There was a powerful goddess at Calabar. The Calabar goddess, known as Anansa was a very powerful but gorgeous goddess of the sea. The goddess resides at the Enwang Springhead, known as Idim Enwang, Anantigha. The place is located in a thicket initially called Iyonde but now called Anantigha Beach. The people of the land believed that only cameras that are fortified can capture her monuments at Bayside, Calabar South.
Anansa goddess is considered the most powerful amongst all the deities of the Efik people. The goddess is also considered ‘The spouse of many’. History has it that, the water goddess possesses young girls, and when they are possessed, they see themselves in water and also dance the famous ‘Ekombi’ dance, which is a dance of the goddess. It was explained that the Ekombi dance movements got their steps from the motions of the oceans.
Therefore, believed that once a girl dances the Ekombi dance, she is inviting the spirit of Anansa. History also has it that strange things happen when the goddess comes to town. It was disclosed that when Anansa crosses the road on a day that pleases her, rain falls but doesn’t touch the ground.
Because the goddess is so beautiful, the possessed becomes more attractive in the eyes of men, irrespective of how she is dressed. Anansa goddess is said to be a very fearful deity that can be so humble when accepted but can be dangerous when rejected.
According to gatherings, she was a mermaid that was very territorial, sinking ships and causing several uproars for the Nigerian Navy. In order to make peace and allow them to take charge of the water borders, the Navy had to appease her by naming their base ‘NNS Anansa’.
But several years after Christianity dominated the ancient city, she was pursued to the high seas never to return again, that was how the Navy changed the name to ‘NNS Victory’.
It is believed that the goddess might return because of the many women she had conscripted and are still practicing her teachings, paving way for her return. There has, however, been the traditional procession of the Efik people, even though, abandoned when Christianity came.