Akwa Ibom Cultural Dances
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The lyrics in Asian Uboikpa primarily reiterate what these girls were taught during Mbopo (fattening confinement) such as Esang Garri Ewara Ubok home management, Ukama Eyen Ikake Eka childcare among other home theme songs. Asian Uboikpa is usually performed during the outing ceremony of Mbopo when the girls celebrate with their mates who have successfully gone through the rigours of fattening room drills. Here the girls display beauty, elegance and grace to the admiration of the spectators whose relations are perhaps potential suitors anxious to choose a wife.

Asian Ubo Ikpa

Asian Uboikpa, means the pride of the maiden. This dance is performed by maidens between the age of 18 and 25 who have successfully gone through the ‘Mbopo’ institution. Mbopo being the period a girl is confined, flattened and drilled on all aspects of home management in preparation for marriage. It is common in almost all the hinterland of the State. Performed by maidens at their prime. Asian Uboikpa, therefore, is in its visual appeal celebrates and affirm the youthful innocence and purity in their beauty, while showcasing the popular admonition among the Akwa Ibom people that chastity once lost is lost forever.


Oko is the male dance which is likened to the war dance because of its ferocious displays. The climax of this dance starts when the dancers’ starts slashing at one another with razor sharp machetes and firing at themselves with live bullets from Dane guns. But mysteriously, not a drop of blood is shed as the machetes cannot penetrate the skin of the dancers, or the bullets hurt any of the members of what is obviously a secret society.


Nkerebe (looking for husband) is another women dance, performed once a year when young girls at the age of puberty prepare to perform the Mboppo ceremony.

Asian Mbre Iban

Ndok Ufok Ebe


Asian Mbre Iban are dances performed by maidens who wish to inform unmarried men of the community how beautiful and eligible they are. Other women dances include Akan, Asamba and Uwok which is performed in the villages occasionally.

The Ndok Ufok Ebe (means maltreatment in the hands of a husband) is another women dance to express their grievances over maltreatment of women by their husbands. The dance is performed once a year. It is accompanied by songs telling the community about their plight, often, it involve going topless to the market place.

There is also the Ebre society women dance performed yearly during harvesting of new yam. During this occasion, women dance to the market place and neighbouring villages. The dance is not only meant to entertain but as well as deliberate protest against what is regarded as male chauvinism, which is reflected in the vulgarity of some of the song texts.

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