The Akwa Ibom State community in Cross River State has celebrated the 35th anniversary of the state.
Members of the community, under the auspices of Nka Afid Ndito Akwa Ibom in Cross River State, came together and held a cultural rally across the major streets of Calabar, the state capital.
As part of the rally, which coincided with Akwa Ibom Day, a number of traditional masquerades reflecting the culture of the people were showcased.
Speaking during the rally, the Chairman and founder of the group, Elder Chief Captain Itoro Unung, said the essence of the celebration was to bring the people of Akwa Ibom together and celebrate the state.
He said the group which has about two million members is poised to add value to the states anniversary by celebrating it’s cultures and values.
“We have come together under the auspices of Nka Afid Ndito Akwa Ibom in Cross River State and the whole of Nigeria.
“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.
He also commended the state governor Udom Emmanuel for his development strides saying he has succeeded very well from his predecessor and expressed optimism that his successor will pick up very well from him.
As part of the celebrations, a dinner night tagged “ Mfi and Ikpa Unam Night” will be held to celebrate the cuisines of the state.
The celebration will be heralded with a cultural event where traditional groups and traditional rulers within and outside the state will participate in.