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AKWA IBOM CULTURAL ICON “DR. UKO AKPAN RETURNS HOME AT 93YRS.

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ATI Annang Foundation in collaboration with Akwa Ibom State Government/Entertainment Forum  publicly announced the funeral service of their Cultural Icon “Dr. Uko Akpan Ekpo Umanah.

Before the earthly exit of Dr. Uko Akpan Umanah, he was a renounced Cultural Avatar, a great Singer, Composer, Oral Poet, Dancer and Balladist. Uko Akpan Ekpo Umanah through his ambition has lift the cultural era of Akwa Ibom and Annang in particular.

According to Amb. Ubong Affia, the Chief Executive Officer of “Ikon Akwa Ibom” at Akwa Ibom most listening Radio Station AKBC 90.5fm, who confirmed that the Singer is the most celebrated Cultural Singer in Akwa Ibom State who advise, encourage and impact positively to listeners. His lyrics was advisable enough to everyone ranging from teenage, adult, old and even politicians.

  • In 1977, Uko Akpan represented Akwa Ibom States in African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC-77) of which he performed and was duly Award as one of the Best African Cultural Singer.
  • In 1981, he was award during the Zonal cultural competition organized by Cross Rivers State Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture.
  • In 1983, National Association of Annang Students awarded him with a certificate of honour as Annang Cultural lyricism.
  • In same 1983, he was also awarded by National Association of Akwa Ibom State Student — (NAKISS WORLDWIDE).
  • Ikot Ekpene Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, in same vein award and honoured him for uplifting Cultural Development in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.
  • In 1987, Abak Council of Chiefs award him a Chieftaincy title “Ekere Abak
  • In 1990, Annang Royal Fathers update him from “Ekere Abak to Ekere Annang
  • In 1966, Akwa Ibom state Government update him from “Ekere Annang to Ekere Akwa Ibom”
  • In 2000, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio also accord him an Award of honour.
  • ATI Annang, recognises him through his tremendous performance in culture, mentioned and identity him as an hero in “Hall of Fame” and honoured him with an Heritage Price Award.
  • During Akwa Ibom 30th Anniversary the Executive Governor “Deacon Udom Emmanuel” award him as an Iconic Achiever in Entertainment.
  • In 2015, though educationally Late Uko Akpan Ekpo Umanah was not educated, but was Awarded by University of Uyo as a professional Dr. of Music.

In his career as a cultural professor, director and Boss to many in the industry, Dr. Uko Akpan received several award to mention but few. His legacies speaks within and outside the nation.

You can as well watch a bit of his lifetime hearthly sojourn below! 

 

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT


Activities for the final rites of passage in honour of a cultural Icon, Dr Uko Akpan Umanah,has been made public.

A statement by the ATI Annang Foundation, the facilitating organization and the planning committee say the obsequies will commence on Monday 15th February, 2021, with the opening of the mourning house at the Deceased Compound, Ikot Obong Afaha Obong, Abak Local Government Area.

A funeral service to be conducted by the Sanctified Mount Zion Church will hold on Friday 19th February at Ikwek Primary School, Afaha Obong by 10 O’clock in the morning with full COVID-19 protocols compliance.

According to the Planning Committee, a parade of troupes from across Annang Nation and beyond will be on display at Ikot Obong Primary School same day. Eminent personalities from across Nigeria are expected to grace the ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Ikwek Primary School along Abak-Ikot Ekpene road is undergoing decoration with cultural tone in line with the burial protocol.

Dr. Uko Akpan, who is seen as a Cultural Avatar by many, passed on at the age of 93years. The Singer, Composer, Oral Poet, Dancer and Balladist is survived by two wives, seven children and many grand and great grand Children.

ATI Annang Foundation, the burial facilitator and the Planning Committee has encouraged all those attending the funeral ceremonies to wear their face mask and be ready to obey the COVID-19 protocols.

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Planning Committee


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