Meet the oldest serving Paramount Ruler in Akwa Ibom state
HRH Obong Cosmas Akpan, the Paramount Ruler of Essien Udim has been spotted out for celebration as the oldest and longest serving Paramount Ruler in both Akwa Ibom and Cross River States. He ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1979.
In an interview with the Akwa Ibom Celebrates team at his palace in Uruk Obong 11, Ekpenyong Atai in Essien Udim LGA, it was disclosed that, the Royal father, Obong Cosmas Akpan was among the 10 frontliners who signed the treaty for the creation of Akwa Ibom State, an act deserving of commendation and applause.
Obong Cosmas Akpan started off as a Grade 11 Handwork Teacher, led his pupils of St. Anthony Catholic Primary School, Ekpenyong Atai to perform at the 1977 all black Festival of Arts and Culture, FESTAC, with their popular, “Ododuok Ekpo”, which won laurel for the State.
With his high sense of responsibility, the young hardwork teacher was sought after to take over the leadership of his clan after the death of his father about that time, which made him resign voluntarily from the teaching service and was officially recognized as a Paramount Ruler in 1979, a position he is holding till date.
In May 1988, he was appointed the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs and was instrumental to the resolution of long boundary dispute between Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo as the then government had appointed him as the Chairman of the Ukanafun/Etim Ekpo Boundary Dispute resolution.
Way back in 1983, Obong Cosmas Akpan who was the youngest Paramount Ruler then in Cross River State, was sent to receive the then Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Muhammadu Buhari, who was on working tour of the old Cross River State with Essien Udim as an integral part.
The Royal father who is over 95 years of age is a staunch Catholic faithful and holds several titles and Awards including the “Longest and Oldest Paramount Ruler in Akwa Ibom/Cross River State” by the Catholic Province of Calabar and a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria.
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