Akpabuyo is a Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross River state, Nigeria. Akpabuyo became autonomous on Tuesday 27th August 1991, following its creation from the former Odukpani Local Government Area. It became the 14th and 589th Local Government Area in Cross River State and Nigeria respectively. Akpabuyo has a population of 360,000 people and is located in the Southern Senatorial District with headquarters at Ikot Nakanda.
The major ethnic groups are the Efiks, Quas and Efuts. The major languages spoken are Efik and English, while all the major ethnic groups share a common cultural and ancestral heritage. The people of Akpabuyo Local Government Area are predominantly farmers and fishermen. Akpabuyo is a major producer of cassava, coco yam, kola nut, coconut, palm produce as well as sea foods. The land is rich in mineral deposits such as petroleum deposits, gold, limestone, sand and slat deposits to mention a few. All these are available in commercial quantities for prospective explorers.