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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!

There's more to Akwa Ibom State

There's more to Akwa Ibom State

I had heard so much about the beautiful Akwa Ibom women and their irresistible food which attracts the finest of men. Well, during one of the public holidays, I decided to visit the state in hopes that just maybe the anointing of the women which attracts men will fall on me :) 

It was a public holiday and Nigerians were graced with two extra days in addition to the weekend. I took advantage of the break and flew to Imo State then drove to Akwa Ibom passing through Abia State.

The roads looked well maintained; the trip was smooth. We passed through Ikot Ekpene (the Raffia city) where I saw Four Points dominating the skylines. I whispered to the hearing of the driver, "we have Four Points here?" and he said yes, "there's a lot of business in the town". That's true. Actually, Ikot Ekpene is town for commerce, trade, and business.

Anyway, we continued our ride till we arrived Uyo. I didn't realise we were at Uyo yet but the cleanliness of the town and the road infrastructure we were passing through caught my attention. I quickly asked the driver, " where are we" and he said, this is the famous Uyo. Yea right! A town this clean and with the right infrastructure has to be famous.

Finally, we got to the first hotel I decided to try out which was Kingdom Hotel. No alcohol allowed, no movies, only local channels and no WiFi. Sounds like the perfect place to pray, relax and shut out all the noise but your girl can't stay in such place for more than a night. It was perfect for one night. Technology, what have you done to us?!

The following day, I checked out from the hotel. The owner was very helpful and hired a car for me with an exceptional smart driver to take me round the town. We visited Ibeno beach, the longest sand beach in West Africa and then drove round Uyo. Gosh! Such a beautiful town. This is the type of transformation we hope for in all the states of Nigeria.

It was time to call it a day and retire to the 10 star hotel, Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, where I lost my breathe. WOW! Could this be Dubai extension?!. Everything was perfect. Infact, the hotel deserves a separate post (coming soon).

It was an amazing trip visiting Akwa Ibom State (Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Ibeno). Enjoy the pictures from my trip!!!!

  GODSWILL APKABIO INTERNATIONAL STADIUM.  The 30,000 seater stadium is used for international matches and also serves as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events. The construction contract was awarded in 2012 to Julius Berger and was completed in 2014 (JB doesn't play). Let's not forget the modeller, Allianz Arena.

GODSWILL APKABIO INTERNATIONAL STADIUM. The 30,000 seater stadium is used for international matches and also serves as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events. The construction contract was awarded in 2012 to Julius Berger and was completed in 2014 (JB doesn't play). Let's not forget the modeller, Allianz Arena.

  IBENO BEACH.  Okay, I have to state this here. There is a picture going up and down social media (google) claiming to be Ibeno beach. Please ignore. That recreational facility/resort does not exist. Anyways, this is a calm and beautiful sand beach which I understand stretches to James town on the Atlantic. You can actually see Exxon Mobil's platform from the beach.

IBENO BEACH. Okay, I have to state this here. There is a picture going up and down social media (google) claiming to be Ibeno beach. Please ignore. That recreational facility/resort does not exist. Anyways, this is a calm and beautiful sand beach which I understand stretches to James town on the Atlantic. You can actually see Exxon Mobil's platform from the beach.

 IBENO BEACH. Did I mention that the beach is about 75mins away from Uyo? Yea...incase you intend to make a quick stop there. That ain't happening. It is a road trip. Hehehe...

IBENO BEACH. Did I mention that the beach is about 75mins away from Uyo? Yea...incase you intend to make a quick stop there. That ain't happening. It is a road trip. Hehehe...

  IBOM TROPICANA ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE.  Care for a movie? They've got you covered. I really don't like getting energy drained when I travel, so I retired to my hotel but first got us a picture of the centre.

IBOM TROPICANA ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE. Care for a movie? They've got you covered. I really don't like getting energy drained when I travel, so I retired to my hotel but first got us a picture of the centre.

  How beautiful?! A flyover with a difference.

How beautiful?! A flyover with a difference.

  Checking out of Kingdom Resort  (I will put up a proper review soon)

Checking out of Kingdom Resort (I will put up a proper review soon)

  IBOM SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

IBOM SPECIALIST HOSPITAL

  WELCOME TO UYO

WELCOME TO UYO

  Just the lady! At Le'Meridien Ibom Golf Resort. Not a resort for singles....hehehehe. Better to visit with your significant other (lovebird things).

Just the lady! At Le'Meridien Ibom Golf Resort. Not a resort for singles....hehehehe. Better to visit with your significant other (lovebird things).

 Releasing all the stream I carried from Lagos :). Staring into the flourishing palm forest vegetation

Releasing all the stream I carried from Lagos :). Staring into the flourishing palm forest vegetation

  NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.  Before visiting, I did some research and understand that this gallery/museum houses some of the finest carvings and valuable artifacts. 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART. Before visiting, I did some research and understand that this gallery/museum houses some of the finest carvings and valuable artifacts. 

 INSIDE THE MUSEUM. However, the museum was closed. 

INSIDE THE MUSEUM. However, the museum was closed. 

  IBOM PARK.  This is a lush field where the good people of Uyo go for some relaxation. However, it is now more commonly used for birthdays and weddings. 

IBOM PARK. This is a lush field where the good people of Uyo go for some relaxation. However, it is now more commonly used for birthdays and weddings. 

  IBOM PLAZA. This is a relaxation area at the ever busy plaza. 

IBOM PLAZA. This is a relaxation area at the ever busy plaza. 

 FOUR POINTS dominating the sky lines at Ikot Ekpene  (the Raffia city).

FOUR POINTS dominating the sky lines at Ikot Ekpene (the Raffia city).

Thank you so much for reading. I will love to read from you, please do drop a comment. 

β€œTraveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Margaret.

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