By Emmanuel Ufon

“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer

As our searchlight beams on men of proven reputation and impeccable character with justifiable contribution to the development of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State for nomination and subsequent induction into our Development Hall of Fame, Obong Bassey Inuaeyen’s passion for the Socio-Political, Economic and Cultural Development of the Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, and Africa at large stood him out above his contemporaries.

Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame is a token tribute to the great Sons and Daughters of the area in diverse perspectives to positive public service, the unique origins and work-life of each inductee will provide insights and inspiration to others up to the next generation including those aspiring for public interest at heart.

Inuaeyen is a simple-natured man with a large heart to accommodate others. These traits are what made him a distinguished leader worthy of emulation in the Federal Constituency. His goodwill towards fellow men knows no ethnic, religious, social, and cultural bounds.

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The weak, the oppressed, the down-trodden, the disabled, and the deprived, all found succor in him. His goodwill towards fellowmen is demonstrated through his voluntary contributions in the provision of basic amenities to communities. To date, many people in his community are on his payroll. A rare political leader who gives financial support to a candidate of his party without demanding from as in the case of others.

Most commendable is the fact that Obong Inuaeyen (the Uko Akwa Ibom and Obong Uforo Ibibio) is a true philanthropist whose scholarship scheme under the aegis of Bassey Inuaeyen Scholarship Foundation has benefited hundreds of students across the country for years. This, indeed, was attested to and celebrated by the Rotary Club International that conferred on him the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award for outstanding humanitarian service.

Despite his phenomenal economic prosperity, he has also distinguished himself a rare breed politician, an amiable gentleman by assessment – His words are always his bonds. Inuaeyen has been a dedicated and committed Christian. He built and donated an Ultra-Modern Church building in the Nkari community for the Apostolic Church. Obong Bassey Inuaeyen is a meticulous and articulate investor whose business empire runs through all spheres of economic endeavors.

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In recognition of his selfless services to humanity, Obong Bassey is a recipient of several awards both at home and in Diaspora; appreciated and loved by his people as a bridge-builder, an achiever, and philanthropist extraordinaire. Obong Inuaeyen has been honored with the following traditional/chieftaincy titles like Obong Iberedem Nkari, Eduek Iman Ibom, Obong Unwana Itu, If Ukwa Itu Mbonuso, Obong Uforo Ibibio, Eduek Nsit Atai, Ntanta Oro, Uko Akwa Ibom, among others.

Added to these are the following awards of honors in his kitty: “Manager of the year” by Europe Business Assembly – 2010, “Educational & Economic Development” by NAAKISSS – UNILAG Chapter; “Distinguished Leadership & Exceptional Service to the Community” by International Association of Lions Club – District 404 Nigeria; “Community Development Services,” by Asanting Nkwoudo Development Association; “Service to the Club Development,” by the Lagos Country Club; “Pillar of Support for Development & Promotion of MBA,” by Lagos State University MBA (LASUMA).

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Obong Inuaeyen, chancellor of the renowned Ibom Patriots also holds membership in the following distinguished Social-Cultural Association, ​​Member, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, ​​Patron, Mboho Ndito Ikono Ndo Ini, member, Ibibio Elder’s Forum.

Obong Bassey Inuaeyen is widely traveled, and over the years, he has developed solid business links in Europe and America. He is currently the President of Virginia, a USA-based American Global Projects, L.L.C

On Saturday, 27th November 2021, all roads will lead to Ikono Local Government Council Secretariat at 10.00 am for the induction ceremony of Obong Bassey Inuaeyen into Ikono/Ini Development Hall of Fame during the maiden edition of Ikono/Ini Economic Symposium, which will be organized by a registered media organization in the country, Ikono/Ini Media Professionals.