By Patrick Obia
Nka Ekpenyong Nnuk, a socio-cultural organization in Cross River State, has marked its 40th anniversary with dinner and award night in Calabar, the State capital.
Nka Ekpenyong Nnuk, made up of representatives from the Efik, Efut and Qua kingdom yearly holds dinner and award night to celebrate the peaceful coexistence, love and unity which began since 1979 by their founding fathers.
The event which was held at African Club, Calabar Road, Calabar with distinguished members and founding fathers awarded and elevated for their meritorious service to the organization.
In his address, the Chairman of the organization, His Highness, Ntufam Hayford S. Edet, said the Non-Governmental Organization has remained true to its aims and objectives of encouraging cultural education and preservation of cultural heritage.
Earlier, the group paid homage to one of it Grand Patron, His Royal Highness, Muri S. B. Eyamba, Clan Head, Efut Ifaka/Mkpara at his residence.
His Highness, Ntufam Hayford S. Edet, also added that the existence of Nka Ekpenyong Nnuk is to stop the proliferation of a particular masquerade at that time and also to unite fellow brothers of Quas, Efik, Okoyong and the Efut adding that it was also meant to make Calabar what it used to be.
“In 1979, our legendary founding fathers thought it wise to stop the proliferation of a particular masquerade at that time. They have taught and brought up so many cultural groups. We are proud that at forty years we have lived as a body and as an association particularly the first pioneer cultural NGO in Cross River State.
“Particularly we are four; the Efik, the Quas, the Efut and the Okoyong; by extension, the Ejagham people are Quas so they are part of us. Anybody that live within is part of us. We do that with blood. The culture of having a disciplined life is what we have inherited from our progress and so we want to maintain Calabar a disciplined place, a lovely place. Join us as we celebrate and make Calabar lovely” he said.
The ceremony which saw displays of cultural dances and masquerades such as Idem Okpono, Idem Etundu and Idem Ekot. The weeklong celebration ended with thanksgiving service at Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Big Qua Town, Calabar.
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