PROFILE OF ELDER( ETEIDUNG) EKOP NNA AKPAN(JP)
VILLAGE HEAD OF OBONG ITAM ITU
EKOP NNA AKPAN(JP) BIRTH AND PARENTAGE:
Elder (ETEIDUNG) EKOP NNA AKPAN was born on 27th April, 1950 in OBONG Itam, Itu Local Government to the family of late OBONG Nna Etok Akpan Ukut fondly called “Akpaofon” Of Nung ” Obio Akpan “in ” Nung Ewan Eko Ata ide” and Late Madam Okonanwan Sampson of ” Nung Udofia Ukpong” family in ” Nung Ambit” family both of obong Itam, In Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Eteidung Ekpo Nna’s birth as the first male child was not only a piece of joy to his parents and other family members, but he was seen as a young boy with the talent to lead.
EKOP NNA AKPAN(JP) EDUCATION:
Due to need for Western Education,Late Elder (Eteidung) EKOP NNA AKPAN attended west Itam Presbyterian Primary School, Obong Itam and obtained his first School leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1962.
As a brilliant young lad, papa hurriedly gained admission into the prestigious Itam Secondary School, Itam as one of the pioneer students where he sat for and obtained his west African School Certificate (WASC) in 1968 with flying colors. Between 1968 and 1972, papa attended the technical college of education, Akoka, Lagos and obtained the National Certificate in Education (NCE1). Shortly after his return from Lagos, papa got an appointment by the then cross river State Government as a classroom teacher to teach Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Technical Engineering Drawing.
Because of his desire for Western Education, he took a leave from his employers to study offshore precisely, at the university of manchester, England where he obtained a Diploma in Advanced Study in Education (DASE) In 1981. Papa went further and obtained a master’s in Education (M.ED) from the same university of Manchester in 1997.
EKOP NNA AKPAN WORK AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE:
Elder (Eteidung) Ekop Nna Akpan began his professional career as a teacher with St. Mary’s T.T.C Ediene Abak, now St. Mary’s Science College, Ediene Abak. He was very committed and astute in service and that ensured his rise through the ranks. Thus, his appointment as a principal of schools in 1986 was not a fluke, and had served religiously well in many schools including Secondary School Ibedu/Idikpa, Nist Atai, Asong Community Grammar School, Mkpat Enin, Regina Coeli College, Essene, Ikot Abasi, Holy Trinity College, Mbiakong, Uruan and a host other schools too numerous to mention. In recognition of his excellent leadership style by his colleagues at work, he was nominated and elected Chairman, All Nigeria conference of principals of secondary schools (Ancopss) Itu Zone 2000 – 2002. Because of his dedication to service and to the admiration of his employers, the Akwa Ibom State Government found him more responsible and appointed him deputy Director of schools, Uyo Zone where he served from 2005 up till his retirement in 2007.
EKOP NNA AKPAN MARITAL LIFE:
Papa was married and his marriage was blessed with children to whom he gave himself, love, resources and a disciplinarian who never spared the rod. He taught us to imbibe the nugget of “Tick says the clock”.
His benevolence knew no bounds and went beyond even his extended family.
EKOP NNA AKPAN(JP) CHRISTIAN LIFE:
Elder (Eteidung) Ekop Nna Akpan was born into the Christian family of the Presbyterian faith. His strong believe in the church doctrine saw his ordination as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. He had held many position’s in the church including, clerk of session, Itam Central Parish, Patron, Boys’ Brigade; Patron CGIT and a host of other offices and positions just to mention but a few.
EKOP NNA AKPANSOCIAL LIFE:
Eteidung was a charismatic leader full of life and positive energy. He won many awards in recognition of his dedicated service to the socio-economic advancement of his people. Little wonder he became Assistant Secretary General, union of Nigerians in England in 1981-82.
Due to his Sterling leadership quality, he was made member, Greater Manchester police Community Relations Committee in that same year, 1981-82. For patriotism and love for his fatherland, he was made Secretary, Obong Itam development league between 1984-1987 and later became president of the league in 1988-89. He, in conjunction with other Obong Itam Sons and Co-founded the Esop Ufon Ndito Obong Itam” and was president from 1992 till death.
Although he was the Eteidung of obong Itam village, he was able to combine the Christian doctrine with the traditions and culture of obong Itam and that led to his appointment as a Chairman, Obong Itam congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria from 2007 till death. He was also recognized by the United Nation as an Ambassador for peace.
He was member of the traditional Rulers Council (TRC) and had served in different capacities.
EKOP NNA AKPAN DEATH:
On Sunday August 19 2019, death came un-noticed to snuff out the earthly life of our Father, Husband, Brother, Father In-law, counsel and friend. In what seemed like a mirage, it came out real and true on Friday, August 23, 2019. In what could be described as a brief illiness. But we are consoled by the scriptures in John 11:25-26 ” I am the resurrection and life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”.
You were strong from the beginning to the end. Goodbye papa and God bless your soul.
Adieu our friend, ICON and mentor.
He is survived by:
Chrildren, wife, Sister, Son in-law, Daughter in-law, Grand Children, Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, Uncle’s, Aunties and several others too numerous to mention.
COMRADE UKO EKOP NNA
For the family.