UYO, NIGERIA

BEHOLD
Satisfy your inner historian at the Uyo museum (Wellington Bassey Way). Beach lovers can head to the Ibeno beach, farther afield but worth the journey. Ask your concierge for directions and information on how to get there.

BUY
Akwa Ibom state is famous for its raffia creations, with everything from baskets to ties made out of the fibre Ð it’s evidently more versatile than most people think. Good souvenirs also include textiles from Uyo’s textile mill, and handicrafts, all of which you can find in the Akpan Andam market or the Entrepreneurial Village.

BON APPETIT
Try the delicious afang soup, featuring smoked fish and shredded afang, and ekpang nkukwo, made from two types of yam and yam leaves. You can get these and other dishes at the amusingly named Oliver Tweest (Dominic Utuk Avenue), which is also good for breakfast. Please, sir, can I have some more?

BEDTIME
Lovers of luxury will revel at the brand new Le Meridien Ibom (234-0-708-0660; Nwaniba Road PMB 1200), opening in February 2010. The resort offers everything you’d expect from the Starwood Group, along with a golf club and riverside marina. Those who want clean, comfortable surroundings but don’t want to empty their pockets too quickly should try the Tevo Hotel (+23485200694; 41 Udoh Street), which is cheap and cheerful.

HIP TIP
If you’re lucky, you can catch a show by the Ekemini Dance Group, which builds on Akwa Ibom State’s tradition of dance and drama. The group’s performers come from all ages and walks of life. Most performances are arranged around major events in the traditional calendar.

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