Pyrates Confraternity Celebrates Her Annual Feast of Barracuda

The National Association of Seadogs (a.k.a Pyrates Confraternity), Sancta Riviera Deck(Uyo branch, Akwa Ibom State), has concluded her celebration of 2022 Feast of Barracuda (FOB) on 30th July, 2022. This year’s celebration tagged “The Making of an Ideal Nigerian Society: Proper Parenting as a Bedrock,” had in attendance members of seadogs and their respective families and non members. The event which was chaired by Chief Clement Isok, a retired Permanent Secretary in Akwa Ibom State. Also, in attendance was the guest speaker, Mrs. Mfon Mkpong Nze, the Principal, Nigerian Christian Institute, Uyo. Other discussants were Mrs. Helenubong Emmanuel Okon, a teacher in Adiahaobong Secondary Commercial School, Uyo; Barr. Bassey Etim of The Integrity Law Firm (TILF) while Mr. Ekere Usoro, SA to Executive Governor on Project Monitoring, Akwa Ibom State, served as the moderator of the day.

In a welcome address presented by Rt. Hon Anthony Akan, the president of NAS, Uyo chapter, participants were enlightened that the Feast of Barracuda is an annual event that is celebrated across the flagship of the Pyrates Confraternity. The President maintained that the yearly event aims at affording both members and non members the opportunity to discuss on pressing national and social issues and also feast with families and non members. Speaking about the organization, Rt Hon Akan also told the participants that the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) is an international charitable and humanitarian organisation comprising like-minded, intellectually stimulated and disciplined men who are committed to fighting the ills of the society wherever such may rear its ugly head. He further identified some of these ills to include moral decadence, corruption, nepotism and embezzlement of public funds. According to him, the organisation which was birthed by seven young men in the then university college, Ibadan in 1952, has since expanded and now has sixty-six branches within and outside Nigeria. In addition, he stated clearly that the Pyrates Confraternity does not operate in the Universities having pulled out since 1984 and the requirement for membership is the NYSC certificate.

Similarly, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Clement Isok, in his speech told the participants that the concept of the Feast of Barracuda is derived from the experience of Seafarers of old who encountered the Barracuda, a large predatory tropical marine fish and an opportunistic predator that preyed on other aquatic lives and sometimes humans.

Oral traditions has it that has it that sailors and merchants of old saw this predator as a huge impediment to their smooth sail, travel and trades. Because the barracuda was considered an impediment to seafarers, they would feast on it at any point where they were able to conquer it. Relating the idea to NAS, the chairman said that the event puts forward topical issues that militates against the attainment of an egalitarian society for debates and possibly proffer solutions. Therefore, such gathering is celebrated as the Feast of Barracuda (FOB).
Meanwhile, Mrs Nze, the guest speaker, expressed her excitement on the topic. According to her: “My excitement is twofold; first it’s exciting that a group of people actually feel that parenting is something that we need to spend time talking about. In the past, this has not been the case (which may explain the terrible state of parenting in today’s society!). So whenever any group takes out time to discuss parenting, with a view to helping parents parent better, I am elated. The second reason for my excitement is personal, I get to talk about one of my very favourite things- ‘PARENTING’. The guest speaker established that parenting is more an art than a science because there is always that “unknown” element, the children themselves, that may “throw a wrench in the works.” She told the participants that effective parenting is a step by step process which starts with decision. Others are study, rules and penalties, time among others.
Again, during the panel discussion, Barr. Bassey Effiong spoke on plethora of ideas bordering on parenting, by even exploring the legal framework of the topic.
Another panelist, Mrs. Helenubong Emmanuel, spoke on how relationship between parents could influence their offsprings.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the “Barracuda” as participants feasted on it with utmost excitement.

Wisdom Bassey

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