Emmanuel Addeh writes on the wealthy cultural and tourism potential of Bayelsa State which when explored may very well be a significant income earner for the state.
Many individuals can be shocked to know that the Ijaw language, which is generally indigenous to Bayelsa, isn't monolithic.
In essence, what meaning is that all of the Ijaw folks discovered primarily in Bayelsa and to some extent in Delta, Rivers, Ondo, Edo and Akwa Ibom States don't communicate a single dialect devoid of variations, as many erroneously imagine.
Generally talking, that is simply one of many misconceptions of some Nigerians referring to the Ijaw tradition or individuals who've Izon, Nembe, Ogbia and Epie-Atissa because the 4 most spoken Ijaw dialects. Different Ijaw dialects embrace Tamu, Mein, Jobu, Oyariri and Tarakiri.
Bayelsa lies virtually solely beneath sea stage with a maze of meandering creeks and mangrove swamps, flowing into the Atlantic Ocean by way of the most important rivers comparable to San Bartholomew, Brass, Nun, Ramos, Santa Barbara, St. Nicholas, Sangana, Fishtown, Ikebiri Creek, Middleton, Digatoro Creek, Pennington and Dobo.
The main towns in Bayelsa State are Yenagoa, Amasoma, Sagbama, Obi, Kauama, Oloibiri, Ogbia, Oporama, Koluama, Brass, and Opokuma.
Afacet the wealthy tradition, the Ijaw individuals of Bayelsa are reputed to have stunning landscapes, local weather, way of life, arts, vacationer sights and a few of probably the most scrumptious delicacies within the Niger Delta area.
Engaged primarily in fishing, farming, palm oil milling, lumbering, palm wine tapping, native gin brewing, buying and selling and trade of domestically made items, and to a lesser extent, carving and weaving. The Ijaw individuals of Bayelsa pleasure themselves pretty much as good harvesters of pure assets from the seas, oceans, creeks and lakes.
Though that notion might have been blighted by the invention of oil and fuel assets within the state which have succeeded in dealing a devastating blow on the pristine nature of the land and waters of the Ijaw individuals, however, they've continued to discover their God-given sources apart the black gold.
On private beliefs, with nonetheless pockets of conventional African religion worshippers within the state, Christianity stays the most generally practiced religion in the world which reportedly produces between 30 to forty per cent of Nigeria's oil export.
In arts, the Ijaw persons are concerned in carving primarily canoes, boats and coral beads, utilizing shells from sea animals to create crafts for vogue, and decorative functions.
Indeed, the individuals of Bayelsa and the Ijaw folks usually have many foods and delicacies which are localised, but in addition very a lot relished by different components of the nation.
For occasion, the popular boli and fish, which is primarily roasted plantain, ripe or unripe, served with barbequed fish in palm oil peppered stew is claimed to be indigenous to the Ijaw folks, although quick changing into accepted nationally.
The undeniable fact that this favorite delicacy is quick eluding the attain of the plenty, on account of its skyrocketing worth at the same time as a unit now sells for as excessive as N150 and a slice of fish for a further N120, has not prevented many individuals within the state to regard it as a prepared "life-saver" when starvation knocks.
So is also the polofiyai, a conventional Bayelsa recipe, served with pounded yam, comprising periwinkles, plantains, dried fish, and scented leaves in palm oil and onion base.
Then, there's Kekefiyai , a pottage made with chopped unripe plantain, fish , sea meals, bush meat and palm oil, Opuru Fulo, made with a number of lobsters with condiments of smoked fish or recent fish, spices and eaten with starch, yam, rice or plantain.
Afacet the delicacies talked about, Banga soup, a typical Izon meal derived from palm fruits, with the juice extracted with such condiments as fish, Izon spices and served with a wide range of grains, eba, starch made from the extracted yam flour can also be loved by the individuals.
So is also pepper soup, extremely spicy water-based mostly soup, taken throughout Nigeria which is claimed to have originated from the Ijaw folks, often served with plantain, yam or rice.
And there's Gbe, the grub from the raffia palm tree beetle, eaten uncooked, dried or pickled in palm oil and a number of other seafood which litter most components of the state of simply lower than two million inhabitants, going by the 2006 nationwide census.
Amethod from meals, about three quarters of Bayelsa's whole space is surrounded by water, with a wonderful coastline by means of which there are numerous rivers and creeks flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.
In reality, it's extensively believed that the Edumanom Forest Reserve within the state stays the final recognized site for Chimpanzees within the Niger Delta after which the various lovely beaches.
With its aquatic splendour, entertaining cultural festivals, conventional masquerades and enthralling dances, historic and colonial relics, Bayelsa is dwelling to the historic relics of the Akassa slave transit camps and tunnel, the colonial cemetery at Akassa and Brass the place the graves of some colonial masters are positioned.
Tlisted below are additionally pure sandy beaches particularly in Agge, in Ekeremor Native Authorities and Twon Brass in Brass Native Authorities, pure mangrove forests, rivers, creeks, lakes, swamp and inexperienced terrains are a few of the vacationer sights.
In Agge, positioned between Bayelsa and Delta states, the Palm Seashore is reputed for being an extended stretch of tides which intermittently flush on the shores and appropriate for browsing and lots of different vacationer actions. So, additionally are the Okpoama, Akassa, Deiama, Odioma beaches.
Tlisted here are additionally lakes in Okao Toru-Orua, Lake Effi and Oxbow lake which when explored may very well be main income earners for the state.
For occasion, the Lake Okao Toru Orua is alleged to harbour abundance of fishes, crocodiles, a number of exotic birds and wildlife, with the forest of Lake Okoa characterised by wild monkeys.
Accessing the lake is primarily by Yenagoa and one other journey of between 25 to half-hour via the bush half, it was learnt.
Museums, mausoleums, statues, edifices and monuments, together with the Christopher Iwowari Monument in Bassambiri, Oloibiri Oil Museum, the place oil was first found in 1956, the Mungo Park Residence, Akassa Slave Tunnel, Akassa LightHouse and Ogidigan Deity are additionally memorable sights to behold.
Other stunning vacationer sights embrace the Peace Park in Yenagoa, with cultural festivals spanning every of the eight native authorities councils.
The white man's graves in City Brass and Akassa are stated to be cemeteries containing the graves of Europeans who died in the course of the Anglo-Nembe battle, popularly referred to as the Akassa Warfare of 1895, or others who died of diseases like malaria because of mosquito bites.
Some of the graves are mentioned to have existed for centuries and provides a vivid imagination of what occurred through the colonial period.
Many of these whose graves can nonetheless be accessed in the realm embrace Capt. Abraham Fred, Harold Barclay, who was then a navy Commander, George Taylor, a lieutenant within the military, Capt. Fredrick Leigh-Lye and several other others as engraved within the historic sepulchers.Nigeria
's First Oil Effectively, Oloibiri in Oloibiri City, is a monument on the highway junction the place is sited the primary crude oil nicely, ever drilled in Nigeria when oil was found in Nigeria in 1956.
The oil properly, 12,008 toes deep, marked the start of Nigeria's financial base shift from agriculture to oil and fuel with simply over 5000 barrels per day on the time.
The Ox-Bow Lake affords boat rides, swimming and relaxation, whereas the Mungo Park Residence, named after the explorer Mungo Park, who found the supply of the River, stays a gorgeous relic.
It was the divisional headquarters of the colonial rulers of Brass Division. The outdated constructing has been preserved and refurbished as a monument for historic tourism. The wooden and brick constructing stays sturdy, weathering a long time of storms.