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REP. UKPONG-UDO SPONSORS CAPACITY-BUILDING PROGRAMMES FOR TRADITIONAL RULERS, AGED PERSONS, WIDOWS, DISABLED PERSONS AND YOUTH LEADERS

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•••Reiterates Commitment To Rewarding Constituents For Their Support.

Two Capacity-building programmes have been concluded in Ikono-Ini Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State at the instance of the Member representing the Constituency in the House of Representative, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo. A capacity-building on Conflict Management was held on Friday and Saturday, 11th and 12th August 2023 for Traditional Rulers and Youth Leaders in the constituency, while a Vocational Empowerment Programme was concluded on Saturday, 12th August 2023, both sponsored by the Lawmaker.

Speaking during the closing of the programmes today, Rep. Ukpong-udo, emphasized his gratitude to the people of his constituency for finding him worthy of another opportunity to serve the people, and restated his willingness to reward them for their massive support. He announced that he would commence his ‘Thank You Tour’ of all the Wards, the same way he came for campaigns.

 

The Capacity-Building programme was facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Productivity Centre and was aimed at empowering leadership at the grassroot with the relevant knowledge and skills for conflict management in their spheres of influence. The programmes were attended by 200 participants drawn from Ikono and Ini Local Government Areas of the constituency, comprising Traditional Rulers, Youth Leaders, Aged persons, Widows and persons with disabilities. Topics covered included Conflict Resolution and Peaceful Coexistence, with Mrs Faith Lenelson as the resource person, as well as Tribal and Intertribal Conflict Management and Border Crisis Management, handled by Dr. Lawrence Odey Ojong.

Among those in attendance where the paramount ruler of Ikono, HRM Nnana Akpan Itang and the Clan head of Ndiya, HRM Godswill Godswill Udo Isang. Others were the Clan Head of Ediene, Okoku Udo Ben and the Clan Head of Odoro Ikono in Ini Local Government Area, HRH John Inyang Akpan JP. The Royal fathers all reiterated the need for peaceful co-existence for continuous development of the Federal Constituency.

The programme also included the Vocational and Skills Acquisition programme that was facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Industrial Arbitration Panel and was coordinated by Alhassan Usman, a representative of the Agency. Attendees and beneficiaries comprised indigenes from various wards of the constituency who underwent trainings which included Perfumery, Soap making and Pastry making.

The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to their representative, Rep. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, describing him as man of his words who always has the best interest of his followers at heart.

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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.

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

…… Revisited 5months old motherless twins

Fulfilling the purpose and goal of the mission, Akwaobongunwana Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, Friday, visited Wisdom Sunday, a one month old motherless baby, who lost his mother to the cold hands of death immediately after his announcement into the world at Afaha Ediene, Ikono Local Government Area.

Baby Wisdom crying his way into the world on the 1st of December 2023, was left with the fate of having to battle through the tunnel of his destiny without a mother’s care, love and attention, but mercy came through for him and he found help.

His story took another dimension when Mrs Itohowo Sunday, another nursing mother had compassion on him, and decided to nurse Wisdom alongside her baby, bringing Wisdom into the arms of a mother he had lost.

Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, on hearing the touching story of the new born baby, sprang into action, ensuring his welfare and that of his foster mother was safeguarded to lessen tension, tears and emotional trauma from the family.

The Ikono born philanthropist in his usual gesture, purchased basic needed items for baby Wisdom such as NAN 1, baby oil, baby lotion, diapers, wipes, dettol, baby syrups, baby soaps, tissue, rice for the family, and cash gift to Carter for other urgent items that was not included in the package.

Emmanuel while praying for baby Wisdom, pleaded God to preserve his life, direct his steps on earth, guide him through the path of his destiny and increase his level of greatness throughout his existence on planet earth.

Meanwhile, Heal the world project team revisited Marvelous and Miracle, the 4months old motherless twins now 5months at Nkwot, Ikono Local Government, to inspect their health condition and as well rate their progress level for immediate follow up.

The leader of the team, Dr Emmanuel Ntatam with a broaden smile and gratitude to God almighty was impressed on their current health status, as they were kicking with joy and happiness for life restored.

The entire team feeling encouraged, glorified God for working miracle through the team to the fraternal twins in a matter of one month, believing God to perfect the good works He had started.

The leader of the team out of his own magnanimity decided to topup baby items for Marvelous and Miracle, even as he presented cash gift to the family for the twins upkeep.

Recalled that Akwaobongunwana and the team had visited Marvelous and Miracle last year who were on the verge of giving up due to poor treatment and malnutrition after they lost their mother at birth, and today, sunshine has returned to the family.

Ntatam is currently on a mission to heal the world, restore hope to the hopeless, helping others grow, inspiring the younger generation to stand up to their dreams and potentials, care for the helpless, and putting smiles on the faces of the downtrodden, with the reassurances of a better life

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I won Guinness Book Of Records To Make My Father Regret Disowning Me – Hilda Baci

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Hilda Effiong Bassey, also known as Hilda Baci, a popular Nigerian celebrity chef, went into depth about her strained relationship with her father, Effiong Bassey Edem.

In a recent interview on the Tea with Tay podcast, the Guinness World Record holder disclosed that her only grievance against her father was his sudden absence. She added that he had been a constant presence in her and her siblings’ lives since they were children.

 

However, things changed when a huge argument between him and her mother had an impact on the children.

 

What truly cut deep for her was her father’s abrupt abandonment, particularly when both she and her elder brother were on the brink of completing their university studies. She couldn’t wrap her head around why he withdrew his support for their education, especially after having funded their academic journey through nursery, secondary school, and the early years of their tertiary education.

Hilda vividly remembered a heart-wrenching moment she rang up her father to talk about her school expenses. To her astonishment, he picked up the call and basically played the “I’m not your dad” card, essentially disowning her over the phone.

Initially, she held hope that the discord between her mother and father would eventually fade away, leading to a reconciliation and her father’s return. Regrettably, that reconciliation never materialized.

Hilda went on to share that her father’s abandonment served as a catalyst for her to achieve a remarkable feat. She said she spearheaded the Guinness World Record cook-a-thon, not only as a personal accomplishment but also as a way to make her father regret his actions.

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