|L: Ajala, Nigerian's popular traveler. R: Peaceful, calm environment, one of the attractions of Enugu|
|One of Traffic gridlocks experienced|
At a point, we came down to have snacks , in fact interacting with other travelers made the waiting easier. Up and down we looked and waited endlessly but didn't see the end of the traffic in sight .No one knows really what caused the holdup,but it was attributed to the ongoing road construction , immediately night fell, under the cover of darkness, some area boys wanted to take advantage and they moved around asking for money. Needless to say, many didn't even acquiesce to their demands, after spending so much frustrated hours in the holdup, being a cheerful giver was the least of their priorities. So from 3pm till 9pm,we were held hostage in the Onitsha holdup. Once freed, we continued through Onitsha, Awka and proceeded to Enugu, most of the roads along this route are practically unmotorable, If one is not careful, the roads can cause a car to sink or breakdown. We arrived Enugu late around 11pm, but surprised to discover there was still an active nightlife going on. Around the Independence Layout, New haven road, there are nightclubs and eateries that I discovered open till early mornings.
Day 2 (Enugu/Okigwe/Awka) : In company of my colleagues, we proceeded to Okigwe in Imo State, passed through some villages in Abia state. Unfortunately, I could not visit Owerri as planned, moved through Uga down to Awka, Onitsha and Finally Asaba.
|The serene countryside of Imo state|
Day 3 (Asaba/Lagos): The return journey was smoother, no traffic buildup, most of the roads especially Benin- Ore expressway are good.We just stopped to buy large bunch of plantains, bananas, goundnuts, oranges which are abundant along this route. The highlight of my journey was the Eba (Yellow garri) and White soup I ate in Asaba.
|The Onitsha / Niger bridge (This is the only bridge connecting the south west to the southeast)|
Next time you find yourself in the east, don't forget to try the local delicacies like Okpa, Ofe Nsala, Ofe Achara, White Soup and more. You can also take the opportunity to visit the great Onitsha market, the economic hub of South eastern Nigeria and buy some goods.
|The highlight of my trip, White soup with the biggest catfish I have ever seen|
Well, I still miss the the cool, calm and serene environment of Enugu. No bustling, hustling and hurrying unlike in Lagos.
Enugu- Enugu state
Asaba- Delta state
Awka - Anambra state
Okigwe- Imo state