Akwa ibom state is set to celebrate its 30th birthday after huge achievements from past and present administration.
Start by reading the DAKKADA CREED before learning about the history of the state
Akwa Ibomites, rise to the faith of greatness
Rise to the faith that with God all things are possible
Rise to the faith that Akwa Ibom was created by God out of greatness
Rise to the faith that as a people, we can move beyond ethnicity, biases, religion, and gender
Rise to togetherness
Rise to the faith of our resources, beyond what others see, human and intellectual
Rise to chart a new course for us, our children and a generation of Akwa Ibomites unborn
Rise to the faith that one day; we shall be counted as great people of a great state with great minds
Rise to the faith that all these are possible and many more
Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful
I rise to the faith that Akwa Ibom was created to be great
I rise to the faith that Akwa Ibom is destined to be great
I am an Akwaibomite
I rise to a faith of greatness
Akwa Ibom Dakkada!
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ABOUT AKWA IBOM STATE
Akwa Ibom State is one of the state that was created on the 23rd of September 1987 by the then Military Administration of Nigeria General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria. lying between latitudes 4°32′N and 5°33′N, and longitudes 7°25′E and 8°25′E, the State is bounded on the East by Rivers State, on the West by Cross River State, on the North by Abia State and on the South by the Gulf of Guinea.
Akwa Ibom State currently covers a total land area of 7,249 square kilometers. The area does not take into consideration disputed territories. It is the 10th largest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass. About 13.4 percent of the 960km of Nigeria’s Atlantic Ocean coastline runs through the State.
Akwa Ibom is one of the 36 States in the Nigerian Federation. The State is divided into 31 local government areas with Uyo as the State capital. Other major towns include; Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Abasi, Oron, Abak, Itu, Etinan, Ibeno, etc.
The people of Akwa Ibom State are culturally homogenous with a common identity and are reputed to be the first settlers in the present day South Eastern Nigeria. The three major dialectal groups are Ibibio,
Annang and Oron. Other sub groups include Eket, Ibeno, Itu Mbonuso and the Andonis. English is the language of government and business.
With the annual growth rate of the population projected at 3.4%, the 2016 projected population is estimated at 5,451,277 people as follows:
Akwa Ibom falls within the tropical zone with a dominant vegetation of green foliage of trees and shrubs. It constitutes a major chunk of the nation’s oil-palm belt. The Atlantic coastline stretches 129km from Oron in the East to Ikot Abasi in the West.
The State also has three distinct vegetation zones: the saline water swamp forest, the fresh water swamp forest and the rain forest.
Akwa Ibom State has a tropical climate marked by two distinct seasons:
The dry season (November – March, ) and
The Wet season April – October).
The wet season is usually interrupted by a short dry period in August. Average temperature of the State ranges from 23 to 31 degrees centigrade.
The main economic activities of the people are fishing (for riverine and coastal dwellers), farming (mostly for upland dwellers), trading, artisanship and white-collar services. A robust public sector employs significant proportion of the State labour force.
Akwa Ibom State Average Growth Rate is estimated at 3.2%
Akwa Ibom is often described as a uni-cultural State where norms, taboos, customs and traditions are the same.
The folkways may vary from one ethnic grouping to another, but the operational cultural norms are basically the same all over the State. The cultural similarities bind the people together especially in such areas as cuisines, dressing, dances, songs, rituals, folklores, beliefs and myths. Almost all aspects of its culture have potentials to provide fascinating experiences for tourists and for investment opportunities.
Asian Uboikpa means the proud and flamboyant maiden. This dance is performed by maidens between the age of 18 years and 25 years who have successfully gone through the ‘Mbopo’ institution. Mbopo being the period a girl is confined, fattened and drilled on all aspects of home management in preparation for marriage. It is common in almost all the hinterland of the State. Performed by maidens at their prime, Asian Uboikpa therefore is in its visual appeal and celebrates and affirm the youthful innocence and purity in their beauty, while showcasing the popular admonition among the Akwa Ibom people that chastity once lost is lost forever.
Oko is the male dance which is likened to the war dance because of its ferocious displays. The climax of this dance starts when the dancers’ start slashing at one another with razor sharp machetes and firing at themselves with live bullets from Dane guns. But mysteriously, not a drop of blood is shed as the machetes cannot penetrate the skin of the dancers, or the bullets hurt any of the members of what is obviously a secret society.
Nkerebe (looking for husband) is another women dance, performed once a year when young girls at the age of puberty prepare to perform the Mboppo nceremony.
Asian Mbre Iban
Asian Mbre Iban are dances performed by maidens who wish to inform unmarried men of the community how beautiful and eligible they are. Other women dances include Akan, Asamba and Uwok which is performed in the villages occasionally.
Ndok Ufok Ebe
The Ndok Ufok Ebe (shame of a bad marriage) is another women dance to express their grievances over maltreatment of women by their husbands. The dance is performed once a year. It is accompanied by songs telling the community about their plight, often, it involves going topless to the market place.
There is also the Ebre society women dance performed yearly during harvesting of new yam. During this occasion, women dance to the market place and neighbouring villages. The dance is not only meant to entertain but as well as deliberate protest against what is regarded as male chauvinism, which is reflected in the vulgarity of some of the song texts.
List of former Governors of Akwa Ibom State
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|1||Tunde Ogbeha||(Sept 28, 1987 – Aug. 1, 1988)
|2||Godwin Abbe||(Aug. 1, 1988 – Sept. 9, 1990)
|3||Idongesit Nkanga||(September 5, 1990 – Jan. 2, 1992)|
|4||Akpan Isemin (Late)||(January 2, 1992 – Nove. 17, 1993)
|5||Yakubu Bako||(Dec. 15, 1993 – Aug. 21, 199
|6||Joseph A. Adeusi (Late)||(Aug. 21, 1996 – Aug. 10, 1998)
|7||Eyepeiyah John Ebiye||(Aug. 10, 1998 – May 29, 1999)|
|8||Victor Attah||(May 29, 1999 – May 29, 2007)|
|9||Godswill O. Akpabio||(May 29, 2007 – May 29, 2015|
|10||Udom, Emmanuel||(May 29, 2015 – Present)|