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Proverbs in Ibibio

The Ibibio people adhere to the hierarchical flow of authority. On any occasion, the presence of the husband/head of a family is representative of the presence of the entire family.

Before the advent of contemporary democracy (representative government), the Ibibio people already promoted although not in the elective procedure. Thus heads of the nuclear families were members of the larger family (ekpụk)with a head who were in turn members of the village.

At the village level, there is the village council with its chairman different from the village head who acts as the president. The different villages constitute the clan with all the village heads as members presided over by the clan head selected from among the village heads. All the clans for the different nations come together under one king which in the present political arrangement is the paramount ruler.