From Bajan. The word ecky-becky, of African origin, can be traced back to a time before Africans left Africa to Barbados. In one Igbo community in West Africa a French man allegedly named Eque Beque, or something similar, attempted to colonize the Igbo people, but failed, as he had no money or army. From then on, the Igbo people called any poor Caucasian "Ecky-becky." This word would later be taken by these people to Barbados when they were captured along with other African tribes and brought into slavery.