Nearly 27 years after Nigeria gained her independence, under the rule of Gen Ibrahim Babangida, Akwa Ibom state was formed. It was a great day in the people’s history as it brought to an end, their years of struggle for what was tend known as Mainland-Cross River. This year, as Akwa Ibom turns 30, the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Culture and Tourism is saving no expense to ensure that milestone is celebrated with a bang.
The Orange September festival in Uyo, from the 17th to 23rd of September, it will be six whole days of immeasurable fun. Promising literal a burst of colour and culture. Before you head out to paint Akwa Ibom orange, here are a few ways you can enjoy the week.
1. Go Orange
Yes, you can literally paint the town and yourself orange, in honour of this 30th anniversary. The picture above is not photoshopped and if you are so inclined, you can do that too. However, if becoming a 3D mural isn’t really your thing, you can still join the fun with a little less effort.
The Colour Me orange app is available on the official Orange September website, here. All you have to do is upload your picture and you can be orange too.
2. Enjoy The Carnival, Join the Parade
On the 17th September, there will be a cultural festival holding at Ibom Unity Park. The festival will be showcasing Akwa Ibom culture to its fullest. Complete with music, cultural dancers, floats and much more. Though you might not be a part of any official parade group, you can still dress up in your orange September colours and gyrate to the authentic Akwa Ibom beats.
3. Get in Touch With The Artist in You
On the 18th September, you can enjoy the unique Dise Photo Exhibition Ibibio Union Museum. The photo exhibition will showcase Akwa Ibom people, culture and beauty.
4. Eat, Eat and Eat Some More
Join the Ndidi Nnanyi food fest on the 19th September at Ibom Unity Park. There you will find a marvellous display of over 200 different dishes from Akwa Ibom and the world over.
5. Put on Your Dancing Shoes
On the 20th September, the Ibom Music Festival at Ibom Hall, IBB Way. Enjoy artists like Tekno, Timaya, Flavour, Mc Galaxy, Pasto Goody Goody, Da Suspekt, Nathaniel Bassey and many others to thrill you with sounds from Akwa Ibom and the world over.
6. Enjoy the Fashion Show
With 15 designers showcasing contemporary and traditional Awka Ibom style, the 21st of September promises a Fashion Show like none other. The venue is Le Meridien and the time is 6:00 pm. You wouldn’t want to miss it.
7. Watch Beauty at its Best
Many people know that the ladies of Akwa Ibom are beautiful without compare. Now imagine a stage full of 31 of the most beautiful contestants vying for the Ndoko Awka Ibom (Miss Akwa Ibom) crown. This is exactly what will be happening on the 22nd September at Le’Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort.
Watch as the winner gains the rare honour of being the cultural ambassador of Akwa Ibom State, makes off with a brand new car and more.
8. Only the Best Room is Good Enough For You
If you are coming from out of town and you want to enjoy Orange September to it’s fullest there are some cheap hotels in Uyo you can stay in. Some of them are Davok Suites, Monty Suites and Le Meridien Ibom Hotel
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