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Politics / Inyangeyen And The “ipad Prophecy” by akstrending(m): 4:58pm On Mar 09
“The garb of religion is the best cloak for power” – William Hazlitt

By Substance Udo-Nature

Let History forgive me if I can’t remember well. In 2019, it was still in this Akwa Ibom, and a time like this, that a certain pastor was reported to have sworn that if one of the candidates in that year’s election did not become the next governor of the State, she will resign. It was the “Voice of God”, she claimed.

While the rest is history today, we are still waiting for that resignation. The only good thing about that “prophecy” was that nobody was forced or cajoled to believe it - refusal of which would attract persecution, blackmail, slander and threats.

Why is it that in every election season in this State, claims of having heard a voice about who will become this or that would suddenly suffocate the atmosphere? It is curious that while some must have learnt lessons, some still want to see history repeat itself.

Jokes and sentiments apart, would you easily and wholly agree in your contemplative personal conviction that Pastor Umo Eno’s dreams of becoming Governor Udom Emmanuel’s successor in 2023 came from a divine source?

In saying “yes” or “no” to the above question, one must be circumspect to carefully weigh the weight of the sin of blasphemy or the possibility of becoming like Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, who was struck with dumbness for doubting a divine prophecy.

It is obvious not many Akwa Ibomites with critical minds believe the Umo Eno prophecy. One of such persons is Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen. From the very beginning, he never minced words or found himself at a crossroads.

Inyangeyen was so convinced about his doubts that he openly refused to associate with anything in that regard, including the Maintain Peace Movement that was ingeniously primed to herald the controversial Succession Plan.

So, when he said what he said in Eket the other day, that the God he worships could not have revealed who will be the next governor of Akwa Ibom State on the screen of someone’s iPAD, and solely so, he was not saying anything new. He was merely resonating his fearless stance.

It is my personal opinion that if everybody serving in the Udom administration was as frank and courageous as Inyangeyen on this matter, the governor would have little or no headache with the Umo Uno experiment and adventurism. He safely would have known who is genuinely on his side.

Those who believe in the said “prophecy” also have their reasons and rights. But it will be fantastically logical if they allow the fulfillment of that prophecy to vindicate them in due time, rather than trying, by hook and crook, to weave everybody into that pendulous bundle of belief.

History clearly shows that those who receive or claimed to have received prophecies from God on a mission, normally show neither panic nor desperation in their utterances and actions. They only propagate the message, waiting in faith and patience for its actualization.

But that does not seem to be the case with the Umo Eno specimen in the political lab of high probability. They panic more than those without a prophecy. They labour more than “non-believers”.

With a thousand reactionary press releases that attack tissues than issues, they have this ridiculous habit of contesting ridiculously against any contrary opinions expressed by others. It leaves much to doubt when those who believe in a prophecy act like this way.

Indeed, if any group should be calm and certain about 2023, the prophecy being that of “That Same God”, it should be the Umo Eno battalion, especially with the assurances and insurance they have secured from what looks like a royal war chest that has made everything easy and possible.

Last Saturday, Youth of Eket organized a reception and rally for the Senator representing Uyo Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan. Take or leave it, one fast take from the massive turn-up at the event was that it is hard to defeat a crowd hero of OBA’s pedigree in any fair contest.

It was during that event that Akparawa Inyangeyen spoke. Nowadays whenever he speaks , earthquake occurs. He unmasked the “iPAD prophecy” and laid it bare and breathless on the dusty field.

But one of the cynosures of that day was Elder Enefiok Ekefre. He chose to speak in puzzling fables and parables, making big things small and small things big.

Apart from his characteristic fondness for Ibibio folklore, the SSA to the Governor on Grassroots Mobilization, like Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart, proved that “proverb is the palm oil with which words are eaten”.

He told the crowd: “In 2023, Akwa Ibom people need a governor who will act like mother-hen that gathers or scatters food around for her chicks. We don’t want a vulture that only swoops on a target, picks all it could, and flies back to the topmost part of the tallest tree to devour it - all alone”.

About 48 hours later, he was sacked. In times like this, the truth does not set men free. It is a moment for pantomime and soliloquy. But the real danger or dangerous reality is that if everybody dancing around Umo Eno and the Hilltop Mansion was given a chance to say something in safe corners, by this time next week, there might be nobody to sack.

One infectious disease amongst those in government quarters who do not believe the Umo Eno prophecy is essentially that of playing the Judas. Such pretense is worse than a stab on the groin. This is where and how Inyangeyen has made the difference.

For audaciously refusing to be gullible in acting a script which vision he does not share, refusing to rob the truth to be a gentleman on the bandwagon, Inyangeyen has been grossly mistaken to be fighting government. But those who know know that that is not the case. It was Cal Thomas who argued that “Politics is a game of compromise…faith isn’t”.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, the other day, said that he surely will have a successor; but he will not inflict pains upon himself with claims of any prophecy or involvement in the war of succession that apparently has given governors in other States sleepless nights.

He said he doesn’t want any vision. He said potential successors should test their popularity with the people on a level playing ground. Maybe that is the best and simplest way to go about this matter, to have peace of mind.

Business / Frequently Asked Questions About Wana Court... #uyobestrealestatecompany by akstrending(m): 6:42pm On Jan 19
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Food / How to do Cow Shopping And Price Of Cow In Nigeria In 2021-2022 by akstrending(m): 5:46am On Dec 06, 2021
Day 7 was the vigil night, and the day before my mom's funeral was overwhelming. I felt like time was running faster than usual. See how we dealt with it [url][/url]

Day 7 was the vigil night, and the day before my mom's funeral was overwhelming. I felt like time was running faster than usual.
We went all out to make sure we gathered everything, from buying the remaining drinks, food items, the cow and a few goats, and other supplies.
It was one of those days in your life that you would never forget.
My sister and I went to get a cow at the back of Itam Industrial layout in Itu LGA, where cow rearers sell cows by audition.

It was shocking to hear the amount for a cow that was not as big as I wanted. In recent times, cow prices in Nigeria have gone up drastically - no thanks to multiple factors such as insurgency and insecurity in Northern Nigeria and increasing hostility against herdsmen in other parts of the country.
Before now, cows were rather affordable, going up only during the Eid-el-Kabir (salah or "ileya"wink festival period due to expectable spikes in demand. But now. prices are high all year round due to the factors cited earlier.

Some of the meat from the cow was used for cooking soups like Afang soup, white soup aka pounded yam soup, Okro soup, Rice, and stew.
The majority of the meat was used for suya, also known as tsire, a spicy meat skewer and a popular food item in West Africa.
In Nigeria, suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. It is enjoyed with a sauce mixed with pepper and other flavored spices.
What a fantastic experience!

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Music/Radio / Back And Brutal; Sirvic Releases Club-trouble Gospel E-P “take Over” #takeover by akstrending(m): 3:11pm On Oct 28, 2021
Victor Ekpo aka SirVic has lived in Port Harcourt studios since 2003 when he started out as a singer, switching to rap after some years. Back then, he had some songs out like ‘Make it Shine’ and ‘Some times’. In 2013, he had 2 more songs out, featuring legendary worship leader Afy Douglas in one.

Welcome to 2021 and Sir Vic is back and brutal. He has released “Take Over”, an E-P with 4 super songs, this time featuring PH-based vocalist, Obinna txyhieu and ‘God no go shame us’ crooner Prinx Emmanuel.

Prinx Emmanuel doubled as the producer for the E-P, which in itself features different cool styles of music.

‘Jesus Hold Me’ is modest tempo Pop, a favorite of foreign gospel music enthusiasts. There is a blend of R&B singing by Obinna and the characteristic calm rap vibe of SirVic.

‘Joyful’ and ‘Get Your Praise On’ represent the faster urban gospel tracks in the mini-album.

‘E no de’, featuring the jolly Prinx Emmanuel takes the work to a climax for African music aficionados. The blend of Ghanaian hi-life and Nigerian Afro sprinkled with some Caribbean spice takes the mid-tempo music to easy club trouble – notwithstanding its unforgiving gospel lyrics.

In all, the E-P is both a radio and live-event favorite as OAPs and DJs who have listened attest to. It is currently streaming through the Audiomack link; https://audiomack.com/officialsirvicaudio/album/takeover10 https://audiomack.com/officialsirvicaudio/album/takeover10

What’s next for SirVic?

There is a video for ‘E no de’ on the way. There is also a tour in the works beginning with select Nigerian urban centers.

The Ikot Abasi born son of Akwa Ibom state, Sir Vic is out to ‘Take Over’ in a hurry. It’s his time, having labored in the trenches for close to 20 years unheard and he is not taking it easy.

Events / Episode 2: How To Get Ready For A Funeral Ceremony In Nigeria by akstrending(m): 4:28am On Oct 02, 2021
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Romance / #itoroyeuduak: Meet Nigerian Couple Who Painted Atlanta Georgia Purple And Gold. by akstrending(m): 1:23pm On May 20, 2021

Over the weekend, Akwa Ibom-born blogger and former Ibom plaza phone repairer Mr. Cavil Uduak Inwang got traditionally married to former Miss Itoro Atakpa.

The event which was held on Saturday 15th May 2021 at Breckinridge Banquet Hall 3064 Old Norcross Rd #150, Duluth, GA 30096, Atlanta Georgia had in attendance representatives from both families and guests.

See exclusive pictures from the wedding



In January of 2015 during the gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, I was part of the campaign team that campaigned for Governor Udom Emmanuel. It was there that I met Itoro’s mom’s sister, Aunty Becky Odungide Asindi. She was a reporter on the campaign team. Aunty Becky was like a mother to everyone in the group, and we remained in touch after the election. In August of 2016, Aunty Becky asked me to build her personal website, and Itoro’s mom became interested in providing me with feedback on the template and content for the website. From then on, I started communicating with Itoro’s mom, and she became very interested in my well-being, which is something I was not used to. We quickly developed a bond. I kept her updated on what was going on in my life, and she did the same.

One day, while I was on the phone with her, she told me Itoro was at home, and she had her greet me on the phone, but Itoro sounded uninterested in speaking with me, and the conversation was brief. Months after, she told me that Itoro was interested in doing an internship in Nigeria. I gave her the contact information of a few NGOs I knew, but none of their programs would be running at the time Itoro would be there. So, a few weeks later, Itoro’s Mom told me that her cousin Professor Eno Urua, a professor at the University of Uyo. had secured a place for Itoro to do her Internship at the university. I thought to myself, “Wow, these guys are well-connected.” I promised Itoro’s mom that I would be there for her any time, any day, and I joked that I would start going to the gym and build muscle to protect her.

Meanwhile, Itoro’s mom didn’t tell me that she was coming along for the trip. It was not until a few days prior to their arrival that I got a tip from Aunty Becky, as I was asking her about the plans for Itoro to be picked up from the airport. I promised that I would be there to help receive her.

On December 22, 2016, Itoro and her mom landed in Uyo. With December being a festive period, I was very busy with political events and had to skip going to the airport. I would have liked to go, but I don’t compromise with my job. Aunty Becky called me the next day and asked why I didn’t show up at the airport. I explained to her that I was at Onna, the hometown of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and that I would meet up with them later that evening. She then gave me the address where I should meet them, which was at Aunty Grace Otu Inyang (Itoro’s mom’s late sister’s) house at Afaha Ukwa, Eket Local Government.

Around 9 pm, I got home, got refreshed, and took a few clothes to stay at my friend’s hotel in Eket. However, I was unsure how I would get there at that time of the night because I had never used public transportation to get to Eket. I had always either driven with the Governor’s convoy or with a friend. But, a promise is a promise, and since I missed the first day, I didn’t want to give Itoro a poor impression of me. I was supposed to be like a brother to her, after all.

I took a taxi and arrived in Eket around 10:30 pm. By then, I had actually forgotten that her mom might be there, so I was kind of surprised to see her. I greeted everyone and sat down. They offered a bottle of beer, and I took it, even though I’ve never liked beer. I was struggling to finish the glass, so I finally admitted to everyone that I don’t like the taste, and we laughed and started talking about politics, electricity in Nigeria, and more. I took the time to explain some of the things I knew about the government to everyone, jumping in and contributing to every conversation. I was just being me.

Since it was getting late, I called my friend Allen Effeh, the manager of a local hotel, to prepare a room for me. Itoro’s mom then asked me to come with her to where she and Itoro were lodging since she had some gifts she had brought for me back in their room. When we reached the hotel, it turned out it was the same place that my friend Allen manages. I went and received the gifts and stayed with them for a while before heading off to my room. The following morning, Itoro sent me a message asking if I would like to come with them to her late Aunty’s house again for breakfast. I agreed, and I went up to their room to help them load the things they needed for the day into the car.

While at her aunty’s house, Itoro and I had the opportunity to talk about a few things and get to know each other more. We even ate together – you don’t eat pounded yam alone! I then joined the group to visit the grave-site of Itoro’s great grandmother and other family members. Later that evening, Itoro’s cousin Mary Johnson drove us down to the beach at Ibeno. At the beach, Itoro wore heels and was struggling while walking on the sand, so I knelt down to help her with her shoes and took her hand. Her mom and aunty also gave me their shoes and phones to hold so they could take pictures. I then remembered that Itoro had earlier mentioned that she loved suya, so I went to a suya stand and bought some for her. She was surprised and excited.

On Christmas, they had a celebration at Aunty Grace’s house, and I also attended. It was my first Christmas spent without my family. I then returned to Uyo the next day, and I resumed work that evening while Itoro and her Mom were preparing to leave the following day to go to Calabar for Carnival.

I actually thought Itoro would not like to contact me, so I didn’t bother contacting her while she was in Calabar. But later on the night of her first day in Calabar, I noticed she had texted me while I was at work. I immediately called her, and we talked about our days, and I told her to be careful. I noticed that I had started to become attached to her. Itoro and her Mom returned to Uyo on the 29th December, and that night I took Itoro out to my cousin’s wine bar, where she met my cousin and friends.

We spent time together daily from there. Two weeks later, Itoro’s mom returned to the U.S. By then, Itoro and I knew we were compatible. We spent three more weeks together while she completed her internship at the University of Uyo, and we stayed in contact after she returned to the U.S.Itoro decided to come back to see me in January of 2018, and I reached out to her dad and her best friend, Tiera Fletcher to inform them that I planned to ask Itoro to marry me. I also talked to my dad and family, and they all gave me their blessings. A couple days after Itoro arrived in Nigeria, we got engaged.


Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia by Nigerian immigrants, I always had an interest in connecting with my roots. However, I never had the opportunity to travel to Nigeria and see where my family came from during my childhood. So in 2016, I decided to forge an opportunity of my own. I was in my final year as a mechanical engineering student at MIT, and I had one last “IAP” left before graduation.

IAP, or Independent Activities period, is a month-long term in January during which MIT students can choose to take courses, study abroad, conduct research, complete internships or externships, or even take a vacation. I decided that for my senior IAP, I would travel to Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria to meet my extended family and engage in an internship experience at the University of Uyo. As soon as I came up with the idea, I called my mom in Atlanta, and we decided that we would take the trip together.

At this time, Cavil had already come to know my mom through his work with her sister. My mom had been providing feedback on his development of her sister’s website, and they had been communicating for several months. She had grown very fond of him and admired his industriousness and ambition. And, when my mom really likes someone, she sure can talk about it! So, naturally, I had heard about Cavil a few times, but I didn’t pay it much mind.

As our departure date approached, my mom expressed that she wanted to introduce me and Cavil so that I would have a peer outside of my family to show me around and look out for me after she left (which would be three weeks before I did). I didn’t have much interest in meeting Cavil, but I listened politely anyway.

What I was truly excited about was learning my history and developing a deeper understanding of my parents’ early lives. I counted down the days anxiously, and on December 21, 2016, we took off on a Delta flight to Lagos. The day after we arrived in Lagos, we traveled to Akwa Ibom State. We visited my aunt’s house and spent hours eating great food and having a great conversation. Late in the evening, my aunt invited Cavil, and he soon arrived to meet us.

Cavil strode in with a confident gait and greeted everyone with a very loud yet respectful sort of charm. To say the least, I was instantly drawn to him (and, as someone who is generally slow to warm up to people, I was surprised by this). I watched and admired his direct and confident manner of speaking all night. We didn’t have much one-on-one conversation, but there was something about him that intrigued me.

The next morning, I invited Cavil to join my family for breakfast at my aunt’s house. Again, he accepted the invitation. He sat next to me, and we chatted and got to know each other better. He was considerate, attentive, and polite. And most of all – he was extremely kind towards my mom, helping her carry her things and making sure she stayed cool under the hot Nigerian sun. We spent much of the day accompanying my mom on a tour down memory lane, stopping at significant locations from her childhood.

In the evening, we all took a trip to the local beach. As I (ungracefully) trudged towards the water in wedged heels, Cavil noticed that I was stumbling through the sand, and he grabbed my hand to help me balance. It was a simple gesture, but it sent a shock through my whole body.

He didn’t let go. I was jarred by the unusually strong feeling that I got from his fingers wrapped around mine, and I almost had to remind myself that I had just met him the previous day. For the rest of the evening, we all had a great time taking pictures by the water and drinking cool beers. We even enjoyed my favorite snack, which Cavil had purchased from a vendor on the beach.

Over the next couple of days, Cavil spent a lot of time with me and my family. And on the 26th, I took off for a trip to Calabar with my mom and her cousin Aunty Grace Eyamba from London. Calabar is about an hour drive from where we were staying, and it is also where my mom spent most of her childhood. We were going to attend the Calabar Carnival, and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in a celebration of our culture. Our first full day drummed with traditional colors, dances, and foods. But, somehow, it felt like something was missing – and it was clear what that something was.

So, in the late morning, I texted Cavil that we all missed him. An hour passed, then two, then four, then eight. He didn’t respond. I felt sick and anxious the entire day. It seemed like a bizarre way to feel after only knowing Cavil for a few days, but I just couldn’t shake it no matter how I tried to rationalize.

Cavil finally called late that night, and I felt a wave of relief. He said that he had been working all day and that he missed me and hoped we were staying safe. I simply couldn’t wait to see him again. I knew this could be something real.

When we returned from Calabar a couple of days later, Cavil and I spent every single day of my IAP together. Even after I started my internship in January, he would pick me up for lunch, and he would meet up with me every evening. By the time I left, we both knew that we wanted to be together for the long run, and we committed to continuing our relationship with an ocean between us. For the next year, we texted and video chatted almost daily, learning more about each other and growing more deeply connected.

Meanwhile, I saved money to return to Nigeria. When I finally returned in January 2018, Cavil asked me to marry him!

We took on the K-1 visa process, and we started our lives together in the U.S. in May of 2019.

Food / How To Make Nigerian Akara (bean Cake) With A Blender| Easy Steps For Begineers by akstrending(m): 4:04am On Feb 16, 2021
This is one of the most popular snacks/food in Nigeria. It is made from beans flour, spiced to taste, and deep-fried into balls; they are taken with bread sandwich, pap/custard, eaten with either plantain/yam/potato fries with stew. Whether or not as a roadside snack, it is best served hot; eaten alone or with bread, and of course accompanied with a chilled fruit drink.


After watching this video, I encourage you to leave any comments or questions you may have in the section below. we always try our best to respond to all comments, so please go ahead and share your feedback.
And we hope you enjoy this video.

So what and what do you need to make this amazing fluffy Akara?

Habanero pepper(or to choice)
Red onion
Chicken Bullion Powder
Peanut oil

You can use a blender or a food processor.

1. Select the beans (This process helps to take out bad particles from the bean)

2. Wash and scrub the beans with warm water (This will help easy blending and control the amount of water used during blending. We need a thick and not "runny" batter.)

3. Soak in water for an hour or put in the fridge. (We kept it till the next day)

4. Pour the beans into a powerful blender; add bullion powder, salt, onions, and pepper. Blend the mixture, until you get a smooth but thick consistency. You can add just a little water to the blender, to help it blend easily. Make sure to blend in batches, so that you won't get granules and bean lumps. Blend the bean till you get the desired consistency.

5. The hand mixer help to incorporate air into the bean paste batter making it creamy thus achieving a fluffy interior. It saves time.

6. Pour the vegetable into a deep pot or frying pan; the oil should be deep enough to cover an egg, that's like 3 inches deep. Heat up the oil until hot, but not extremely hot, so that the Akara does not just cook on the outside without cooking on the inside.

7. Using a tablespoon, Scoop the blended beans mixture and drop it gently into the hot oil. You can drop a little of the beans mixture into the oil to test the heat; If it browns instantly, then the oil is too hot, but if it sizzles and still has a white color, then it is at the right temperature.

8. Fry the Akara until brown and make sure you flip it over so that both sides brown at the same time. Some like theirs fried light brown or deep brown. It is totally up to you.

9. Be very cautious when splashing the hot oil onto the Akara during frying. (Transfer the Akara into a sieve lined with a paper towel, to help absorb the excess oil)

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Romance / Sex In Marriage: A Must Watch by akstrending(m): 5:26pm On Jan 04, 2021
Cavil Inwang wrote;
Do you know what's funny? I use to think I'll have so much šęx with my wife when we get married. I think we both did, lol. Before we decided which house to buy, there were times we would fantasize about the various possible šēx positions in the house. But once we moved in together, things changed.
Join me and my wife as we share the challenges of šęx in marriage and how we are overcoming them. Watch here [url][/url]

Food / How To Prepare Nigerian Fried Plantain With Egg Sauce: The African Way. by akstrending(m): 5:16am On Dec 18, 2020
How to prepare Nigerian fried plantain with egg sauce: The African way.
Watch here https://youtu.be/zc_oiV3yWRY
After watching this video, I encourage you to leave any comments or questions you may have in the section below. we always try our best to respond to all comments, so please go ahead and share your feedback. And we hope you enjoy this video.

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Romance / Re: See What Nigerian Couple Living In America Did On A Heap Of Dry Leaves by akstrending(m): 5:02am On Nov 15, 2020
Romance / See What Nigerian Couple Living In America Did On A Heap Of Dry Leaves by akstrending(m): 4:53am On Nov 15, 2020
A Nigerian Youtuber Uduak Inwang and his lovely wife Itoro share a video of them pilling up dry leaves in their house and jumping on it.
The couple who shared the video on their fast-growing YouTube channel Diary of Cavil had real fun and had this to say.

My wife and I raked for the first time this season, and it was quite a HEAP!
Watch the full video here and don't forget to rate our dives on a scale of 1 to 10.

Have fun,

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Politics / New Dawn Train Lands Uyo Ward 11 by akstrending(m): 4:56pm On Oct 20, 2020
Ahead of the upcoming Local Government elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) incoming Counselor of Ward 11 (former Ward 9) Mrs. Emeti Ukeme Aniekan, today, went to officially consult her Ward Executive.

It was an atmosphere of excitement to the People to receive their daughter and officially give assurances of their support to her throughout her stay in office.

The Ward Chairman, Hon. Akan Obot expressed happiness for her humility, and lauded her maturity for identifying with her Ward people. The Chairman advised her to remain humble and diligent as God will guide her in His wisdom.

Other members of the Ward expressed confidence in her, and encouraged her to ensure that she leaves a good footprint.

Comrade Mike Ekott who led the team of the incoming Counselor, told the Ward members that, the era of good representation is now, he urged the people to give all their support as Emeti would represent the Ward effectively.
Source: https://akstrending.com/local-politics-new-dawn-train-lands-uyo-ward-11/

Nairaland / General / Akisan Youths Set To Embrace Skills And Tech In A One-day Virtual Conference by akstrending(m): 8:12pm On Sep 25, 2020

By~ Faith Mboho

Plans are in top gear as the National Youth Council of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, USA, Inc presents a one-day conference for youths across the world. The conference which is tagged Uforo Ndito NNyin is targeted towards empowering Akwa Ibom youths internationally. It will be held virtually on the 26th of September 2020, Time: 10am (3pm WAT) and will feature 5 panelists to cover different topics that impact our youths directly. The panelists consist of Akwa Ibom sons and daughters drawn from various walks of life.

The Youth empowerment panel has Udeme Ikaiddi, AKISAN Youth Council National President as the Moderator; Samantha Nkanta, A mental Health Provider; Etimbuk Obohoso, President National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students, University of Uyo and Blessing Dawson, a Mental Health Professional.
The creativity and entrepreneur panel has Ifreke King as Moderator; Ini Edo, a Nollywood Actress; Queen Enidiok, Designer, CEO of Queen E. Collection and Itoro-Chole Udo, CEO of ICU Glam as panelists.

The technology panel has Uduak Inwang, Lead Consultant, Cavil Consult who is the group's PRO/IT chair as Moderator; Uwana Ikaiddi, Big Commerce & Technical Communications Advisor; Mr. Olumba Ekpo, Founder, Supreme Logic Integrated Solutions LTD; Charity Ikpe, F/A-18 Structural Engineer, The Boeing Company and Victor Ekanem, Engineer and Tech Advocate as panelists.

According to the National President of Akisan Youth Council, Udeme Ikaiddi, while shedding light on the forthcoming event; "This conference is an opportunity to inform, empower and motivate the youths of Akwa Ibom State and our brothers and sisters in the diaspora'.
Udeme in her words further stated that this conference is to support one another because "when one Akwa Ibomite succeeds, we all succeed. For this event, 75% of our proceeds will be donated to Iban Ifiok for their future projects and 25% will remain with AKISAN USA Youth Council for our future projects." She stated. Ifreke King, the National event coordinator of the group explained that due to the current climate around the world regarding COVID-19, the conference will be held virtually.

She added that the conference is aimed to showcase elite Akwa Ibomites who are experts in their field and can offer inspiration to others seeking to do the same. "We wanted to create a platform to connect Akwa Ibomites with others who are in their fields. This will create unity and strength among our people", she stressed, adding; "Seeing someone accomplish something that you’re interested in doing that is also from the same place as you can be very encouraging and influential to the development of our culture and state."

On his part, the PRO/IT Chair of the group Mr. Uduak Inwang said that the event aimed at answering some of the questions our youths ask themselves and may not know where or how to find guidance from. It provides an opportunity to get some valuable information from our people in the diaspora.

Mr. Uduak added that interested persons are encouraged to visit their new interactive website [url][/url]https://akisan.org/youth/events[url][/url] to register. He also enjoined the general public to follow the conversation on social media using #UforoNditoNnyin #UNN2020

Politics / Akha Passes Akwa Ibom Official Symbols Bill Into Law by akstrending(m): 3:39pm On Sep 22, 2020
A Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Official Symbols and other matters connected therewith, has been passed into law by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

Recall that the Bill had at Plenary on Thursday, September 17, 2020, scaled through its First and Second Readings and was committed to the Committee on Information for scrutiny.

Presenting the report at Plenary on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Chairman of the Committee, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis, noted that the general principle of the Bill is sufficiently indicative that the Bill when passed into law, will entrench pride, hope and dignity in the state and also foster unity among the people.

"The Bill when passed into law will bring out our history and values which will result in the general consciousness of our heritage. It will further unite us and give us clear distinction from other states", he said.

He revealed that the Committee received inputs from various stakeholders, through a memoranda submitted to it before, on and after the Public Hearing which held on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Subsequently, the House after considering the report at the Committee of the Whole, passed the Bill into Law, with September 22, 2020 as its commencement date.

In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey thanked Members of the House for their cooperation which aided the passage of the Bill.

He directed the Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren to communicate the decision of the House to the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.

At Plenary also, A Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Road Traffic Authority and for other Matters Connected therewith sponsored by the Member representing Ukanafun State Constituency, Hon. Dr. Charity Ido, scaled through Second Reading and was referred to the House Committee on Works and Transport for scrutiny.

Similarly, the House received a Motion on Development of Tourist Sites in Ikot Abasi into Tourist Centres from the Member representing Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh.

In the meantime, the House has adjourned Plenary to Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 10am.

Press Unit,
Office of the Speaker,
Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

Business / Dakkada 5th Anniversary Awards Meet Our Adjudicators by akstrending(m): 11:28pm On Sep 11, 2020
2. Aniekan Usoroh

A business Administrator/Consultant, a Service delivery strategist, a Communications professional, a Prolific Speaker , Writer and Certified trainer, Aniekan Usoroh is an unrepentant optimist who believes that there is always an opportunity to do the extra to attain excellence. Aniekan’s professional background spans across FMCG, Banking and Finance Sector, Healthcare financing sector, Development sector and Revenue consultancy. An unrepentant optimist who believes that there is always a better way to get things done, He has over 18 years of corporate business ethics and experience.

A firm believer in the future of the nation, Nigeria and is committed to building Champions who will take their place in putting our nation back on track.

Aniekan is the Principal driver of The Pathway of Champions Initiative which focuses on the pursuit of excellence in every area of life and reaches out weekly online via his aniekanusoroh. blog. He is a mentor to many and coach to a lot of high performing individuals and organizations

He is the Director, Strategic Partnerships with the Young Entrepreneur Success Stories conference (#YESS) with a track record of Hosting success stories conference.

He is also the Managing Partner of ENANI Solutions which provides Organization Development strategies to organizations around Nigeria.

He recently served as the Head of the Corporate sector for the Lead Consultants to the Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service (AKIRS)

He currently heads Business Development and Strategy for one of the leading HMOS in the Health Insurance/financing sector in Nigeria

Aniekan has certifications in Business Ethics, Development Finance, Revenue Lifecycle Manangement, Citizens Engagement, Project Management and Health Economics from different world-class institutions including the University of Ibadan, The University of Irvine California and the World Bank Institute

He is the convener of The Champions Summit, The Journey to Mastery Masterclass and SpeakXpress.


Business / Fg Recognizes Akwa Ibom On Sme Development, Sends Delegates by akstrending(m): 8:49pm On Sep 10, 2020
In recognition of the industrial strides recorded by the Akwa Ibom state government, a team of the federal ministry of Trade and Investment was in the state on Wednesday to consolidate on the gains of the State on Small and Medium Scale Enterprise.

During the visit, the team led by Mr. Akan Barnabas Ojie held a dialogue session with Startup entrepreneurs where Mr Ojie intimated the Commissioner for trade and investment, Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio that the federal government delegation was in Akwa Ibom state to understudy the viability of Startups and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in order to formulate a national policy on SME and Startups. He added that Akwa Ibom state was chosen as one of the states to be understudied owing to the priority of place accorded by the administration of Mr. Udom Emmanuel to trade and investment. Mr. Ojie hinted that the delegation will not just dialogue with Startup entrepreneurs in the state but will take out time to visit some of the startups in the state in a bid to motivate them, ascertain their challenges and work towards Federal Government’s intervention and assistance for businesses in the State.

Declaring the session open, Commissioner for Trade And Investment, Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio who played host to the Abuja delegation said it was motivating for Akwa Ibom State to be selected as one of the states considered by the federal government as a working model for a national policy on SME. He stressed that the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel was not paying lips service to the course of industrialization but has had the agenda as a priority. Barr. Akpabio enjoined the Federal Government delegate to visit as many businesses as possible, assuring them of a usual peaceful and hospitable ambience that Akwa Ibom state enjoys.

While highlighting the accomplishments of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the area of trade and investment, the Akwa Ibom state trade and investment boss assured that the Akwa Ibom state government will not rest on it's oars until the task of jobs and prosperity for all the people of the state is achieved. He further assured of a continuous good working relationship between the State ministry of trade and investment and the federal ministry of trade and investment.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of Certificate of Incorporation to Startups numbering more than hundred. The State's Commissioner for Trade and Investment said the registration of businesses with Corporate Affairs Commission was undertaken by his ministry to ease the process for new business owners in Akwa Ibom state. According to him, the challenges of new businesses isn't just finances but includes the things the Akwa Ibom state government was doing for businesses in the state such as free registration, trainings and provision of business friendly environment.

The dialogue session with startups was attended by the permanent secretary of Ministry of trade and investment, Mr. Oliver , the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on SME, Mrs Janet Amber and the directors of the ministry of trade and investment. Selected Startup entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom state formed the audience in the session and they expressed delight for the opportunity to attend. Entrepreneurs who spoke on the occasion were full of praise for both the federal ministry of trade and investment and the Akwa Ibom state government for availing them of such a resourceful session.

Business / Akwa Ibom Indigenous Innovators Shine As DMBM Hosts World Entrepreneurship Day by akstrending(m): 9:55pm On Aug 21, 2020
For entrepreneurs and innovators of Akwa Ibom origin, it was an impressive outing at the Virtual Conference hosted by the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Office of the Governor to mark the 2020 edition of the World Entrepreneurship Day. The innovators who took turns to wow conference participants with their creativity and ingenuity, showcased innovations and inventions ranging from art works, auto powered drum sets amongst others.

Speaking at the conference, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah urged Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs to clearly define their entrepreneurship journey. Uwah reminded the entrepreneurs that business is about proffering solutions to societal problems first before money making. The Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management Helmsman also harped on book-keeping, stressing that doing business without proper book-keeping is an unhealthy practice that should be discontinued. Speaking further, Mr Uwah thanked the Governor Of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel for creating a conducive environment that has promoted the surge of entrepreneurial activities in the state. He noted that from the mental reawakening occasioned by the Dakkada philosophy, to facilitating trainings through the "My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme" (MEGP), and also the approval of interest free loans, grants and other facilities, evidences show that the Udom Emmanuel administration places premium on Human Capacity Development.

Speaking earlier, in her key note address, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs Meflyn Anwana described entrepreneurs as the unsung heroes who toil day and night to create products and services that solve our daily needs. Anwana described Akwa Ibom State as an incubator for entrepreneurial activities because of the conducive environment created by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

In her words, "Our beloved State, Akwa Ibom has been an incubator for innovations and entrepreneurship over the years, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has beamed light and ignited the spirit of enterprising, while creating the environment for entrepreneurs to thrive".

Expounding further on the theme of this year's celebration "Innovation and creativity", the Governor's Aide said as part of activities lined up to mark the 2020 World Entrepreneurs day,a cross section of entrepreneurs in the state engaged in entrepreneurial activities as a cluster, accordingly tourism entrepreneurs paid a working visit to the Craft village at Ikot Ekpene with a view to work out ways to scale up tourism-art related enterprises. Anwana stressed that our economy and future depends on many factors, but mostly on the ability of entrepreneurs and innovators to develop ideas and ensure right practices that can transform our lives and economy.

The virtual conference had a plethora of guest speakers, notable amongst them are,
Farouk Khailann, CEO Premium Africa Holdings, Ace broadcaster and Co-founder of Goge Africa-
Nneka Moses, Mohammed Kheir, Takuma Terakubo, CEO Leapfrog Ventures, Franklin Peters, BITFXT CEO, Ayodele Ajila, Managing Partner at Stoics Consulting and Ima Isip, amongst others.

The world entrepreneurs day is marked worldwide on 21st August yearly to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the world.

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Politics / Cosmas Okon: The Carriage Of The New Nsit Atai Dream by akstrending(m): 12:47pm On Jul 25, 2020

The story of Nsit Atai is now in gear for another dimension. The visible clouds of hope and optimism is gathering pace and the envious radiance in their opportunity to secure the services of Barr. Cosmas Joseph Okon is now full beam. The people are now desirous for more in terms of qualitative and disruptive leadership and the good providence has placed Cosmas with the burden to help.

The chronicle of Cosmas' life thus far has been a story of determination and grit. Born in 1977 to the family of Mr/Mrs Joseph Nyong Okon. Cosmas would surmount several limitations and challenges to enhance his value for himself and the society. It was at Holy Child Primary School, Ikot Asua that he first demonstrated his excellent spirit before leaving his village to Immaculate Conception Seminary, Calabar for his secondary education. He proceeded to attain a diploma in data processing at the Contemporary Institute of Computer Science and Business Studies. Cosmas then later enrolled for Bachelor of Laws in University of Uyo. While there, the burden of his quality distinguished him for several important roles. As electoral committee chairman of faculty of law in 2011 and chairman of editorial committee of the said faculty in 2012, the silver lines of his sterling quality became even more radiant. Cosmas was called to the Bar in 2014 after vocational studies at the Nigerian Law School. He is currently studying for his Masters in International Relations. Cosmas is happily married to Akon and the marriage is blessed with three children.

In many years of service, Cosmas has moved from being an ICT instructor at International Management and Finance Institute, Uyo Aks, to being the ICT Manager and assistant to the Executive secretary of Akwa Ibom State Scholarships Board. He exited IT practice and answered the call of law as staff attorney at Sylvanus Obot & Co, Uyo, Aks. It was not long before public service beckoned on him when in 2015, the Hon. Member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in a good effort to improve the quality of team for his legislative agenda, engaged Cosmas as his special assistant. In the same vein and for all the right reasons, PDP in Nsit Atai also entrusted him as their legal adviser and he served meritoriously, representating the party and its members in court severally on the many issues of 2019 elections.

Barr Cosmas Okon has the midas touch and is now aspiring for an opportunity to plant his incredible imprint on the fabrics of Nsit Atai. A peep at Cosmas' mindset would reveal some of the attractions that has endeared him to Nsit Atai people. The plan is to drive economic and social inclusion through education, social-reorientation, commerce, agriculture and healthcare. Cosmas is particularly passionate about education and has often taken opportunity to mention that education is the bedrock that guarantees the success of social engineering and the sustainability of development. As chairman, Nsit Atai will be a model for others to follow in terms of educational investment. Another is Agriculture, indeed Cosmas has mentioned that he intends to lead a palm oil revolution. He believes that a purposeful investment in the palm oil value chain will precipitate an economic boom in Nsit Atai and take his people out of poverty. To achieve this, Cosmas is already gathering thoughts on the best strategies to access improved seedlings, research on soil type and improvement options, refining, value chain exploitation and marketing options. He has mentioned that as chairman that he would seek and facilitate several public - private ventures on palm oil alone.

As a practicing christian and a altar minister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he is also a zonal coordinator of the Community Development Services of the Church, Cosmas' word is his bond and by God's grace, he won't renege. It is time for Nsit Atai people to take action. The youths, men, women, artisans and professionals to put in their weights behind this carriage of the new Nsit Atai dream and wheel it to fruition. Nsit Atai deserves more!

Politics / Entrepreneurs In Ikono-ini Receive Another 20 Million Naira Business Grant by akstrending(m): 10:33pm On Jun 23, 2020
........others get car, motorcycle

The fourth round of the N100m business empowerment initiative of the member representing Ikono/Ini in the House of Representatives, Hon.(Obong) Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, held today in Wards 3, 9 and 10 of Ini and Wards 1, 2 & 4 of Ikono Local Government Area as a total of 20 Million Naira was disbursed to 35 beneficiaries across the 6 wards.

Under the Macaire Enterprise Development Scheme, 19 constituents from Ikono and 16 from Ini received cash ranging between Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) and One Million Naira (N1,000,000) to develop their businesses, while two others smiled home with a car and a motorcycle.

Apostle Silas Ukata in his welcome address at Itu Mbonuso Ward 3, thanked the member for being a promise keeper and for bringing good tidings to the people, describing his gesture and magnanimity as a pleasant surprise to some people. The member, he said, had set a positive precedence for assessment of future representatives.

In his address to the people, the member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Hon.(Obong) Emmanuel Ukpong-udo stated that his business empowerment initiative would be in 3 phases while reiterating that he had earmarked a non-refundable 100 million grant for distribution in 2020. He expressed his commitment to seeing it through even earlier than planned due to the exigencies of the pandemic period. The people-centered gesture, he stated, was under 6 active months of representation as the other 6 months were overtaken by recess in the house and lockdown restrictions.

Speaking further, Rep Ukpong-udo thanked elders of the various wards for cooperating with him but frowned at the attitude of some who insisted on being empowered at the expense of others describing such as the height of selfishness as representation was for all. He advised leaders to cultivate the culture of regularly empowering the people as that was the true essence of representation, rather than wait for election time.

He briefed his constituents on some of his life touching empowerment initiatives, the latest of which being the "U-Martha" Ambassadors Scheme targeted at providing an alternative source of income to 200 of his constituents monthly, summing up to 48 Million Naira annually.

At Ward 4 in Ikono LGA, the member launched the third part of his empowerment which he disclosed was aimed at welcoming and maintaining the new ward executive of the ward as a show of support and solidarity to them.

Across the wards visited, various speakers in their goodwill messages lauded the member for following in the good footsteps of his father and urged him to remain resolute in his pursuit of the common good of the constituency and not be deterred or distracted by naysayers.

His gesture they maintained was unprecedented in the constituency while urging the beneficiaries to maximally utilise the resources at their disposal. They sued for patience from those yet to benefit as more persons stood a chance of feeling the lawmaker's touch in the course of his tenure.

The highly elated beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the member for turning around their fortunes and reassured him of their continuous support and solidarity.

At Ukwok Ward 9 and 10, the member gifted a car and motorcycle to two of his constituents in fulfillment of an earlier promise he made to them. So far, 14 wards out of the 21 wards of the constituency have been visited with 7 wards to go.

Politics / Ikono Pdp Extended Party Executives Upholds Suspension Of Leader Of Legislative by akstrending(m): 5:29pm On May 29, 2020
** warns chapter party chairman to stop creating crisis in Ikono LGA

The Extended Party Executives of the People’s Democratic Party in Ikono Local Government Area has upheld the suspension of the Leader of the Legislative Council, Hon Samuel Udo.

In a letter issued on Thursday 29th May 2020, co-signed by the Ikono PDP Extended Exco and the Ward Chairmen in the area, the Exco expressed its dismay and displeasure at the Chapter Chairman’s autonomous press statement which misled the public concerning an earlier decision to suspend Hon. Udo for indulging in anti-activities.

It will be recalled that the Ward Executives had, on 21st May 2020, issued a communique suspending Hon. Udo in line with the provisions of Section 57(3) of the party’s constitution.
Actions leading up to his suspension included the fact that he was discovered to have conspired with the opposition party during the last election, an alliance which persisted with his inexplicable suspension of bonafide and loyal members of the party recently.

Following this constitutional action taken against him, only the lodgment of a formal appeal by Hon Udo, as provided for by the Constitution in Section 61(1), could prompt a nullification or reversal of his suspension.

The letter notes that the failure of Hon Udo to take this step only further gave credence to the claims against him, thus strengthening his suspension. This ultimately renders the purported press statement baseless and illegal.
It further advised the Chapter Chairman to desist from misleading the public but to consult widely before making conclusions.

The PDP party executives summarily maintained that the suspension of Hon Samuel Udo during which he is expected to refrain from holding forth or parade himself as a member of the PDP in Ikono, still stands, as it was legitimate having been decided in accordance with the provisions of the party’s constitution.

Music/Radio / Debro Releases New Song ‘daka No’ (ft. Ekpe)... Download by akstrending(m): 8:31pm On May 28, 2020
At a time when the world is full of uncertainty. Hope, positivity, and courageousness become an essential commodity.

Debro teamed up with his wife, Ekpe in a new song titled ‘Daka No‘ meaning ‘Forgive’ produced by Dr. Kelz.

Mr. Debro Michael Isong who also goes by the stage name Debro hails from Ikot Abasi 1 in Etinan Local Govt. Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. A successful businessman (CEO of Dependable Paint Nigeria Ltd), whose company has employed over 50 Nigerian Youths and a gospel songwriter/ minister.

“Actually, what portrays me into composing a song this season is the pain and suffering the world is going through during the pandemic called COVID 19. I had a personal encounter with God and He gave me the song (DAKA NNO). I got the inspiration during my quiet time. I recorded it, rehearsed it with my wife. “

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“You may ask why I chose to do it with my wife. Yea! My wife is such an amazing woman, my prayer warrior, my backbone, she is a source of encouragement to me. I mean I can’t imagine doing anything without her. I am so proud of her. When I gave her the idea of composing a song, she bought it immediately and I asked her to compose the second solo of my song in which she did perfectly. She is a superwoman. I love her to the moon n black – Debro said”

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Health / CSR: Seina Marine Limited Donates Multi-million Medical Equipment To Aksg by akstrending(m): 5:18pm On May 25, 2020
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The Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health on Monday took delivery of a Medical Scanning Machine donated by Seina Marine Nig ltd, as her contribution to compliment the state government's effort in equipping the health sector to standard, to aide in the fight of so many maladies in the state.

With the donation, Seina Marine Nig. limited has joined the list of global organizations of Akwa Ibom extraction, who has prioritized their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) geared towards engendering societal growth and state development.

Presenting the medical scanning machine, the ED Operations, Mr. Tony Ikott, stated that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is an eye opener, and necessitate a collective response from every privileged indigenes and organizations for the health sector to be up to standard.

Ikott, stated that as governments across the globe strategizes to reopen the economy after Months of lockdown due to the Covid_19 pandemics that has claimed thousands of lives, there was a need to join hands with the government to contribute towards equipping the health sector to aid in the fight against the spread and resurgence of any other pandemic.

He narrated that as an indigenous company operating within the state, they abide duly with their stipulated Corporate Social Responsibility, and that it formulates the core ethics that drives their operations in the state.
What Seina Marine is doing today is to compliment the efforts of the state government in equipping the health sector towards fighting the covid_19 pandemics and other ailments”

It is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility geared towards bettering lives and creating societal impact in the area of our operations he added.

Receiving the medical equipment on behalf of the state government, Dr. Patrick Eshiet, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, who represented the Commissioner of Heath, Dr. Dominic Ukpong said that the government appreciates the kind donation from Seina Marine Nig. Limited.

He stated that The Udom Emmanuels administration is genuinely investing in the health sector to lessen the number of foreign medical trips by indigent of the state and that what Seina Marine has done is in order.

He applauded the gesture and called on other organizations operating in the state to mimic the gesture to boost the sector.
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Politics / Breaking! Pdp Suspends Ikono Lawmaker For Anti-party Activities by akstrending(m): 11:16pm On May 21, 2020
The Ikono Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, has suspended the Leader of the Ikono Legislative Council, Hon. Samuel Udoh, from the party, with Immediate effect. Mr Udo was found to have indulged in anti-party activities, specifically contravening section 57(3) of the party’s constitution.

In a communique issued on Thursday 21st of May 2020, it was disclosed that Mr Samuel Udo suspended three members of the Ikono Legislative Council on the floor of the house following, and acting on, the directives of Hon. Victor Udofia, the immediate past representative of Ikono State Constituency in the House of Assembly, who also happens to be his former boss.

It noted that this action constituted an embarrassment to the ward and PDP, considering that Hon. Victor Udofia had defected to the APC towards the end of his tenure at the House of Assembly and has remained there till date.

According to the letter, other actions leading up to his suspension included the fact that he conspired with the opposition party during the last election to cause the PDP some setbacks.
And that after being cautioned for this ignoble conduct, Mr Udo still persisted with his unholy alliance with the opposition leading up to the inexplicable decision to illegitimately suspend bonafide and loyal members of the party without due process.

The letter also revealed Hon. Udo had failed to give account of his performance during a ward briefing for two and half years, neither has he held discussions with the relevant party stakeholders.
It summarily advised Hon. Udo to cease to hold forth or parade himself as a member of the PDP in Ikono

Business / 25th Organics Will Rebrand In 2020- Lilian Charles CEO by akstrending(m): 9:28pm On Jan 17, 2020
The CEO of 25th Organic, a beauty care product Ms. Lilian Charles has opened up that the company will in 2020 bring to her customer more quality product. She also said they will provide more services and a fast remote way of engaging with customers via their new Facebook fan page.

This statement was made known to Akstrending in Abuja on Friday 17 Jan, during an interaction with the CEO, Ms. Charlse.

The brand, 25th Organics which is a skincare/beauty brand that specializes in making her users comfortable in their skin with the help of their “all-natural products” base on a budget. Their product varies from liquid and solid glow and brightening bar Soaps, serums, lotions, face cream, glow oils, essential oils, hair oils, body, and hair butter. African black soap for both glowing and a detox soap. Kids soap, bath bombs, etc.

Ms. Charlse also told our reporter that they will change the name of their Facebook fan page from Lilian Charles to 25th Organics. She also asks all those following the Facebook page to remain calm during this change and thank all customers for their patronage, wishing them a happy 2020.


Health / #ayadecare To Register One Million People In 2020 by akstrending(m): 11:19pm On Dec 30, 2019
To ensure positive agenda setting in the health sector in the year 2020, the Cross River State government, is to Register one million people under its social health insurance scheme known as Ayadecare.

In the same vein, to ensure health facilities in the state, are up and ready within the first 3 months in the new year, the state government intends to make 12 millionaires amongst the poor and vulnerable .

On the much awaited Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, the state government stated that the company will commence test-run operations within 6 months, in the new year while revealing that N 100 million naira has been made available for the smooth take off of the Ayadecare program in the state.

The measures, according to the state government will ensure the Ayadecare scheme commence fully in all its general hospitals and primary healthcare facilities one per ward across the state.

It would be recalled that the Ayadecare scheme was signed into law by Governor Ben Ayade, in 2016, and was flagged off.

Disclosing this and other important plans of the government to reform the health sector in the state, the newly appointed commissioner of health, Dr Betta Edu, also revealed plans to introduce health lottery in the state where people can play and win monies.

In addition, she stated that the state government would be using basic healthcare provision funds to fix all the healthcare centres in the state and would provide funds for their operations.

Further buttressing the determination of the state government, Dr Betta Edu, said there would an overhaul of the entire general hospitals in the state, as all the 15 general hospitals in the state have been placed on red alert.

In her words:"we intend to renovate, equip and bring doctors ànd healthcare workers on locum basics,employ some permanently into the service, employ house officers and collaborate with federal ministry of health, and teaching hospital residence to do their posting at our general hospitals.

"to integrate the whole health sector including all the agencies in the health sector and help them to function effectively in no areas lacking behind." She added

On the plan to create 12 millionaires, the commissioner said the millionaires will emerge when a person register up to 10 persons which will make them qualify to win the one million naira. The draws will be taking place every month thereby creating 12 millionaires at the end of the year.

Nairaland / General / US Based NGO Put Smiles On Mbon Mbre Community In Nigeria by akstrending(m): 8:34pm On Dec 26, 2019
Today, Benevolence Hands, a Charitable Organization fête the people of Mbon Ebre community in Oruk Anam local government of Akwa Ibom State with foodstuffs to berth the organisation in Nigeria.

Receiving the organisation, the village head of Mbon Ebre community, Chief Abel Nyang, applauded the initiator Mrs. Nse Luratta Lawson an indigene of the community for remembering his people far away in the United States of America.

The event which was held at the Town-hall of the village had in attendance all women, youth and traditional/elders forum.

Six family representatives making up the village, youth leadership, village head while receiving the goodies poured prayers on the initiator Mrs. Luratta Lawson.

Several goodwill messages and commendations were given by the representative of the initiators family and villagers.

Nairaland / General / US Based NGO Put Smiles On Mbon Mbre Community On Boxing Day by akstrending(m): 6:50pm On Dec 26, 2019
Today, Benevolence Hands, a Charitable Organization fête the people of Mbon Ebre community in Oruk Anam local government of Akwa Ibom State with food stuffs to berth the organisation in Nigeria.

Receiving the organisation, the village head of Mbon Ebre community, Chief Abel Nyang, applauded the initiator Mrs. Luratta Lawson an indigene of the community for remembering the his people far away in the United States of America.

The event which was held at the Town-hall of the village had in attendance all women, youth and traditional/elders forum.

Six families representatives making up the village, youth leadership, village head while receiving the goodies poured prayers on the initiator Mrs. Luratta Lawson.

Several goodwill message and commendation were given by representative of the initiators family and villagers.

Nairaland / General / Essien Advocates For Quality Tertiary Education At #ritmanuniversityconvocation by akstrending(m): 8:51pm On Nov 29, 2019
Akaneran Essien advocates for Quality Tertiary Education in Nigeria

...As Ritman University Holds Maiden Convocation Lecture

The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo and Guest Lecturer at the maiden convocation lecture of Ritman University, Prof. Akaneran Essien has stated in strong terms that there is need for an intensive overhaul and rebranding of the educational standards in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Essien said the current challenges and intensifying decline in values and standards of university education in Nigeria and the adverse effects of these on the nation is a strong indicator that the varsities have lost the most cherished virtue of quality, which is a top prerequisite in education and learning.

The Guest Lecturer noted this, today Friday, 29th November, 2019 at the maiden convocation lecture of the Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Essien, who gave a lecture on the theme: "Reflections on Qualitative University Education in Nigeria," insisted that qualitative education should be brought into an active state in all Nigerian tertiary institutions, stressing that every university has all it takes to rebrand itself based on best global and ethical practices.

According to him, "Qualitative Tertiary Education is the worth of the inputs into higher education systems, lectures instructional facilities and evaluation procedures which translates to the output."

The inputs, according to him, determines the quality of academic activities such as teaching, practicals and research, quality of teachers and graduates, values upheld in the Nigerian varsities and intellectual manpower of the nation.

Taking an in-depth look into university education in Nigeria, he explained, "Between 1960 and 1970, Government approved five more universities: University of Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ife, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Lagos and the University of Benin. These first generation Universities did not have budgetary limitations. Infrastructure was in abundance and there was no restriction in employment policies.

"The quality of academic activities were highly commendable. The quality of staff was good and class size low enough for in-depth lecturer-student interaction. Examination malpractice was extremely rare and the dignity and atmosphere of University examination was a wonderful sight to behold.

"The quality of graduates produced stood the test of time in the public and private sectors.

He further noted that the quality of university education in the mid-80s had begun to take a downward turn owing to the sharp expansion in students' intake, establishment of more universities with low staff strength, and decline in national resources which led to limited funds allocation.

"The period between late 80s and 1999 could be said to have been the worst. At this period, facilities and other infrastructure were dilapidated needing rehabilitation," he continued.

Essien who is a member of the Animal Science Association (ASA), pointed out that due to strike actions by staff unions in a bid to draw government attention to the state of the Universities, ASUU for instance, has recorded a total period of 218 weeks of strike actions from 1993-2019.

However, Essien averred that to a larger extent private universities have fared better in terms of academic ranking, patronage and successful operation of the global university academic calendar.

Earlier in his speech, the Chairman on the occasion, Prof. Emmanuel Ating, said the event will ever be a memorial day in the history of the great institution of learning as it has achieved an extraordinary feat.

On his part, Prof. Nsongurua Udombana, the Pro-chancellor of the institution applauded the guest lecturer for passing on redefined knowledge to the audience and for giving governments food for thought.

Mrs. Rita Umoh, the Dean of Students, while lauding Prof Essien, thanked God for the successful hosting of the maiden convocation lecture of the institution.

She used the opportunity to invite all to the first ever convocation ceremony of the institution billed for tomorrow, Saturday.

Highpoint of the event was presentation of Awards of
Excellence to the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof Akaneran Essien and the Chairman on the occasion, Prof. Emmanuel Ating.

Amongst dignitaries present at the event were: Prof. Celestine Ntuen, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, Engr. Etido Inyang; Prof. Godfrey Udo, Engr. J. B. Effiong, Prof. Mrs Florence Orabueze, Prof. C. A. Igwe, Prof. Ukana Akpabio, Prof. Essien Udosen, Dr Edu Inam, Dr Udo Udo-Aka, Dr Ime Ebensa FCASN, Elder Christopher Ntuk, Dr Mrs Margaret Ntuk, Mrs Faith Emmanuel, Mr. Damian Umofia, Dr Saliu.

Nairaland / General / Create Your Own Wealth, Walgon Chairperson Charges Akwa Ibom Women by akstrending(m): 1:47pm On Nov 28, 2019
 It is with great pleasure that I welcome all our guests and women here to the WALGON Women empowerment programme. On behalf of the Wives of Local
Government Chairmen, Let me begin by thanking our Mother, Her Excellency, Dr (Mrs) Martha Udom Emmanuel for granting us the permission, counsel and support to host this epoch making empowerment event.
Let me also thank the chairman of today’s occasion, Hon Udo Ekpenyong who through his office, has always made himself available for WALGON and her programmes.
Permit me also, to specially thank the Algon Chairman and all local government Chairmen in Akwa Ibom State ( our husbands) without them, this event would not have been a success. Their passion and commitment for the empowerment and capacity development of the women in the various communities led to the massive support they gave us to host this event.
Distinguished ladies and Gentlemen today we are all assembled here to witness the fulfilment of a pledge by WALGON to empower 3 women per ward round the 329 wards of the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State. Close to a thousand women will be empowered with startup capital to support their trade, sewing machines and dryers will be distributed to women to boost their commercial output for a better economic yield in their various small medium enterprises.
This empowerment is a measure of support intended to improve the quality of lives of our rural women at the same time meeting their basic needs. It is our means of appreciating our women for their humongous support and commitment towards the successful re- election of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State for four more years from 2019-2023. We all agree that the rural women of Akwa Ibom state played pivotal roles in the mobilization of voters and spreading the message of peaceful conducts during the last general elections. Today, WALGON is here to say thank you to the women and also distribute grants to help and encourage our rural women to have the means of finding their own solutions and creating values for themselves economically
Over the years, WALGON watched our mother Her Excellency, Dr (Mrs) Martha Udom unleash the economic power and abilities of women through her various models of empowerment and we decided to not just learn, but to also
imitate her model of touching the lives of women, regardless of their social status.
Your Excellency Ma, Kindly, grant us all the full patent right to copy all your empowerment models for the capacity development and productivity of our rural women.
Your Excellency Ma, since the Governor of our dear state, your husband, His Excellency. Mr. Udom Gabariel Emmanuel spurred us to rise up to the faith of greatness with the Dakkadda creed, a greater percentage of rural women had started shaking off the shackles of cultural roles and beliefs defined for them. They are now becoming self-sufficient revenue earners in areas of trade, agriculture, fashion, entertainment, media and several commercial ventures and even to some extent competing with men in areas exclusively dominated or reserved for men. With the little support in cash and materials they would get today, it will further give them the necessary motivation to be further industrious and achieving their economic objectives in no sooner time
However, with all the remarkable improvement in the development of women, a lot still need to be done. There is still a yawning gap to be filled as it regards women empowerment that is why I will use this opportunity to solicit for partnership from well-wishers to collaborate with WALGON in this empowerment programs so we can increase the number of beneficiaries from 3 per ward to 5 per ward as well as increase the support of the empowerment both in size and scope to the women.
Finally, to our women who have been empowered, I appeal to you all to make judicious use of this privilege to create wealth. For the women who are not beneficiaries today, I employ you to join the beneficiaries as collaborative partners in wealth creation for the collective good of your community just as you are patient for your own opportunity in the nearest future. Let me end this remark by agreeing with the quote from Kofi Anan that the empowerment of women is the most effective tool for development of a nation. Today we have showed intent to build a future prosperous nation by laying brick by brick the empowerment of our rural women.
I thank you all for Finding time in your tight schedule to attend today’s event . MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. AMEN .

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