By Utitofon Essien
In what many social media commentators have described as another classic case of indigenes uniting for a worthy cause, indigenes and residents of Akwa Ibom state on the social media are currently engaging in a new challenge, with intent of taking up the responsibility of telling the world the positive things about the state.
Christened “#TheAkwaIbomPositivityChallenge”, the challenge involves each indigene of Akwa Ibom or anyone resident in the state to make a post on any social media platform, (one post per day for three days) about the positive things they like about Akwa Ibom state.
The challenge which has prompted widespread commendations and expression of interests from many Akwa Ibomites to join the campaign, a professional counsellor, Udeme Okono, an award-winning journalist Edidiong Udobia and an influential blogger, Prince Bassey and also a Social Media Influencer, Edidem Edidiong Akpabio, have taken their turns to highlight the many positives things that makes the state stand out amongst other state in Nigeria.
Okono, took time to point out the rich and Unique raffia heritage and craftwork in Ikot Ekpene which has for several years, brought economic benefits to the craft makers.
“If you have ever bought a raffia palm slippers, eaten Isiewu in a wooden pot, used a raffia hand fan, chances are that those products were #MadeinAkwaIbom” Mr Okono highlighted on a post in his Facebook timeline.
For Mr Edidiong Akpabio, Akwa Ibom is a fountain for a highly nutritional quality of palm oil. “Just so we remember Akwa Ibom state has been a source of at least 70% of palm oil consumed all over Nigeria and still producing”.
“If you love coconut, then you should love Akwa Ibom!” This is how Mr Edidiong Udobia preferred to open his first post on the positive things he loves about Akwa Ibom state. For the journalist and Media aide, there is a growing evidence that Akwa Ibom state has the best species of coconut and “this explains why even outsiders come to the state to buy in large quantities for sale”. He is optimistic that the ongoing coconut plantation effort by the Akwa Ibom state government might just be “the first step to a much bigger dream”.
Prince Bassey, a blogger pointed out the huge tourism potentials in the state by focusing on the tourist attraction which he insist will be a delight to anyone seeking a good holiday destination for personal or family leisure as well as official getaways.
“Akwa Ibom is blessed with fascinating historical relics, famous among them, the Lord Luggard’s residence in Ikot Abasi – which is a one storey building where Lord Luggard lived during the Amalgamation period” he highlighted in his post.
Progenitor of the “Akwa Ibom Positivity Challenge” Mr Borono Bassey, who works for a Private University in Akwa Ibom, told “Agog.ng” that he introduced the campaign as a way of getting more Akwa Ibom people actively involved in pushing a positive narrative about the state.
“We have positive things that set us apart as a people”.”We have had conquests”. ”We are on our way to greatness and so we can tell our own stories the way we want to be seen”. If we live our stories for others to tell, there is a great chance that such stories may not portray us in a positive light. Good news can sell. We are going to use the Akwa Ibom state story as a proof” He said.