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Hilarious Photo All The Way From The City Of Warri / The Night View Of City Of Bauchi (Wambai Gate) / The New Four Point Hotel In Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State (see Photo) (1) (2) (3) (4)

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The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:00am On May 12, 2015
Ikot Ekpene, known throughout Nigeria as " The Raffia City", or locally simply as "IK," is a historic town in the southernNigeria,in Akwa Ibom state. It is the political and cultural capital of theAnnang ethnic group in Nigeria (Nair, 1972). The town is located on the A342 highway that parallels the coast, between Calabar to the south east andAba to the west, with the state capital,Uyo, on this road just to the east.Umuahia is the next major town to the north.Ikot Ekpene is known as a regional centre of commerce, with notable exports of palm products, especiallypalm oil, kernels, raffia products including raffia fibers and its sweet wine, as well as ground crops of yams,cassava, taro, and corn. The population is made up primarily of the Annangpeople with a small number of Igbo Traders and Hausa Suya Vendors. Significant exports also include basket weaving, sculpture, and, most notably,raffia cane furniture (hence the colloquial name of the town).Though most inhabitants of the area did not have direct contact with European traders who they called Mbakara until early in the twentieth century, it is believed that European articles of trade reached the people since the 17th century. Sustained contact with the Europeans began during the Aro expedition when Ukpong Inokon, an Aro Blood Brotherhood leader escaped to Ifuho. (Ette, in press) In November 1903, British troops arrived in the area from Calabar and the following year established a garrison there in January 1904. From Ikot Ekpene the troops marched to Uyo and from there to Abak and Opobo (now Ikot Abasi). Between 1904 and 1910, Ikot Ekpene became part of the Eyong District. In 1914 Enyong District was broken up into two: Enyong and Ikot Ekpene Districts. The new Ikot Ekpene District included Uyo and Abak with the headquarters in Ikot Ekpene town (Akpan, 1967).By 1919 trade with Europeans opened up as the town became an administrative center. The following companies had post and stores in the town: John Holt Cooperative Wholesale Society Paterson Zochonos (PZ), G. B. Olivant and the Compagnie Francaise de L'Afrique Occidentals. The establishment of these companies resulted in exodus from the surrounding areas and made Ikot Ekpene a vibrant metropolis. In 1937, the colonial administration built the main market and separated those who sold imported European goods from indigenous articles. A slaughter house was added to allow for the inspection of meat.Under the British the town became the seat of both the (Annang), Division and (Ikot Ekpene) County Council. Today it is a municipal center in the state of Akwa Ibom.Kannan Nair, the noted historian described the town as a cultural and political capital of the Annangs and the Ibibios. The Ibibios live to the East and most of the Annangs live to the South of the town. In 1903, the British sent in troops and a garrison was stationed there at the main entrance to the town known as Control Post. The town was so important to the British that when a proposed road linking Owerri and Calabar in the late 1920s was to bypass the town, the British administrators abandoned the idea in favor of one linking Eket and Owerri in order to bring the town into the loop (Nair, 1972). It became the site of the experiment in local self governance by the British in 1951. It was also the birthplace of the famous Ibibio Welfare Union when James Udo Eka teamed up with Udosen Obot at Methodist school in Ikot Obong Edong ( Noah, 1988).Ikot Ekpene, probably more than any other town, was seriously impacted in the Biafrian civil war. It had strategic military and political importance to both the Biafrians and Nigerians. The town and the area changed hands at least 3 times in this bitter conflict. Following the war, the new reorganization and state structure led to policies that did not recognize the historic importance of the town as most of the Annang leaders were massacred during the war.Like most Annang communities, Ikot Ekpene has a tradition of self-improvement from its sons and daughters, both near and far. Several groups are working together to recapture and rebuild what they fondly call "The Raffia City". Ikot Ekpene has a long history of transforming the raffia fibre into cloth used in shoes, hats, handbags, mats and with distinctive cultural carvings made out of wood. These unique arts and crafts trades have continued alongside traditional agriculture.Many foreign organizations and churches are present in the area. Four institutions of higher learning have added a richness to the town: The Akwa-Ibom state polythecnic Ikot Osurua, Ritman university, the School of Nursing and the St Joseph Major Theological Seminary.

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:02am On May 12, 2015
Sights of Ikot-Ekpene

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:04am On May 12, 2015
Ikot ekpene

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:06am On May 12, 2015
Ikot Ekpene

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:09am On May 12, 2015
Sheraton Ikot-Ekpene

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Edwinmason(m): 12:15am On May 12, 2015
Wondaful

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:21am On May 12, 2015
Amazing...such a beautiful and quiet city..not craving for attention cool

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:36am On May 12, 2015
Craft and culture

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:41am On May 12, 2015
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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:43am On May 12, 2015
grin

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by smithsydny(m): 6:36am On May 12, 2015
Sekem city. I love ph city take it. eeeehhhhhhhhhh front page

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by DaGC(m): 7:51am On May 12, 2015
Lovely. smiley

Akwa Ibom ayaya.

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Situation001(m): 8:13am On May 12, 2015
Ikot ekpene is such a wonderful place to be.. I tell you..

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by debbie(f): 11:48am On May 12, 2015
please what is the name of their masquerade called?

It is obvious that the south-south is a very calm place to live in..Though i would love to visit these places someday.
@op,thanks for sharing this info.

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 12:28pm On May 12, 2015
debbie:
please what is the name of their masquerade called?

It is obvious that the south-south is a very calm place to live in..Though i would love to visit these places someday.
@op,thanks for sharing this info.
you are very much welcome dear.
The masqurade is the popular "ekpo masqurade" grin

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by henrychubayo: 12:52pm On May 12, 2015
VERY VERY NICE. TOURIST AREAS IN NIGERIA IS GROWING. SOON, OUR VISAS MAY BE CHASED AFTER. WE JUST NEED MORE COMMITTED GOVERNORS AND ROOT OUT TRIBALISM.

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by debbie(f): 1:10pm On May 12, 2015
ok,wow,........so it is the same name that Arochukwu people call their masquerade too
elbinmanny:
you are very much welcome dear.
The masqurade is the popular "ekpo masqurade" grin

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by elbinmanny(m): 1:17pm On May 12, 2015
debbie:
ok,wow,........so it is the same name that Arochukwu people call their masquerade too
its possible cos ikot ekpene is the borther town to Abia state cool

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Qualer: 2:11pm On May 12, 2015
debbie:
please what is the name of their masquerade called?

It is obvious that the south-south is a very calm place to live in..Though i would love to visit these places someday.
@op,thanks for sharing this info.

let me know when you are ready... will be your exclusive escort cool
Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by lalasticlala(m): 9:46pm On May 12, 2015
Wow!! This is nice

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Ezenwammadu(m): 9:49pm On May 12, 2015
Wonderful city.........Obiano should learn from akpabio though he is working and akwaibom is far richer than us but still........ grin

lf Akpabio could do this then i wonder how fools think APC or ummana can make a dent in the state.

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Jackeeh(m): 9:50pm On May 12, 2015
That's ma town grin

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Nobody: 9:50pm On May 12, 2015
elbinmanny:
Sheraton Ikot-Ekpene

Currently under construction!

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by younghartz(m): 9:50pm On May 12, 2015
What are we not talking about

This is a city grin


Not umuahia cry

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Spaxon(f): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
dats my governor..
Uko iden!!

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by lilwayneme(m): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
cute
Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Built2last: 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
Ok
Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by major466(m): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
Akwa Ibom is a place to be. Very beautiful. smiley

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by xtremeidea(m): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
heard their girl are fine too grin grin grin shocked shocked shocked shocked

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by VickyRotex(f): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
I just want that Bicycle kiss kiss

Creativity at its peak...

Would love to visit Akwa Ibom someday. smiley

#Akwa Ibom Ayaya

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Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by tohpahz(f): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
smileywould want to come here someday [color=#006600][/color]
Re: The Hidden City Of Nigeria (ikot-ekepne). Another Akpabio Magic ! by Ariel20(m): 9:52pm On May 12, 2015
Ezenwammadu:
Wonderful city

lf Akpabio could do this then i wonder how fools think APC or ummana can make a dent in the state.


Who says more cannot be done? undecided

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