Uyo is a city full of surprises, during the day, the town comes alive. As early as 11:30am, roadside roasted chicken, dog meat and palm wine is everywhere. Daytime is the best time in Uyo. Almost every junction and small road has vendors selling these roasted chicken, virtually every place we visited had a little side attraction. My tour guide, Imo stated that “in Uyo, roasted chicken is poor man’s food. It is more popular than recharge cards”. I had more than enough chicken throughout my stay, I began to reject the chicken.
Another thing of note about Uyo town, is the affordable hotel accomodation and availablity of pubs and small joints to hang out with friends. I observed that there are quite a lot of hotels in the town. Imo started that it is because the town especially comes alive during festive periods when lots of travellers visit the town to relax and have fun. He laid emphasis on Christmas period when indigenes and strangers, within and outside the country return home for Christmas.
Hotels are fully packed and each street is fully decorated with beautiful lightings. Most of these pubs make their money selling regular beer, palmwine and small chops. Since Calabar is barely 2 hours away from Uyo, these visitors camp in Uyo till its time for the Calabar festival when the party moves to Cross River state.
My trip to Uyo was a memorable one, it was a journey to self discovery and I had my job to thank for it. For the first time in a really long time, I forgot about Boko Haram and other religious sentiments. I just lived in the moment. I wasn’t nostalgic for a second, the weather was perfect even when it rained.
Im really looking forward to a return visit, to expore the Rafia village in Uyo and Ibeno beach in Ikot Ekpene. I was told that during weekends, these places are so much fun. There are lots of activities to look forward to; beach volleyball, tennis and board games.
Le Meridien Ibom hotel and Golf resort is another place I hope to visit in Uyo. I heard so much about the place, I never got the chance to go there and see for myself. I was more concerned with the things happening in my immediate environment and fun stuffs to do on a very little budget and I’ll tell you that Uyo is a town where you could easily get by with very little cash in hand.