Biography of Late Mr OKON EDET UDOH
A philanthropy, a peace maker and a gentleman
One of the greatest fear of mankind has been proven to the fear of death. No wonder William Shakespeare one say (death is the necessary end of all mortal). It is indeed inevitable to all creature. But the irony is that we continue to live without imagine that to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die…
This is in fulfillment of the Biblical injunction as in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.
BIRTH AND PARENTAGE
Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh (Ete -Ita) was born on 6th July, 1956 into a Christian family of Late Chief Edet Udoh Akpan Ebreso of Nung Obio Idop in Nung Emah family and Late Madam Arit Essien Mkpaudang (Mrs Arit Edet Udoh) of Nung Inyang in Nung Mbuk family all in Ikot Andem Itam, Itu local government Area Akwa ibom State. He was the first son of the family.
Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh started his Primary Education at Mbiabong Ikono Christian school in Uyo, were he obtained a Merit Level in First School leaving certificate in 1969. While he performed well in school. He proceeded to Codesway Driver Training school at No. 91 Abak Road, Uyo. He passed and obtained his professional motor drivers certificate and class (C) professional driving license, respectively. Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh was also enrolled in a four (4) years course as a trainee of the Basin of Auto -Mechanic and Auto -Electrical drivers
With Nwah’sco Mechanical Training center at No. 101A Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, South Eastern state of Nigeria, then, from 1970-1974.
He took up an appointment with Inyang -Ete Motors Transport as a senior Driver in 1975 and later employed by Cross River Agricultural Development projects, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Calabar, Cross River State as a Motor Driver in October, 1978. Nevertheless, on the creation of Akwa ibom State, Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh was transferred from Cross River Agricultural development projects to Akwa ibom Agriculture Development project known as (AKADEP) with the post of senior Driver /Mechanic II. During his service, Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh has been participated in training programme, seminar, and he was found to be intelligent, honest, obedient, submissive, hardworking and trustworthy. He was promoted from senior Driver /Mechanic II to senior Driver /Mechanic I, in March, 1991. He was also promoted to the post of Chief Driver /Mechanic in March, 1998 of which he was formal posted to the office of the Head of Civil Service, Governor’s Office, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and retired from service on 4th October, 2013 after 35 years of meritorious service to the Government.
MARITAL LIFE :
Later Mr. Okon Edet Udoh was very brilliant and handsome at his youthful days. These natural endowments endeared many to him including women. Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh was married to two beautiful women among whom are Mrs Nkoyo Okon Edet and Late
Mrs Alice Okon Edet in blessed memory, because he needed women and children who will assit him since he was the only servival son to his mother. The marriage was blessed with many children.
CHRISTIAN LIFE :
Late Mrs Okon Edet Udoh was born a Christian family. He embraced a Christian faith at church of Christ, Ikot Andem Itam, Itu local government Area, Akwa ibom State. Nigeria No. 32 Udotung Ubo Assembly, Uyo, Akwa ibom State, where he was baptized and became a member. His love, dedication and commitment to serve in various capacities in the Lord’s vine yard as member till the cold hand of death snatched him away from the family.
Social Life :
Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh was a good mixer among his equal. During his life time, Late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh believed in four (4) things,
- The fear of God
- service to mankind
He was kind, honest, Humble, hospitable, caring and loving to those who came across him, family and the community as a whole. He believed in meeting the needs of others in conjunction with divine principles of “be your brother keeper”. As a good mixer, he also interacted freely with other social cultural groups without deviating from his religious beliefs. He was a strong member of Ikot Andem Itam Development Association, Uyo Branch, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
With tears in our eyes and pains in our hearts, we are grateful to the Almighty God, that despite the short life span of our beloved Daddy, Father, Uncle, Grand Father, Son
Brother and Husband, it was purposefully endowed with achievements. Nevertheless, death is no respecter of any person, therefore we came into the world as traders and it is obvious once we finish marketing our products and services we shall definitely leave the stage. This was a story ended Pa Okon Edet Udoh on earth at the age of 59 years after a brief illness, at about 7.55pm Saturday, 25th July, 2015 at Abasiekeme Medical Centre, Ikot Idaha, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa ibom State,. All effort to bring his life back was fruitless. God know better than us and we can’t question Him. May his soul rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
He is survived by : Wife, Sons, Daughters, Grandchildren, Sisters, step sister, Step Brothers, Niece, Uncle, Nephews, Cousins, Sister-in-law, Brother-in-law, etc and other relations to mourn his demise.
Tribute To Late Mr OKON EDET UDOH (1956-2015)
My Dear Husband (Late) I still find it difficult to believe that you are dead and gone forever. Dear, your death is sudden and shocking to me. I love you but God loves you more. You lived a peaceful and a truthful life. You were an intelligent man, an adviser, a judge, a decent man in all sense. Those who were close to you can testify to this. You shared in the Joy and sorrows of many. Your leadership in the family was exemplary. The Lord knows why he has taken you away at this time particular time. I can’t question Him, goodbye, may your soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Daddy, you had prepared me for this difficult task few months ago, but I never knew it could come so soon. The moment I looked at your pictures, I cry and remember the saying “a picture says a thousand words have new meaning and I can still hear you”. Because you never say that, you will soon join your ancestors and now you departed without a word to me. Though death is for everybody on earth but your own was so sudden, it is so difficult to believe that,
Daddy you left us now. You have filled my heart with sorrow but I can’t ask God why because I know that to everything there is a season, a time to born and a time to die….. (Eccl. 3 : 1 – 8). I tried all i could to make sure you recovered from from the illness, spiritually, prayerfully, physically, psychologically and otherwise.
May Almighty God fill the vacuum you have left.
Farewell Dad, rest in the bosom of God Almighty till we meet again and depart no more.
Engr. Edet, Ita Okon
For none of us live to himself, and no one die unto himself, For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord, therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this end Christ died and rose and live again, that He might be Lord of both the death and the living (Romans 14 : 7 – 9). You were loving and caring to all who had a chance to be with you. Daddy, when we left, you were still very strong, we never knew that it will be the last time we saw or hear you among the living. Since it is not measured by the Years that we lived but by the deads that trail us,. Your death has left a very big vacuum in our heart which can never be filled. We wish you lived longer, because we had lots of plans for you, but the time has come to let go. We have come to term with the fact that, you are gone forever. You were so blessed that you died peacefully at 59 years.
May your gentle soul rest in peace.
Udeme, Blessing, Grace, Arit and Eno Okon
When death struck, no one can withhold it, no wonder people say “Although one dies in his full strength being wholly at ease and quiet, you come forth like a flower and wither away.
You were a source of peace to your family and others that came your way. Grandpa, you are our hero, your spirit will always live in our hearts. Your humble beginnings and the outstanding success you made out of life is a tremendous inspiration to those of us that are still here. We have so much to gain from hearing about the story of your life.
Definitely, we have lost a Precious grandfather, a mentor, a philanthropist and a provider.
Good bye Papa, we shall meet to depart no more, may your soul rest in the bosom of Abraham, Amen
Samuel, David, Paul Emmanuel, Mfoniso Ita and Destiny Isaac.
A great star is gone, why should death visit good people? Should death raise it ugly head to take away a man of discipline, a virtuous brother like you? It comes like a thief, stealing our heart away. You were a peace maker, a philanthropist, an adviser, a master planner.
Brother, we miss your advise and your loyalty. We search for you in the morning, noon and evening.
We couldn’t see you any longer, where are you?
Brother, who have you handed us to? Oh our canopy is no more, our defender is gone, oh brother you left when we needed you most, now we take consolation that one day we shall depart from this sinful world to meet our creator.
Goodbye Brother !!!
Ime, Umoh, Ebreso, Asuquo and Emem
The President General and the members of the executives as well as the entire members of mboho nkaiso Ikot Andem Itam received the news of the passing on of your dear cousin/Brother late Okon Edet Udoh with dismay.
Since the thought of losing a love one to the cool hands of death is better imagined than experienced. Mboho Nkaiso Ikot Andem Itam as a body is aware of the mental and psychological trauma his transition has caused you and the entire family. Bear in mind that death is a silent and restless friend to every mortal and an exit of a divine creation which every human being must expect. In the family / community and even around the Church, he was seen as a strong bridge builder and sound counselor. Da, Mboho is saying try and come to term with yourself and embrace courage, do not be overwhelmed by the grief of this great loss. We sincerely mourn and sympathize with you. We wish you and indeed the bereaved family to look beyond his exit, be consoled by the legacies he left behind through his
Selfless and exemplary services to God and mankind. May his gentle soul rest in peace .
Mr. Effiong Okim
Comrade Okon O. J
Nna as we fondly called ourselves, when we came to this world as was ordained by the Almighty God. We towered through travails of life as singles and only sons of two sisters. We were often been identified as “Akpan ye Udo”. As we grew up we became too bonded by the glue and cord of one love that appeared to have no bounds. As your aunt/my mother passed on, my aunty / your mother filled the vacuum. We shared almost everything in life. Even in my absence you were there to see to the welfare of my family. Hardly a day passed by, we don’t hear from each other. Our project could not be completed to give us a boast of relaxation yet the monster struck all of a sudden, denying us of all the hopes and aspirations, destroyed the glue and cord that held us together and set Nna vary far apart from me. So Nna, the monster called death decided to snatch you from me, leaving me wonder alone without a brother permanently. Hard to believe myself, it is like a dream. Too difficult to forget that day 25th July, 2015. The day, the “Monster came without a warning, snatching Nna away from me “., not allowing Nna to reap the fruit of his labour. Streaming of tears may not depart from my eyes. Recall, you were a perfect mixer, open arm and gentle. These virtues are gone with you. “Hard to say adieu, Nna. Your gentle soul find perfect
Rest. Your Cousin / Brother
Inwang A. Udo
We the family of late Mr. Okon Edet Udoh hereby express our since and profound gratitude to the Almighty God., all officiating Ministers, Dignitaries and well-wishers who have contributed in one way or the other to the successful burial ceremony of our father. We are particularly thankful to Sanctified Mount Zion Church, No. 32 Udotung Ubo Assembly, Uyo. Akwa Ibom State. Ikot Andem Itam, Development Multipurpose cooperative society Limited, Uyo Branch, Akwa Ibom State, Vero and Tako Ventures, Abuja, Mboho Nkaiso Ikot Andem Itam, Nung Obio Idop, and Nung Emah family, respectively and the good people of Ikot Andem Itam, Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State., Burial planning committee, distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. We thank you for providing your precious time to honour our father this day. May the Almighty God remain forever with you all and grant you journey mercies to your various destinations, Amen.
Engr. Edet, Ita Okon
For the family
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