Ekpeye people

Ekpeye (Ekpe-yeh) is an ethnic group closely related to the Igbo people in Rivers State, Nigeria.[1][2][3][4][5][6] They are made up of Ahoada-West Local Government Area and Ahoada-East Local Government Area in Rivers State, with its headquarters at Ahoada town. The Ekpeye people are recognised as a separate ethnic nationality in Rivers State, Nigeria .


The Ekpeye people migrated from Anioma in Delta state, Egbema Imo State, and Igbanke an Igbo community in present Edo State. Their traditional territory lies in an oil rich area, and the Ekpeye have complained about Nigerian policies that provide inadequate remuneration for the destruction of their environment. The oil business has also the disrupted traditional allocation of wealth. Recently the Movement for the Survival and Advancement of Ekpeye Ethnic Nationality has been formed to resist changes that threaten Ekpeye culture.[7][8]


The Ekpeye people speak Ekpeye language.


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