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15 Things You Should Knoe Before moving to Yenagoa
Yenagoa is the capital of Bayelsa state in the South-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria . It is very much an emerging city when compared to other major cities in the region.
There are five other cities in Bayelsa state namely Oporoma city, Otuoke city, Ogbia city ,Odi city , Nembe city and Brass city.
Yenagoa is also one of the eight Local Government Areas in Bayelsa State. The City has an estimated population of about 2.6 million inhabitants with the Ijaw people having the dominant percentage of the City’s population. It is quite a small city when compared to a city like Port Harcourt.
If you are looking to relocate to Yenagoa, below are 15 things you should know.

1. History of Yenagoa
Yenagoa is the traditional home of the Ijaw people. The Ijaw form the majority of the state. English is the official language, but Epie-Atissa language, one of the Ijo languages, is the major local language spoken in Yenagoa.
Yenagoa became the capital of Bayelsa state in 1996 and since then urban development has accelerated rapidily.
It is worthy to note that its name Yenagoa forms part of the state name Bayelsa, the name Bayelsa been coined from three LGAS; Brass (BALGA), Yenagoa (YELGA) and
Sagbama (SELGA). Yenagoa is also the home of Bayelsa United football club.
2. The weather in Yenagoa
As with the state, Yenagoa is a lowland state characterized by tidal flats and coastal beaches, beach ridge barriers and flood plains. It has a riverine and estuarine setting. The climate here is tropical.
Most months of the year are marked by significant rainfall. The short dry season has little impact. Rain generally falls every month of the year, and it’s usually a heavy downpour.
3. There are many ways to get to Yenagoa
You can get to Yenogoa by land, sea or air. Yenagoa is connected by the East-west Road to a major cities such Warri, Owerri and Port Harcourt. Bus Shuttle services are available from these and other nearby cities to Yenagoa. Also road transport within Bayelsa to Yenogoa is facilitated by public taxi cabs. The most popular inter-state bus transport companies that provide Bus shuttle mass transit services to Yenagoa include the Peace Mass Transit Limited with a fully operational park located at Ekeki in Yenagoa and G. Agofure Motors with a park stationed in Swali.
The average cost of getting to Yenogoa via road from various parts of Nigeria is N4900.
Yenagoa is also connected to the Riverine parts of Bayelsa State by Water. Boat transport from these water-bound communities is a major source of human and material influx into Yenagoa. The average cost of traveling to Yenagoa by Boat from the Riverine areas of the State is N2500.
Currently, constructions have begun on a multibillion naira International Cargo Airport in Amassoma, a city near Yenagoa. Due to this fact, visitors can access either the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State , the Asaba Airport in Delta State or the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, Imo State. The average cost of traveling to Yenagoa from different parts of Nigeria via air is N27,600.
4. Christianity is the main religion in Yenagoa
Like any major city in the southern part of Nigeria, Yenagoa is dominated by Christians with the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches been more prominent. There are however still people who practice traditional religion.
5. Educating the young minds is not overlooked in Yenagoa
There are quite a good number of good schools in Yenagoa. These schools are not just available but also cheap.
Good examples of primary schools in Yenagoa include Bedrock International School, Sky intellectual Model School, Belary School etc. Examples of good secondary schools in Yenagoa include Faith Comprehensive International Secondary School, Ferad technology, Apex Secondary school etc.
Also situated in Yenagoa is the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality. The National Open University of Nigeria also has a study center in Yenagoa
6. Lots of yummy foods in Yenagoa
Yenagoa is the delight of tourists as they are treated to the exquisite food and drinks the city is known for. Eating in Yenagoa is a worthwhile venture owing to the fact that the City has a variety of great tasting local dishes plus a lot of sea foods that make these dishes more tantalizing and nutritious. Some of this dishes include Polofiyai(a very rich soup made with yams and palm oil), Kekefiya ( a pottage made with chopped unripened or green plantains, fish, other seafood or game meat called “bushmeat” and palm oil), Bole and Fish (roasted ripe or unripe plantain served with fish sauce or palm oil), Gbe (The grub of the raffia-palm tree beetle that is eaten raw, dried, fried in groundnut oil or pickled in palm oil) and Kalabari “sea-harvest” fulo( a rich mixed seafood soup or stew that is eaten with foofoo, rice or yams). The most popular dish is Bole and Fish and this delicacy can be found in all nook and crannies of Yenagoa sold mostly by roadside food vendors
There are still a lot of restaurants within the city where one can try these local delicacies. Some of the major Restaurants in Yenagoa include: Pizzeria, Pepperoni, Bukka Swallows and Skippers Fast food .
7. Festivities are the “in” thing in Yenagoa
Yenagoa boasts of beautiful and colourful festivals. These festivals which attract participation from Residents and Visitors alike include the Okolode festival observed by the Ekpetiama Clan of Yenagoa, the Obunem festival observed by the Epie Clan and the Famgbe Beach festival.
8. Yenagoa is a city under construction
Roads, water supply systems, and housing developments are currently being built in Yenogoa. There are already good medical facilities. In recent times more roads are being built to link Yenogoa to other places. Yenogoa is simply a rapidly developing urban centre.
9. Yenagoa is peaceful and safe
With the introduction of Amnesty program for Niger Delta militants, Yenagoa is now relatively safe and quiet. With its serene environment and average population, one can walk the streets of Yenagoa without fear of been mugged. As a city overlooking the ocean, it has a warm and serene atmosphere that invites one to take a walk and watch the ocean or go fishing or take a ride around town and live a carefree life.
Yenagoa is a happy city, and crime is not a problem.
10. Yenagoa has lots of untapped potentials
The potentialities for industrial take-off of Yenagoa as well as the whole state of Bayelsa State are very bright. Agricultural products on which small to medium scale industries could be established include palm oil, coconut, rubber; while the fishing industry could concentrate on fish oil extraction, fish packaging/canning et cetera.
Other farm products on which industries can be based are local gin distillery from raffia palm and palm wine tapping.
Major areas for investments in agro -allied industrial development are as follows: Vegetable Oil extraction from coconut and palm kernels, Production of Ogbono, Use of Timber for the production of toilet rolls, corrugated boards for packaging, tooth picks, ice cream sticks and straw matting for packing, Ancillary Facilities for Fishing such as fish net making, boat building and fish canning.
Products from mineral based industries also offer opportunities for investments in the state. These encompass a wide range of industries contingent on crude oil, by-products of petroleum refining such as jelly greases, rubber products, floor tiles, tarpaulin and so on.
Yenagoa also has tourism potentials on its beautiful coastal sandy beaches, numerous traditional festivals, long and winding streams and rivers as well as forests with their associated shrines and rich wildlife.
11. Lots of beautiful things to do in Yenagoa
Whether you are on a budget or have a lot of cash to spend, there are a lot of fun activities in Yenagoa to engage in. You can visit the mesmerizing Ox-Bow Lake or take a walk across the Swali Bridge and observe breathtaking views of the ocean. You can attend the Okolode festival or attend the Bayelsa international Jazz festival. You can also engage in sporting and recreational facilities at the Samson Siasia sports stadium. Enjoy a boat cruise along the city’s waterways or catch a movie at the Silverbird cinemas. You can also go in a shopping spree in the city’s markets (Swali and Oyoyo markets) and malls (such as Barbie Supermarket, Seaticks Quickkey , Teides Plaza, Sunky Supermarket etc.).
There are a number of options available to anyone who wishes to move around the City. The City has commercial motorcycle riders, tricycles (keke Nappep), private and public taxis. The intra-city roads in Yenagoa are quite motorable and movement within the City is not very laborious. Visitors to Yenagoa can choose from the available transport options based on their personal budgets and tastes. The commercial motorcycles, tricycles and public taxis all offer services at cheap prices which fall into similar price ranges of 50 Naira to 300 Naira. The private taxi cabs offer personalized and exclusive services to commuters at costs ranging from 1000 to 2500 naira.
12. Lots of beautiful homes away from home in Yenagoa
Yenagoa has a lot of nice luxurious hotels that caters to your comfort. There are high budget hotels and low budget hotels. The range of cost for hotel accommodation can be as low as N2500 to as high as N56000.
Good examples of a highbrow hotel in Yenagoa are Aridolf wellness resort and spa, Torogara luxury guest house, De Brass suites, Top Rank Hotel Galaxy, Meglams Hotel. A good example of a low budget friendly hotel is Golden gate hotel.
13. Yenagoans love to have fun
Yenagoa is a joyful city. The Ijaws who are the principal residents are widely known for their huge appetite for fun. It is no surprise therefore that the city has a vibrant nightlife. There are quite a number of bars and night clubs. An example of one of such popular bars is De
Brass .
14. You can always live within your budget in Yenogoa
Yenogoa is not quite an expensive city as rumored. It is rather a cheap city when compared to cities like Port Harcourt.
A self contain in Yenagoa can be gotten for as low as N100,000. The cost of feeding in Yenogoa is also nowhere as high as in Port Harcourt city. Residents have access to unlimited fresh foods and seafoods. Whatever your budget is, Yenogoa promises to give you the best of the best.
15. You can start moving to Yenagoa!
The dramas and issues of militancy has made a lot of people scared of moving to Bayelsa state, but with the introduction of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Yenagoa has moved on from its dark days, and it would be the pleasure of its warm hearted residents to have a neighbour like you.
So, start packing!

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15 Things You Should Knoe Before moving to Yenagoa - by Ebi - 03-25-2019, 09:33 PM

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