Prof Ekpo gives Mother befitting burial
.Governor Udom describes Deaconess Affiong Ekpo as a rare gem
By Udeme Clement
The burial ceremony of late Deaconess Affiong Harrison Hogan Ekpo, who died at 83 years, will linger for years in the minds of Akwa Ibom people, academia, dignitaries from the political class and people from all walks of life, who turned out in large number to give her the last respect.
The burial, which took place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Ikot Obio-Eka Primary School, Etinan local government area of Akwa Ibom began with series of events and a wake in the family house the previous day.
Speaking at the programme, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, represented by Secretary to the State Governor, described Madam Hogan Ekpo as a rare gem, a hard working woman, who was kind to her immediate family, the less privileged and the society at large.
He called on everyone to emulate the good qualities of Deaconess Hogan Ekpo in helping people, especially the indigent ones in the society.
In his brief remarks, Prof Akpan Hogan Ekpo, the former Director General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, WAIFEM, who is the first Son of Madam Ekpo, described his loving Mother as an epitome of kindness.
His words, “I mourn but with joy because you lived a good life. At your sick bed, you remained the matriarch of the family for 22 years after the death of our Dad.
“Mama, you were a blessed woman. You saw your children, grand-children and your great grand-children.
“Mama Akpan, as you were fondly known, you made me to enjoy my secondary school. You were always ready to supplement what was provided by Dad to enable me feel better with my peers in secondary school.
“Mama, I am fully aware of the sacrifices you made to ensure that we had the basics of life.
“You taught me to be a giver and gender sensitive. Above all, you taught me to know God. You enrolled me in the Boys Scout movement and Boys club- both shaped my character till this day.”
.Below are other pictures taken at the burial ceremony in Etinan, Akwa Ibom: