"Utuduuliaipannaifommo( Fasting does not prohibit the eating of cassava chips)"
The introduction of the Christian religion early in the twentieth century to the Annang came with shock and awe. The protestant missionaries at Calabar had urged the colonialists to do something about the perceived savagery of those outside of the coast, especially the Aro Cult Brotherhood. The imperialist army marched into IkotEkpene pursuing one of the ring leaders of the cult, a man by name,UkpongInokon. He was captured and hung at Ifuho. Because such violent death and the site of the hanging contaminated the Annang land, the hill side was abandoned and so the Irish Roman Catholic Mission took over the land and built a church from where they sought the conversion of the Annang. Many shunned the religion and its teachings. It was not surprising that many Annang joined a new indigenous movement about ten years later known as the Spirit Movement which introduced elements of syncretism and turned the Christian theology into African religious concepts. The new movement encouraged fasting, the destruction of Idiong shrines. It also taught that the Holy Spirit was actually greater than the father of the Christian trinity and dwelt inside the church sanctuary. From the Spirit Movement, indigenous churches such as African Apostolic Church and Christ Army or what the Annang called “KiasEmem” emerged. Skeptics within the society, apparently confused about both the indigenous movement and the foreign religion joked that fasting, encouraged by the Spiritists, does not prohibit the eating of the cassava chip.