Akassa

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Akassa (at the bottom) on a John Bartholomew & Co. map published c. 1914.
British stamps used in 1898 at Akassa by the Royal Niger Company.

Akassa is a settlement at the southernmost tip of Nigeria in Bayelsa State where the Nun River estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The proximity of Akassa to the Atlantic has made it a traditional trading site in Nigeria and during British colonial years it was the site of an outpost of the Royal Niger Company. Taxes imposed by the company on local peoples caused the settlement at Akassa to be attacked in 1895.[1]

In the heart of the Niger Delta, habitation in the general region is sandwiched between salt water and the brackish water of mangrove swamps and most locals make their living from fishing or small scale trading, or by providing services to multi-national oil companies active in the area. There are few roads and no electricity. Health and educational facilities are few and most people do not have access to clean water.

More recently, the Akassa Development Foundation was formed in conjunction with Pro-Natura International, Statoil and BP to build local capacity.[2][3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal Niger Company" in Encyclopædia Britannica, Online Library Edition, 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  2. ^ The Akassa approach by John Egan, BBC News, 22 April 1999.
  3. ^ Community development in Nigeria. Akassa: Community development through empowerment Statoil Annual Report 2008, Statoil, 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2013. Archived here.

Coordinates: 4°19′41″N 6°03′50″E / 4.328°N 6.064°E / 4.328; 6.064