"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"
One of the interesting instruments used by Akwa Ibom people in the music and dance
is the Iquot (Frog). This instrument is used in non-ritualistic orchestras to add
colour to their ensemble. This is most popular with the Ekpri Akata orchestra which
operates at night.
There are also the four-note Xylophones used for communication. The four notes in
the instrument enable the player to talk to the community, imitating the rise and
fall of human speech.
Uta (guard horns), these are orchestral which produce notes that are not (unlike
in western music) in direct relationship with one another but blends to produce
a distinctive rhythm that excites the dancer into exotic performance.
Another ritual rattle is the Ekpat Obon used by the Obon secret society. There is
also the Ekput used by diviners to invoke the spirit of the ancestors. Another rattle
instrument which is produced from raffia is the Nsak which produces a bell rhythm
Other important instruments include the Ikon Ikpa, a small set of drums of pantomimic
expression used by Ekpo society.
Ikpa Mboto the thumb piano and Anana a musical bow rarely seen today.
Though there are no flutes however their absence is made up by the existence of
a horn-like trumpet called Oduk made from horn of ram.
The Ikon Eto (wooden xylophone) and Obodom (wooden drum) are also popular instruments
in the State.