Located in south-south region of the country, Akwa Ibom is an oil-rich state as it is the second largest producer of crude oil in the country. The state is made up of a homogenous group of people believed to have originated from a single ancestral stock, and speaking closely related languages. The cultural similarity amongst the people of the is also epitomised in folklore, songs, dances, food, beliefs and mythology.
The Ibeno beach is a beautiful sand beach which stretches to James Town on the Atlantic, providing recreational facilities for water sporting. Other impressive beaches are located at Eket, Ikot Abasi, Adadia, Nwaniba, Uta Ewa and Oron. The state is well known for her exciting and rich culinary culture, and highly reputed for her irresistible and salivating variety of cuisines which are predominantly vegetables and sea foods.
Visitors can have a taste of popular local dishes such as isi-ewu, Afang, Edikan Ikong and top it up with fresh palm wine. Oron Museum offers some finest carvings, relics, artifacts and other valuable antiquities such as masquerade costumes, traditional/instruments, pottery. The museum also contains an attractive, shaded water front garden where visitors can watch small boats drifting on the creeks.
Other places of interest in Akwa Ibom are Ibom Plaza, Presbyterian Church, Mary Slessor House Tomb, Mbo Forest Game Reserve etc.
Best of the hotels in the state are located in Uyo, and apart from Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort that offers 5 star services, the state lacks top brand hotels. Visitors to outside the state capital will have to make do with small but clean local hotels. Visitors should also expect to see untarred and unmarked roads in some rural areas. It is very important for visitors to be prepared against mosquitoes bite (travel with mosquitoe nets) because the area falls within tropical rainforest. Check out the 5th edition of CometoNigeria Magazine for more travel tips and images.[tab: Gallery] Not yet posted [tab: Location] [cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Uyo,+Nigeria&hl=en&ll=5.126508,7.936249&spn=0.908208,1.674042&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=17.287903,53.569336&z=11 width=460 height=450 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no]