THREE AMAZING PLACES IN AKWA IBOM TO VISIT
There are so many places to visit in Akwa Ibom. Today we present three(3) Amazing locations to visit beginning from “The Bridge of No Return, Cashew Beach and Lord Lugard’s Residence in Ikot Abasi L.G.A.
- THE BRIDGE OF NO RETURN
It is not only in Badagry that had the mystery bridge. In Ikot Abasi there was also a bridge of no return where any slave that passes never returns. At the bank of the Imo River estuary, a walking distance from the Amalgamation house and colonial offices is a jetty and a bridge designed to enable free movement to and from the river, to enable embankment into boats and canoes. This was the famous Bridge of No Return, a name given to it by the locals. Slaves were walked down this bridge to the canoes for onward movement to the slave ships that lay anchored at the middle of the high sea waiting for their human cargoes for onward journey through the Atlantic Ocean to the vast plantations in Europe and Americas. No slave that walks down the bridge ever returns and this inormed the name “Bridge of No Return”.
Also at this bridge are the slave dungeons made up of containers of cast concrete with two tiny holes at each end to enable occupants receive air. This is where the most stubborn slaves were kept before shipment for the purpose of weakening their resolve. The Dungeons have partitions, so that each cubicle holds one slave. Apart from the dungeons, there are warehouses for goods that were later turned into slave warehouses. This was where the slaves were kept in preparation for their shipment.
This was the last point of discharge of slaves into the waiting slave ships that eventually sailed them into slavery. It can be seen from the bank of the river lying closer to the shore-end of the river.
The slave masters originally called the spot “Down Below” where slaves were lowered into huge ocean liners. The name was later corrupted by the locals to “Down Below”.
- CASHEW BEACH
Iko Beach in Eastern Obolo in Akwa Ibom State is the longest coastal line beach in Africa. It’s called Cashew beach because of the beautiful sprouting cashew trees on its island.
It will interest you to know that to access the white sand island cashew beach; you need a five minutes cis Atlantic speed boat cruise across the bubbling confluence to the beach. It’s a beautiful unexploited island beach facing a drearily mesmerizing ocean.The ocean roaring sounds mixed with enigmatic
- Lord Lugard’s Residence in Ikot Abasi L.G.A.
With burning issues like restructuring in Nigeria. Its time to visit where the marriage which birthed Nigeria. Welcome to Lord Lugard’s Residence in Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom.
This place is a one-storey cottage where Lord Lugard lived during the amalgamation period, and it is located opposite the Amalgamation House. This was claimed to be the first administrative headquarters of the region before it was taken to Calabar.
With support from Ibomtourism.com