LIFE HISTORY OF LATE MADAM ARIT U. U. OTUNG EKANEM (Nne Arit Udo Inyang) 1919-2019 (100 years)
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints…psalm 166:15
Birth ande parentag;
Late madam arit u.u.otung ekanem was born on march 10th 1919 into the family of late chief udo akpan inyang of nung akpan in ikot ukono itam in itu local government area, akwa ibom state.
our mother talked about her determination to obtain formal education. Sadly she could not due to the fact that female education was less appreciated at the time of her birth. However, she gained little knowledge of writing from the teachings of the african church whom she worshipped from birth, she also learned from her husban who worked as an evangelist in the church of scotland mission, now the presbyterian church of nigeria .this helped her to handle all her bussiness transaction correctly.
Eka adiaha titia was fondly called got married in her twenty’s to devoted and god fearing husband, late evangelist u.u.otung of nung udo ekanem in nung udo ewan of ibiaku ikot anse itam, itu local government area, akwa ibom state . the marriage was blessed with her husband till his demise on april 1st 1990. The marriage was blessed with twelve children ,out of six have survived to bid her farewell. Mma loved family, she built her children in the fear of the lord .she placed the greatest priority on core family values of morning devotions daily no matter what happens, the family must study the word and pray. Mma raisedhis children in the strictest sense of discipline,always saying ‘’sparing the rod will spoil the child ‘’.she taught and lived honesty,integrity, hard work, diligence, respect for elders and constituted authority.
Aritawan began her christian life with the african church at her tender age with her parent. On getting married to her husband,she joined the presbyterian church of nigeria and was confirmed by rev.essien u.uya.
She was a very active member of the church and contributed immensely to the growth of the church in her local congregation and at the parish level.she hardly missed church activities until the period her legs were weak and was always on hand to encourage her children to follow the footsteps of their father, by participating fully in church activities.
As a very strong member of the women’s guild,she was one of those wh o would travel on foot to esop iban in the days of itam uruan parish and deemed it feet to continue actively upon the creation of the old and the present day west afaha itam parish.
Eka ediza was a very industrious and hard working women. She was a tireless farmer who farmed on crops such as yam, cocoyam, sweet yam and cassava to mention a few. She was know to have owned one of the largest yam ban in ikot anse itam and environs.she also traded on stockfish, maize and cocoyam. In her quest to making more money to complement her husband effort, she ventured into palm oil production and did this at large quantities.
Social life ;
Eka ntia, was a family woman,counselor ,adviser ,philanthropist, a strict disciplinarian yet tender at heart .she was known for her forthrightness as she stood on the truth even at the risk of her interest and that of her family.
She was never deceitful but honest and sacrificial .these qualities together with her social, enterpreneurial skills endeared her to many.she was amiable and accommodating to all that came in contact with her .mma was a great and efficient leader and active member of nka iban ikot anse itam.
Sickness and death ;
Old age and sickness came knocking at our mother’s door over ten years ago and she couldn’t go out nor take part in the church activities .the sickness had howevertaken its toll on her as she soldiered on until she breathed her last on march 3rd,2019. May her gentle soul rest in the bossom of the lord.
She is survived by children,a step son ,sons-in-law, daughter’s in-law ,grand children, great grand children ,nieces ,nephews and a host of other relatives.
A thank you message to our mother
From us ,alice ,emmanuel rebecca, isaiah, micheal,nnamso and others .we say thank you for giving birth to all of us .
You worked tirelessly to ensuring we had better living even at trying time.
You live a good life.you fought a good fight we are all proud of you.all who met you attest to your remarkable kindess in the midst of sorrow and pain;in your most trying mommmment,in your bleakest hour,you always reached out a helping hand.
Goodbye mma,you will surely be missed.untill we meet again your children.
Tribute to my mother in-law
You lived a selfless,decent and christ-like life that impacted our lives. You had the special ability of analysing complex situations and issues and proffering pragmatic and decent workable solutions .your departure to be with the lord jesus only remined is of the fact that we are merely mortals whose life here on earth has a limited span . we are sure that your physical separation from us is temporal because, sooner or later we shall be reunited in haven we shall part no more . adieu, mama Your Daughter In-law
TRIBUTE TO OUR MOTHER IN -LAW
We express our profound gratitude to Almighty God for our mother In-law life,for giving her more time to prepare her daughters to be help mate to us. As recorded in Hebrews chapter 9;27, we die only once, and then we are judged.
We know where you belong, and you call to go and prepare a place for us.
Rest with God
TRIBUTE TO GREAT GRANNY
Oh death, you have decided to take our old mama at a time we needed her so much.Death is inevitable to every mortals but we are consoled that you have lived a good life while on earth and your lagacies shall live on,your work and generosity shall remain in our minds.
Farewell Ekam Ekam
From All of your great grand children.
TRIBUTE TO OUR GRAND MOTHER
A light from our lives has gone ,A voice we love is still.A place I vacant within our hearts which never can be filled.
A bouquet of beautiful memories sprayed across our heart .your teachings and strict discipline has molded us to become better people
We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain,To walk with us throughout our lives Until we met again.
From all your Grandchildren.
1.Akwa synod prefon
2.Itu presbytery women’s guild
3.Itu presbytery prefon
4.The Apostolic church Nigeria, Obio imo District
5.The Apostolic Church Nigeria ,Akpan Etuk Assembly
6.The Apostolic church Nigeria ,Uruan Street Assembly
7.The Apostolic church Nigeria,North Itam District
9.Concerned Teachers Organization, Ikot Andem Itam
10.Ibiaku Ikot-Anse Itam
11.Ikaya [Ikot Anse Youth Association]
12.Akwa Ibom Committee of Friends [Aba BRANCH]
- Nung udo Ewan [IBIAKU IKOT ANSE ]
- NUNG UDO EKANEM
- ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC)
- ELITE BROTHERS ASSOCIATION, UYO
- ONE FOR CHRIST (TOGETHER WE STAND) UYO
- CONCERN MINDS FORUM, UYO
- GOOD FRIENDS ASSOCIATION, UYO
RETIRED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ASSOCIATION ITU BRANCH ,AKWA IBOM STATE
CONDOLENCE MESSAGE TO COMRADE (ELD) ALICE N. UDO ON THE is DEMISE OF HER MOTHER LATE MADAM ARIT U.U.OTUNG.
On behalf of the executive and entire members of the retired primary school teacher Association Itu ,we write to commiserate with you on the death of your mother .
life is like the stars in the sky ,they twinkle and finally fade away .shakespeare reminds us that the world is a stage and everyone arts and leave the stage at the end of a particular scene .untill her death,she was a woman of proven character and a stun christian.
though death is inevitable and destined to all mortals, the news of the sudden demise of your mother came with a shock, she has left inedible marks on the sands of time. her departure, no doubt has brought pains and grief to you and your family.
therefore, we deeply understand the sence of loss which you and the family felt this period. we implore you to take solace in the fact that your mother lived an exemplary life, and has left behind enduring legacies.
comrade alice, take heart and be encouraged b ecause it is one of those phenomenon we can’t avoid.
Accept our heart fell condelences. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
Comrade (Eld.) Emmanuel E. Ansa Comrade (Eld.) Ita N. Antia
The entire family of Late Evangelist U. U. Otung Ekanem warmly appreciate God Almighty for his benevolence, grace and kindness showed to us during this period of our Mother’s demise.
We sincere express our profound gratitude to all the churches , ministers and choirs for making out time to be part of the service.
We acknowledge the contribution of our paternal and maternal families , in-laws, friends, and everyone who contributed in one way or the other to the successful funeral of late Madam Arit U.U . OTUNG Ekanem. May god’s blessing and mercies be yours as you return to your different destinations, Amen.
MR EMMANUEL U.U.OTUNG
PASTOR EDET UDO OTUNG FOR THE FAMILY
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