Akwa Ibom State and Qua Iboe church fondly got thier names from the Ibeno River (quo Iboe river) were this church is located adjacent to the Atlantic ocean.. The United Evangelical Church (Founded as Qua Iboe Church) is a Christian denomination in Nigeria. It has existed since 1887. It has more than 1,000 congregations and 2,000,000 members. The church was founded by an Irish missionary, Rev.Samuel Alexander Bill the first of many missionaries who served with The Qua Iboe Mission, now known as Mission Africa, which is based in Belfast. [/b]The Mission and Church were initially named after the place where the mission began its work, at Ibeno near the Qua Iboe River in the present day Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.[b] The church and mission have been entirely independent entities since 1984, but the two continue to work together closely.