Interesting Facts About Efik

  1. The oldest house of worship in Nigeria is the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Creek Town – 1850.
  2. The very first church wedding in Nigeria was held at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Creek Town on April 15, 1950.
  3. The first African Language in print was the Efik language – 1862
  4. The first Nigerian Justice of Peace (JP) was an Efik King, King Archibong III in 1878
  5. The first indigenous President of Nigeria, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was trained on Efik Land,Calabar.
  6. Hope Waddell Training Institution was Nigeria’s first Tertiary Institution- 1895, in Calabar.
  7. The first Nigerian Professor was an Efik son, the late Prof. Eyo – Ita .
  8. The first commercial nerve centre or capital in Nigeria was Calabar
  9. The first Medical School in Nigeria was established in Efik land- Calabar.
  10. The first School of Pharmacy was in Efik land (Calabar) and was taken to Lagos in 1924.
  11. The first Lady Pharmacist in West Africa, the late Chief Mrs. Ekanem, Bassey Ikpeme, was an Efik woman.
  12. The first indigenous administrator who served in Lord Lugard’s administration was an Efik man – Hon. Richard Henshaw.
  13. The first privately owned Tertiary Institution in Nigeria was West African Peoples’ Institute (WAPI) – 1938, in Calabar.
  14. The first Lady Ophthalmologist in Nigeria, -Chief Affiong E. Idem Ekeng was an Efik woman.
  15. The first Nigerian World Boxing Champion, Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey (Okon Abasi Antigha Ating Esu) was an Efik son.
  16. The first Lady Librarian in West Africa; the late Chief Mrs. Ekei Esien Oku was an Efik woman.
  17. The first Nigerian to represent Africa in FIFA; the late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo-Ita (Mr. Football) was an Efik son.
  18. The first indigenous Inspector-General of Police; Mr. Louis Orok Edet, was an Efik man
  19. The first West African to attempt a compilation of a dictionary of the African Language, was the Efik warlord; Willy Eyo Honesty

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