His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, the Obong of Calabar, has embarked on a series of activities to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his coronation. During the Thanksgiving ceremony held at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Duke Town Cathedral, the Prelate of the Presbyterian Church, Ekpenyong Akpanika, delivered a charged sermon emphasizing the importance of selfless deeds in immortalizing one’s legacy.
In his sermon, Akpanika underscored the notion that a person’s enduring legacy lies not in self-centered actions but in contributions made for the benefit of others. He reflected on the grace that guides life’s journey, asserting that gratitude towards God is essential. Akpanika urged the Efik Kingdom to seek divine intervention for national development, drawing parallels between the present-day Lagos and the historic glory of Calabar.
The coronation of Etubom Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu as His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, took place on May 3, 2008, at Efe Asabo, the shrine of the python, following the passing of his predecessor, the late Edidem (Prof) Nta Elijah Henshaw VI. Since then, he has held distinguished titles such as Obong of Calabar, Natural Ruler, Treaty King, and Grand Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom.
Formally recognized by the government of Cross River State on July 11, 2008, the Obong received the staff of office at an impressive public ceremony at the State Cultural Centre Complex. As part of the week-long anniversary celebration, the Obong of Calabar Executive Forum (OCEF) has planned various events, including a Golf Kitty on Friday at the Calabar Golf Club and a yuletide homage to the king on Saturday at his palace