By Patrick Albert
The Patriarch of Ibibio Land and Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence, Nteyin Solomon Daniel Etuk has been appointed the Chancellor of the Akwa Ibom State University. The appointment runs for four years.
A statement issued by the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, says that the State Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel approved the appointment of the foremost traditional ruler in Ibibio Land as the Chancellor of the State university on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Nteyin Etuk, who is the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area and President General of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers (Ifim Ibom Ibibio), succeeds His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Najib Hussaini Adamu Kazaure, the Emir of Kazaure in Jigawa State, whose tenure has since expired.
The Ibibio monarch, an epitome of resourcefulness, a patriot and a unifier, is a scion of the royal family of Daniel Ibok Etuk from Ikot Okubo, Western Nsit in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Born on September 21, 1958, Nteyin Etuk attended St. Mary Primary School, Isalu Iseyin, Oyo State and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1974. He had his West African School Certificate in 1982 at St. Patrick College, Ikot Ansa, Calabar, Cross River State.
The royal father had his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State in 2007 as well as MBA in the same University in 2010.
Etuk ascended the village headship stool of Ikot Ukobo, Nsit Ubium LGA in 1998 and was subsequently selected as the Head of Ibiakpan Group of nine (9) villages in 2004.
In 2012, the people of Western Nsit, comprising of 32 villages unanimously selected him to serve as their Clan Head in 2012 due to his proven sterling leadership.
He later became the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium LGA, which is made up of 64 Villages and thus became the President of Nsit Ubium Traditional Rulers’ Council (TRC), Akwa Ibom State.
The Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers (Ifim Ibom Ibibio), satisfied with his enterprising communal lifestyle and successful leadership on the traditional stool, unanimously selected him as the Oku Ibom Ibibio and President of the Council on Friday, September 14, 2018,
With the peaceful and successful election, he was formally proclaimed as the Oku Ibom Ibibio on Saturday, November 17, 2018 and coronated on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Asan Ibibio, Ikot Oku Ikono, Uyo.
The Oku Ibom Ibibio and President of the Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers is happily married to Akwa Obonganwan Philomena Solomon Etuk, and the union is blessed with children.