In the beginning
God created heaven and earth
And Abasi Ibom said, let there be land
Behold a place came forth in the mist of plenty
And was bounded in the West by the peoples Paradise
And bounded in the East by a treasure base and God’s own state
God stretches forth a body of mighty water in the south
And said, there shall you drill oil, feed, and your enemies drown
Then God saw how great the land at the middle was
And he name it after himself
And this land was called Akwa Ibom and He separated them from Cross Rivers
This was 1987, the first year of creation.
God blessed them with vast resources and separated them from hardship
And God said it is not good for the land to be alone
And God created Ibibio, Annang, and Oron and made them to be stronger together
He gave them a culture that attracted other tribes from all over the world
And he said, go and multiply and dominate, and develop the land
This was the first decade of creation
And God saw that this was not possible without good leaders
So, God anoited Obong Victor Attah, Sir Gods Will Akpabio and Deacon Udom Emmanuel
And this was the generation of democratic leadership
God saw that the people trusted him
So, he made them home of food
God saw that the city was dark when the sun fades
And he said, let there be light and there was street light
So, he led them by their leaders to build road, stadium, and beautiful things
And he said blessed them
And a loud voice came from heaven saying
Akwa Ibom, Daakadaa!
And it came to pass that at the 30th year the people had prospered
And the city was good and God sort to perfect these beauty
And He said with a loud voice, colour them orange!!
Poem by Anietie Richard.
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