My trip to Uyo, the capital City of Akwa Ibom State in Southern Nigeria, was long over due. Upon arrival at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, I was met by my tour guide who had made arrangements to pick me up at the airport. I felt like a tourist, visiting a place for the first time.
This wasn’t my first time visiting the beautiful city of Uyo and it definitely wouldn’t be my last. I made new friends, went site seeing and had fun to the maximum. Best job ever!!!
Back to the matter, my guide insisted that the first order of business would be taking a snap shot of the Guiness World Record Certificate, mounted just at the exit of the Airport, on the express road back in to Uyo town. This certificate was one earned by the state at a grand Christmas Carol ceremony organised by the State government. My guide – Imo, stated that it was the largest mass choir ever recorded in the world with over 25,000 choristers seated at once. hence, the Guiness World Record.
I was impressed but, I shook it off with a shrug, not willing to expose the delight and excitement I felt beneath. Once I was settled into my hotel room, Imo decided it was time to have the ALMIGHTY PAPA PUT food. My face lit up immediately because I had heard alot about this Papa Put guy, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
Off we went, searching for Papa Put’s current location. I used the word “current” here because apparently Papa Put has three spots in Uyo town where he operates from. So, with some information we headed off to his spot at Ewet Housing estate in search for food.
At this point in time I had absolutely no expectations, usually when I hear people say mama put, its always pictured as a local setting with firewood or coal cooking and maybe bamboo chairs or the regular plastic chairs. I was truly impressed at the setting for papa put.. The environment was neat, it was like a mini garden with a pool table by the side and a restuarant inside that served drinks and Palm wine.
Imo looked at Papa Put himself and said, “oga, abeg give this babe your standard N500 food, The normal style oooo”. So I ordered for a plate of Garri and Afang Soup with confidence. When my order came in, the look on my face was just pricelesss. The food was massive, enough to feed four able – bodied men. The soup tasted so nice, with stock fish in it, freshly cut vegetables, periwrinkles, Kpomo and four large pieces of meat. Yup! All that for just N500.
This wasn’t all, my dish was served with a cold 75cl bottle of Palm Wine that usually go for N500 in Abuja. The Palm wine was sold here for just N150. It was by far the best Palm wine I have had in my life. No one could have prepared me for this experience. I struggled to finish my meal, I couldn’t even make it half way. Imo wouldn’t assist me, he just sat there with a wide grin on his face, happy. He explained that seeing is believing. He noted that, a plate of food like that is usually consumed by a group of people eating from the same bowl.
Papa Put said his mission is to feed the whole of Akwa Ibom State at a very affordable price. You can say he is on his way there. The quantity and quality of the food was just superb. Thank you Imo for that wonderful experience.
With such an introduction to the life in Uyo, I couldn’t wait to try out more stuff and visit places. This felt like the peak of my adventure, but I only just began.
Do not miss out on an oppurtunity to have Papa puts special, if you ever visit Uyo.
Location: K67, Kline Ewet housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.