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People & Culture


Often referred to as a miniature Nigeria because of its great diversity in ethnic composition as well as its natural endowments, Cross River State has a rich cultural heritage that enriches the tourist industry in the country.

Traditional festivals relating to ferrying and other productive activities abound in the state. These festivals usually observed annually to celebrate the rich harvest of the season, is often an occasion for the re-union of families, friends and well wishers from far and near. These festivals are also spiced with picturesque displays which express the intrinsic feelings of the people.


The culture of the people of Cross River State is very romantic and is expressed in the language, dance and festivals. Popular dances include: Ekeladi, Obin, Moninkim, Giza, Aminakwol and Ekombi.

Traditional institutions, like the Ekpe, exist, not only for providing entertainment but more importantly as part part of the administrative and religious set up by the various communities.

Traditional festivals relating to farming activities are observed in Yala, Yakurr, Obubra, Ikom, Ogoja, Obudu, Obanliku and Boki Local Government Areas. These festivals reinforce the traditional ties between man and nature.