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Akwa Ibom Photographer Wins 3rd Place at 2023 International Close Up Photographer Of The Year Photo Contest.

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David Joseph, Macro Photographer

An Akwa Ibom photographer, David Joseph has clinched the 3rd place spot, Animals category at the 2023 edition of Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY).

The Close-Up Photographer Of The Year (CUPOTY) is a yearly global photo competition that celebrates close-up, macro, and micro photography, where tiny creatures and things (or tiny parts of larger things), are captured to reveal details our naked eyes can’t pick therefore revealing the hidden wonder of the world.

Winning Images for Animal Catergory

The winners and Top 100 pictures of its 5th edition were announced on Tuesday, January 9, via the contests’ official website, with David Joseph making the list in the Animal category of the CUPOTY with his flawless “Natural Architecture”, a picture of a sac spider in a curled and webbed grass.

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According to the CUPOTY website, It took over 20 hours of Zoom calls with 23 judges looking at 11,870 photographs to create what is the best survey yet of close-up, macro, and micro photography in the world across 11 categories from 67 countries.

“Personally, I think this is our best collection of winning images yet, and I’m so grateful to those who entered as it allows us to see and learn from their work and to recognize how incredible and surprising the world is”, says CUPOTY co-founder Tracy Calder.

David, a native of Ikot Annung in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and a 2023 English Education graduate from the University of Uyo had won Akwa Ibom State Professional Photographers and Cinematographers Guild (ASPPACG) Macro Photographer Of The Year Award, 2022 edition.

 

He hopes to make more people, especially our young ones aware and understand these little creatures, and replace fear with fascination, through his photos, future exhibitions and workshops, as well as activities in nature conservation programs, as these bugs, which are the unseen heroes of our world are essential to not just our survival, but continuity of the earth. See his works on Instagram: @abcdee_david.

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REP UKPONG-UDO SURRENDERS TWO YEARS’ SALARY AND ALLOWANCES TO CONSTITUENCY

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•••Sets an unprecedented example of selfless dedication to the well-being of constituents

In an unprecedented display of commitment to his constituents, the member representing Ikono-Ini Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Rep Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, has decided to forfeit his entire salary and allowances for the next 24 months, and will instead channel these entitlements directly towards the empowerment of members of his constituency. This was made known today, 1st October, 2023, at Ward center of Mbiaobong Ikot Udofia in Ini Local Government Area, during the commencement of a ‘Thank You’ tour of the Constituency by Rep Ukpong-udo.

The tour tagged “Macaire In Your Community,” had its first outing at Ikono North I, Ward 6, and witnessed each of 1,337 indigenes of the area and supporters of the Youth Progressive Party (YPP) receiving cash allotments to help cushion the harsh economic effect of the subsidy removal and in appreciation of their support to the lawmaker and the party. The beneficiaries cut across the 12 units in the ward.

In his remarks at the occasion, Rep Ukpong-udo, a returning member of the House of Representatives, stated his resolve to reciprocate the massive love he enjoyed during the election, despite intimidation, violence and financial inducement. He noted that in the same way he ensured to penetrate every hamlet to interface with the electorates during campaigns, he has also been intentional about undertaking a thank-you-visit to appreciate his people.

“My primary duty is to serve the people, and so I want to do everything in my power to empower my people in return for the mandate the have entrusted me with,“ the lawmaker said. In acknowledgement of the challenges posed by the current economic climate he further disclosed that he will embark on this tour weekly over the next three months, during which time his emoluments for the next two years will be distributed to over 23,000 indigenes of his constituency and their families.

Rep. Ukpong-udo clarified contentious issues as he debunked speculations that he has concluded plans to defect to another party and pledged an all-inclusive governance that would give equal opportunity to all supporters without discrimination. Rep. Ukpong-udo’s extraordinary gesture was well received and widely praised by constituents at the gathering.

In separate remarks at the occasion well-attended by a wide cross-section of the Ikono-Ini citizenry, friends and neighbours, the Director of campaigns, Hon. Dickson Abasiekong and the Director-General Mkpoikana-abasi Campaign Council, Barr. Edet Inyangidim, noted that since their involvement and sojourn in active politics, Rep. Ukpong-udo’s leadership dexterity has been exceptional especially in rewarding loyalty and fulfilling promises made to their constituency.

The Chapter Chairman of the YPP in Ini Local Government Area, Mr. Anietie Jackson, described the tour as an uncommon event which has never occurred before in the political sphere of Akwa Ibom State. The chapter women leader of the party appreciated the lawmaker for respecting the trust the electorate reposed in him, while the Ward Coordinators of Macaire Grassroots Movement in their joint goodwill message, passed a vote of confidence on Rep. Ukpong-udo and pledged their readiness to traverse the length and breadth to mobilize more support to the Member beyond 2027.

 

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SP NWAWE ASSUMES OFFICE AS O/C PROVOST MARSHAL 26 PMF IDORO 

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Police Mobile Force, Squadron 26, Idoro, Akwa Ibom State, has a new O/C Provost Marshal. She is Cordelia Nwawe, now a Superintendent of Police (SP).

Our findings reveal that SP Nwawe is the first female officer to be in charge of her office at the PMF, Squadron 26.

SP Cordelia Nwawe has made history as the first female Police Public Relations’ Officer (PPRO) in Akwa Ibom State, a role she filled under the 19th 20th and 21st Commissioners of Police in the oil rich State. They were; CP Gabriel Achong, CP Murtala Usman Mani and CP Don Awunah (late).

Later, the affable police officer was posted to Sokoto State, where she became the first PPRO in that state, as well as the first female PPRO at the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Alagbon. Her dedication to her work and trailblazing achievements make her an inspiration to many women in law enforcement.

However, while in Akwa Ibom, Nwawe bagged several awards from the Media and other revered organizations, the latest being “Akwa Ibom Most Trending Person of the Year”.

Cordelia Nwawe is a Barrister and Solicitor admitted to practice at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. A Master’s Degree holder (Human Resources) from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

 

It can be stated emphatically that Nwawe’s professional demeanor and high level of expertise set her apart from her peers, earning her recognition and respect wherever she was posted. Her commitment to excellence has paved the way for other women in law enforcement to follow in her footsteps.

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Two robbery suspects killed in Akwa Ibom – Police

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According to a statement by SP Odiko Macdom, the spokesperson for the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, the arrested individuals had been causing fear among residents in Udoette by School Road, Ikot Udoro, and nearby areas due to their criminal activities.

The incident took place in response to a distress call received by the command around 1:50 am last Tuesday regarding an armed robbery. The Quick Response Unit swiftly dispatched officers to the scene.

Upon encountering the police, the criminals engaged them in a firefight. During the exchange of gunfire, two of the notorious robbers sustained fatal injuries, while the police successfully apprehended one individual named Godswill Isaac.

The police recovered various items from the criminals, including four locally made pistols, 15 live cartridges, 2 expanded cartridges, and an iron cutter. Additionally, they found two machetes, one dagger, 2 plasma television sets, a Woofer MP3, an HP computer laptop, 10 Android phones, five smaller phones, N15,750 in cash, and $8.

SP Odiko Macdom noted that several victims have been visiting the Police Command Headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia for the identification and retrieval of their belongings.

 

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