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Chronicles of My March 12Trip Challenge: Ureje Lake, Banga Soup, And Other Stories

Hello people!

Hope you didn’t think that I abandoned my travel goals for this year?

Nah, I just have a backlog of posts that I have to publish and it starts now! πŸ™‚

So I missed my trip for the month of March and decided to go swimming which as can be read in my stuff about me post, I haven’t done for years and years.

I changed my mind about swimming though, and decided to go see Ureje Lake in Ekiti which I read about in Naijatreks.

The location was just a few minutes from my house but my people, that trip was one chance!

First of all, the lake isn’t a tourist centre(somebody say huh?) but it could be one if the Government invests in it.

So I got to the gate, spoke to the person there who said that I had to get permission before going in(insert blank stare here) and he directed me to the man I was to get permission from.

In my mind I was thinking “this wowo place. They should be happy someone came here”
Frankly, I wanted to go back home but was just too stubborn to waste my transport fare like that.
I got to the man’s office who I was to ask for permission from and he started asking me silly questions – sometimes repeating the same questions over and over again.
What’s your name?
What do you do?
Where’s your PPA(because I told him that I’m a corper)
Show me your ID card.
This id card has expired(when the date is clearly on it)
I was like what?

At the lake

At the lake

Haven’t you ever heard of someone just sightseeing and going on adventures before?
He said he wanted to be sure that I am not sent from the Government to spy on them?
What a laugh biko?
The experience I had in this trip was even more than the trip itself…
Finally, he gave me permission and walked me over to the lake.
The lake is pretty big and everything that Naijatreks described it as but I didn’t even stay long.

Entrance to the lake

Entrance to the lake

The man just showed me and said we should walk back.

The lake

The lake

He did snap me pictures (I will give him that) but then he tried to place his hands on my shoulder and was asking me where is my husband.
In my mind I was like what is this????
This is one issue with the traveling alone thing, everybody wants to toast you and it’s annoying!
Anyway, I had heard that one could get fresh fish from the lake so I set out to look for a place to buy fresh fish.
I had asked a friend of mine to get banga for me from Delta State before and I needed fish to cook it.
And no, I didn’t see fresh fish but what I saw was manageable, I think.

While pricing the fish

While pricing the fish

The fisherman did try to toast me too(rolling eyes), and please it’s not like I’m pretty pretty, it’s just annoying all these toasting I’m getting just because I wanna see a new place and everyone thinks a corper needs a man so when you say I’m a serving corper, it’s just taken as a license to woo you. *sigh*
Got the fish for a good price anyway and then began the highlight of my trip.
I cooked banga soup and attempted to make the starch.
I say attempted to make the starch because it was an epic fail(I think), but I still ate it sha, it was manageable for me but not for a husband..hehe

After boiling the banga

After boiling the banga

Pounded and seived the oil out of it

Pounded and seived the oil out of it

Soup done, unto the starch..

Soup done, unto the starch..

Still turning the starch, this is where I missed it

Still turning the starch, this is where I missed it

Banga soup spices are so expensive in Ekiti, someone should have told me this before I came, I would have brought spices from Delta State.
Anyways, the soup wasn’t as sweet as my momma’s own but I tried, what with the little spices I had and no catfish, and it was a welcome change to eat banga soup after MONTHS off of it.

Sorry, started eating before I snapped the pictures

Sorry, started eating before I snapped the pictures

You can get the recipe from Dooney’s Kitchen here if you are interested in it…
And with that ends my trip for March.
I was disappointed with the whole Ureje Lake deal but the fish I got and my banga soup made my day.



My trip for April was more interesting.
*hint hint* I went to Idanre hills at Akure. (Yep, we be touring the city, lol)
Just tune in for the deets later, I will be writing about it soonest. πŸ™‚


Till my next travelouge,
Much love,


P.S – You can read my previous travelogue on the 12trip challenge for all single ladies by clicking here
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  • Reply
    the Fashion Engineer
    May 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Travelling alone can be scary but its fun lool
    The lake needs gover

  • Reply
    the Fashion Engineer
    May 15, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Travelling alone can be scary but its fun lool
    The lake needs government intervention

  • Reply
    May 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

    *covering my face* talk abt making d best of a situation. I went to makurdi in march (official trip) and closed late everyday so all I saw were d hotel gates and d lil slice of makurdi from d park to d hotel.
    Looks like u r having fun. Hope I join in dis fun soon. Planning a trip to PH later in d year, leisure n no work! (BGG)

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Awww Olawumi, someone like me would have found a way to still sightsee oh…hehe.(official trip or not)
      Pls do rest wella when you take time off and enjoy…join the fun πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    May 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Lllooolllzz @ everybody wants to toast you,.. Single Ladies know the struggle…

  • Reply
    May 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Lol! One chance trip..
    I still enjoyed reading this post though! We should plan a trip for when I get back o; I want to go out with Frances! #GhenGhen#

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Right Mobolaji, I will sooooo enjoy that, going out with you.
      I will make sure we go on rock climbing or something sha, so you’ll cry. Hehehehe

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    Tope BANKS
    May 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Seriously aunt,you are not pretty? If I hear yimu joor. Lol but the lake looks serene,don’t mind them toasters,its part of the whole package.

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      Frances Okoro
      May 17, 2015 at 12:11 am

      Uhm, the lake looks serene but I didn’t stay nah, the man was more interested in asking about husband instead of giving me atleast an hour to just settle down..but oh well..

      As for the toasters, ah Tope it gets too much jare..but I won’t complain…AGAIN or maybe a

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    May 17, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Naija men just like to toast young young girls, it is annoying especially once they have established that you don’t have a husband. As for the lake, it is everywhere, I remember visiting the Usman dam in Abuja, the wahala to get through to the place was hectic.

    emmm is that starch custard?

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 18, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Hahahahahah, Keke, I just laughed out loud at the custard question.
      Shebi I said it was an epic fail! Hehe, yes it was, I for hide the picture sef.
      My momsi used to make it look so easy but its not at all oh.but God dey.

      The toasting thing eh, i’ve resigned myself abeg, I won’t complain again.
      The whole being strict thing, i wonder why…

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