On Saturday 4th of August, all road led to Obi Wali center, close to Air Force junction, Port Harcourt City, the Rivers state capital for the 2018 Bole Festival (the reunion).
Nigerians trooped in from various part of the country to celebrate the food festival which is peculiar to Pitakwa people “the eating of bole” tagged #BoleFestival.
The popular bole comprises of roasted plantain, roasted yam and fish.
Most people prefer their bole served with a vegetable known as utazi (GANGRONEMA latifolium) and ugba (African Salad).
The event kicked off 12pm with no African time attached and lasted till 12 midnight with a light shower of rain around 4pm, yet bole lovers kept trooping in massively.
Watch Shaku Shaku dance at the Bole festival
The turn up of bole lovers was enormous, massive, which ever adjective that suits a stadium size crowd. There was a lot to eat, drink, and merry, lots of outdoor games, entertainment, art exhibition and reunion.
Kids were not left out as a special place was carved out for children under the age of 13 and below.
Top PH City artists were all present to perform at different stages, acts like Dandizzy, Young Stunna etc.
Watch Young Stunna Bole Festival stage performance
Vendors were not left out as sales of merchandize by vendors were unexpected and most vendors ran out of stock, despite the fact that prices of all merchandize were sky rocketing.
People kept coming and leaving but the venue wasn’t empty until the end of the event with Parking lots parked out and the people had to park along the Eliozu – Air Force Base road causing serious traffic jam for passers-by….
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The food festival was aimed at showcasing the rich, unique indigenous delicacy of Pitakwa and also to boost tourism, create a signature event unlike it’s kind in the Niger Delta region, to improve the local economy and create a buzz and brand recognition.
It was lit as PH City was literally shut down.