Glitz and Glamour from the 2023 Bakassi Fish Festival

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The coastal town of Ikang, nestled in the heart of Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross River state, came alive on the 26th and 27th of September, 2023, as it played host to the second edition of the Bakassi Fish Festival. The event was a stunning testament to the rich cultural heritage and vibrant community spirit that define Bakassi.

Activities that Transcend Generations

The Bakassi Fish Festival was more than just a festival; it was a cultural extravaganza that catered to all ages. From boat racing that sent pulses racing to the live music performances that resonated with the soul, the festival had it all.

One of the festival’s highlights was the Cooking and Eating Competition, where participants showcased their culinary skills. The aroma of traditional dishes filled the air, a testament to Bakassi’s rich food culture. The festival also celebrated the art of dance, combining traditional and contemporary styles, truly reflecting the diversity of Bakassi’s culture.

Acknowledging Excellence

Meet Mrs. Esther Asuquo, the winner of the Biggest Fish Display at the just concluded Bakassi Fish Festival. She received awards and prizes including a gold medal and Greenleaf non-stick pan donated by Barr. EnoObong UnoAsuquo, the Principal Partner of Legal Causes.

The Bakassi Fish Festival did not merely celebrate culture and tradition; it also recognized individuals who made a significant impact on the community. The highly anticipated Award Ceremony was a moment of pride and honor as exceptional individuals were acknowledged for their contributions.

Honorable Eyo Bassey of the 10th Cross River State House of Assembly, CRSHA, deserves commendation for his unwavering support and dedication to the festival’s success. His presence and generosity added an extra layer of significance to the event.

Community Unity

One of the festival’s most remarkable aspects was the unity it fostered within the community. It brought together friends, family, and fellow celebrants in a joyous celebration of Bakassi’s spirit. It was an opportunity for people to bond, reminisce, and create cherished memories together.

On Tuesday, Hon. Eyo Bassey flagged off the second edition of Bakassi Fish Festival in Esuk Mkparawa, Ikang Town, Bakassi LGA. I remarked that henceforth, all Bakassi events must be held in Bakassi.

As the sun set on the second day of the Bakassi Fish Festival, it left behind unforgettable moments etched in the hearts of everyone who attended. The festival showcased Bakassi’s cultural richness, celebrated its traditions, and acknowledged the unity that defines the community.

Empowering the Community

Miss Bakassi Pageantry

Honorable Eyo Bassey, the Member representing Bakassi State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly, was at the forefront of this spectacular event. His commitment to the festival was evident as he flagged off the festivities and took the opportunity to affirm Bakassi’s readiness to welcome businesses and investors.

Hon Bassey supported the event by presenting prize awards to the winners of the Cooking and Eating Competition. His dedication to Bakassi’s growth and development was undeniable, and he called on all Bakassi sons and daughters to embrace this cultural celebration.

The Bakassi Fish Festival of 2023 was not just a festival; it was a celebration of the very essence of Bakassi – a tapestry of culture, tradition, and unity. It was a resounding success, a testament to the resilience and strength of the Bakassi people. We eagerly anticipate future editions, knowing that they will only grow bigger and better.

Entrance gate to Bakassi LGA

In closing, the organizers of the Bakassi Fish Festival led by the chair of the board, namely Ani Esin, and the Director General Frank Edima, extend their heartfelt appreciation to the community leaders, and everyone who made the Bakassi Fish Festival a resounding success.

Etubom (Amb.) Nya Asuquo (middle), Mr Ani Esin the special adviser to governor Bassey Otu on NDDC (Right) with others at the BFF event

They were visibly appreciative for preserving and celebrating Bakassi’s cultural heritage and unity. May the spirit of Bakassi continue to shine brightly for generations to come.


Efio-Ita Nyok is the editor of NEGROIDHAVEN