About my Efik people

About my Efik people

 


My name is Michael Okon Etim. I am from Cross River State,Akpabuyo Local Government Area.I study french.Though I was born and raised in cameroon.But when I returned back home I discovered that the culture of my people was fascinating.

According to history, the Efik people emanated from Nubia through the Ghana and then Arochukwu in present day South East Nigeria. Just like their ancestors did in Arochukwu they settled peacefully in uran.they traditionally worship the god Abassi as a supreme creator for Thmany centuries dwelling near the regions around the Cross River. The Efik culture is broad, but for purpose of  emphasis let me talk about the Efik  Marriage culture. The fatterning room tradition is the first thing that comes to mind,whenever this subject(Efik marriage)is discussed.

Althogh greatly modified for today generation.the fatterning room tradition of the Efik people is secluded given to maidiens in preparation of womanwood. six months before marriage Efik girls are sent to the fatterning room that they may be feed as much as they would like to eat, and enlighten them on the in and out of marriage.

 They would not allow to work.instead they are to eat sumptuous dishes,engage in meaningful conversation and sleep,this are meant to bring out the natural endownment Because it is the belief of Efik people that a woman who is full figured with a healthy waist line is beautiful.In addition to the above fatterning room activities,the girls go through domestic training of home management(like cooking,childcare,and house keeping)and how to respect and make her husband and family happy.It is the duty of the older women to gives advise about their experience in marriage to ensure a successful one,it is here that she is also taught about sex with the intention of giving proper satisfaction to her husband.

At the end of the six months period which also brings an end of the seclusion days,people all over are invited to honour her success in passing through this ordeal.This ceremony is celebrated with traditional Efik dance(Ekombi)and other forms of entertainment.the ceremony continues throughout the whole day and night as family,friends,and we'll wishers Express their joy and happiness with gifts and donations to the bride.she and her future husband embrace and dances.it is something more than a pleasant fantasy

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