Thursday, 9th December, 2021 will always go down as another watershed day at Watbridge Hotels&Suites, Uyo. The mood was revelry and cosmopolitan. The water fountains in the hotel were up and sprouting. Splashing sound of water mixed with a busy car park connotes the ultimate big day at Watbridge. This day was one of such.

It was the 2nd Annual Lecture of the Nemo Judex Chambers, a 21st leadership and legal hub committed to exploring and expanding the frontiers of topical discourse on our sociopolitical issues. The series debuted last year and had Chief Assam Assam, the respected lawyer and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Russia as keynote speaker.

A year had passed, a new topic of lecture crafted, a new guest speaker in place, but one thing had been maintained, the venue – Nelson Mandela Hall, Watbridge Hotels&Suites, Uyo.

The big fish for this year’s edition was no other person that the celebrated former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arc.(Obong) Victor Attah. Attah held an ingenious reign from 1999 – 2007 and is widely reputed to be the father of modern Akwa Ibom State. He was a great choice for an event that was themed ‘Setting the Agenda for the Next Generation’, for he remains the living bastion of generational development in the state.

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In the end, it was a roundly successful outing. Key political gladiators of the season, Senator Bassey Albert, Mr Akan Okon, Onofiok Luke, James Iniama were all on hand as panelists to engage the audience with their blueprints. They generally had great podium outings.

However, the post lecture reverie of that day is actually the crux of this article and is centered majorly around the big man of the day, Obong Victor Attah and his impressions of the host hotel, Watbridge.

Obong Attah’s visit to Watbridge Hotels was always going to elucidate excitement within the hotel’s community and it did. Apart from the fact that he was a widely loved former Governor of the state, Uyo Book Club, a front line intellectual hub in the country, which is proudly housed at Watbridge had already held two colloquiua in his honour in 2020 and 2021 as part of activities celebrating his birthday and enduring legacies.

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In fact, during the last colloquium, Obong Attah had phoned in during the session to thank the club and hotel for the honour done him. An umbilical cord had been grafted between the hotel and Obong Attah. So somewhat, it was a sweet coming for him. The visit mattered to Uyo Book Club (who presented him with a Photo Book) and the hotel too.

The short stroll from the Nelson Mandela event hall took the former Governor through the hotel’s reception lounge past The Restaurant down the hallway which exits at the state of the art gym. The Gym’s north end empties into the Village Square, a uniquely reserved area of the hotel decorated to exude the feel of an African community bar. From the Village Square, the hotel’s august visitor was taken across the expansive arena of the super poolside before terminating at the first-of-a-kind Ngugi wà Thiong’o Guest Library.

Watbridge is unarguably, the first hotel in this part of the world to accommodate a library facility among its services. The innovation is simply audacious and world class. The resources available are very rich in scope and catalogue. Numerous renowned personalities have already read in the library.

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Obong Attah signed the Visitors Book and took out time to pore over some the titles on display on the shelves from politics, to law, media, lots more. His terse message on the Visitors Book inked with a red ball pen reads: ‘I am very impressed with what I have witnessed today’.

The respected architect further went on to praise the fine art of the Watbridge facilities saying ‘they were brilliantly executed’.
Watbridge Hotels&Suites has continued to enjoy rave reviews from top personalities who come there and is renowned for its luxurious spatial space, excellent location and outstanding services.