As the United States of America is “God’s own country”, so is Abia state referred to as “God’s own state”. Even when primary school pupils find it hard to complete the state and capital recitation, Abia! Umuahia!… comes easy. A major selling point for Abia state is Aba market. If you see the Aba version of an original Gucci bag, you will be left in a dilemma. But Aba is more than the market, it is a good place for tourists to see. Describe Abia state in any word, but do not use dry and boring in your description. Here are some fun places and things to do in Abia state.
Visit the National War Museum
The National War Museum has three major galleries. They are the traditional warfare gallery, the Armed Forces gallery, and the civil war gallery. The War Museum is symbolic in many respects, as it is a grim reminder of the evils of war. Also, there are outdoor displays of warships, military aircrafts, armoured tanks, and the “Ogbunigwe”.
Watch Enyimba play at the Aba Stadium
Enjoy NPFL soccer at its best, at the home of two-time CAF Champions league winners, Enyimba International of Aba. You can also enjoy the legendary Aba suya, the tasty blend of scorched beef. Aba stadium stands out as the ideal destination for Football + Barbecue. A taste of suya in the stadium completes the Abia experience.
Be a “Caveman” at the Long Juju of Arochukwu
This is also an historic site with a lot of reminder from the era of slave trade. The Long Juju of Arochukwu is a cave that has a dark tunnel that seems endless. Also, It was through here that a lot of slaves left for other settlements around the world. Before the slave trade, this place was used to settle disputes among villages. Supposedly, it is a means for communication between the gods and the people.
Pass through the Amakanlu Wooden Cave
This is an extraordinarily large tree that has a hollow right inside it. This hollow can accommodate up to 20 people at the same time. The tree is ancient and no one can tell its exact age. It was once used as a safe house for people during the slave era and inter-tribal wars. It has bees as guards, but not to worry, they only attack people with evil intents and charms.
Sports at the Azumini Blue River
Much like the legendary Red Sea, this spectacular blue river is a sight to behold. The river from the Aba River popularly called waterside, through Azumini town in Ukwa East in Abia State. The River is a unique spot for both local and foreign tourists because of the pleasantness and serenity it offers. It encourages participation in water sport activities. Such as canoe rides, boating, yachting, fishing, swimming, and skiing on the blue river.
Keep tabs at National Museum of Colonial History
Stories and Monuments from the pre-colonial era till today are stored carefully at this museum. It serves as a research center and contains almost everything about Abia state. It is all about the culture and people of the state. It is frequently visited by tourists and children for basically information purposes and vacation.
Shop at Ariaria International Market
This market is arguably the biggest market in South-eastern Nigeria. Obviously, It is the best place to experience the reality of Aba life. All kinds of commodities are in stores, from food items, to clothes, to shoes, etc. Even when you do not plan to shop, you can enjoy a tour round the market. Finally, you will probably end up buying something.
Written by Fechukwu
Earlier Published on Enroute