My Warri Chronicles (9) Warri/Sapele Road

There were two roads in Warri, Warri/Sapele road and the rest.

Warri/Sapele road was the Capone of roads, second to none. This long stretch of road split the city in two and stretched itself across the middle from one end to the other like an over fed Python.

Warri / Sapele road begins at Amukpe, somewhere on the road to Benin, several kilometers away and goes right through several towns and villages in the Okpe clan, continues through Effurun, through Warri metropolis and ends at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean–almost. 

It actually ends at the Nigeria Ports Authority gates, but that’s the same thing as the Sea, isn’t it?
Warri/Sapele road had everything; Main market, Kingsway stores, Ibo market, Kingsway rendezvous, Leventis Stores, Warri central Motor park, Seven Up bottling company, etc,etc. The Warri central motor park was midway on this long stretch of road, as were numerous businesses and banks. The world famous Urhobo college, was on this road and countless other schools too. Most other self-respecting roads started or ended on this road. It was as if they longed to ‘belong’ 
Don’t misunderstand me. Warri was not one of those one-horse towns where everything happened on one street but there was just something about Warri/Sapele road. You could not truthfully call it the Main Street as they have in other countries; in Warri, every neighbourhood had its own Main Street–Okumagba layout had  Okumagba Avenue, which was known by its more common short form–Avenue. There was Enerhen road for those in the Enerhen area, Airport road served some parts of Effurun and environs; Esisi road was the Main Street for GRA, there was Okere road for the Itsekiri suburb of Okere, etc, etc.

And then there was W/S road. 

It was a king, a knight, a warlord, all rolled into one. It ruled in the city and sort of decided what belonged to where. 

Truthfully, there is nowhere like Warri!

Elsie Dennis-Oghenekaro is a successful Author, columnist, Traveling Consultant & a Warri person. She’s based in Abuja Nigeria with her lovely family. 

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