Ikot Ekpene is a town and Local Government Area (LGA) in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria. It is known as the Raffia City. It has its headquarters located in Ikot Ekpene. The people of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area are Annangextracton and they speak Annang language. Their rich cultural heritage is expressed in Ekpo, Abiakpo, Uta, Ikon (men) and Asian Akananwan, Asian Uboikpa Mbopo, Abang(women).
The people of Ikot Ekpene are generally farmers, craftsmen, hunters, traders, raffia craftsmen, wood carvers and artisans. There is availabiluty of natural resources such as Palm produce: kernel, oil, raffia. Gravel, sharp sand, laterite, clay and timber.