Ikot Ekpene is home to the Anang people of Akwa Ibom state. It is a town rich in arts, culture, and handcrafts that are the source of livelihood for the majority of the inhabitants. Ikot Ekpene is also an important town as it is an intersection town for the nearby cities and towns of Uyo, Calabar, Aba, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and Umuahia.
Ikot Ekpene is a great place for the handcraft of cane furniture, baskets, mats and other similar items that are made in the town. Ikot Ekpene is also an embodiment of the rich culture and tradition of the Anang people. Festivals are routinely celebrated with dances, cultural displays, and masquerade outings. It is also an important town for commerce, trade, and business.
Ikot Ekpene can be visited at all times of the year. The weather conditions are suitable and temperate, nothing harsh or extreme. The town picks up the most during the month of December when it celebrates its annual Ikot Ekpene Day.
In the city on a vacation or business, there are a number of places you can hang out, dine and unwind. Some of the restaurants you will find around are God’s Favou Restaurant, Rucious Restaurant and Love Time Unique Bar. Markets are usually colourful, you should visit the main market in Ikot Ekpene
Ikot Ekpene can be reached by air indirectly through the Uyo airport and connected by road on a 28 km trip. Aba, Onitsha, Calabar, Port Harcourt are all surrounding cities that have road networks that lead to Ikot Ekpene.
Buses are available in Ikot Ekpene to convey people around the town, as well as motorbikes and tricycles.
Ikot Ekpene is a great place to live, so if you are thinking about changing a place of residence it's a great choice. The town is quiet and peaceful, idyllic, without the hustle and bustle of bigger cities which is something some people crave. Visit the Ikot Ekpene Museum which is a custodian of the history of the people, holding ancient artifacts and relics. Take a tour to the Raffia City Plaza which has a fountain, children play area, a video gaming and sports showing area and commercial shops.