It was the morning after my arrival to Uyo and the Papa Put experience. I was in the spirit to go round town, I felt refreshed and ready for some sight seeing. Imo, my tour guide, and my very funny cab guy were already waiting for me to meet them up at the parking lot of the hotel where I was lodged at. The first stop for the day was Unity Park.
Unity Park is the biggest park and recreation centre in Uyo.
It is a large expanse of land that stretches from Nsikak Edwok area to Udo-Udoma avenue. It was created for recreational purposes and doubles as the cemetary for soldiers and other fallen heroes. Each year the Armed forces rememberance day celebration is held there.
Unity Park is popularly known as Cenotaph by the locals. It is as big as millenium park in Abuja. The park can be used for wedding receptions, video shoots and as a spot for relaxation. Imo noted that every saturday morning, the Park comes alive. It is a tradition for the people in Uyo and its environs to gather at the park.
Hundreds of people from different works of life; from Politicians to boys from the hood, flood the park for several reasons, it serves as a football pitch for football lovers. They group themselves in to small groups and play football, volleyball, tennis and other board games. The Cyclers go round doing bicycle stunts, Joggers have a field day trying to keep fit, and I was told they introduced some boxing to the long list of activities happening all at the same time at different parts of the Park.
There are the Taekwando group, those for aerobics and other physical exercises. Dancers and other entertainers meet up there too. It becomes the social hub for networking and fun.
There are several bars dispersed around the park, a little exhibition hall for artisans, a small pond surrounded by Palm trees and ofcourse lots of Palm wine and Dog meat for sale.
My tour guide, Imo, doesn’t joke with his Dog meat. I was really tempted to try some of it but I couldn’t shake off adorable images of the last dog I owned. I stuck to my Palm boost and snails. The dog meat really looked yummy though, I almost wished I had some of it, maybe I would next time.