The idea of Bole Festival was conceived in 2014 by a young man and a graduate from University of Port Harcourt, Iwuh Kennedy Chinonso, though the festival officially kicked of in 2016.
According to Chinonso; “In 2014, while I was the President of AIESEC, University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) chapter, the interns we had expressed so much happiness eating bole and fish. Also all over Port Harcourt you see people leaving their places of work to go and eat bole at the nearest vendor’s stand.”
Bole Festival is the biggest food festival South and East of Nigeria.
The first Bole Festival was held in October 3rd, 2016, being the debut edition, it recorded about 300 attendees, with only 2 vendors supplying the participants at that time at Elekahia Basketball, Port Harcourt, Rivers State though at a time, it was known as Bole Fun Fare.
The second edition held on November 11th, 2017 at Dr. Obi Wali International Convention Centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers state with over 2,000 Bole lovers attendance and over 60 Bole vendors.
Bole Festival grew even bigger in it third edition in 2018 with over 8,000 attendance and over 90 Bole vendors.
Bole Festival 2019 is the fourth edition of the event and its slatted to hold at Dr. Obi Wali International Convention Centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, with the theme: #OurTasteOurCulture.
Entertainers such as: Rema, Ushbebe, Dandizy, Siki, David Wilson, Dr, Barz, Ajebo Hustlers, Verse Gunzalo, etc are among the entertainers confirmed to perform.
First week every August is now the official month for Bole Festival each year.
The side-attractions surround this gathering are: exhibitions, music, comedy, food competitions, fun, and games are a few to name.