By Franklyn Isong

Earlier today, I had a long session with my father, the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom local government area & IBOM IBIONO IBOM, His Royal Majesty Okuku (Dr.) Ime Udousoro Inyang JP, in the inner-chamber of His Majesty’s palace.

Our meeting was stimulating and thought-provoking as usual and centered on Ibibio custom, practice, tradition and usages.

His Majesty’s royal blessing is ever refreshing in me as always!

For those who might not know, Okuku (Dr.) Ime Udousoro Inyang is one of the bold, courageous, pragmatic, dynamic and very vocal first class monarchs in Akwa Ibom state, nay Nigeria.

He is a one time chairman of Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs whose tenure repositioned the traditional institution in Akwa Ibom State.

Yours truly, being someone who had served the apex Ibibio traditional institution (the supreme council of Ibibio traditional rulers) and traditional rulers in Akwa Ibom State for decades, the IBOM IBIONO IBOM is one of the sources of my strength, unusual courage and charisma in this sojourn!

He has been a father, mentor and teacher to me over the years.

Practically speaking, Okuku Inyang has never wavered in his stands for truth, justice and equity.

He is one fearless monarch who expresses his mind without any let or hindrance and without minding whose ox is gored!

My prayer always is that Almighty God continue to keep you and others alike, in good health and sound mind for the Ibibio race.

~ Franklyn Isong is a traditional title holder of the prestigious OTUEKONG IKPAISONG IBIBIO

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