All the ethnic communities of Akwa Ibom State residing in parts of Cross River State converged in Calabar, the state capital, for a carnival procession to mark the 35th anniversary of the state’s creation.
They came under the aegis of Nka Afid Ndito Akwa Ibom in Cross River State in their numbers and state colours.
They rolled out drums and rode on long, decorated trucks blaring songs accompanied by dexterous dance steps from their young men and women.
There were traditional masquerade displays and other cultures of the people were showcased.
Chairman of the group, Captain Itoro Unung explained that the group has over one million members in the state and was formed over 26 years ago to galvanise and unite the ethnic nations of Akwa Ibom State both in Cross River and elsewhere.
“We are close to two million in membership and are poised to add value to the Akwa Ibom State’s anniversary by celebrating its cultures and values.
” We choose to use this programme celebrating the creation of our state as our annual programme.
“We hope to unite the Akwa Ibom people and also add value to the state.
“I want to encourage the people of the state to know that it is a promised land and we are spreading this information to all Akwa Ibomites to join us in celebrating a great state”, he said.
According to him, successive leaders of the state have tried to leave behind developmental and structural legacies, so that the state is now a centre of attractions and epicentre of tourism.
He commended the current governor, Udom Emmanuel, for his efforts, expressing optimism that his successor will pick up very well from him.
35th Anniversary: Akwa Ibom community in C’River holds carnival to celebrate