3 iconic cultural attractions in Uyo
Visitors to the Akwa Ibom State capital will do well to check out these architectural and artistic masterpieces.
By Inemesit Solomon
The Ibom Unity Museum
The Ibom Unity Museum is located in one of the most serene places in Uyo. Well landscaped, it’s in the middle of a vast area of land, covered with grass and trees and a few ponds.
Designed to be aesthetically appealing, promoting warmth, comfort and peace, the museum offers a backdrop to the Akwa Ibom society centuries ago. It also serves as a perfect location for a picnic, relaxation, solitary strolls on the paved walkways, evening jogs or events. Through carefully designed, wide see-through windows, one gets to feed their eyes on the beautiful sculptures, paintings, pictures and other artifacts promoting the Akwa Ibom culture.
And strategically placed on the walls of the main museum building are photos of some of the founding fathers of Akwa Ibom, men who walked so that we may run today. Each photo contains brief details of the life, education and death of each founding father.
The Ibom E-Library
One of the first things that will catch your attention when you walk into, or pass by the E-library, is a huge sculpture of a lady reading a book. It is an imposing piece of art, rising almost 30 metres from the ground.
I had often pondered on why this sculpture was made so big, and what the inspiration behind its creation was; then I met Mr Ani Udosen, the artist who conceived and created it. He explained that the sculpture signifies the “emancipation of the African Woman through education” and he achieved it using a style called cubism.
The grand library is designed to make learning easy and fun and serves different purposes asides reading. It has standard conference rooms, multiple reading areas, conversation rooms, co-working spaces and also tastefully furnished office spaces for lease for a very small token per month.
The Ibom Hall
Built by Architect Obong VictorAttah, and commissioned in 1991 by former Head of State General Ibrahim Babangida,the walls and grounds of this magnificent building are adorned with sculptures depicting the culture of Akwa Ibom. Used mainly for social, political and economical events in the state, the Ibom Hall will leave you in awe every time.
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