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The Bole Festival In Port Harcourt In 2022 Will Feature Food, Entertainment, And Thrills.

Posted On : September 15, 2022

Oscar Alochi


A month ago, Port Harcourt’s largest food and music festival, the Bolè Festival, was held. The sixth iteration of the festival took place in August and filled Yakubu Gowon Stadium with thousands of spectators. For many people, the dynamic city’s thrill, experience, and memories are still very fresh.

The sixth iteration of the food festival, Bolé Festival 2022, with the theme Level up, was started in 2016 to honor the renowned Port Harcourt street food. The festival draws food lovers and chefs from all over the world to celebrate the rich culture and variety of popular food with a focus on Southern heritage. Bolé Festival had an increase in attendance from 300 guests in 2016 to a record-breaking 25,000 attendees in 2021.

The festival featured kid-friendly activities including musical performances and the visually magnificent bamboo Bolè village, where people lined up until three in the morning to enjoy the famed Bolè booths’ bole and fish. There were also dance competitions, culinary stalls, comedic performances, and games.

Nonso Iwuh started the Bolè festival in 2016 out of a love for showcasing a southern history and way of life. Despite the bad weather, over 28,000 people came to the Bolè festival 2022 over the course of two days, and there were over 100 vendors from all over Nigeria. We Pin!, a common Port Harcourt slang expression that implies “we are immovable,” was used in this situation.

The founder and creative director of Bolè, Nonso Iwuh, stated that the 2022 event would be the festival’s sixth and largest iteration. I am grateful to my team of smart, committed young brains who never fail to deliver, and I am astounded by the Bolè Festival’s evolution throughout the years.
Our Bolè BFFs (attendees and well-wishers) are our biggest inspiration, and we appreciate their confidence in us and their assistance.

The festival’s theme for this year was “Level Up,” which represents how, despite the pandemic’s setbacks, we increased our standards, resilience, and festival experience.

“Our identity and message at Bolè Festival are firmly founded in food, culture, and community. We are now able to draw thousands of foodies, brands, and companies every year to celebrate our unique street food culture.” Bolè Festival marketing and communication lead, Elsie Alasia.

The audience were treated to fascinating musical performances by Ruger, Cavemen, and a range of Port Harcourt’s greatest acts in addition to the food fair and games during the festival. Nedu Wazobia, Nas Boi, and Mr. Funny were among the other famous people and influences who performed.

Regarding the upcoming Bolè Festival, Iwuh said: “We anticipate that our 2023 edition will be even more thrilling. We are always searching for fresh approaches to improve the festival experience for our partners and visitors.”

Nigeria Breweries (Tiger Beer), Chipper Cash, La Casera, Bolt, Tecno, Imperial Blue, Chateau Varterly Winery, Bulzano Wine, Red Bull, Sun Ville Group, Fan Ice, Marie Stopes, Fire Condom, Trash Coin, Ceemore Global, YEO Foundation, Starchaser Wine, and Odibola Properties provided financial support for and sponsorship of the Bolè Festival 2022.

Content courtesy of The Bole Festival & NFH

Oscar Alochi


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