Abia state with the slogan God’s own state is a state on the south eastern part of Nigeria having a population of over 2.4 million people of which are mainly Christians and a land mass of 6320 square kilometers.
It was carved out of Imo state and its name is an abbreviation of the four densely populated areas in the state which are Aba, Bende, Isuikwuato and Afikpo. Abia is of the Igbo ethnic group and the state capital is Umuahia; although the major commercial city is Aba.
It is the fourth largest oil producing state of which it contributes 39percent to the state GDP and has four major universities: one federally owned, one state owned and two privately owned.
The nearest airports are Owerri and Akwa Ibom airports which are 1 and 2 hours drive to Abia respectively. Abia state is composed of 17 local government area of which 95 percent of the state population are mainly Igbo.
Abia is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria and it has attracted a lot of foreign investors. The state population has grown since its creation. With this growing population, the state has some beautiful tourist attractions for you to explore which are below.
1. AROCHUKWU CAVE
This is located in Arochukwu consisting of a cave with was used by the long juju oracle. Arochukwu cave is very dark and has many outlets and it is believed that the cave holds the long metal pipe which was used by the gods to speak with the people.
The destiny gate which is the gate of no return and the Iyi eke stream is also situated. The history of the cave can be traced to the colonial period.
The route to this cave popularly called THE LONG JUJU SLAVE ROUTE is a six-foot gully. Those found guilty in the apex court by the oracle were sentenced to the dark tunnel (Arochukwu cave) and they had to drop their clothes at the entrance of the cave known as the hill of rags.
Those who entered the cave were never to be seen again and it is believed that as the victims disappeared the aro would change the colour of the river located at this site to red to signify to the death of these victims to the relative.
The Iyi Eke stream is an outlet where the blind folded victims walk to the European beach (Onu Asu Bekee) where boats on standby took the enslaved to Calabar for onward transmission to overseas
2. National War Musuem, Umuahia
This is located in Ebite Amafor in Isingwu Autonomous Community of Umuahia North LGA. This tourist centre takes the visitors right back to the war period.
It was commission in 1985 to showcase the weapons, artillery and other instruments of warfare deployed in the Pre-colonial and Nigeria Civil War.
Located on a large area of undulating hills, it offers the viewers a view of the three galleries consisting of the traditional warfare gallery, the armed forces gallery and the Nigerian Civil War gallery.
One of the popular artifact that can be seen in this museum is the Ojukwu’s bunker. Others include Voice of Biafra bunker, Nigeria’s civil war weapon, materials related to the Niger delta conflict, Enugu-Port-Harcourt Coal Miners riot, Aba women riot and other traditional warfare relics.
This museum is one of the most educating tourist center in Abia state.
3. Azumini Blue River
This is situated in Azumini town of Ukwa East LGA; the river is a bright blue sparkling river surrounded by fine sands and sparkling stones.
This river which is about 30 minutes’ drive from Aba is a nice spot for picnics and family day out as it has relaxation facilities and a barbeque grill on the beach.
Various activities such as boating, yachting, fishing, swimming, skiing and tanning can be carried out on this river. This beautiful spot is a blessing to the eyes.
4. Amakama Wooden Caves
This is a massive wonder tree with an hollow inside situated in the Amakama community and capable of accommodating 20 people at a time.
This cave is guarded by bees which only attack those with evil intents and charms. This tree has served as a safe haven to the community during the inter-tribal wars and slave trade era. This community is also serene and peaceful and will be a good spot for self-meditation.
5. National Musuem Of Colonial Origin
The national museum of colonial origin is situated in Aba and it takes tourist back to the colonial period and through the development and independence of Nigeria.
It was established in 1984 and it gives history of Nigeria through the colonial period. It contains collections that marks Nigeria evolution as a nation, evidence of European colonialism, remnants of slavery era and chronological order of leaders of Nigeria.
It also has historic materials which shows the rise of nationalism as well as what transpired before Nigeria gained independence. Apart from being a fascinating historical spot, it also serves as a place of learning for researchers and historians.
6. Akwete Weavers
If you are a tourist and you wish to spoil yourself with local traditional crafted cloth items, then this is the place to be.
This is located in Akwete Town in Ukwa East LGA and is 25 minutes’ drive when using Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway.
The local weavers use fabricated hand-looms to make the popular Akwete cloth which is usually worn by Chiefs and men of title especially for special cultural events and festivals.
They make use of silk, cotton etc. to design beautiful local fashion items such as shoes, handbags, head gears, cloths, bags etc. Visiting this offers tourist with the choice of going home with traditionally crafted items.