My experience in Bayelsa State with my friend during last term’s holiday was very interesting. I was with her for three weeks. My friend, Tarela, had invited me to stay with her in Wilberforce Island Bayelsa where she lives. On hearing this, I was so excited because I had never gone there before. I asked for permission from my parents and it was granted.
In Bayelsa, I found out that there was a considerable difference between Delta Ijaws and Bayelsa Ijaws. Though a Delta Ijaw, I was in love with the variety of foods they gave to me. But the one I loved most was the “Ogbogbiae” soup which was garnished with crayfish and okra. It could be eaten with starch or fufu.
The people in Bayelsa believe in unity. Communual living lives there as it was with the early church in bible days. My friend taught me some words in their language slightly different from mine. I learnt one which says “Okoide” but Delta Ijaws’ have it as “keide”
Her family was very nice to me. I was inspired to dress like them. The women there wear blouses on two wrappers or a white dress and a wrapper while the men wear their own attire and wrapper.
They were Christians but quite traditional in their behaviour. Each time I and my friend were free, we always went to Tobia Mall to shop for foodstuffs. There was also a festival called “Ndi femin” festival. It was very interesting; it involves the display of different kinds of fishes.
My last week there was however disgusting because I was thinking of the day I would leave. I was sad but I was made happy when my parents assured me that the following holiday, I would go back. The day I was leaving, I cried as I bade goodbye to her family . What a remarkable holiday I had!.
My experience in Bayelsa State with my friend ....
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