The people of Ikot Ibritam in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

The people of Ikot Ibritam in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria




My village Ikot Ibritam in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.


From the above heading, the name of my village is called Ikot Ibritam, which is interpreted as ‘The house/family of Ibritam’. We belong to the Annang ethnic group in Akwa Ibom State; Ikot Ibritam is the headquarters of one of the largest local government areas of the state. It shares borders with Ukanafun, Mkpatenin, Ikot-Abasi, and Abak local government areas.

My village is blessed with both human resources and rich socio-cultural heritage, we boast of having produced a former minister of Nigeria come from our village. We also have prominent sons and daughters who ply their trades all over the globe. 

Some of the cultural events celebrated annually in Ikot Ibritam include; Ekpo festival, Ekong festival, Cross country events, and yam festival.

We are sociable and welcoming to visitors, our laws and customs demand that two disputing people from the community whose family cannot settle them should take such to the village head and council of elders for settlement.


Our economic activities are majorly agriculture and fishing in the streams and rivers, we boast of the best palm wines in the sub-Saharan region, we do raffia work and trade with Igbo traders who used to exchange their ware for farm produce during the days of trade-by-barter.


We inter-marry and consider strangers/villagers with very high esteem, our laws and costumes demand compulsory hospitality for strangers, visitors, in-laws, and grandchildren.


Even though I reside here in Lagos, I always look forward to going home to celebrate our festive seasons. 

I look forward to creating a tourist hub for people around the globe to visit and enjoy Ikot Ibritam with its unique and pleasant customs and tradition.

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