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.

33 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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    1. Good question,we hope to get a response

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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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  13. Mr. Diego, greetings to you, please we still need more information about where the Akweya nation Originated from and how we managed to settled down where we are today, this information needs to be updated more again and again, because if we don't know where we come from where we are going to will not be known. My father once told me that there was a late Rev. Father O'brain who wrote a very rich historical background about Akwayaland and their origination and how we came to existence. That documents must be somewhere, I will ask my father if he has more information about this and will try to make it available thanks.

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  14. The practice of Islam by whether majority or minority of Akweya is not true, we don't even have single mosque or Islam in our land, one can hardly find an house in Akweya land let alone for practicing Islamic religion, please who ever that wrote that history should esponge that from it.

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  15. Please I need a native speaker of this language. It is very urgent. This is my contact; 07062948621

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  16. very nice work for the indome generation,,, I personally appreciate this,, however sir, you can do more this if you replace the above picture with a very decent ones especially now that the Akweya people has their own attire please sir,, the picture didn't speak much volume to our Noble culture,,DENIS OGBOGO

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  17. amazing sir,,more oil to ur Head, but sir u can do more if replace the above picture with a well organized picture, especially now that the Akweya people has their own attire,, the above picture didn't speak high volume to our Noble culture, please is very important sir

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  18. Aturukpo town is to the North West bordering Oglewu in Ohimini LGA and Edumoga in Okpokwu LGA. You may wish to edit accordingly, please. Thanks.

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  19. God bless you my brother.
    Come to yala.or u just take short cut true agbaragba in konshisha local government n ur next stop is the Ekpari yache people... currently we are over 200000 inhabitants in yala LGA..you have serious work o.God bless you.

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    1. Thanks a million. Can you send us your contact either by email through tv@akweya.com or WhatsApp 09044800200.

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  20. I think we need a more comprehensive history of Akweya people to be written. it will include our genology and how we finally settled where we are today

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    1. Pls can I have any contact from Akweya?

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  21. Thanks for all your comments.

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  22. God bless you, the initiators, developers, supporters and contributors. The almighty God will increase you and your generations for upgrading us 'Akweya people.

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  23. I am from Guyana a beautiful country in south America. I love my AFRICAN culture. I find out in some parts of Ghana, a girl born on Wednesday is called Akweya. So I adopted the name Akweya. So I am glad to only this moment find out there's an entire clan By the name Akweya. And would love to know more about them .their customs food culture. Their main. Resources. Are there district well off or rich. It means a lot to me .please send me all the information you can .

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  24. Great blessings to you. I did a research and found that in Ghana girls born on Wednesday is called Akweya. So I adopted the name Akweya because I was born on Wednesday. I would love to know more about this clan a d the district they lived in ,is it a prosperous people. What is their culture. Their tradition are they fierce, are they beautiful. Please tell me all you know about these people. Thank you God richly bless you

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  25. i am mighty glad and am also feeling splendid for me to read this today sir keep it up.

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  26. God will bless us in Jesus name

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  27. I will first of all say a very big thank you to the AkweyaTv team for taken time out to carry out this great research, and in dishing out this lucid post to educate us the readers of both Akweya and other tribes who has shown interest to the Akweya history.

    However Sir, just as many have commented here, and have been asking diverse questions to help elaborate their knowledge concerning the proper history of the Akweya people. In this regards Sir, I want to also join the many that have ask questions here that, can you build on the existing hint, shared here by some people about the Akweyas in the other side of Cross River state in Ogoja to be precise. And can you also dig deep to fetch out an accurate account on how the Akweya people migrated, and where the migtated from. And how the are now found in two states in Nigeria. I think with this few questions i will purse and wait for you enviable answers, that will help quench the taste of what we anticipate to know about the rich history, culture and traditions of the great Akweya nation.

    And to my earliest question of the traditional attire. Please, does Akweya has its own cultural attire for simple identification like the rest tribe in Benue State.

    Thank you.

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