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Old May 13th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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IKOT EKPENE- THE RAFFIA CITY

Ikot Ekpene, known throughout Nigeria as " The Raffia City", or locally simply as "IK," is a historic town in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, and is in the densely populated state of Akwa Ibom. It is the political and cultural capital of the Annang ethnic group in Nigeria.The town is located on a highway that parallels the coast, between Calabar to the South East and Aba to the West, with the state capital, Uyo, on this road just to the East. Though most inhabitants of the area did not have direct contact with European traders until early in the twentieth century, it is believed that European articles of trade reached the people since the 17th century.Umahia is the next major town to the North.By 1919 trade with Europeans opened up as the town became an administrative center. The following companies had post and stores in the town: John Holt Cooperative Wholesale Society Paterson Zochonos (PZ), G. B. Olivant and the Compagnie Francaise de L'Afrique Occidentals. Ikot Ekpene has a long history of transforming the raffia fibre into cloth used in shoes, hats, handbags, mats and with distinctive cultural carvings made out of wood. These unique arts and crafts trades have continued alongside traditional agriculture.
The establishment of these companies resulted in exodus from the surrounding areas and made Ikot Ekpene a vibrant metropolis. In 1937, the colonial administration built the main market and separated those who sold imported European goods from indigenous articles.Many foreign organizations and churches are present in the area. Three institutions of higher learning have added a richness to the town: the Ikot Osurua College of Technology, the School of Nursing and the St Joseph Major Theological Seminary.

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Old May 30th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #3
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May I ask,it is some kind of poor city or what? cause it looks poor in those pictures \=

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May I ask,it is some kind of poor city or what? cause it looks poor in those pictures \=

It is not a poor city, just a small town!
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How those this look poor? The roads are quality for any country.
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Old September 6th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #6
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How those this look poor? The roads are quality for any country.
U are Joking, right????
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U are Joking, right????
No he's not joking. You talk as if roads in the west are paved with gold and diamonds or something. Ridiculous.
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Oh pleeease....!!
Did U see what he wrote up there??
He said those things called roads , are ''quality'' for any country??......Yeah, right!!
And why bring Western Nigeria into this??
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Old September 25th, 2012, 01:37 PM   #9
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #10
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I love the clean roads & sidewalks. ......and thanks for posting.
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