animals include antelopes, crocodiles, owl chimpanzees, peacock, peahen, gorilla, parrot, flying squirrel, hyena cobra, a lion, tortoises, African civet cat, Ostrich feathers and eggs, python.

Okay, good to know but I couldn't wait to be out. Sadly, the caretaker kept trying to engage me with physical activities e.g hold this ostrich egg, carry that feather etc. Though I was impressed with the initiative, this is a complete mess and in urgent need of a thorough revamp. Maintenance will not be sufficient in this case. 

 CROCODILE POOL | The Ajala Bug

CROCODILE POOL | The Ajala Bug

This is my first time seeing this many big crocodiles together in Nigeria. I hear there are quite a number of crocodiles in Zuru, Kebbi State. The last time I saw this much crocodiles in one place was at Ivory Coast (post for another day). For some strange reasons, immediately I stood to take a picture, they all rushed off quickly into the water.

 BUSH BABY ANIMAL IN THE ZOO | The Ajala Bug

BUSH BABY ANIMAL IN THE ZOO | The Ajala Bug

Galagos aka Bush babies are found throughout East Africa as well as in woodlands and bushlands in sub-Saharan Africa. I heard a lot about bush babies in Secondary School and never thought a day will come when i will physically see it. Thank goodness, on this occasion it was in a cage. LoL. The zoo keepers told me that bush babies are known for hiding their faces.

 FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

I hear if a criminal takes refuge here, he shall be safe till the authorities pick him. Unconfirmed though but good to know. I will call it the safe house of Owerri, a place where everyone is equal irrespective of politics and religion. This is definitely the only place in Nigeria where you are allowed to express yourself without obstruction.

 FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

 FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

 FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

FREEDOM PARK | The Ajala Bug

 MARIA ASSUMPTA CATHEDRAL | The Ajala Bug

MARIA ASSUMPTA CATHEDRAL | The Ajala Bug

The Assumpta cathedral is one of the largest Catholic churches in Nigeria and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It was built in 1948 and became an archdiocese in 1994. I was actually driving past when the structure caught my attention.

 AKACHI MONUMENT | The Ajala Bug

AKACHI MONUMENT | The Ajala Bug

It is also called the hand of God and I hear it is one of the tallest towers in West Africa.

 THE TUNNEL | The Ajala Bug

THE TUNNEL | The Ajala Bug

 Tourism in Owerri | The Ajala Bug

Tourism in Owerri | The Ajala Bug

Beautiful infrastructure in the State. Quite an innovative flyover.

 Tourism in Owerri | The Ajala Bug

Tourism in Owerri | The Ajala Bug

Most of the roads I ravelled in the state were all tarred and appeared to be well maintained. 

 HEROES SQUARE | The Ajala Bug

HEROES SQUARE | The Ajala Bug

This is an arena set aside in honour of unknown fallen soldiers.

  IMO STATE AIRPORT | The Ajala Bug

IMO STATE AIRPORT | The Ajala Bug

Thoughts on travelling to Imo State

Imo state is one of the most underrated destinations in Nigeria. I found the most dazzling sight

I definitely enjoyed my trip to Owerri. It was both relaxing and educating. Good news....there is an airport in the State. Whoop Whoop. For the adventurers and weekenders, you can take a domestic flight straight to Owerri. The last Muslim festival created a four-days holiday for the nation and I took advantage of it. I jetted out of Lagos to Imo State on Saturday, and did a road trip to Abia and Akwa Ibom State. I returned back to Lagos via Akwa Ibom Airport. 

I recommend everyone visits Imo state, specifically Owerri. Like every other state in Nigeria, I will reemphasise safety precautions. For the hotel I stayed at, you can read the review here (link)

Have you visited Imo State? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you. Please share in the comment section.

Thank you and stay tuned!

Margaret.

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