Following our highly successful outing in Orange September, a series of events organized to commemorate the 30th anniversary of our dear state, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has decided to undertake another major event in a conscious effort to further stamp the State as a tourism destination.
So, as part of activities marking the end of year Christmas festival tagged Ukapisua, the Akwa Ibom State ministry of Culture and tourism will on 26th December host a street party/Carnival tagged “Street Groove”. The event will see five crew traversing and partying along the streets of Uyo.
It is known that during the yuletide periods in Akwa Ibom State have hitherto been bereft of hyped activities. During this period there are usually an outflow of human traffic into neighbouring States as indigenes and fun seekers leave the state i in search of entertainment and recreation.
It is in an attempt to remedy this and spice up the yuletide experience for the citizens of Akwa Ibom State, while effectively marketing our huge tourist potentials that the Ministry Of Culture and Tourism has decided to host “Ukap’isua”, an end of the year Christmas festival.
Ukap’isua, means “the turn of the year” or “the end of the year”. Historically, our people planned and host festivities around this period. We hope to create during this same period, a unique experience that will not only create recreation and entertainment, but also market our huge tourism potentials.
Ukap’isua will commence with the opening of the festival village, located at the auspicious Ibom Unity Park, Udoudoma Avenue, Uyo. The festival village will host relaxation spots, shopping stalls and other recreational facilities. The main events in Ukap’isua will hold on 26th and 27th December, 2017.
On 26th December, we will host a major street party/carnival tagged “Street Groove”. The star studded event will see five Bands parading along the special carnival routes. The bands will be led by an indigene and each will be assigned an artist of repute. Talks with the likes of Wizkid, Tuface Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Phyno etc are ongoing.
More so, there will be five bands and it includes; Blue River Band, Rolling Hills Band, The Beach Town Band, The Bridge Crew Band, The Plaza Band. The bands are named after tourist attractions and historical sites in Akwa Ibom state. The bands will further expound on the significance of their respective tourism features in their costumes, presentation and parade, thereby helping to market the tourist potentials of the state.
The general public is encouraged to be part of the bands by registering online at www.ukapisua.com or by picking up offline registration forms at all tertiary institutions in the state, local government headquarters, as well as designated eateries.
The end of the road event for Ukap’isua this year will be the Mega Beach Fiesta. Holding at the longest beach line in West Africa, the mega beach fiesta will feature beach soccer, volleyball, basketball and other interesting games, rounding off with grand five star performances.