Akwa Ibom is one of the beautiful states in our country Nigeria. The state is located in the South-South geopolitical zone, and is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and the southernmost tip of Cross River State. with a population of over five million people. The state was created in 1987 from the former Cross River State and is currently the highest oil- and gas-producing state in the country. The state’s capital is Uyo, with over 500,000 inhabitants. In addition to English, the main spoken languages are Ibibio, Annang, Eket and Oron.
Akwa Ibom is celebrating her 30th anniversary tomorrow and in the spirit of the #OrangeSeptember I have come up with these interesting places you can visit while you’re in Akwa Ibom. So without taking you too far, here is your list.
1. Godswill Akpabio International Stadium
An all-seater national sports stadium located in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom. The stadium serves as a home to the Nigerian Super Eagles as well as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events. This 30,000 seater ultra modern multipurpose sports complex modeled after Allianz Arena has some unique features such as bullet proof VIP/VVIP sections, box office, collapsible seats, two digital score boards, digital playback screens, digital flood lights, and 30 emergency exits.
Hotels near Akwa Ibom International Stadium
2. Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort
This is the pride of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, and Nigeria’s unexpected retreat. Situated amidst rich palm forest vegetation, this magnificent hotel connotes peace and serenity complemented by its original atmosphere.
The lush greens of the world-class 18-hole golf course, creates the right atmosphere, for the most challenging, memorable golfing experience. Each time you visit this unique hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, discoveries await you. It is a beautiful place.
3. Ibom Plaza
Ibom Plaza is located at Aka Road Roundabout, Uyo, Akwa ibom. This was built in 2001 to provide a first class relaxation centre for the locals. It is notable as the heart of Uyo. The Ibom Plaza accommodates shopping Malls, a medical centre, bustling business centres, parking lots, game centres, art shops and eating centres for families and friends to spend their leisure.
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4. Ibom Tropicana
A modern leisure and business resort in the capital of Akwa Ibom, Uyo. The multibillion naira entertainment centre is designed to comprise not just a six-screen Cineplex, a five-star hotel, wet and dry park, conference centre, but also a large shopping mall.
5. Ikot Ekpene Four Point Hotel By Sheraton
Known as the Raffia City, Ikot Ekpene is strategically located at the historic crossroads in the middle of Uyo, Calabar, and Aba. The Four Points by Sheraton Ikot Ekpene is close to Akwa Ibom State’s major destinations, including multinational oil and gas companies, the modern Akwa Ibom International Stadium, and the new Ibom Specialist Hospital. Akwa Ibom Airport (QUO) is 50 minutes away from the hotel.
6. Ibeno Beach
Ibeno beach, which stretches 45km from Ibeno to James Town, Akwa Ibom, is the longest beach in Africa. Ibeno beach is one of the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s located in Ibeno local government, Akwa Ibom state, southeastern Nigeria. The beach is highly rated because of its peaceful and safe surroundings. It is the most popular beach in Akwa Ibom. You can enjoy a stroll along the beach, play beach soccer, also have fun at water sports and boating.
The Ibom e- Library is a State owned library with digitized and electronic materials that can be accessed by users through the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), and one of the biggest digital libraries in Africa. Before heading to Ibom eLibrary make sure you go with educational materials and your laptop.
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8. Silverbird Cinema, Uyo
Popcorn and snacks? Check. Your friends and family? Check. Latest and newest movies making the airways? Check. Comfy chairs with the perfect audio/visual settings for the best cinematic experience? Check. All these and more is what Silverbird Cinemas offer all day long, and they do well to deliver beyond your expectations. Located at Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa ibom.
Before heading to Silverbird Cinema, Uyo, go with you: Cash or Debit/Credit card, 3D glasses (if you have), Student ID Card. Leisure seekers, fun lovers, movie bloggers and families are sure to jostle for the best spots with you.
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9. Aroma House
Aroma House is located at Plot 4C, Ewet Housing Esate, Uyo, Akwa ibom. This is a pleasant Chinese restaurant with an adventurous menu comprising Oriental cuisine with local meals. Also featuring a bush bar that serves local grubs such as Suya, Isi-ewu, full roasted Chicken and so much more, it is a very popular and sought hangout spot.
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10. Bridge of No Return
Bridge of No Return is located at Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom. Hope you ain’t scared by the name. This is an existing remainder of the horrors of the Slave Trade era. The bridge is infamous as the last point of discharge of slaves into the waiting slave ships that eventually sailed them into slavery. As the name suggests, no slave who walked the bridge ever returned. Before heading to Bridge of No Return take along with you a Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with.