Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria. It is located in the south-east of the country. The State is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the South by the Atlantic Ocean. Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom State. Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Oron, Eket, Ibeno are a few of many prominent cities.
Ikot Ekpene, also called IK, is a very famous small town in Nigeria. It is located at an important junction in the south of the country, joining Calabar, the eastern port, with Port Harcourt, the southern port, Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, and Eket, a major Oil producing town.
Akwa Ibom State was created out of Cross River State on September 23, 1987. Akwa Ibom was created by combining the Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Abak divisions of old Calabar province. Akwa Ibom State is made up of a homogeneous group of people believed to have originated from a single ancestral stock. The languages spoken in the state are closely related, the Annang and Ibibio languages are mostly identical with a few dialectical differences. The Oron language has highly distinctive features, while Eket and Ibeno languages are more closely related to each other than to the Ibibio and Annang, and are only partially understandable by speakers of these 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. Oro lays claim to a distinct ethnic nationality and has its people in 5 out of the State's 31 Local Government Areas [LGAs]. Ibeno and Eket [3 LGAs] speak a similar language, and are located at the ocean, contiguous to Oron. The Ibibio language belongs to the Benue-Congo language family, which forms part of the Niger-Congo group of languages.
Akwa Ibom is divided into 31 Local Government Areas, or LGAs:
* Abak * Eastern-Obolo * Eket * Esit-Eket * Essien-Udim * Etim-Ekpo * Etinan * Ibeno * Ibesikpo-Asutan * Ibiono-Ibom * Ika * Ikono * Ikot Abasi * Ikot-Ekpene * Ini * Itu * Mbo * Mkpat-Enin * Nsit-Atai * Nsit-Ibom * Nsit-Ubium * Obot-Akara * Okobo * Onna * Oron * Oruk-Anam * Ukanafun * Udung-Uko * Uruan * Urue-Offong/Oruko * Uyo