Basic Things You Should Know About Akwa Ibom State

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About Akwa Ibom State

About Akwa Ibom State
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The creation date of Akwa Ibom State is September 23, 1987. The state was created by the then Military Administration General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

The creation of the state saw the end of the prolonged skirmish and struggle of the people. The State was created out of the mainland part of the former Cross River state. 

Having been left out in earlier state creation exercises, the struggle through the Ibibio Union; a socio-cultural organization that functioned as a unifying bond for the people, and their agitation for an autonomous state notwithstanding, many people considered the creation of Akwa Ibom State a pointer of justice.

Akwa Ibom State Capital is Uyo. The State has Nicknamed the Land of Promise. And the Demonym(s) for Akwa Ibom people is Akwa Ibomite. 

The State lies between Latitudes 4o 32” and 5o 33” North and Longitudes 7o 35” and 8o 25” East.  It 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 presently covers a total land area of 7,249 square kilometers. Dispute territories are not taken into consideration. The State also has three distinct vegetation zones: the saline water swamp forest, the freshwater swamp forest, and the rain forest.

Akwa Ibom state is within the tropical zone with dominant vegetation of green foliage of trees and shrubs. The State also has three noticeable vegetation zones: the saline water swamp forest, the freshwater swamp forest, and the rain forest.

The State is the 10th largest state in Nigeria in terms of landmass. About 13.4 percent of the 960km of the Country’s Atlantic Ocean coastline runs through the State in towns that include; Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Abasi, Oron, Abak, Itu, Etinan, Ibeno, etc.

Akwa Ibom State also has three peculiar vegetation zones: the saline water swamp forest, the freshwater swamp forest, and the rain forest.

There is a cultural similarity that binds the different tribes together, especially in such areas as cuisines, dressing, dances, songs, rituals, folklore, beliefs, and myths.

The people of the State are culturally homogenous. The three major dialectal groups in the state are Ibibio, Annang, and Oron.

Other subgroups include Eket, Ibeno, Itu Mbonuso, and the Andonis. English is the language of government and business.

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The Main Ethnic Groups in the State include:

  1. Ibibio
  2. Annang
  3. Oron
  4. Eket
  5. Obolo

Christianity is the predominant Religion of the Akwa Ibom people.

Local government Areas in Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom State has a total of thirty-one (31) Local government Areas. They include:

  1. Abak
  2. Eastern Obolo
  3. Eket
  4. Esit-Eket
  5. Essien Udim
  6. Etim Ekpo
  7. Etinan
  8. Ibeno
  9. Ibesikpo-Asutan
  10. Ibiono-Ibom
  11. Ika
  12. Ikono
  13. Ikot Abasi
  14. Ikot Ekpene
  15. Ini
  16. Itu
  17. Mbo
  18. Mkpat-Enin
  19. Nsit-Atai
  20. Nsit-Ibom
  21. Nsit Ubium
  22. Obot-Akara
  23. Okobo
  24. Onna
  25. Oron
  26. Oruk-Anam
  27. Ukanafun
  28. Udung-Uko
  29. Uruan
  30. Urue-Offong/Oruko
  31. Uyo

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Notable People from Akwa Ibom State

Obong Victor Attah   –   A Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State

Udom Gabriel Emmanuel    –   Governor of Akwa Ibom State from May 2015 to date

Senator Ita Enang     – Senior Special Assistant to The President

Godswill Obot Akpabio   –   Erstwhile Governor of Akwa Ibom State/Former Senate Minority Leader

Idongesit Nkanga   –   Former Military Governor,  Akwa Ibom State

Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem   –   National Legal Adviser of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

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Chris Ekpenyong   –   Former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State in Victor Attah’s administration.

Ufot Ekaette    –    Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 under President Olusegun Obasanjo

Onofiok Luke   –     The 11th Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly / the Pioneer Speaker of the Nigeria Youth Parliament.

Akpan Isemin      –    Elected Governor of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria from January 1992 to November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic

Late Chief (Dr) Clement Isong (CFR)      –     Second Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. First civilian governor of the former Cross River State

Charles Bassey    – a member of 1980 Super Eagles, winner of African Cup of Nations

Samuel Okon Peter (OON), (DSP)    –    World heavyweight boxing champion.

Vincent Enyeama   –   Professional footballer (Goalie) and former Super Eagle captain.

Chief Don Etiebiet    –   Former Minister of Petroleum

Ini Edo    –    Nollywood Actress

Ime Bishop Umoh     –    Nollywood Actor

As of 2016, the total population of the state was about 5,450,758 and ranked 15 of 36.  With 770/km2 (2,000/sq mi) density.

The current Governor of Akwa Ibom State is Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and he’s Deputized by Mr. Moses Ekpo both elected under the aegis of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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Akwa Ibom State Senators are:

Bassey Albert Akpan

Godswill Akpabio

Nelson Effiong

Legislature: Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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