Akweya TV publishes the activities of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and other development organisations. We believe culture, art and history play crucial roles in improving the quality of lives of people.
Akweya TV is a metaphor derived from the Akweya society, which is a whole melting pot of people, cultures and influences.
This, for instance, explains why, for example, there are similarities between Akweya words and the Tiv. The colour white in Akweya is “opupu”, teeth is “anyi”, bag (or pocket) is “ekpa”, and more. In terms of the social organisation: there are direct and observable Idoma, Igede, Igbo and Igala influences. Akweya has clan heads with the title Attah, similar to the Igala’s, and the adulation is Agaba Idu, across Igala, Idoma, Jukun and many others.
Many Igbo communities share ancestry with their neighbours, such Enugu and Onitsha, that have large Igala populations and ancestry, and Abia with Akwa Ibom and Cross River. Much of the places that are Niger and Kogi now descended from a group called the Akpoto, which dispersed into Ebirra, Nupe, Igala, Bassa and other groups.
So our founding ethos at AkweyaTV is to look at these from the metaphorical perspective of how the Akweya society is leading us to a discovery of one huge migrant nation. A nation of people who always trace their ancestry with the expression, “When our forefathers first came and settled here… “, thus making the keen observer ask, “Where did you come from? How much further away in time and space did your migration take place?” These simple questions lead us on journies far away to the Jukun people in Yakasai, a locality located in Kano State, Nigeria. The Yakasai community has a connection to the Jukun people. There is a mention of the history of Kano and the establishment of Yakasai in relation to Jukun origin, suggesting that some members of the Yakasai community may have Jukun ancestry. The Jukun were said to have migrated from Egypt and then to the Chad Basin where they settled at Ngazargamu alongside the Kanuri people.
These rich histories of interactions buttress that most cultures in Nigeria are blends of cultures.