Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Aniekan Bassey, has sympathized with the Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Senator Chris Ekpenyong, as he laid to rest the remains of his wife, late Dr Grace, and prayed “God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Rt. Hon. Bassey made this known on Thursday during the Funeral Mass in honour of late Dr Grace Christopher Ekpenyong, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Abiakpo Nkap, Obot Akara Local Government Area.
In his message of condolence, the Speaker said “it is an indisputable fact that your wife lived an exemplary and very fulfilled life, devoting all her time and resources to serving God and humanity, particularly the orphans, widows and vulnerable children.”
He further said “Although your wife left at a time her wise counsels and exemplary motherhood were most needed, I urge you and the entire family members to look beyond her demise and be consoled by the good life of peace she lived and the very many inspiring legacies she has bequeathed to your family and communit.”
According to the biography of the deceased, “Late Dr Grace Ekpenyong was born on the 9th day of January 1955, into the great Mkpokporo Royal Family of Abak Village in Abak Local Government Area. Her late father, Chief Sunday Jacob Etokudo Mkpokporo, was a school teacher, retired police officer, businessman and politician in the First Republic.”
The biography also hinted that Dr Grace Ekpenyong lived a very fulfilled and productive life and was widely acknowledged as a seasoned teacher, entrepreneur, industrialist and administrator.
Her passion for humanity culminated in her establishing two Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Child Education Development Network and Widow’s Mite Integrated Development Association, where widows, youths, children and the less-privileged ate trained to gain sustainable livelihood.
Until her dead at the age of 64, she lived life on her own terms, cheerful and faithful in her belief in God, impacting lives even as she fearlessly embraced the ultimate end, after struggling with breast cancer.