One of the most prominent cities in Nigeria, Uyo is Akwa Ibom State’s largest and most multicultural city. Located in the south-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria, Uyo has probably never been described as dull. Visiting Uyo can be an overwhelming experience. There is a lot to see if you are determined. The city boasts of public recreational areas such as the Ibom Connection, Ibom Tropicana Resort, a museum and the prestigious Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort which is one of the largest hotels in the West African region. A fairly liberal place where business culture tends to be informal and friendly, over 500,000 people call it home. Although life in Uyo is quite expensive, people don’t mind because of the low crime and crisis rate. It is exotic, neat, and beautiful.
Located at Wellington Bassey Way, The National Museum of Colonial History in Uyo houses collections centres on the creation of the state as well as ethnographic items – artifacts, relics, valuable antiquities and carvings related to the people of Akwa Ibom State .
Akwa Ibom International Stadium
Aptly nicknamed the Nest of Champions, the Akwa Ibom International Stadium an Olympic Sized stadium is a 30,000 capacity ultra modern complex that is already regarded as the best in the West African region.
The Amalgamation House
Amalgamation House is the building in which Lord Lugard declared the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria in 1914.
The town is certainly no shrinking flower when it comes to accommodation choices. There are many options. From low-key simplicity to five-star luxury – there’s something for everyone in Uyo.
Restaurants and cafeterias are always buzzing in Uyo. An eclectic range of cuisine is on offered across town. Whether you are a food connoisseur or simply a hungry soul looking for solace in delicious food, you’ll find the best meals at The Akwa Ikpa Café and The Vista Restaurant. Eateries offer fast foods. At night, The Playground offers Suya (barbecued meat), peppered snails and pepper soups.
From the cutting edge to classic, Uyo’s vibrant retail scene is alive with alluring labels, products and shopping experiences – some home-grown, some world-renowned. Uyo shopping will offer interesting designs to take back home, along with sweet memories of the place. Akwa Ibom Tropicana Shopping Complex is the best mall for shopping. Other shops include Anan World and Reflection Boutique amongst others. If you are looking for a local market, go to Uyo Market.
FUN FACT – Ekpe
The people in Uyo have a festival known as the Ekpe Masquerade festival usually celebrated around December. During this festival, the Ekpe (Masquerade) is expected to mimic the movements of a Leopard.