5 things not to miss while in Oguta

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Oguta Lake

Home to top Nigerian celebrities including Charlie Boy, Dr. Alban and more, Oguta is a popular town Imo State, Nigeria.

Located on the famed east bank of southeastern Nigeria, it is richly endowed with scenic and historic treasures and really does merit its status as an increasingly popular tourist destination.

While it is impossible to explore and experience the genuineness of the Oguta in just one stay, there is need to give the town with incredible attractions it’s due recognition. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking site reveals 5 unmissable things to get you started here.

  • The Oguta Lake

Referred to as Ogbuide or Uhamiri by Oguta locals, The lake is the second largest lake in Nigeria and has attracted a lot of visitors and tourists over the years. While the idea of a lake may conjure up thoughts of crocodiles or salty water, it certain does not conform to that “lake” stereotype and is conducive for swimming and sightseeing.

Ensure you visit Oguta lake while visiting the town, you can either go with swimming trunks and a floater for a dip at the shallow edges or have a picnic at its bank and do some fishing. You will not only have a marvelous time but also stand the chance of partaking from a historical heritage as the lake was a port for the evacuation of palm products in the colonial era as well as a marine base for the Biafran Navy during the civil war.

  • White soup

The white soup is unarguably one of the most indigenous soups of the Oguta people. Locally referred to as “Ofe Nsala”, it is best prepared with fresh fish (mostly from the lake) and paired with pounded yam or Nni Akpu (starch). Tourist cannot really boast that they have had a full experience of Oguta until they have tried this meal. Prepared locally, visitors can have a rich original taste at one of the restaurants at the Pontu side of the lake.

  • The water confluence, Urashi

This landmark is one of the major reasons tourists travel all the way to Oguta and risk their lives on wooden ferries while crossing the river. Certainly spectacular, the confluence of the Blue lake (Ogbuide) and Urashi River also in Oguta is an uncommon gift of nature to behold. While the Oguta Lake appears blue, the Orashi is brown and muddy, and they never mix up. An effort made at mixing water from both sources is a tough thing to do as both mixtures will gradually separate within the container.

  • NaijaPlaza bar

The Naija Plaza Bar is the symbol of Oguta’s nightlife, and does not need to be introduced as it is easily located with town. Visit in the evening time for a drink and interact with locals in the town as well as visitors. Delicacies including peppersoup, nkwobi, and more are also served at different rates.

  • “Ime obodo”

The rural areas of the town is referred to as “Ime obodo” by the locals. Indigenes who live within this area and any tourist who wants to get a real taste of the town’s culture gets the best experience by visiting these communities.  Tourist attractions include relics of gunboats destroyed by the Biafran soldiers, the colonial jetty, and the famous Ojukwu bunker with a tunnel that runs under the lake connecting both banks of the lake and houses of  famous colonial masters who lived in the area.

Travel Guide Oguta Lake

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4 Comments

  1. Nkem Ossai

    May 7, 2017 at 5:44 am

    There are other attractions, a few of these perhaps even worthier than some of those listed in this piece. For instance, how about paying a visit to the palace of the Eze-Obi of Oguta? Oguta, along with Onitsha, is the only place in Igboland with a natural kingship system dating to ancient times. The people of Oguta migrated to their current homeland from the old Benin Kingdom during the turbulent reign of Oba Equate of Benin.

    If you plan to be in Oguta during the months of July/August, it will pay the visitor handsomely to find out when the Ogene Festival is taking place. The ‘Ogene Nkirika’ is a carnival of revelry unlike any cultural event in Nigeria – except perhaps the Argungu Fishing Festival. Many Oguta people from within and outside Nigeria return home to participate in or to see the colorful carnival processions.

    A new fun-themed water park has recently been added to the myriad attractions in ‘Oguta Ameshi,’ as the locals fondly call their beloved home. The new attraction boasts a tubed water slide, among other things.

    For the first-semester, the unique dialect of the Oguta people is worth getting acquainted with. The version of the Igbo Language spoken by Oguta people is very unique indeed – in fact, so much so that most Igbo people do not understand “what the hell is going on” when two Oguta people are conversing!

    The famous Oguta age-grade system is a powerful institution of socio-economic expression amongst the indigenes. Age groups, perhaps as many as ten of them, are powerful presence to behold at cultural events like traditional burials, marriages, etc. At such events, age group members dressed in colorful cultural attires sing, dance and entertain in a manner that has no double anywhere in Nigeria.

    There are many more ‘attractions’ to list here. But, of course, space would not allow me that luxury.

    • Temple Okoronkwo

      August 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Thank you Nkem Ossai for your contribution. You are indeed a good ambassador of Oguta-Ameshi. But do you know that extensive studies shows that Oguta people came from an area that latter became part of the Old Bini (Benin) empire, not Kingdom. They never spoke Edo. Oba Ewuare’s territorial expansionist policy was aimed at transforming Benin kingdom to an empire and that was what necessitated the migration of their neighboring Oguta people to east of the Niger since it was to be implemented by forcefully adopting adjoining Igbo Towns. It was forbidden for Oguta king to worship or pay tribute to any other king. The fact that Oguta, Onitsha and other Ogbaru kingly stools have a good measure of Benin resemblance does not buttress the claims that they were part of the Benin Kingdom. Please N’a-Ameshi I suggest you open up a detailed inquiry on the geographical dimensions of the Bini Kingdom at successive times in history. Please do not limit yourself to oral tradition and literature published by our people, nor those duplicated from them. I have been on this work for over two decades and there are a lot more to work on.

  2. ifeanyi

    October 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Is there any guest house where one can lodge while paying a visit to this place… if yes a list and their locations will be preferable…. if non then the closet to the town will also be appreciated.
    thanks

  3. OM

    October 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hi Ifeanyi, thank you for reading our blog and reaching out to us. Oguta Lake is 37 minutes drive from Owerri depending on your route. The hotels we have are in Owerri. They are:

    1. Bayview Resorts And Hotels (Owerri)-Plot C14 Housing Area B, Owerri, Nigeria

    2. Greatwood Hotels LTD-Plot 21, Commercial District G, Port Harcourt-Owerri Road, New Owerri, Owerri, Nigeria

    3. Fair Field Guest House-No 1 Fair Field Avenue Egbu, Owerri, Nigeria

    4.New Castle Hotels Limited-Plot 14, Area A, Owerri, Nigeria

    5. Dovely Palace Hotels and Suites-No. 1 Dovely Palace Road, Off Onitsha-Owerri Road, Irete, Owerri, Nigeria

    Click here to see more hotels around Oguta Lake, Owerri. We look forward to receiving your booking.

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