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Why PH Remains Tourists Home Away From Home

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Guests at a social function in PH

Guests at a social function in PH

Rivers State is very rich in
tourist attraction. With its long expanse s of beautiful coastal sandy beaches stretching from Opobo through Brass to Koluama, numerous long and winding creeks, streams and rivers as well as forests with their associated shrines and wildlife, the tourism potential of Rivers State is yet to be fully tapped, as a major theatre in the slavetraffic and palm oil trade of the mid nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is endowed with war relics, artifacts and historical monuments.
Today, the state occupies an enviable position as the centre of oil and gas operations in the country and the home of several other modern industrial establishments. Rivers State culture is rich in festivals, ceremonies, dances, music and crafts, and these are varied and diverse as the people whose hospitality has become legendary. The rich culture of the state which is rooted in its unique environment of lakes, creeks, rivers, forests and swamps, provides the centre point of its tourism development.
Since the establishment of the tourism and hotels corporation in 1970, the Rivers State Government has embarked upon several tourism projects. Notable among these are the Isaka Holiday Resort on a twenty three hectare Island about one nautical mile from Port Harcourt, the zoo in Trans Amadi and the Isaac Boro Lesure Park along Aba road in Port Harcourt. Other projects include the renovation of the Jubilee Park in the old township and the establishment of a museum in the Secretariat Complex. These projects have been developed as a social service with the aim of providing facilities for sightseeing and recreation for residents of the state and those visiting.
Port Harcourt, the capital city is certainly one of the most bubbling cities in Nigeria. Although a major industrial centre, it is affluent with history and boasts of a large number of tourist attractions. The city also referred to as Garden City, has a lot to offer and is definitely the right place to visit if you have a taste for the good things of life. With a myriad recreational and fun-spots which have turned the city into tourists first port of call and home away from home.
A trip to the happening city is incomplete without a taste of the local cuisine known as Bole and Fish. A significant meal of the Rivers people, it is made from a recipe of roasted plantain and fish slathered in the most delectable peppery, palm oil sauce. The thing about Bole and Fish is that it is best purchased on a street corner where indigenous Port Harcourt women prepare the meals on red hot coals. And as with all street food, it is best to be sure that it is freshly made and piping hot when you buy it. D/Line, a Street in Port Harcourt, is fondly referred to as ‘Bole headquarters’ as it harbours a large number of sellers. If you however do not fancy the idea of buying food off the streets casually in a black nylon bag, you can go to or place an order from the Bole king a fairly new restaurant launched to cater to the ‘Bole needs’ of the city.
Port Harcourt cultural center is a famous tourist attraction located on Bonny Street, it serves as a centre for exhibiting the cultural diversity of Port Harcourt and Rivers State as a whole. The centre exhibits artifacts that tell the history of the city, and houses shops that sell copies of these local artifacts as well as African jewelry, home wares, pottery and souvenirs within the center. Again with a theater a stage and auditorium for live performance of cultural dance and play, it holds a huge attraction for visitors. You can also take time out to see a play at the cultural centre and have fun, learning new things about the city’s rich culture.
Port Harcourt tourist beach is a tourist destination in the city located at Kolabi creek east of the old township, Port Harcourt Tourist Beach is arguably the most popular beach in Port Harcourt. A clean sandy beach, it is perfect for a walk by the seaside while enjoying the cool breeze. You can also sunbathe and enjoy a dip in the cool water. Many activities are available for visitors looking for sport.

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N20m For Grabs As Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Others Contest

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Nigerian social media space is bustling with activities as top Nigerian celebrities drawn from music, movies and football sectors lock horns in an online engagement contest hosted by the Nigerian Social Media Awards whose grand finale is slated for December 11, 2021 at Eko Hotel and suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
     Celebrities competing in the Naija Game of Thrones category are 2Baba, Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Olamide, Don Jazzy and Genevieve Nnaji, while Phyno, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, King Rudy, Yemi Alade, Funke Akindele Bello, Timaya and Mr. P are contesting in the Naija x Factor category.
      A confirmation of the degree of engagement the celebrities have with their online fans, the contestants involve the fans visiting the website to vote for them to boost the celebrities opportunity to win N20 million grand prize that would be paid to the celebrities to support his/her corporate social responsibility project.
     The project manager Nigeria social media awards, Francis Amirize in a statement said the social media which a few years ago started as a fun spot has today metamorphosed into an opinion shaping part of existence which can no longer be ignored in the marketing of brands projects and personalities.

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Egwu Ogba Holds, August 9

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The Umu-Akoku Family of  Erema Town, Egi in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State has fixed 9th of August, 2021 as date for this year’s Egwu Ogba festival.
August 9, according to the family source,  falls within eight Nkwo market days from the nineth of July 2021, when the declaration was made.
 The declaration of the date was made by Elder Elijah Obulor on behalf of Elder Andrew Nwaoma who is the eldest member of Umu- Akoku family of  Erema at the ancient Anamaoji play ground.
Speaking earlier in an interview with The Tide,  the oldest member of the Umu-Akoku Family, Erema, Elder Andrew Nwaoma said the festival has no iota of  fetism in it, stressing that it is a celebration of the culture of the Egi people.
Elder Nwaoma said Egwu-Ogba also fosters peace and unity, stressing that it is a celebration of all persons irrespective of their religious creed.
Also speaking, the head chief of Umu-Akoku Royal Family of Erema, Chief Ikenna Obulor said the celebration has remained the same despite the influx of different religions  into Erema.
Chief Obulor said Egwu Ogba brings peace, prosperity and oneness to the entire Ogba Kingdom.
He used the occasion to refute alleged rumour of fighting during the ceremony, stressing that the entire place is peaceful.
The eldest son of Andrew Nwaoma, Bro. Kayedi Nwaoma said the present generation will ensure that the festival does not die.
Also speaking, the Eze Egi of Ogbaland, Eze (Prof) Anele Uzondu Wokoma said Egwu Ogba represents the feast of passover for the Egi people.
Wokoma said the festival brings bumper harvest to the Egi people as well as fosters unity in the Kingdom.

By: John Bibor

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BB Naija Season Six Begins, ’Morrow

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Multi Choice Nigeria, Monday, revealed that Season 6 of the Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show will begin on July 24.
      Disclosing this while briefing journalists, Multi choice customer officer, Martin Mabudu, said that this year’s edition of the reality show would run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.
   Recall that Olamilekan Agbeleshe also known as Layon won BB Naija lockdown edition last year. He went home with N30 million cash prize, a two bedroom apartment, courtesy of Revolution Plus, a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors, a trip to Dublin, courtesy of Guinness and home appliances courtesy of Scan Frost.
  Others are trip to Dubai, packaged by Travel Beta, a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste, a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller trip to watch the UEFA Champions League final and a branded new oppo mobile smartphone.
  In 2019, BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke, won N30 million prize money as well as other mouth-watering gifts.

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