ATI ANNANG HONOURS ITORO COLUMBA ON EXCELLENCE •••charges inductees, other members on patriotism to fatherland
It was a celebration galore at the 25th Anniversary/International convention and Grand Finale of a highly placed sociocultural group in Akwa Ibom State, the heartbeat of Annang Nation cleverly coined by the founding fathers to reflect dynamic disposition of its forerunners, gathered today for her National convention and induction of new members into the Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony which held at the Ati Annang National Headquarters of the foundation, Cardinal Ekandem Avenue in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, had the Executive Chairman of Ikono Local Government Council, Hon. Itoro Columba accompanied by his dear wife, Mrs Ekaette Columba, honoured as an associate member with an award of excellence alongside many indigenes in the State; honourees carefully selected in view of their outstanding sacrifices to the growth, progress and unity of Annang, A’Ibom among others.
The silver jubilee event attracted Special Guests of Honour, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel and his Deputy, His Excellency Obong Moses Ekpo, clergy, Women groups, Youth groups, dignitaries from all walks of life all in attendance, to mark this year’s epoch-making event.
Themed, “Annang Nation: Building Our Future Together”, aimed to expose the aims by advancing the cause of Annang ethnic nationality and collective destiny of A’Ibom people; as a group which has been in existence founded initially as Annang Youth Movement on 23rd February, 1994, a name later changed to Ati Annang foundation to fulfil objectives.
Giving honour to whom honor is due, the group likewise recognized fifty past and living Annang legends with another sets of conferment by Ati Annang Foundation.
Other highlights were the unveiling of Annang Hall of fame, inauguration of projects, presentation of the certificates of induction, presentation of Awards, Presentation of Back Packs, Scholarships to University Students, wellness initiative, football competition, extension of hands of fellowship to eight non-Annang natives. Presentation of Cheques to Scholarships’ recipients among others.
Those who spoke during the silver jubilee celebration were the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, the chairman on the occasion who doubles as Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Paul Usoro, SAN, the international President of Ati Annang…