… a historic moment as Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio finds its roots in Ibiono Ibom

(Ibiono Ibom Chapter Inauguration – A Pinnacle of Ibibio Unity)

The vibrant Ikpa Pavilion in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area bore witness to a historic event on Thursday, 1st February 2024 – the official inauguration of the Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio Ibiono Ibom chapter. Led by the distinguished Ntisong Pius J Okon, Ntisong IV, the day was marked by cultural richness, historical reflections, and a profound sense of purpose.

Brief Historical Background

Ibiono Ibom, a focal point in Eastern Ibibio territories, holds a pivotal role in Ibibio history. Its significance harks back to the movement for Ibibio ethnicity creation, where it stood independently, symbolizing the strength inherent in the Ibibio spirit.

The day’s journey began with a respectful visit to His Royal Majesty Edidem (Dr.) Okuku Ime Udousoro Inyang, the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom. Led by Ntisong Pius J Okon, Ntisong IV, the delegation acknowledged the paramount ruler’s vital role in the history and development of Ibiono Ibom.

Upon arrival at the event venue, Ntisong IV, Mkpisong Council members and Ukai Grand Council members of Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio were treated to a warm cultural welcome. The masquerade (Ékpe), various cultural dancers, and the sons and daughters of Ibiono Ibom came together in a celebration of the rich heritage of the Eastern Ibibio territory.

The event commenced with a prayer to God Almighty, seeking blessings for the gathering. Dignitaries from Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio and prominent personalities of the area were recognized. Mkpisong (Dr.) Effiong Inyang, Chairman of the Occasion, expressed gratitude to all attendees, setting the stage for a day of reflection, celebration, and unity.

Mkpisong (Obong) J. J. Akpan, in his opening tone setting of the event, acknowledged esteemed guests and highlighted Ibiono Ibom’s historical journey. He stressed the importance of unity among Ibibio people and emphasized the need for collective efforts to reclaim the Ibibio identity.

During the chairman’s speech, the paramount ruler, HRM (Dr.) Okuku Ime Udousoro Inyang, received the title of ‘Ibetedem Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio’ from Ntisong IV, recognizing his ceremonial role in Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio.

Mkpisong (Obong) J J Akpan charged Ibibio members to rise and take their rightful position, echoing the spirit of unity that characterized the Ibibio movement in the past.

Inauguration of Ibiono Ibom Chapter: Pledges and Acceptance

The pivotal moment arrived with the inauguration of the new executive members of the Ibiono Ibom Chapter of Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio. Ntisong IV administered the Oath of Office and Alliance, symbolizing a commitment to the organization’s ideals and goals. Ukai Christopher Ntuen, the Chapter Chairman, expressed delight and acceptance of the mantle of leadership.

Promotions and Conferment followed, with deserving members receiving titles such as Ata-Uko, Ukai, and Mkpisong.

Admitting & Recognizing Outstanding Achievements to eminent sons and daughters of Ibiono Ibom

The Highest Grand Council in Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio, known as Mkpisong’s Council, also admitted eminent personalities into Ukai & Mkpisong Grand Council.

Ntisong IV’s Inspirational Address: Awakening the Ibiono Giant Eagle

Esteemed sons and daughters of Ibiono Ibom, I extend my highest regards to you all, with special appreciation to the Paramount Ruler, HRM Edidem Okuku (Dr.) Ime Udousoro Inyang, for his unwavering support. The unity and passion displayed in Ibiono Ibom are truly commendable.

Today, as we stand on this historic ground, I am honored to address the entirety of Ibibio sons and daughters, echoing the essence of our collective journey. The tour across all 18 Local Government Areas of Ibibio is not merely a physical endeavor but a symbolic awakening of the giant eagle within us. It aims to reignite the Ibibio spirit of Ima-Mboho-Eduek, reminiscent of the monumental day on November 28, 1981, at U. J. Ediene Stadium, Calabar.

In relaunching Esop at the grassroots, our goal is to facilitate easy participation, create awareness, and foster Eduekism, signifying prosperity for our people. Our economic and human capital development programs are fundamentally grassroots-oriented, emphasizing applied education, commerce through cooperative societies, and agro-based industries, all tailored to uplift rural communities.

I urge you to recognize that each chapter is a vehicle to actualize these programs, propelling our people to the next economic level. While Esop has played a pivotal role in sustaining the Ibibio people during calm waters, today we face turbulent waves. Together, we can overcome these challenges by bidding farewell to the “Nsoo Imbegheism” attitude. It is time to unite, involve ourselves in organized structures, and mobilize massively to confront both impending and future challenges as one resilient people.

Today, you are not only invited but urged to join the movement called Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio or any other significant Ibibio-oriented organization. Let us reposition ourselves, stand firm against the waves, and rewrite our narratives for a brighter future.

Thank you, and may the Ibibio spirit guide us on this transformative journey.

Goodwill Messages:

Elder Statesman Mkpisong Obong (Dr) Nsima Umoh ( Abai Ibiono Ibom ) commended Ntisong IV for the initiative and urged Ibiono Ibom to actively engage in the revitalization of Ibibio cultural consciousness.

Honorable Moses Essien, Member representing Ibiono Ibom at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude for the Ukai title award and pledged continued support to Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio.

Honorable Nsikakabasi Ukobot, Chairman of Ibiono Ibom Transition Committee, appreciated Esop for bringing the movement to Ibiono Ibom. He affirmed the commitment of all 18 Local Government Chairmen to join Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio in the collective effort to regain Ibibio’s position and pride.

Father of the Day’s Address: Upholding Ibibio Values

The paramount ruler, His Royal Majesty Okuku Ime Udousoro Inyang, delivered a philosophical address, urging Ibiono Ibom indigenes to join Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio. He emphasized the need to retrieve the essence of Ibibio ethnicity and commended Ntisong IV for his efforts. His Royal Majesty recounted the history of Eastern Ibibio and challenged everyone to reflect on the journey of the Ibibio people.

Vote of Thanks:

Mkpisong (Obong) Emmanuel Udoh, Chairman of the Planning Committee, offered a heartfelt vote of thanks. He expressed gratitude to God and all attendees, recognizing the paramount ruler, Ntisong IV, Mkpisong Council, Ukai Council, and everyone who contributed to the success of the event.

The inauguration of Ibiono Ibom Chapter of Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio concluded as a historic and memorable day. The unity, cultural richness, and commitment displayed during the event underscored the significance of the movement in preserving and advancing the Ibibio heritage.

Yak itong uwem osong Ntisong IV


~ ✍️ Media Unit, Palace of Ntisong IV ~