In a display of unity and cultural pride, Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong led tens of thousands of indigenous people from the Efik, Efut, and Abakpa ethnic groups through the vibrant streets of Calabar to celebrate the maiden edition of “Nkotmbok” cultural festival.
The Nkotmbok festival, a cherished tradition marking the unity of the Efik, Efut, and Abakpa communities, has become an eagerly anticipated event at the beginning of each new year in Calabar. This year’s festivities, hosted by the Efut Kingdom, featured an impressive procession from Abasi Obori to key locations such as Mayne Avenue, Goldie, Eta Agbor, Mary Slessor, Marian, IBB, Calabar Road, Nelson Mandela, and concluding at Abasi Obori Street.
Amidst the lively celebration, the streets came alive with traditional Ekpe Masquerades, captivating dances, melodious singing, and a kaleidoscope of colorful traditional attire, creating a vibrant tapestry of cultural richness.
Ekpenyong’s active participation and support highlighted the significance of preserving and cherishing the unique identity of the Efik, Efut, and Abakpa ethnic groups. Beyond the surface-level revelry, the event served as a powerful platform for building community bonds and promoting cultural exchange.
As the procession wound its way through Calabar’s historic landmarks, the celebration not only honored the past but also envisioned a future where the unity and diversity of these communities would continue to thrive.
The Nkotmbok tradition stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of these ethnic groups, emphasizing the profound significance of cultural heritage in shaping the collective identity of the people.