Deaconness Mrs Affiong Monday Abasiattai (Ekpoh)
(1940 - 2016)

Deaconness Mrs Affiong Monday Abasiattai (Ekpoh)

Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
August 19, 1940

Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
August 12, 2016


The late Deaconess Affiong Monday Abasiattai (Nee Affiong Sam Ekpoh) was born on the 19th of August 1940 into the family of Late Sam Ekpoh of Ikot Mbong and Late Madam Nkenge Sam Ekpoh of Afaha Ubium, both in ONNA Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. She was fondly called Adia Mma by her siblings and relatives. Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai became an orphan at a very tender age. Nonetheless she was very closely knitted to her siblings particularly her elder brother late Elder Udo Sam Ekpoh, and grew up fully guided by the family’s core values of Unity, Love, Diligence, and Service to Humanity.

Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai had her primary education at Central School Atiamkpat in Onna AkS, where she sat for and passed her standard six examinations in 1953 excelling brilliantly. She had her secondary education at Queen’s School, Enugu, from 1955 – 1959 where she obtained the West African School Certificate awarded by The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate in collaboration with the West African Examinations Council. In 1959, late Deaconess (Mrs) Affiong Abasiattai gained admission into The Prestigious Queen’s College, Lagos, where she studied hard and obtained the Overseas Higher School Certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. In 1961, she proceeded to the University of Ibadan graduating in June 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History. Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai also obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from The University of Lagos, Nigeria in June 1973. I think we could also add that in spite of the fact that she was orphaned at the age of six, and with little hope of sponsorship/achieving any educational success, she nonetheless pursued her studies with dogged determination and excelled brilliantly in the standard six examinations, earning her a government scholarship and admission into the prestigious Queen’s School Enugu. An achievement rare in her time. She also attended Cambridge University in UK on an exchange program and that also because of her brilliant performance in University of Ibadan.

In 1965, late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai (Affiong Ekpoh at the time) met and fell in love with Dr. Monday Abasiattai (who would later become a Professor of History). They got married on 4th March 1967. Their union is blessed with five children (Emem, Aniekan, Ekaete-Alice, Ini and Mfon), and Twelve grand-children. Mma doted greatly on her children, grand-children, nephews and nieces. She was a role model and blessing to every member of her immediate and extended family demonstrating rare kindness and love.
Late Deaconess (Mrs) Abasiattai started her professional career in December 1965 as an Education Officer in the former Eastern Region of Nigeria where she was assigned to teach at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Port Harcourt. In 1968, she was transferred to the former South Eastern State to teach at Government Teacher’s Training College, Uyo. On account of her hardwork and dilligence, Late Deaconess (Mrs) Abasiattai was in January 1969 appointed Education Officer Lagos State assigned to the Lagos City College. In August 1973, she was appointed Senior Education Officer, Federal Ministry of Education and deployed to the Federal Government Girls College, Benin. Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai thereafter held the following other positions in the Federal Civil Service;
Principal Education Officer 1974 - 1975
Assistant Chief Education Officer 1975 - 1980
Chief Education Officer 1980 - 1984
Assistant Director of Education 1984 - 1993
Deputy Director of Education 1994 – 1999
In addition to her teaching assignments, Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai held the following administrative appointments in the Federal Civil Service;
Vice Principal, Federal Government Girls’ College Calabar 1978 – 1979
Principal, Federal Government Girls’ College Calabar 1980 – 1985
Coordinating Inspector, Federal Inspectorate Services 1990 – 1999
Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai had a distinguished career in the Federal Civil Service. She was greatly respected by her colleagues and earned several commendations for her diligence and dedication to duty. She attended several conferences and workshops aimed at enhancing the nations educational development and excelled brilliantly in her role as an educational administrator with great positive impact on Secondary Education in Nigeria. In 1994, The Honourable Minister of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria bestowed upon her the Federal Ministry of Education Merit award (Coordinating Inspectors’ Category) for being adjudged the best staff of the year in all respects. Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai served the nation meritoriously and retired in April 1999 after a brilliant career in the Federal Civil Service.

- Commissioner for Education and Member, Cross River State Executive Council - 1986 - 1987
- Commissioner for Education and Member, Akwa Ibom State (AKS) Executive Council 1987 - 1989
- Commissioner for Education
- Commissioner for Information 1989 - 1991
Late Deaconess Affiong Abasiattai also held the following other public service appointments;
• Member, Governing Council, School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa, Cross River State 1985 – 1986.
• Member, Advisory Council, School of Arts & Science, Ogoja, Cross River State, 1988 -1995
• Member, Advisory Council, Federal Government College Ikot-Ekpene 1988 – 1999
• Member, Governing Council, University of Cross River State 1986 -1988

• Honoured by the Antiquity and Historical (Scientific) Research Association of Nigeria on 22nd December, 1993 as Elder Citizen for her contributions to the development of Akwa Ibom State and its rich cultural heritage.
• Awarded a Certificate of Commendation by Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria on 24th November, 1996 in celebration of her Prominence, Trust and Responsibility.
• Honoured by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 14th November, 1997 as a Pillar for her contributions towards UNESCO ideals.
• Honoured with the 25th Anniversary Award by Federal Government Girls’ College Calabar on 14th November 1998 for her significant contribution to the growth of the college.
• Inducted into the Niger Delta Educators’ Hall of Fame by The Rivers State University of Science and Technology on 12th April 2000 in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding contributions, performance and commitment to the fields of Education and Human Science.
• Conferred with the Ecclesiastical Award of Excellence by All Nations for Christ Inc. on 16th November 2001.
• Conferred with the Award of Distinction by the Institute of Economics Management of Nigeria on 28th February, 2003 for her expertise, dexterity and excellence in School Administration.
• Appointed United Nations Ambassador for Peace on 16th September 2003.
• Honoured by The Bureau of Inter Religious International Federation for Peace with The Distinguished Peace Advocate Award on 20th September 2005. She was a philanthropist as seen by the number of recipients of scholarships who can attest to this fact

The Late Affiong Abasiattai was baptized into the Qua Iboe Church (QIC) of Nigeria in 1952. She was a sincerely devoted follower of Christ and contributed greatly to Christian evangelism. She was an active and committed member of the evangelical groups Nka Ima and Nka Idorenyin Associations of the Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria.
She was until her passing-on, a member of several church committees, and remained sincere in her Christian walk. She was a Sunday school teacher at QIC Ewet and served diligently in that position until she was assigned to establish QIC Use Offot alongside her husband. She worked assiduously to raise QIC Use from its temporary location to its permanent site within three years. She was also a member of the governing Council of QIC Nursery School Ewet. She was also in the Marriage Committee of QIC Ewet.

A Mother and mentor, an accomplished educationist, full of integrity and fear of the Lord, Mma lived a life of humility, selflessness and Godly service. She was highly principled, rewarded good behavior and stood for hard-work, integrity and truth. Mma treasured every moment spent with the less privileged and was always out to help those in need giving out much of her time and substance.

Mma slept peacefully in the Lord on Friday, 12th August 2016. We give all the Glory to God for a life well spent.

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Wow! What a wonderful life she led! I stumbled across your mother's memorial page and could not help but be drawn to her picture and accomplishments. She certainly seemed to live life to the fullest in both heart and mind, and I know she will be missed. It is good to know that she will be in God's memory until the time his son Jesus will resurrect her as he promised at John 11:25. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." I look forward to the time when I can meet this wonderful lady. I hope your wonderful memories of her never fade, and that God's word helps you to deal with the pain of your loss.
My condolences to all who knew and loved her.
Tracy F
February 2nd, 2017
May her soul find repose in the bosom of our Lord and Saviour.....Christ Jesus.
Chidi Elendu (Friend to the family)
December 29th, 2016
She will be remembered always by me as long as her name and signature are on my FSLC.
Anietimfon Akpan
December 16th, 2016

You pioneered the vision of Bright Stars Model Secondary School.

You groomed stars, stars so bright, Bright Stars.

Now you're gone, no more with us but never to be forgotten.

Your words, advice and counsel will forever remain invaluable to us.

Thank you for having the vision.

Thank you for pursuing the vision.

Thank you for making the vision a reality.

Thank you for raising, training and making Bright Stars.

Today I can boldly say I am a Bright Star🌟

Elizabeth Johnson (Your Student)
December 16th, 2016
You lived a fulfilled life ,a model and mentor to many,may you rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord and may the almighty God comfort the family you left behind,In Jesus name,Amen.
Yudi Inibehe (Family friend)
December 16th, 2016
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"You were a very beautiful woman. Beautiful from the heart. You were one of my mentors. It is hard to say good bye,but we can't question God. Your legacy lives on. You have left indelible imprints in the sands of time. May your soul rest in peace.Ame"
mkpoikana-Abasi Essien
December 17th, 2016
"Your influence was great. You were loved by all. Sleep well, Mma"
Sarah Udoheyop
December 16th, 2016
"It will end in praise. May her Soul and the souls of all the faithfuls RIP"
Solomon Okopi
December 14th, 2016
"Undoubtedly, you lived a very good life worthy of emulation as attested by all of us here grieving and and at the same time thankful to our good Lord for all the blessings He showered on you. May your amiable soul rest in peace in Jesus'name. Amen!"
Ary Ezebuilo
December 14th, 2016
"Rest In Peace Mama."
Phebian Bewaji
December 14th, 2016
"Adia Mma was a woman with a very kind heart. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen!"
Ugochi Eke
December 13th, 2016
"HAPPY are the good souls who return to Heaven. She sounds like a good soul."
Ashok V
December 12th, 2016
"Mama, you will be truly missed by your children, grandchildren and the numerous people whose lives you touched in so many ways. May your kind and gentle soul rest in peace. Amen. May the good Lord comfort all your family."
Ngozi Onyereri (nee Eke)
December 12th, 2016
""I had the priviledge of meeting Ini's mummy in Lagos. Such a gentle and kind mind. I am certain she is up there with the angels...looking down and smiling upon us. Rest in peace dear inlaw. You will be surely missed by all those that were opportun"
Ejii Eke
December 12th, 2016


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