Akwa Ibom State
Ibeno Natural Sand Beach
Ibeno Natural Sand Beach is located in the Ibeno LGA of Akwa Ibom State. It is a major tourist attraction in the state with a two-kilometre long beach. White sand dunes and coral reefs are some of its features.
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Amalgamation House is the building in which Lord Lugard declared the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria in 1914, thus creating present-day Nigeria. It is also the building in which General Olusegun Obasanjo (the former commanding officer of the Nigerian Army) and General Phillip Effiong of the Biafran Army signed the declaration of cease-fire that ended the Nigerian civil war in January 1970.
Lord Lugard's House
Lord Lugard’s house is located near Amalgamation House. The building was his residence throughout the period of the Amalgation.
Cenotaph of the Women's War
In 1929, the colonial government in eastern Nigeria introduced a new tax regime which elicited anger among the women in the region. The women protested and were shot by the police, resulting in many deaths. The women of Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom State were among the protestants who lost thier lives. The cenotaph, which stands in front of the Ikot Abasi local government offices and commemorates the event, depicts a woman dressed in traditional clothing. A remembrance ceremony is held annually at the site on December 16.
National Museum, Oron
The original museum built in 1959 by KC Murray was destroyed during the Nigerian civil war. It was rebuilt as a national museum and re-opened in 1977. It houses ethnographic and archaeological collections, as well as a permanent exhibition of the religious art of the people.
National Museum of Colonial History, Uyo
The National Museum of Colonial History in Uyo houses collections centred on the creation of the state as well as ethnographic items.
There are several festivals in Akwa Ibom State throughout the year. Some of these include Mbre Mmong, a water festival celebrated in the Nsit Ubium LGA which features a boat regatta. The Ekpe outings, celebrated in Uruan and Oron LGAs, feature impressive displays of masquerades. The Ekong Festival also has masquerades and is celebrated to foster peace, love and order. Mfuuho is another festival of masquerades. New Yam Festivals are celebrated in several places such as Ikot Ekpene, Ikono, Nsit Ubium and Ibino LGAs. Obodom Eyong is a festival celebrated once every seven years in the Ikono LGA in thanksgiving to the gods. Mbok and Nkwobo are traditional wrestling festivals celebrated in the Oron LGA to mark the coming-out of maidens.
Image 4 photo credit: Eli Bentor