About Akweya People


The Akweya people are the inhabitants of the Akpa District in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State of Nigeria. The people call themselves Akweya (sons of Akwu) while the non-indigenes call them Akpa, a distortion of the word meaning people from Apa. 

Akpa has been the name officially used by the government since 1950 to date. The two generic names can be used interchangeably to mean the people, the language and their land. 

The district has a common border with the Otukpo district in the north, Oglewu in Ohimini in the northwest, Edumoga in Okpokwu to the west, Obi-Ito-Igede to the east and the Ufia-Utonkon in Ado, to the south. Akweya territory is a level land which is only dotted in some areas with hills around Odonto-Adim, Ilo, Angbo, Otobi, Egbla, and Atito-Adankari. 

The two main vegetations are the deciduous rain forest belt that clothe the River Ohmenyi (R. Okpokwu) and the River Ogbadibo, which is the main tributary. The forest is flanked on the east and west banks by large expanse of guinea savannah grassland. The entire district is almost bisected by the Ohmenyi river which runs from Aturukpo town on the northeast through the towns of Otobi, Egbla, Omajaga, Adim, Ejor, Ogyoma and drains away down to the Oyongo river south eastwards.

15 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:52 am

    This is very beautiful and educating....More reese to your elbow...May God bless AKWEYA!!!

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  2. Good description. The Akweya people can also be found in cross river state and plateau state. Also has distance cousins in south Africa.

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    1. Anonymous3:47 pm

      Do you mind expantiating on the relationship between Akweya and the places mentioned? It will be a great source of knowledge.

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    2. Raymond Ogbogo Ogbole12:13 pm

      The legend Mr Okenyodo monumental works on Akweya Lanmguage is remarkable. The son has continued from where the father stopped. Akweya linguists are to keep the ball rolling so that the language could structurally grow and survive. Though Akweya Akpa ia a dialect of Idoma but it can become an independent language with time.

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    3. Thanks, Ogbogo. We need to do our best for future generations.

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  3. Thanks for educating the young generation. Long live AKWEYA, long live the publisher.. Mr Odoh, God bless u.

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  4. This is quite educating. May the good Lord bless you abundantly for this initiative. You have made Akweya known worldwide. THIS IS GOOD, Odo Diego Okenyodo, you are No. 1 in Akweya as far as I am concerned. God bless you.

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  5. Anonymous11:08 pm

    That is great bro. but the Akwaya people are not only found in Benue State, they are also found in ogoja Local Government of Cross River State and we are not small in size. the akwaya people are larger in size than the otukpo people. bravo but you still have a lot of work to do.

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  6. Anonymous1:25 pm

    am so happy to know more about my culture today

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  7. Anonymous12:58 pm

    Hmmm awesome

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  8. Thank you Mr. idoko I wish to see you face to face to discuss something very important this is my email address 2sightmedia@gmail.com

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  9. Gilbert Emaikwu12:55 pm

    ...this is good to see.thanks to those who work on this.

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  10. Anonymous4:58 pm

    Fantastic I am very proud of the managers of this blog please keep up with the good job

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  11. God bless the researchers that put this together to educate the world. I have a question however. Does Akweya have her own traditional colours separate from the idomas? If yes what are the colors?

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  12. Onaji, thanks for your question. There are Akweya colours which I will share with you. Unfortunately, I can't add in the comments. I will share on the blog shortly.

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