Few years ago, my friends and I travelled to Eket, Akwa Ibom State for a friend's traditional wedding.
I had learnt a long time before that that the place is different from Calabar or Cross River State (we tend to forget State and Capital that we were made to memorize in Primary School) and that the people there are not Igbos.
Nevertheless, going there showed me so much more.
We were in Eket for 7 days and in all that time, it didn't rain for only 2 days. I'm talking of serious heavy rain, the kind that if it rains like that elsewhere, disaster can happen. They say it's because they're close to the ocean, but Lagos too is, no?
But the people there have learnt how to go about their businesses despite the rain. It's almost like the way traffic is not a tenable excuse in Lagos, rain is not in Eket.
I saw bikes (okada) with umbrellas for the first time in Eket, so sunshine or rain (mostly rain), you're sure of okada to carry you wherever you want to go. I didn't get to climb one though, we had a car to take us around town.
When the rain stops, you'll hardly find floods or unflowing water anywhere, their drainage is that good.
In Eket, almost every house we went to had a pot of Afang soup (very delicious vegetable soup), it was like the way Yorubas always have stew at home. That in itself was motivation for me to want to go with my friend to visit her family members.