CONDOLENCE messages are still pouring into the family of the late Chief Etuk-Udo Sampson two weeks after he was laid to rest in Eket, Akwa Ibom State along with his wife, Princess Gloria.

The royal father of Edi Urua in Eket Local Government Area, Chief A.J.

Ekponoudim has extolled the late parents of Akanimo Sampson, an activist senior journalist and editor, saying they were an exemplary royal couple.

Ekponoudim who was speaking while paying the bereaved family a condolence visit said the royal couple: Chief Etuk-Udo and Princess Gloria Sampson who were laid to rest on Saturday, April 7, at Atai Ndon Afaha-Eket were still living on by the legacies they left behind.

According to Chief Ekponoudim, Princess Gloria, 81, was the last child of King Ekponoudim Akpan Esetang (1872-1935). He was the sixth Clan Head of Eket Afaha.

King Esetang’s reign beheld the first Royal Niger Company, the Government of King Jaja of Opobo and the Calabar Province.

The Edi Urua monarch pointed out that Princess Gloria willingly married the late Chief Sampson also from a royal family in the great Adiambuk Family.

”We recall with a wave of nostalgia and satisfaction the many contributions of this exemplary royal couple and royalty of our time in Eket Afaha and humanity at large”, Chief Ekponoudim said.

Continuing, he said the late princess who was popularly known as Mma Simplicity by her network of clents and her husband were a couple of sterling qualities.

”On behalf of the Ekponoudim Family and the Nung Akpan Royal Family, i hereby extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to your family, friends and sympathisers.

”Our prayer is that the Almighty God should grant you all the courage and the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss”, the Edi Urua royal father said.

Also, from the staff and pupils of Government Primary School Afaha-Eket 1 where Chief Sampson was once the Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association: ”There is no doubt that the vaccum created is irreparable because we stand to miss his advice and the bond of love he always shared”. ENDS



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