Akwa Ibom State Government, Wednesday, unveiled the “Ukap’isua” event, an end of the year Christmas Festival, which will be staged with opening of the festival village, at the auspicious Ibom Unity Park in Uyo on 26th and 27th December, 2017
Addressing the media on the details of the end of the year fiesta at the Godswill Akpabio International Press Centre, Uyo, Commissioner for Cultural and Tourism, Mr Victor Antai, who emphasised that the “Ukap’isua” festival is to “further stamp the state as a tourism destination”, said it will feature a major street party and carnival tagged “Street Groove”.
Antai said the event is packaged to see five bands: Blue River, Rolling Hills, The Beach Town, The Bridge and The Plaza that will parade designed carnival routes from the University of Uyo mini stadium through Ikot Ekpene Road, Aka Road and Udo Udoma Avenue/Unity Park.
He said negotiations with the likes of Wizkid, Tuface Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Phyno and other notable artistes are ongoing.
Antai said, “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.
“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”.
According to the commissioner the bands, which will be led by indigenes of the state during the fiesta, are named after tourist attractions and historical features in Akwa Ibom.
“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 and the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism Headquarters, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat Complex, Uyo.
“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. The event will be rounding off with grand five star performances”.
The “Ukap’isua” event follows the Orange September Festival, a series of events which was organized by the culture and tourism ministry to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Akwa Ibom State.