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"The Akwa Ibom Project involves attitudinal re-orientation; cultivation of a positive mindset; instilling self-confidence through massive empowerment of our people; and the inculcation of the moral values of hard work, courage, honesty, service and pragmatic peaceful co-existence"

- Akpabio

The cultural commonality is also epitomized in the similarities in folklore, songs, dances, food, beliefs and mythology. The people are predominantly of the Christian faith although some native African religions are practised by some. In terms of lifestyle the people are industrious, resourceful and hospitable.

Akwa Ibom people are farmers, craftsmen, and merchants. A majority of the rural populace engage in farming. Other traditional occupations of the people are fishing, trading, hunting, wood-carving, raffia works, blacksmithing, pottery, iron works, tailoring, and crafts creation.

Akwa Ibom State is located in Nigeria's Niger Delta, with a population of 3,920,208, a land area of 6,900 sq Km, lying between latitudes 4° 32’ and 5° 33’ north and longitudes 7° 25’ and 8° 25’ east, comprising 31 local government areas with Uyo as state capial. Major urban centres include Uyo, Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Ikot Abasi and Oron.

Major ethnic groups are Ibibio, Anang, and Eket. The vegetation is characterised by three easily distinguishable types namely saline water swamp forest, fresh water swamp and rain forest.

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Akwa Ibom State is made up of a homogenous group of people believed to have originated from a single ancestral stock. The languages spoken in the state are closely related, and the Annang and Ibibio languages are mostly identical with a few dialectical differences. The Eket and Ibeno languages are more closely related to each other than to the other two, and are only partially understandable by speakers of the other two languages.

The Ibibio are the largest group, whilst the Annang, which form the second largest group, speak a language very similar to the Ibibio Language. Ibeno and Eket speak a similar language, and are located by the ocean. The Ibibio language belongs to the Benue-Congo language family, which forms part of the Niger- Congo group of languages.

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The 30 local government atreas in Akwa Ibom State are hosts to hotels, hospitals, schools, banls, and tourist attractions. The state  has a great network of roads that make the entire state easily accessible from any corner by land.

Amongst the better known traditional arts of Africa are those of Akwa Ibom State. This is evident in the archeological findings of anthropologists. Raffia and cane craft have developed in the State to the extent that Ikot Ekpene, the main cluster of raffia craft in the Town is known as the ‘Raffia City’. While in Ikot Andem Itam in Itu, cane craft is more of a passion than an art.

Akwa Ibom is a rich tourism destination offering unrivalled wealth of scenic landscape, long sandy coast, a wealth of wildlife and culture. Plus a warm and friendly people, known for their exceptional culinary skills.

Natural Resources open details

Akwa Ibom State with a landmass of 6,900 sq Km is endowed with enormous wealth. The land is arable from the saline water swamp forest in the South, to the rainforest in the North and supports extensive agriculture all year round.

There are large deposits of oil and gas both on and offshore. Other mineral resources such as limestone, clay, gold, salt, coal, silver nitrate and glass sand are also found in commercial quantity.

A very clement tropical climate, marked by two distinct seasons – the rainy and dry seasons combine with sound political and social conditions to create the right environment for new investments. The climate of the state allows for favourable cultivation and extraction of agricultural and forest products such as palm produce, rubber, cocoa, rice, cassava, yam, plantain, banana, maize, and timber. 

Our soil is host to a number of mineral resources that can be commercially exploited. There are both the metallic and non - metallic minerals which have been fairly distributed across the various local government areas of the state.

Investing open details Geography & Location open details

Investment opportunities abound in Akwa Ibom State in areas of commerce, industries, agriculture, housing, hotels and tourism. The state government has given incentives for the development of medium and large scale industries. Through the generous provision of condusive environment to encourage local and foreign investors.

The huge financial asses and leading investment of the Government in ICT; the industry and research- based Akwa Ibom State University of Technology (AKUTECH); the Ibom Science Park and a branch of the Stock Exchange in Uyo, the State capital, are added incentives for investors of global standing

Although the state is mineral - rich, agriculture is the bedrock of its economy. It employs about 70 percent of the state's workforce. Most are engaged in subsistent farming. The industrial sector is small and is dominated by government owned companies. The private sector is active in the service areas, although a few industries are privately owned.

There are a number of oil companies operating in the state. Ibeno is the operational headquarters of Exxon-Mobil. Shell, Elf and Chevron are here along with the leading oil services company like Daewoo and Costain.

Akwa Ibom State lies between latitude 4°32’ and 5°33’ North; and Longitudes 7°25’ and 8°25’ East. In terms of structural make up, Akwa Ibom is triangular in shape and covers a total land area of 6,900 sq. km, encompassing the Qua Iboe River Basin, the western part of the lower Cross River Basin and the Eastern part of the Imo River Basin. With an ocean front which spans a distance of 129 kilometers from Ikot Abasi in the west to Oron in the east, Akwa Ibom presents a picture of captivating coastal, mangrove forest and beautiful sandy beach resorts.

Akwa Ibom shares boundary on the North with Cross River and Imo States, on the south with the Atlantic Ocean. To the east with Cross River State and to the south-west with Rivers and Imo States. The location of Akwa Ibom just north of the Equator and within the humid tropics and its proximity to the sea makes the state generally humid. On the basis of its geographical location the climate of Akwa Ibom State can be described as a tropical rainy type which experiences abundant rainfall with very high temperature.

The physical relief of the State is basically flat. However, there are places in Itu and Ibiono Ibom Local Government Areas where the topography is undulating with some areas as high as 200 feet above sea level. The landscape of Akwa Ibom is mostly flat. This is because the underlying geology of the state is predominantly coastal plain sediments. The coastal nature of the state makes it the natural deposit of mosaic of marine, deltaic, estuarine, lagoonal and fluvio- lacustrine material.

The climate of the state allows for favourable cultivation and extraction of agricultural and forest products such as palm produce, rubber, cocoa, rice, cassava, yam, plantain, banana, maize, and timber. As with every Nigerian coastal area, the state experiences two main seasons, the wet and the dry seasons. The wet or rainy season lasts between eight to nine months starting from mid- march till the end of November. The dry season has a short duration of between the last week of November or early December and lasts till early march.

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