Port Harcourt My city
I live in the city of Port Harcourt. Arguably, the 3rd largest city in Nigeria, Port Harcourt is renowned for so many things. It is the seat of the oil and gas operations of Nigeria. Port Harcourt is the capital of the state of Rivers state. Port Harcourt is cosmopolitan. The city cosmopolitan nature is massive stretching into two local governments of Port Harcourt local government and Obio Akpo local governments.
Port Harcourt has communities with their lifestyle. You hear of Diobu, D/ line, Borokiri, GRA, Old GRA, and Town which make up the PHALGA side of the city. You also have the ‘Rumu’ communities which are the Obio/ Akpo part of the city. Here you see Rumuola, Rumuomasi, Rumuokoro, Rumuigbo, Rumuokwurushi.
Port Harcourt presents a vast variety of cultures. It is not surprising because the oil and gas has brought people from far and near to this town. Although the recent upsurge of insecurity has affected the lifestyle, there is still so much of cultural and social life in Port Harcourt. There are spots in the town that you can catch all night life. The GRA axis of the city presents the Casablanca Restaurant and Bar. Located on the famous Abacha road in the New GRA is a spot you can rely on if you want to catch the night groove of the city. During the day, you can have fun in the popular Port Harcourt pleasure park, where you can have a boat ride. But these are not the only fun venues in the town. The Peter Odili axis of the town has a concentration of nightclubs. There is the Genesis center, the Everyday emporium and the like. Not forgetting the Spar in the Old GRA axis. These and many more are ready to satisfy your entertainment needs.
Port Harcourt is accessed from air and sea just as it is accessible by land to all parts of the world. There is an international brewery in the town, turning out quality beer including the renowned brand, Budweiser beer.
There are fascinating landscapes that dot the city. The aerial view of the Airforce junction is breathtaking! A drive along the Trans Amadi road get you the view of 4 beautifully landscaped roundabouts – Nkogwu roundabout, Mothercat junction roundabout, Ordinance junction roundabout, and the slaughter roundabout. It is even more fascinating at night. So much have been written about these landscapes on social media about the beauty these places have been to the Port Harcourt city life.
The city has three universities and two polytechnics. It has so many markets too. The most popular markets are Oil mill market which holds every Wednesday along the Aba road. There is the Mile 3, Mile 1 and Creek road markets. There is slaughter market and Rumuomasi markets. The markets are the hub of activities.
There are prominent Hotels that are world class. Le’ Meridian, Golden Tulip, The Presidential and Best Western hotels lead the pack. So you have no worries about where to get your desired accommodation. Port Harcourt also is a sport-loving city. There are two stadiums in the city. The Yakubu Gowon stadium, and the Adokiye Amaesiemeka stadium. It is home to Rivers United football club, D-tigers volleyball team, Rivers Angel female football team, and other sports.
Little wonder a renowned Port Harcourt brought up artist Duncan Mighty sang, “Everybody love PH city”.
You are welcomed to explore this unique city in the heart of Nigeria Oil and Gas industry.
The article is Written by Madighi Ibem. A Port Harcourt based crypto enthusiast.