Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has charged the family of late Madam Affong Ani Otu (Nee Mma Affi), who died at the age of 90, to be consoled by the enduring legacies of their Matriarch.
Represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Governor Emmanuel, who joined friends and well-wishers at PCN School, Mbiaya Uruan, on Saturday, to pay his last respect to the deceased, said she led a good life that is worthy of emulation.
He urged members of the deceased family to emulate the good virtues of Late Mma Affi, whom he described as an Amazon, saying “you must continually celebrate the life and times of this incredible and amazing woman.”
In his homily, the Minister-in-Charge, Rev Idorenyin Ekpe, urged the congregation to lead a good life and always prepare for tomorrow and the inevitable, death, which is the lot of every man.
The funeral and memorial service was conducted by the Presbyterian Church Nigeria (PCN), Efut Ekondo Parish, Calabar.
The deceased biography described her as a devout Christian, a woman born into a privileged and elitist home, and a quintessential librarian who rose through the ranks to the peak of her profession from the then South Eastern State Library Board to being the pioneer Librarian of the University of Calabar.
She is also the mother of the acting Chief Judge of Cross River State, Justice Akon Ikpeme.
The event was attended by the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Godwin Abraham; Former Chief Judge of Cross River State, Justice Michael Edem; Clergymen led by the Prelate of Presbyterian Church, His Eminence Nzi Nsi Eke JP; Woman Leader of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lady Mmeme Akpabio; former House of Assembly member for ITU, Dr Ekaette Ebong-Okon; former Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Mrs. Grace Ekong, and many others.