Dàkkádá, meaning “stand up” or “arise,” is a call to the great people of Akwa Ibom State, reminding us of our great individual and collective potentials and challenging us to choose to excel, embracing the virtues of integrity, hard work and entrepreneurship.

With a mindset of self-belief, Dàkkádá craves a harvest of optimistic sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom who will look inwards and utilize their innate potential to bring their dreams to fruition and to attain greatness. Dàkkádá motivates Akwa Ibom people to achieve extraordinary feats in every sphere of endeavor.

Dàkkádá inspires a relentless belief in our dear State, a legacy of endless possibilities, and a sense of pride and value in coming from Akwa Ibom State.


Dàkkádá was conceived by the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and was launched on September 23rd 2015 at the occasion of Akwa Ibom State’s 28th anniversary.

Udom Gabriel Emmanuel grew from a humble family background where the virtues of humility, honesty and hard work shaped his morals and propelled him to become the fourth democratically elected Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria on May 29th 2015.

Udom Emmanuel is an Alumnus of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, London Business School, INSEAD, France, Columbia Business School, and the Wharton Business School, both in USA. He is an internationally certified corporate strategist with over 23 years cognate experience in financial services from reputable national and international pecuniary stables.

Udom Emmanuel’s corporate performance has produced a progressive carrier path with astounding achievements. He was Audit Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers, London and the pioneer Manager of the Lagos and Central Branch of Diamond Bank Plc. He joined Zenith Bank Plc. His accounting and investment proficiency saw him serve as a Non-Executive Director of Zenith Bank in several African countries and the United Kingdom. He rose to become Executive Director and Group Head of Income Optimization, Financial Control & Strategic Planning Department at Zenith Bank. He has also been Director, Nigerian Inter-bank Settlement Systems (NIBBS) as well as Non-Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).

Udom Emmanuel is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a fellow of the Institute of Financial Management, as well as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

Udom Emmanuel took up an appointment as Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State in 2013. He later resigned to run for the office of Governor of the State in the 2015 polls. Udom Emmanuel has been a devoted father to the entire state as he has – in the midst of an unfriendly economic climate – progressively masterminded sustainable socio-economic and infrastructural development.


Akwa Ibomites, rise to the faith of greatness
Rise to the faith that with God all things are possible
Rise to the faith that Akwa Ibom was created by God out of greatness
Rise to the faith that as a people, we can move beyond ethnicity, biases, religion, and gender
Rise to togetherness

Rise to the faith of our resources, beyond what others see, human and intellectual
Rise to chart a new course for us, our children and a generation of Akwa Ibomites unborn
Rise to the faith that one day; we shall be counted as great people of a great state with great minds
Rise to the faith that all these are possible and many more
Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful

I rise to the faith that Akwa Ibom was created to be great
I rise to the faith that Akwa Ibom is destined to be great
I am an AkwaIbomite
I rise to a faith of greatness

Awareness & Mobilization Campaign

educates the citizenry on the need and advocates the embracing of the Dakkada philosophy in daily living, as a panacea to socio-economic development. It is strictly an education programme of the Directorate.

Recruitment & Entrepreneurship Campaign

identifies individuals and small/medium scale enterprises, and builds their capacities through business clinics towards enhanced productivity and profitability. This programme serves the dual responsibility of education and connection.

Business Forum

provides a platform for cross-pollination of ideas and opportunity towards business development. This programme is serves the dual responsibility of education and connection. The business forum has facilitated the registration of Dakkada Multi-purpose Cooperatives in each of the 31 Local Government Areas to connect members to opportunities.

Support Initiative

is a partnership project between Dakkada and private sector organizations to provide empowerment, support, and to create employment. This programme is serves the dual responsibility of education and connection due to the prospect of employment after the process of development of human capacity.