Capturing Tradition and Unity: The Efik Professionals’ Encounter with His Eminence

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…A Glimpse into the Timeless Bond Between Efik Professionals and their Revered Natural Ruler


Once upon a time, in the historically significant city of Calabar, a group of distinguished men and women embarked on a remarkable journey that would forever change their lives. Led by their mutual respect and passion for the preservation of tradition, these (wo)men belonged to a renowned organisation known as the —Efik Professionals.

Last week, the esteemed group was granted a rare and prestigious opportunity to pay a visit to His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, the revered Natural Ruler, Treaty King, Defender of the Christian Faith, and Grand Patriarch of the ancient Efik Eburutu Kingdom. It was a momentous occasion, one that would be forever etched into the annals of their collective memory.

As they arrived at the palace, adorned with a eerie mystic, the Efik Professionals were instantly overwhelmed by the ancientness of their surroundings. The palace, a symbol of power and tradition, stood as an embodiment of the rich cultural heritage of the Efik people.

The men and the beautiful women alike, clad in traditional attire that exuded a sense of dignity and pride, eagerly gathered in front of a magnificently adorned throne. Intricately designed with rich fabrics, gleaming jewels, and soaring craftsmanship, the throne itself seemed to radiate a mesmerising aura. It was the epitome of regality and authority, a seat that had witnessed the rise and fall of generations (yes, the traditional stool has stood the test of time and Efik Professionals visit is a subtle testament to that).

Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V the Obong of Calabar

Efio-Ita Nyok, a talented journalist, seized the moment to capture this unforgettable scene with his camera lens. With each click, an instant was immortalised, encapsulating the spirit of the gathering and freezing it within the frame. Nyok’s skillful artistry ensured that this moment, shared between the Efik Professionals and their revered leader, would transcend time and inspire generations to come.

As the photograph was taken, the men/women basked in the presence of their revered leader, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V. His presence commanded respect, and his wise eyes reflected a lifetime of leadership, compassion, and devotion to his people. The Efik professionals stood tall, knowing that they were part of something greater than themselves – a legacy built on unity, cultural heritage, and the relentless pursuit of progress.

Efik Professionals at the palace of the Obong of Calabar

The story behind the image was more than just a single moment frozen in time; it was a testament to the collective strength and determination of the Efik people. It showcased the importance of preserving and honouring their traditions, bridging the past with the present and inspiring future generations to embrace their heritage.

As the Efik Professionals left the palace that day, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose, pride, and a profound respect for their leader. The photograph taken by would serve as a timeless reminder of this extraordinary encounter – a symbol of unity, respect, and the unbreakable bond between a group of men and their revered Natural Ruler.