AKWA IBOM STATE
THE STRUGGLE FOR EMANCIPATION
UduakAbasi Ben Udofia
The people of Akwa Ibom State currently living within the palm belt of the
tropical rain forest of the southeastern coast of Nigeria are supposed to be
one of the most ancient if not the most ancient people group in Nigeria.
The loss of linguistic homogeneity among us over the years as a people
has been exploited nowadays by the agents of divisiveness to keep us
perpetually impoverished. It is difficult for us to fulfill our corporate destiny
while relying on a mediocre leadership that can only survive by exploiting
our dialectical differences.
Destiny is corporate and no group in Akwa Ibom can fulfill its destiny
without the other. There is ample historical evidence regarding the giant
strides we made in the past as a people when we worked together. We
had a greater impact on Nigeria when we had a common corporate vision
for the emancipation of the people inhabiting the present day Akwa Ibom
State. This corporate identity based on honesty, sincerity of purpose and
servant leadership will be necessary for providing an enabling environment
for the sustainable development of Akwa Ibom State.
This Paper seeks to highlight the struggle for economic, political and social
emancipation among the Akwa Ibom people while also exploring
meaningful strategies for actualization of the struggle.
UduakAbasi Ben Udofia is a physician and development consultant.
He has been involved in various development initiatives within and
outside Africa since 1988. He is a partner with Restoration
Consultants, a multidisciplinary firm involved in human and
leadership development, community counseling and investment
promotion. He is the pioneering coordinator of the Ibom Prayer
network. He is married to Ekom and they have four children.