Tuface, Wizkid, Phyno, ors to storm Akwa Ibom for Ukap’isua
…..we want to spice up the Yuletide for the people – Commissioner
By Kenneth Jude
Plans have been concluded by the Akwa Ibom State government in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to make the Yuletide season a memorable one in the state.
The Ministry, under the supervision of Hon. Victor Antai has lined up a series of activities aimed at making Christmas a unique experience just as it did when the state marked its 30 years anniversary in September.
Addressing journalists at a Press Conference held at the NUJ Press Centre yesterday, Hon. Antai explained that his Ministry has decided to host an end of the year Christmas festival christened “Ukap’isua”, (the end of the year or the turn of the year) in order to ensure that Akwa Ibomites have a unique Christmas just as it is witnessed in some neighbouring States.
The Commissioner noted that the fiesta is designed to promote and market the culture and tourism potentials of the state and also end the practice of having people leave the state for other neighboring States during the Yuletide season.
“As we all know, yuletide periods in Akwa Ibom State have hitherto been bereft of hyped activities. During this period we usually witness an outflow of human traffic into neighboring states as indigenes and fun seekers leave the state in their numbers to other parts of the country 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.”
While acknowledging that various festivities have always been put together during this period by the people, he stressed that his Ministry intends to create a unique experience that will not only create recreation and entertainment, but also market the state’s huge tourism potentials.
Hon. Antai stated further that the event will commence with the opening of cultural village at Unity Park, Udo Udoma Avenue. The venue, he said, will host relaxation spots, shopping stalls and other recreational facilities, adding that the main events in Ukap’isua will hold on 26th and 27th December, 2017 respectively.
On how the rest of the events shall look like, Hon. Antai said that December 26 will host a street party/carnival tagged “Street Groove” with seasoned artists like Tuface Idibia, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Phyno and others will be on hand to add spice to the party.
“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 carnival routes (University of Uyo mini stadium – Ikot Ekpene road – Aka road – UdoUdoma Avenue – Unity Park). The bands will be led by an indigene. Each will be assigned an artist of repute.
Talks with the likes of Wizkid, Tuface Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Phyno etc are ongoing.”
Hon. Antai listed the bands for the Street Groove to include, Blue River Band, Rolling Hills Band, The Beach Band, The Bridge and Plaza Band. He explained that the bands are named after tourist attractions and historical features in the state. For the significance, he said: “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.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner has called on the general public to be part of the bands by either 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 and the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism Headquarters, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat Complex, Uyo.
The road show, he noted, will end with a Mega Beach Fiesta at the longest beach line in West Africa which will feature, beach soccer, volleyball, basketball and other interesting games, adding that the event will be rounded off with five star performances.
Responding, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Elder Patrick Albert, hailed the Commissioner for his strides in the Culture and Tourism sector, urging him to continue his good works. He pledged the support of the media to the Ministry and the events lined up for Ukap’isua.