Ekoi people, also known as Ejagham, are an ethnic group in the extreme southeast of Nigeria and extending eastward into the southwest region of Cameroon. Ekoid Bantu languages are spoken by many groups, including the Boki,Etung, some groups in Ikom (such as Ofutop, Akparabong and Nde), some groups in Ogoja (Ishibori and Bansarra), Mbembe, Ufia, and Yako. The Ekoi are related to the Efik, Annang, Ibibio and Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria and have lived closely with them and also claim to have migrated from the Cameroons to their area. The inhabitants of Kwa, located near Calabar, claim to be the first Ekoi people to have migrated from the Cameroons. The Ekoi are best known for their Ekpe headdresses. They traditionally use Nsibidi ideograms, and may be the group that originally created them.
Ekoi skin covered Ekpe head dress
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|Traditional Ekoi Religions, Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Ibibio, Annang, Efik, Igbo, Ijaw.|
The Ekoi believe that the heirs of the first settlers of their present settlement own the land; while newcomers are not allowed to buy land, they are able to purchase rights of settlement. Ekoi men have traditionally hunted, while women have engaged in agriculture, raising yams, plantains, and corn (maize). Women also fish, and both men and women participate in weaving.
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- Joshua Project - Ejagham, Ekoi of Cameroon Ethnic People Profile
- Ekoi. Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-01-24.