The Efik people have an interesting culture that most people don’t know. They speak Efik language and their signature soup is ‘Edikang Ikong and others.
The Love of Edikang Ikong
The Edikang Ikong is a nutritious vegetable soup that originated among the Efik-Ibibio people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River state in southeastern Nigeria. It is a delicacy among many Nigerians and widely eaten all over Nigeria. It is expensive to prepare however, those who love it prepare it anyway.
The Fattening Room
The fattening room is an ancient practice in Calabar which gradually going extinct . The fattening room is a place where young women are prepared for womanhood. In ancient days, fat was viewed as a sign of prosperity, fertility and beauty. Young girls are taken to the fattening room during puberty. Acceptance into the fattening room was viewed as a privilege as it was a demonstration of virtue, sexual purity and proved virginity. The ability of the young girl to gain weight in the fattening room was a sign that she possessed all the above mentioned qualities like to be fertile.
Efik was one of the earliest Nigerian languages with its original orthography devised in 1812 by King Eyo Nsa Honesty. According to studies It says that Efik was the first Nigerian language used in translating the Holy Bible.
The Ekombi Dance and Calabar Festival
The Efik might be a minority tribe, but there’s definitely nothing minor about their rich cultural heritage. One of the ways this rich cultural heritage manifests is through the Ekombi dance, the calabar festival, a colourful dance that is beautiful, precise and said to be a rhythmic adaptation of the movement of sea waves.