Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Special Assistant on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso and an acapella musical icon, Ubong Ikpe where Thursday, decorated as brand ambassadors of Etinan Institute.
They were eulogised for being exceptional alumni in their respective disciplines in media practice and acapella brand of music by the Etinan Institute Old Students.
The old students of the institution under the aegis of Etinan Institute Old Students Association, ETINOSA, had stormed their alma mater at the 2021 Speech, Prize Giving and Award Day.
Prince Mike Sabastine, their international president, who decorated the two alumni of the institute, further lauded Mr Ndueso for consistency and professionalism in the discharge of his responsibilities as a journalist.
Welcoming the students at the event, the ETINOSA president challenged them to stand out as geniuses in the current generation to be ready for future leadership.
“Let me say that education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy and no enemy can alienate”, Mr Sabastine said.
He encouraged the non prize winners to work hard to merit prizes in subsequent opportunities, rather than lose hope.
The Old Students pledged to do more to attract more developments to their Alma mater, and promised to redesign the entrance into the school to become befitting of its name.
In his keynote address at the occasion, a businessman, industrialist and old student of the school, Chief Nelson Miangekere urged the students to strive to stand out in their various callings.
Miangekere an old student of the 1960 set, maintained that it does not matter what profession one ventured into, but that the important thing is to be exceptional in a rather competitive society.
The ceremony moderated by a former teacher of the institute and a retired permanent secretary in the state civil service, Mr. Ekanabasi Ubong, saw the old students present cash prizes, exercise books and text books to the best students of each subjects in all the classes in the school, as well as the best behaved students in the school.
They earlier held motivational sessions with the respective classes to mentor and inspire the students in their separate groups, warning them against the vices of cultism and prostitution, as well as charging them to aim for greatness through hardwork and focus in their studies.
The principal and staff of the institute participated in the speech, prize and award giving ceremony which was also attended by a former student, Dr. Dora Ebong, proprietress of Topcare Pharmacy and member of the Federal Character Commission.