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5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by baybeeboi: 2:11pm On May 06, 2015
Have you ever visited Cross River State in Nigeria? If not, you should do so soon because the state is filled with diverse ethnic groups, beautiful places and amazing people. Today, we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane to understand one of the ethnic groups in this beautiful state, the Efiks. The Efiks are one of Nigeria’s most prevalent and interesting ethnic groups. The people predominantly occupy the south of Cross River State and speak Efik. But before they became the Efiks we know today, they had an origin, traditions and lifestyle – some extinguished but some maintained. Below are some historical facts about them:


ORIGIN: The Efiks are believed to be originally from Uduak Eset (Isangele) in Cameroon before they migrated to Nigeria as far back as 8,000 BC.


ECONOMY: Although their economy was originally based on fishing, they quickly developed into a major trading region, trading slaves and agricultural products like palm oil, cassava, yam etc. in exchange for European manufactured goods in the 17th to 19th
century.


LANGUAGE: Efik was one of the earliest Nigerian languages,with the original orthography devised in 1812, by King Eyo Nsa Honesty. In 1860, it was one of the first three Nigerian languages to be codified with its own orthography and grammar. In 1862, Efik language was the first Nigerian language used in translating the Holy Bible (New Testament) and in 1868, the translations of Old Testament was completed.


EDUCATION: The Efik and indeed the people of the Old Calabar Kingdom were the first to embrace western education in Nigeria, with the establishment of Hope Waddel Training Institute, Calabar in 1895 and the Methodist Boys High School, Oron in 1905.


TRADITION: The Efik had interesting traditions with one of them being the Fattening Room practice. Here, virgins were overfed, massaged and made to sleep for long periods to become the perfect, robust bride. A modified version is still practiced today. Men also belonged to the secret society, Ekpe which was named after a forest spirit. Members were the guardians of the peace and the messengers of the ancestors. Their activities included making laws and punishing offenders. The teachings of Calabar’s first Missionary School thankfully brought an end to the group’s additional activity of human sacrifice. Another tradition that was fortunately brought to an end was the belief that twins were a disgrace to Abasi (God). It was thought to be evil for a woman to give birth to twins, the twins were taken and left for dead in the forest.

http://benugi.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-facts-you-should-know-about-efik.html

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by CountDracula(m): 2:19pm On May 06, 2015
Dey cud have dropped from heaven and I still won't care

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by braintext(m): 2:30pm On May 06, 2015
I'm Annang

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Nobody: 3:32pm On May 06, 2015
And y is the masquerade looking so identical like that seed that normally makes ppl dance,when its drops on the body I mean weyreypelipsrsealed
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by okooloyun1(m): 3:32pm On May 06, 2015
Their traditional attire dey scare kids away

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by boolet: 3:33pm On May 06, 2015
Nice.

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by boluyongp(m): 3:33pm On May 06, 2015
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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by tobtap: 3:34pm On May 06, 2015
NO. 6. EXPERT BEDMATICS SKILLS cheesy grin grin cheesy grin cheesy

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Nobody: 3:34pm On May 06, 2015
Incomplete research
U no write abt straffing
Na wetin we knw dem for be dat


Say no to "change"
We nid transformation
I pray and hope we won't regret voting out transformation

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by tobtap: 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
baybeeboi:
Have you ever visited Cross River State in Nigeria? If not, you should do so soon because the state is filled with diverse ethnic groups, beautiful places and amazing people. Today, we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane to understand one of the ethnic groups in this beautiful state, the Efiks. The Efiks are one of Nigeria’s most prevalent and interesting ethnic groups. The people predominantly occupy the south of Cross River State and speak Efik. But before they became the Efiks we know today, they had an origin, traditions and lifestyle – some extinguished but some maintained. Below are some historical facts about them:


ORIGIN: The Efiks are believed to be originally from Uduak Eset (Isangele) in Cameroon before they migrated to Nigeria as far back as 8,000 BC.


ECONOMY: Although their economy was originally based on fishing, they quickly developed into a major trading region, trading slaves and agricultural products like palm oil, cassava, yam etc. in exchange for European manufactured goods in the 17th to 19th
century.


LANGUAGE: Efik was one of the earliest Nigerian languages,with the original orthography devised in 1812, by King Eyo Nsa Honesty. In 1860, it was one of the first three Nigerian languages to be codified with its own orthography and grammar. In 1862, Efik language was the first Nigerian language used in translating the Holy Bible (New Testament) and in 1868, the translations of Old Testament was completed.


EDUCATION: The Efik and indeed the people of the Old Calabar Kingdom were the first to embrace western education in Nigeria, with the establishment of Hope Waddel Training Institute, Calabar in 1895 and the Methodist Boys High School, Oron in 1905.


TRADITION: The Efik had interesting traditions with one of them being the Fattening Room practice. Here, virgins were overfed, massaged and made to sleep for long periods to become the perfect, robust bride. A modified version is still practiced today. Men also belonged to the secret society, Ekpe which was named after a forest spirit. Members were the guardians of the peace and the messengers of the ancestors. Their activities included making laws and punishing offenders. The teachings of Calabar’s first Missionary School thankfully brought an end to the group’s additional activity of human sacrifice. Another tradition that was fortunately brought to an end was the belief that twins were a disgrace to Abasi (God). It was thought to be evil for a woman to give birth to twins, the twins were taken and left for dead in the forest.

http://benugi.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-facts-you-should-know-about-efik.html
8000bc ke? and yet there are less than 2 million efiks... despite there acclaimed BEDMATICS skills . it should be like 800AD not 8000BC

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by JumiaConsult: 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
never knew these
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by LockDown69(m): 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
the traditional attire tho. Their women beautiful and sweet sha. wink
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by clemz88(m): 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
No time to read. The person below should say something
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Nobody: 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
OREMUSSANCTUS:
Incomplete research U no write abt straffing Na wetin we knw dem for be dat

Say no to "change" We nid transformation I pray and hope we won't regret voting out transformation
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Nobody: 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
What bout em laddies na sad sad
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by UnknownT: 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
EKPO MMOGHU. What does that MMOGHU mean? I know it's used to refer to Akwa/cross persons.
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by latino2swt(m): 3:35pm On May 06, 2015
T

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by ifyan(m): 3:36pm On May 06, 2015
Beautiful people.

Love this.

You know. .....

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by cycline404(m): 3:36pm On May 06, 2015
OREMUSSANCTUS:
Incomplete research
U no write abt straffing
Na wetin we knw dem for be dat


Say no to "change"
We nid transformation
I pray and hope we won't regret voting out transformation

I think you need to stop using DRUGS or you need some DRUGS!
Its either you change to your old doctor or you change to a new doctor.
YOU NEED CHANGE!!!

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by peleson: 3:36pm On May 06, 2015
South South Nigeria was the first people to be westernise inn Nigeria. They met the Whites first

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Daslim180(m): 3:36pm On May 06, 2015
I luv Nigeria's culture
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by MrHighSea: 3:36pm On May 06, 2015
Dia women? Excellent companions n Treasures of the Obongs.

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by clemz88(m): 3:37pm On May 06, 2015
latino2swt:
T
T for thief

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Nobody: 3:38pm On May 06, 2015
I love Efik women because they usually have big nyash and they know how to do the deed. Mmm now I want to slay one right now.
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Funjosh(m): 3:38pm On May 06, 2015
They are the First to Embrace western Education.


LIE. lipsrsealed

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by thefakestan: 3:39pm On May 06, 2015
Them sabi cook, kudos.

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by Nobody: 3:40pm On May 06, 2015
peleson:
South South Nigeria was the first people to be westernise inn Nigeria. They met the Whites first

Yup especially the Efiks and Ijaws. You can see it in their liberal culture and abundance of English surnames.

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Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by glin(f): 3:43pm On May 06, 2015
Op u forgot to add that they circumcise their female children.
Which is too bad!
Re: 5 Facts You Should Know About The Efik People by gentlesJ(m): 3:43pm On May 06, 2015
This is just incomplete info.

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