“Elegance Dressing, Ethics and Protocol of Our Cultural Heritage” was the theme at the 2nd Obong Ikpaisong Sampson Udoidiong Memorial Lecture and prodiginous General Assembly of Nto Afe Annang.
The event which was attended by the Who is Who in Annang land and beyond was hosted by the Apex Youth Organization in Annang Nation Nto Afe Annang held at the Afe Annang Complex, Ibibit Afaha Obong, Abak Local Government Area.
In his welcome address, the International President of Nto Afe Annang, Adede Isidore Etim Archibong expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Martha for their contributions towards the hosting of the event.
Adede Archibong who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Projects Monitoring called on Akwa Ibom people to support the completion agenda and succession plan of the Governor for a bright future.
The Chairman on the occasion and paramount Ruler of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Akuku Okon Udo Ukut applauded Nto Afe Annang for honouring great men in Annang Nation.
He charged well-meaning sons and daughters of Annang land to team up and support Nto Afe Annang to succeed in their project.
Speaking on behalf of the Royal family of Obong Ikpaisong Sampson Udoidiong, the representative of the family and former Chairman, Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Prince Ubong Idiong lauded Nto Afe Annang for being the first organization in Annang land and Akwa Ibom in general to recognize both the Royal family and the various contributions of their great-grand father, Obong Ikpaisong Sampson Udoidiong.
Prince Idiong pledged the support of the Royal family of Nto Afe Annang in hosting the event every year.
Goodwill messages were received from the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo represented by the permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office, Mr. Nkopuduk Ekaiko, member representing Abak Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Aniekan Umanah and Itai Afe Annang, Chief Bless Awakama.
Others who spoke were, Akwa Akuku Annang, Akuku Cosmas Akpan represented by his son and Chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Mr. Ekerette Inyang.
The event also featured lecture on the theme; “Elegance Dressing, Ethics and Protocol of Our Cultural Heritage” delivered by the Secretary General of Nto Afe Annang, Adede Gabriel Udom and presentation of awards of excellence to the Executive Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Okon E. Okon, the provost and Chief Executive officer of Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology Science, Jos, Obong Sunday N. Etukudo and the Executive Chairman, Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation, AKICORP, Dr. Elijah Akpan.
Other features at the event were lecture on the Life and Times of Obong Ikpaisong Sampson Udoidiong by the Guest Speaker and Proprietor, obong University, professor Moses Akpanudo represented by Dr. Essang Moses Akpanudo as well as induction of new members into Nto Afe Annang and official inauguration of Calabar Chapter of Nto Afe Annang.
Highpoint of the event was the endorsement of Pastor Umoh Eno in a motion moved by the legal Adviser of Nto Afe Annang, Barrister Ubong Noah, seconded by the representative of the Royal family Prince Ubong Idiong