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Unical VC, Prof Akpagu bags Obudu highest traditional title


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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Unical, Prof. Zana Akpagu  has been crowned with the highest Chieftaincy title by his community Bebuagbong in Obudu local government area of Cross River State.

Prof. Akpagu who was honored with the title “Utsu Ute-Kushu 1 of Bebuagbong  Clan” was decorated during a reception ceremony organized in his honour by  the community on January 1st 2018.

The Clan Head of the community, Chief Francis Akpagu, in his remarks during  the ceremony, said that the honour was conferred on him in recognition of  his outstanding contributions to the development of the community and Obudu  local government in general.

Describing the VC as “an illustrious son and a good ambassador” of the  community, Chief Akpagu said that the entire community were proud of his  emergence as the first alumni VC as well as the first person from the  northern part of state to attain the position.

“We as a community decided today, 1st of January 2018 to celebrate our  illustrious son and our very proud Ambassador, Prof. Zana Akpagu. We’re  particularly happy with his impact on the development of our community.

“Today, we will confer the prestigious title of Utsu Ute-Kushu 1 which  means that a chief that will continue to soar higher. We are very proud of  him because he’s the first alumnus VC and the very first from the entire  Cross River North”.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and the Chairman of Bebuagbong  Development Association, Dr. Gabriel Akpeke in his opening remarks said  that the honour has shown that a good prophet has honour in his home.

Akpeke added that the ceremony was to demonstrate the community’s deep  seated appreciation of Prof. Akpagu’s numerous positive impacts on his  people.

He said “a few examples of such positive impacts are steeped in his  attraction of primary and secondary schools to the community, his citing of  a Micro Finance Bank in Bebuagbong and the attendant employment  opportunities offered by these projects to indigenes of the community”.


Responding Prof. Akpagu said “I thank the community for bestowing this  honour which I honestly think I don’t deserve. The honour is very special to me because it’s coming from home. People say a prophet has no honour in  his home but my case is different. I pray God to give me the grace to  continue to contribute to the development of my community”.

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He added that “Our town hall project is long overdue therefore while I will  commence the foundation in my individual capacity, I’ll discuss with Frank  Ikemti, the CEO of FrankBornd oil and gas and other eminent personalities  to ensure that the project is completed soonest”.

The occasion which also witnessed the decoration of his wife, Ntunkae  Winifred Akpagu with a traditional title attracted top politicians,  academics, business moguls and clergymen.

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