Origin of the Efik Communities - Onyeji Nnaji
Anybody claiming ignorant of the ethnic nationality collectively referred to as the Efik must have heard, seen or taken parts in the famous Calabar carnival conducted anually. The carnival evokes such conviviality that gains
the attraction of people from different part of the world. To be precised, Calabar carnival has representatives from Brazil, Ghana and others. It forms the highest cultural ceremony celebrated in the southern part of Nigeria presently. The relevance of this cultural exposition in artistic form is that it circumnavigates through the cultures of the surroundings by serving as the primal avenue for the reminiscing of those cultural tools which colonialism had almost flushed out of history.
Efik is a large community of people stretching from Calabar in Cross River State to certain parts of Akwa-Ibom State. One of the factors that jets Efik to prominence bothers on their relationship with the British crown domicile in London. As one of the settlers of the Atlantic coastal regions, the Efik we're favoured as one of the people to encounter the Western culture. This Union assisted the British crown to install herself to far reaching Calabar to enjoy Dominion. In one of the letters to the Crown in London, the king addressed hself as the Crown's best friend and king of all the Blacks. He also requested from London bombs and shells to instill and sustain respect among the communities in the neighborhood.
|Duke Ephraim IX|
|Ekeng Ita Town 1875|