Ugep (also Umor)[1] is a town in Cross River State, southern Nigeria. The village is populated by the Yakurr people.[2]

(Umor Otu-tu)
A Line of the Royal Procession, led by the Okpebili - Prime Minister, The Onun Ekoh - Defense Minister, The Obol Lopon of Ugep (the King)
A Line of the Royal Procession, led by the Okpebili - Prime Minister, The Onun Ekoh - Defense Minister, The Obol Lopon of Ugep (the King)
Peace & Unity
Ugep is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria, Cross River State
Coordinates: 5°48′N 8°05′E / 5.800°N 8.083°E / 5.800; 8.083
Country NigeriaFlag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
StateCross River State
 • TypeDirect Rule
 • Obol LoponObol Ofem Ubana
 • Town420,000
 • Urban
Postal code

Ugep as it is popularly known is one of the largest unit that constitute Yakurr and were referred to as the largest village in West Africa, its indigenes speak the Lokaa Language which is the general language spoken in Yakurr.

Ugep originated from a place or village called “Akpa” in the Eastern Ejagham race in the Central senatorial district of Cross River State, Nigeria.

The reason why the people of Ugep left Akpa was due to a religious clash between the two paternal families that makes up Akpa in the ritual rites performance in the death of a person from either of the tribe.

However, failure of the Ugep people to do the ritual performance for the deceased person is what led to “The Great Trek” where the people of Akpa pursued the people of Ugep out of the village, a man called Edem Omilakpa who was tired and weak with his pregnant wife, pushed a stone from the apex of a hill down to the Apka warriors and the stone killed all the warriors and landed at the feet of the King of Akpa that ends the war between Akpa and the people of Ugep, but the great trek continues. The stone is referred to as: “Ancient wonder and saviour stone

The people of Ugep did not just leave Akpa without any cultural heritage, they left with most of the cultures that were being practiced in Akpa, and that is the culture they practice till date. Ugep is administered and controlled by the Obol Lopon of Ugep who is the chief priest of Ojokobi (A fertility spirit) he is the central figure in the administrative system with powerful priest called Bi-Nah with their religious role like the Atewa Wu-kang - kang and Opebelede as the chief celebrant of the Ugep New yam festival.


The New yam festival which is now one of the renown festivals in Cross River State and was rebrand to international festival by the past Cross River State Governor Mr Donald Duke in 2005; Ebelembi, Obam; Ndebra; janenboku; Ledemboku. Etc.


The Leboku New Yam festival is celebrated in Ugep. Ugep is believed to be the largest village in Africa by land mass. Ugep is the headquarters of Yakurr Local Government Area in Cross River State, Nigeria. Fishing is also a common practice in the area


  1. ^ Forde, C. Darrell (July 1937). "Land and Labour in a Cross River Village, Southern Nigeria". The Geographical Journal. The Royal Geographical Society. 90 (1): 24–47. doi:10.2307/1788245. JSTOR 1788245.
  2. ^ Obono, Oka (August 2004). "Life Histories of Infertile Women in Ugep, Southern Nigeria" (PDF). Union for African Population Studies. Retrieved 2006-12-30. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)