Since its creation in 1976, Owerri, the capital of Imo State, the Japanese Heartland, has grown step by step however constantly to imagine the standing of the hospitality hub of all the South-Japanese Nigeria and the tourism vacation spot of the world.
Imo State was previously a part of East Central State, one of many 12 states created in 1967 by the then navy Head of State of Nigeria, Normal Yakubu Gowon in an try to foster peace in a rustic bedevilled by civil disaster and on the verge of disintegration. That was simply on the eve of the Nigeria/Biafra Civil Struggle. In 1976, nonetheless, East Central State, which had its capital at Enugu, was break up into Anambra and Imo States. Enugu remained the capital of Anambra State whereas Owerri turned the capital of the brand new Imo State. Over time, Imo has given start to a different state, Abia, with its capital at Umuahia, whereas Anambra gave start to Enugu, and later Ebonyi State, which additionally includes components of Abia State. The brand new Enugu State retained its capital at Enugu; Awka turned the capital of the brand new Anambra; whereas Ebonyi established its capital metropolis at Abakaliki.
Amongst all these state capitals, Owerri has remained probably the most developed by way of social life, arts, music, hospitality, leisure, and tourism. Not even Enugu which turned the capital of the Japanese Area within the early days of colonial rule in Nigeria can compete with Owerri in these elements.
On floor to drive these hospitality and leisure equipment is the over 25-year outdated five-star Imo Concorde Resort. Following behind it, and likewise sitting very near it are All Seasons Accommodations, Hyperlinks Accommodations, De Legend Accommodations, Solar Metropolis Accommodations, Kelvic Suites, Bonbolini Accommodations, all high-brow, with beautiful pool sides and snack bars for wonderful leisure. Only a quick distance away, there are Owerri Resort Plaza, positioned alongside Port Harcourt Highway, Owerri; Newcastle Resort, Dreamland Resort, and Perfect Suites and Resorts, all positioned within the World Financial institution space, New Owerri. There may be additionally Modotel positioned simply on the Okigwe Highway/Wetheral Roundabout.
For guests coming from the Akwakuma space of Owerri, the primary port of name is more likely to be Elix Resort, positioned shortly earlier than Akwakuma Junction. As one strikes down in direction of Owerri primary city, there are Bestway Accommodations, Mount Royal Motel, Rapour Accommodations, Pinewood Resort, and Horizontal Resort. If by any probability one branches off into Works Structure, then one is more likely to come head to head with Summer season Suites and Resorts, Cradle Accommodations, Milton Accommodations and Suites, Triple M Accommodations, and so forth. Alongside Onitsha Highway is the large masquerade, Disney Accommodations and Suites in addition to Chelsea Suites. Alongside Orji Highway are Eastgate, Imo Paradise Accommodations, Vivian Resort, Heartland Resort, Stone Fort Resort, Jaykay Accommodations, and Govt Backyard, alongside Okigwe Highway. Ikenegbu and Aladimma areas boast of such exquisitely furnished motels as Aladinma Royal Suites, Lodan Worldwide Resort, Edinburgh Resort, Benchmark Resort, Royal Nordic Suites, and so forth. The identical applies to the Prefab space which has such tasteful motels as Hollywood Worldwide Accommodations, Grandeur Accommodations, and Metropolis Tavern. There are additionally Resort de Andrea, alongside MCC/Uratta Highway, Shangrilla Accommodations, alongside Aba Highway, and Domino Resort within the coronary heart of city. The listing is countless.
Moreover these main motels, there are additionally small visitor homes and inns dotting each a part of Owerri. These embrace Stayfine, Villa Maria Visitor Home, Alvan Visitor Home, and so forth.
There are additionally quick meals joints, outstanding amongst that are Renny’s Quick Meals, positioned each inside Ikenegbu and alongside Wetheral Highway; De Simeon’s; Mr. Biggs’; Mr. Followers; Crunchies Fried Rooster; Dickson’s; Fashionable’s; Jevinik’ Place; KFC, Fish Island, Trance Backyard, Destinee; Grill Chilli, Verse One, Entizer, Rooster Republic, and so forth. There are additionally smaller joints for good Africana. These embrace Basic Restaurant, Eferenkuwa, Ama JK Recreation Park; Ukwu Mango, Funniter Restaurant and Bar; and unique bush bars like Tropical Village Kitchen; Ibari Ogwa Village (for the perfect of ‘level and kill’ fish, rooster and goat); Tata Fish; Vandoz Place; Mbari Kitchen, and so forth.
There are nite golf equipment on your weekend leisure after a traumatic week. Clubbing in Owerri begins on Tuesday. There are Sugar Membership, 40-40, Ace Nite Membership, Heaven and Earth Nite Membership (Dreamland), Ocean 11, Govt Backyard, and so forth.
Moreover, Owerri has produced the primary feminine DJ in the entire of South-east, DJ Claire, and such extremely celebrated musicians as Kelly Hansome, Saro Wiwa, Ugo Stevenson, Owigiri, Sony Bobo, Nze Dan Orji and His Peacock Band, Ababa Nna, Chima Eke, Dr. Sir Foreigner, Ederi, Pizzow Nwafor, Ogadimma, Oriental Brothers, and lots of others too quite a few to say.
With all these in place, who can contradict the truth that Owerri is the hospitality capital of the South-east and the tourism vacation spot of the world? When subsequent you may have a cause to go by Owerri, simply strive a stop-over, go the evening and benefit from the wonderful hospitality which solely Owerri may give. Solely a trial can persuade you. The style of the pudding is within the consuming. Welcome to the Japanese Heartland.