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The Azumini Blue River

Azumini - Obehie Road, Obehie, Abia, Nigeria

The Azumini River, also known as “The Blue River,” because it is touted that there is no other river in Nigeria that is as clear and blue as it is, is s surrounded by beauty and nature, lush greens and cool water, the blue river also shows a more wild and dangerous side, especially where it reaches the majestic rapids. At the rapids is the breathtaking scenery that is part of its centre of attraction, offering tourists the greatest opportunity to explore Nigeria’s natural settings in a more urbanised way.

The Azumini Blue River is located in Abia state towards its boundary with Akwa Ibom state. The River has become a resort for Tourist because of the pleasantness it offers. The attractive features of the River include its crystal Clear Blue River hence it is uniquely called Azumini Blue River. It is often said and perhaps rightly so, that there is no other River in the entire country of Nigeria that is as Blue and clear as the Azumini River. The Azumini Blue River is so clear that fishes and gravels could almost be counted from the river’s bridge. There are canoe riders, a lot of variety of consumable fish.

The River color appears as sparkling blue aqua marine (like the beautiful Caribbean sea of the Bahamas). One could see all the way to the white sandy bottom of the river several feet deep, even under moonlight. The river is most beautiful especially when the bright sunlight glistens on this river, it is pure immaculate. One can also see the very bright colourful stones and of its bed from the surface. The stones are so clear and clean that the Aba Glass industry uses them as raw materials for their products. Along with the crystal blue waters come’s canoe rides and comfortable sandy beaches where you can choose to lie for hours on end. There are chairs and tables for picnickers as well as barbecue grills ready for the preparation of tasty fish meals.

It has a simple, but complex description, as its crystal-clear blue colour catches the eyes from afar and its calm flow will most definitely attract swimmers and all those who love water to just let go and dig in plus if you love fish, you can go ahead and count the fishes you see in the clear blue water wagging away.

Some other relaxation activities that can go on there include canoe riding, picnicking, grilling barbeques and even sometimes beach parties. Crystally clear, one could see through the waters all the way to the white sandy bottom of the river several feet deep, even under moonlight.

The river is most beautiful, especially when the bright sunlight glistens on it, presenting an immaculate pure scenery. One can also see the very bright colourful stones on its bed from the surface. The stones are so clear and clean that the Aba Glass Industry uses them as raw materials for their products. Also complimenting the river is another site, where one can stand and enjoy a full glare of the beauty of the Azumini River, the Azumini Hill.

The Azumini Hill provides a breathtaking view from the top to look down the low-lying beautiful valley of Azumini. In fact, the hill is the only significant hill in all of Ndoki, since Ndoki is basically known as a fertile low-lying land. Story has it that the fore bearers rested on the hill, from where they saw the golden flowing river, as well as the fertile land. And since they were searching for good land, they needed nobody to convince them that they had come upon a very special one. They thus came down the hill, crossed the river by foot and settled in their numbers, as far as their eyes could see, thus, the community by the river (as the name Azumini implies) was born. This river has become a resort and attraction for tourists because of the beauty, pleasantness of nature that the place offers.

DESCRIPTION

Azumini is an ancient junction community of Ndoki, located on the south-south eastern corner of Abia state, about 15 miles south of Aba, a major trading center. And also bounded to the North by a village known as Akanu, on the west by the village of Umuogo which is across the Azumini blue river and on the South and East by the Annangs. The Annangs are positioned east of the Aba-Azumini River which empties itself into the Imo River after a village called Akpala. The river has astonishing diversity of historical or significant sites. These sites would certainly fascinate a tourist to this ancient African settlement. The historical and significant of the sites are, however, not the only items that might intrigue the tourist to Azumini; some of Azumini’s rare wild lives are also fascinating and entertaining. This beautiful river, which has become one of the major tourist attractions in the country, flows from the southern part of Abia state to the fringes of Akwa-Ibom state. It is called “The Blue River” because no other river in Nigeria is as clear and blue as it is. Aesthetically pleasing, and surrounded by beauty and nature, lush greens and cool water, the blue river also shows a more wild and dangerous side, especially where it reaches the majestic rapids. At the rapids is the breathtaking scenery that is part of its center of attraction. Azumini Blue River offers tourists the greatest opportunity to explore Nigeria’s natural settings in a more urbanized way.

The water is so crystal clear that one can see and try counting all the fish clearly seen swimming around. The waters are in fact so clear you can see the fish from the bridge. The river color appears as sparkling blue aqua marine (like the beautiful Caribbean sea of the Bahamas). One could see all the way to the white sandy bottom of the river several feet deep, even under moonlight. The river is most beautiful especially when the bright sunlight glistens on this river, it is pure immaculate. One can also see the very bright colourful stones and of its bed from the surface. The stones are so clear and clean that the Aba Glass industry uses them as raw materials for their products. Along with the crystal blue waters come’s canoe rides and comfortable sandy beaches where you can choose to lie for hours on end. There are chairs and tables for picnickers as well as barbecue grills ready for the preparation of tasty fish meals.

At the beach, tourists are thrilled by birds doing acrobatic swoop into the river to get their meals. Also young locals are seen doing amazing acrobatic dives into the river to add to the fun. Some Archeologists who have studied the area have determined that it is 15 m above sea level. Although flat, nature has ensured that the river is kept well drained. The river valleys are steep with 1 in 20 gradients. It has three major stretches: they are Mini Obuaku, Mini Ogigo and Aba to Samanga. It is held that the blue river was one of the major reasons, or perhaps the major reason, why Azumini ancestors settled in the present location after they left their original home in central/eastern Ijo (Ijaw) as captured in history. The blue river’s significance as a tourist attraction can hardly be overemphasized. Its tourist value is recognized, and promoted by Nigeria’s tourism industry as one of the 70 tourist sites in Nigeria. Also, Abia state has listed the river among the first two of its state tourist sites. Already it has gained serious international recognition. World fish Center-Fish base Project located in Philippines has used this river for its research with some noted successes. Also an International Primates Conservation group made a very telling discovery of a once considered extinct primate called C. Sclateria primate on the banks of this river. The river has remained as virgin as it was when the forebears came upon it. Azumini Blue River is surely a place you will visit and not forget.

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