This is our first Series on Tourism in Nigeria. Here we will talk about Tourist attractions in Abia State. Relax and enjoy ….
Abia State is blessed with abundant potentials that are scattered all over the State. Since the creation of Abia State in 1991, the State has been its best within its available resources in the identification, development and harnessing of these rich and abundant tourism potentials. Abia State (God’s Own State) is located in the South East of Nigeria – having been carved out of the old Imo State on August 27, 1991. The name “Abia” is composed of the four main regions of Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato, and Afikpo; but Afikpo has now been pulled out of the state and to form part of Ebonyi State.
Abia’s 2.4 million population is grouped under 17 local government areas, and these are Aba North, Aba South, Arochukwu, Bende, Ikwuano, Isiala Ngwa North, Isiala Ngwa South, Isuikwuato, Obi Ngwa, Ohafia, Osisioma Ngwa, Ugwunagbo, Ukwa East, Ukwa West, Umuahia North, Umuahia South, and Umu Nneochi.
The capital of the state is Umuahia, and its major commercial city remains Aba – a former British colonial government outpost. Occupying about 5,834 square kilometers, Abia State is bounded on the north and northeast by Anambra State, Enugu State, and Ebonyi State. To the west of Abia is Imo State, to the east and southeast areCross River StateandAkwaI bom State, and to the south isRivers State.
There are hundreds of places to visit and thousands of things to do on coming to Abia State, as safarahub.com will be taking us trough some of this places.
1. National War Museum, Umuahia
If you happen to find yourself at Ebite Amafor in Isingwu Autonomous Community of Umuahia North LGA, then you’d want to check out the fascinating National War Museum. This war museum was commissioned in 1985 to showcase weapons, artillery and other equipment of civil warfare deployed during pre-colonial wars and during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.
The museum is built on a wide expanse of undulating hills, and you can see all the three galleries of pre-colonial weaponry used during past civil wars. Here, you stand to see relics of traditional warfare on the first gallery at the museum, the relics of war in past conflicts involving the armed forces on the second gallery, and the third gallery hosts the weapons of war used during the Nigerian civil war of 1967-1969.
2. The Akwete Weavers
Located in Ukwa East LGA, Akwete town is barely 25 minutes drive from Aba if you’re using the Enugu-Port-Harcourt road. Using fabricated handlooms, local weavers in this town weave the famous Awkete cloth which is traditionally worn by chiefs and other men of title during festivals and other cultural events. The weavers use cotton and silk to weave beautiful cloth designs, as well as head-gears and other items of fashion
3. Azumini Blue River
The Azumini Blue River is Situated in Azumini town in Ukwa East LGA of Abia State. The water of the river sparkles blue as you study the surrounding sands and shiny stones. You can engage in water sporting activities like boating, yachting, fishing, swimming, and skiing on the blue river, and you can enjoy the barbeque grills dotting the beach when you are done with all water activities.
4. National Museum of Colonial History, Aba
The National Museum of Colonial History in Aba is a place to be. It was established in 1984 and it showcases the artifacts detailing the history of Nigeria through the colonial era, while you stand to see several relics of the slave trade and collections that marked Nigeria’s evolvement as a nation.
You will also see some evidence of European imperialism at the museum, as well as the chronological sequence of past rulers in Nigeria. You will see the rise of nationalism as well as what transpired before Nigeria came to independence through the eyes of history. Good road network, restaurants, hotels, and other facilities will make your visit to this museum a great delight.
5. The Long JuJu of Arochukwu Cave
Arochukwu is a tourist destination with the cave of the famous long juju oracle as a main attraction.
This cave has a long dark tunnel associated with the slave trade. Prior to the slave trade era, it had served as a court of arbitration for the settlement of local, tribal and inter-tribal disputes. During the slave trade, it was an important route through which slaves were sold and transported outside the country through the Cross River to the ocean port in Port Harcourt.
The cave is also believed to hold the long metal pipe through which the gods speak to the people. It is a religious centre with a well-laid down administrative structure headed by a Chief Priest.
A stream called Iyi-Eke Stream flows within the cave, and if you explore further you will stumble upon the destiny gate as well as the gate of no return. Exciting, isn’t it?
The development and practice of tourism is capital � intensive which requires the active participation of both the public and capital sectors. Abia State Government under the present administration of His Excellency Okezie Ikpeazu is trying its possible best in collaborating with the private sector / investors to place Abia tourism as a strong revenue base for the State and tourists destination.
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