Akwa Ibom State is a state in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria, bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The state takes its name from the Kwa Ibo River, which bisects the state before flowing into the Bight of Bonny.Akwa Ibom was splitted from Cross River State in 1987 with her capital Uyo and with 31 local government areas. Of the 36 states, AkwaIbom is the 30th largest in area and fifteenth most populous with an estimated population of approximately 5.5 million as of 2016. Geographically, the state is divided between the Central African mangroves in the coastal far south and the Cross–Niger transition forests in the rest of the state. In the southeast corner of the state is the Stubbs’s Creek Forest Reserve, a heavily threatened wildlife reserve that contains declining crocodile, putty-nosed monkey, along with potentially extirpated populations of African leopard and Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee. Offshore, the state is also biodiverse as there are large fish populations along with various cetacean species including bottlenose dolphins, pan tropical spotted dolphins, humpback whales, and killer whales.
Festivals and Traditions
- Atakpo Festival: Annual feast and ritual worship in honor of Uruan clan deity. It is accompanied by masquerade displays and merry making usually in Aug./Sept.
- Ekong Festival: An entertainment festival that witness the display of colorful masquerades. It is to re-establish peace, love and order and to publicly disgrace transgressors. It usually takes place every mid-June–end of September.
- Ekong Nkemba Festival: Annual celebration of the ancestors of Idu, Uruan and Mbiakong people. It take place in August.
- Ekpe Outings Festival: A feast for protection of farm crops and domestic animals. They are displayed by beautiful masquerades. It is celebrated by Uruan and Oron people. This is from March to early April.
- Ekpiri Akata Festival: This is a public outing meant to expose anti-social behaviors through songs sung mainly at night by masked performers. It is common in Itu and Uruan LGA. It takes place between January and March.
- Eset (Ise) Feast Festival: It is a feast to pay tribute to the warriors in Ukana Clan. July/August.
- Feast of etefia deity festival: A clan celebration of appeasement and thanksgiving to the communal deity of Uyo, Ikono and people in Ini Local Government Areas. July / August.
- Feast Of Anyan Festival: This festival is done to appease the communal deity of Otoro clan in IkotEkpene, and it takes place between July and August.
- Ikon And Ebre Festival: Ikon (Melon) festival and Ebre (Water Yam Festival) are thanksgiving for a good year’s harvest of melon and water yam accompanied by dances and music. Aug./Sept
Tourists Attractions and Locations
- Ibeno Beach
- Ibibio Museum
- National Museum of Colonial History
- Discovery Park
- Presbyterian Church
- Oron Museum
- Le Meridian
- The Bridge Of No Return
- Gods-will Akpabio International Stadium
- Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo
- Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center, Uyo