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Friday, February 15, 2019

PROGRAMME FOR THE FUNERAL SERVICE IN HONOUR OF LATE DEACON SOLOMON JOSEPH EKANEM 1931-2017 (86 YEARS)

DATE: SATURDAY 1ST JULY, 2017 
VENUE: THE DECEASED COMPOUND  
IKPE, IKOT UMIANG EDE, ETINAN L.G.A. 

CONDUCTED BY: CHRIST APOSTOLIC FREEDOM CHURCH, IKOT UMIANG EDE DISTRICT, ETINAN  
TIME: 10.00AM PROMPT  
OFFICIATING MINISTERS  
REV. M. T. UDOEKARIKA  
PASTOR S. I. AKPAN  
EVANG. T. T. THOMPSON  
P/ELD. I. F. REUBEN  

ORDER OF FUNERAL/THANKSGIVING SERVICE  
1.Lying in state at the deceased compound.  
2.Opening hymn No.163 by the congregation.  
3.Prayer by the officiating ministers.  
4.Choruses led by praise team.  
5.Song by Ikot Umiang Ede District Choir. 
6.Thanksgiving collection by the congregation.  
7.Congregational Hymn No. 55. 
8.Bible Reading Psalms: 90:1-7 by Eld. James Etuk.  
9.General Offering by the Congregation.  
10.Free will offering led by T. T. Thompson to the bereaved family. 
11.Song by Ikot Umiang Ede District Choir.  
12.Testimonies by (a) Son/Daughter  
      (b) Bereaved family 
      (c)  Village  
      (d)  Church 
13.Presentation and Reading of Condolence Messages. 
14.Reading of Biography.  
15.Special Donation by the Bereaved family. 
16.Song by the guest choir - City without wall worship center, Portharcourt. 
17.Congregational hymn No. 28. 
18.Sermon by Pastor S. I. Akpan . 
19.Prayer by P/EldIsrael F. Reuben.  
20.Moment of Silent. 
21.Prayer for the bereaved family.  
22.Announcement.   
PART TWO  
1.Procession to the grave side with hymn 240 by Rev. M. T. Udo Ekarika . 
2.Commital sentence by Rev. M. T. Udo Ekarika.  
3.Choruses and Filling of the grave.  
4.Benediction by the officiating ministers. 

BIOGRAPHY OF LATE DEACON SOLOMON JOSEPH EKANEM  
1931-2017 (86 YEARS) 
PREAMBLE  
Death, we know is what every man on earth will face one day. Death has no respect and pity for any one. According to Hebrews 9:27, it is appointed for man to die once and after this comes judgment. Death has an advice for us all, and that advice is that we all should prepare ourselves for its visitation at any time. This preparation is to give our lives to Christ.  
BIRTH AND PARENTAGE:  
Late Deacon Solomon Joseph Ekanem was born on 27th November, 1931 into the family of Late Chief Joseph Udo Ekanem of Ekpuk Nnung Ekanem in Ikot Umiang Ede in Etinan Local Government Area. His mother was Late Madam Ino-Ino Abia Ibok Etuk (A.k.a Uman) of Nnung Ibok Etuk family in Ikot Ibok in Etinan Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State.  

EDUCATION: 
Late Deacon Solomon Joseph Ekanem had his primary education at United African congregational Church (U.A.C.C.) primary school, Ikot Umiang Ede which later metamorphosed into Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (C.M.E.C) Primary School, Ikot Umiang Ede in Etinan Local Government Area. Though he could not further his education, Akpan Nkodo as he was fondly called was able to express himself in English which enable him to communicate fluently with friends and associates outside his home state during the course of his sojourn in life.  
WORKING LIFE:  
  Late Deacon Solomon Joseph Ekanem was creative, Productive and enterprising. His passion for greener pasture took him to Port Harcourt where he served a Whiteman for some years. After the Civil War, he moved to Calabar and was employed by the Cross River State Ministry of works where he worked for many years before he voluntarily retired. Upon his retirement, he went into intensive farming in Akampa in Cross River State where he cultivated many arable lands for the production of food and cash crops for personal consumption and sales. In 2001, he returned home and continued with his farm work until his demise.  
MARRIAGE LIFE:  
Late Deacon Solomon Joseph Ekanem got married to Late Madam Benedict Solomn Joseph (Nee Benedict Edet Bassey) from Nnung Etuk Udoh of Ekpuk Nnung Inwang in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area. The marriage was blessed with two children (a male and female). After the death of his first wife, he got marriage to Late Madam Nancy Solomon Joseph (Nee Nancy Harry Akpan) from Nnung Abasi family in AtiamkpatOnna Local Government Area. The marriage was blessed with three children (all male). 
CHRISTIAN LIFE:  
Late Deacon Solomon Joseph Ekanem started his Christian life at a tender age in The Apostolic Church. He later joined the Mount Zion Church of Salvation, Akamkpa in Cross River State. Upon his return froCross River State in 2001, he changed his Christian faith and joined the Christ Apostolic Freedom Church of Nigeria (CAFCON). His commitment and dedication to the service of God earned him the position of a deacon. He served in this capacity till his demise.  
SOCIAL LIFE:  
Papa was a man with distinctive dynamism. He stood for and defended the truth at all times. He had an impeccable taste for peace, equity and justice. He was humane, amiable and conscientious with a high sense of humour. He belonged to that near-extinct generation whose concern for others was a way of life. While alike, he always blessed any person who came in contact with him. He took part in community works even up to his old age. His sterling attributes endeared him to many both young and old. Anybody who came in contact with him will miss his humane disposition.  
DEATH:  
It is an incontrovertible fact that man must return to his creator via an inescapable force of death. It comes at the fullness of time. Papa slept peacefully in the Lord on 2nd January, 2017 after he started having health challenges. We thank God immensely for his life and accomplishment on earth. May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord Amen.  
CHILDREN: 
1.Mrs. Happiness Ime Bassey-Daughter  
2.Elder Ubong Solomon Joseph-Son  
3.Mr. Godwin Solomon Joseph-Son 
4.Mr. Felix Solomon Joseph-Son 
5.Promise Solomon Joseph-Son 

GRAND CHILDREN:  
Master Daniel Ubong Solomon  
Miss Blessing Ubong Solomon  
Master Michael Ubong Solomon 
Master Miracle  Ubong  Solomon 
Miss Marvelous Godwin Solomon  
Miss Purity Godwin Solomon 
SON INLAW  
Mr. Ime Bassey Sampson  
DAUGHTERS INLAW  
Mrs. Angela Ubong Solomon  
Mrs. Nohra Godwin Solomon  
BROTHERS  
Mr. David Joseph Ekanem 
Obong Moses Joseph Ekanem 
Mr. Sunday Joseph Ekanem 
Mr. Joseph Joseph Ekanem  
SISTER  
Mrs.  Mercy Anietie Mbong Umoren  
And a host of other relations too numerous  to mention.    


TRIBUTES  
TRIBUTE TO A LOVING DAD 
“Papa” as we always call you when you were alive, death has stolen you away from me. I wish I could do something to bring you back only to realize that death is irreversible. Your memories are still intact in my mind. Your love, care, advice and jokes cannot be forgotten in a hurry. You left when I needed you most. I have no choice than to bid you farewell. Adieu Papa. May your soul rest in peace Amen.  
Mrs. Happiness Ime Bassey – Daughter  
TRIBUTE TO MY BELOVED FATHER  
Papa, you were a precious and virtuous man who lived and filled our hearts with love and care. I know that death is inevitable. You have slept on when I needed you most. You were a father with a difference. Your tutelage, blessings, prayers, love, care and advice have moulded me for what I am today. Whenever I reminisced the pass, my heart bleeds wishing you could have stayed longer than you did. The understanding of your demise has eluded me, but God knows best. I appreciate all that you did to bring me up in life. Death has only taken away your physical presence from me, but you will forever remain in my heart. I miss you Dad. May your gentle soul rest in peace.  
Ubong Solomon (Son) 

TRIBUTE TO MY DAD 
Dad, words can’t express the pains the news of your death brought to me especially when I remember the love and care you gave me in my youth and your advice when I became older.  
Dad I can’t say all the good things you did for me, if I have to, time and space may not permit me. I do believe that your good works will remain indelible in the sand of time. Adieu Papa. May your soul rest in peace.  
Godwin Solomon (Son) 

TRIBUTE TO A FATHER PAR-EXCELLENCE  
Dad, the love you had for me cannot be quantified. Therefore, it is a pity that I loss you at this point in time. I thought you will live long to reap what you sowed in me. Your exit pains me because it came at a time I needed your advice most. Your departure has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill. You were amiable, a shinning star, a rare gem, an icon  of peace, resourcefulness and accommodating. No message of condolence or sympathy can compensate for this irreplaceable loss. If death had named the price for your life, I could have paid but as cruel as it came, it took you without permission. Well, I cannot question God at a time like this because the Bible says that there is time for everything, a time to born and a time to die. What saddened me most is your departure without a word of comfort. It is my prayer that God should grant you eternal rest in perfect peace Amen.  
Felix Solomon (Son) 

TRIBUTE TO A MAN OF VALOUR  
Dad, it still seems to me like a dream and I can’t believe that you are gone. If drugs and medication could have stopped death, you would have lived longer to reap the fruits of your labour. Tears came out of my eyes when I witnessed your departure. I am only consoled in the fact that you came to the world, fought a good fight, finished your course and kept faith till your demise. Adieu Papa. Rest in peace.  
Promise Solomon (Son) 

TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER INLAW  
Death is indeed the most unfaithful companion to mankind kind. Papa, for the short time I came into your family, I enjoyed your good prayers, counselling, encouraging words and good jokes. Infact, if it was possible I would have wanted you to live more years because of your sterling qualities. I miss the uniqueness of your voice and the joy I always had when you call me “Ima ndo” and “Awan eyen”. Now that you are gone forever, who will call me those names? I cherish your character. May the good Lord grant you eternal rest in the bosom of Abraham. 
 Mrs. Angela Ubong (Daughter Inlaw) 


TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER INLAW 
Papa, I cannot believe you are dead, I am so sad because I love you so much. The excruciating pain i feel makes me so sentimental that I cannot even think of saying good bye to the only father in law I had, as much as I know, it is reality, I wish it was a dream. What I have just realized is that you will never know how much you love someone until the person is far away from you. I will miss you forever. All I pray is that you would have a wonderful place in heaven and I also pray that your blessed soul would rest in perfect peace. Amen  
Your daughter in law 
Nohra Godwin Solomon  

TRIBUTE TO A PARAGON OF DISCIPLINE  
Nicholas Rowe, an English playwright had posited that, death is the privilege of human nature, implying that all humans shall inescapably die.  
Uncle, your departure leaves no room for me to say goodbye which would have left a more lasting impression on my mind than an inscription on a tomb stone. Your death is so traumatic to me because you were a fountain of inspiration to me. I shall miss your smiles, good advice and wonderful sense of humour. You were a man of great figure in modern history, a man big in sature and heart, a father and grandfather par-excellence. Your investment in life will unremittingly be imprinted on the metal sheets of succeeding generations and on the stencils of history. Your memories will remain indelible in my heart. Though you are gone, you can never be forgotten. Goodbye uncle.  
Kingsley Moses Joseph (Nephew) 

TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDPA 
“Papa’ as we used to call you when you were alive, the news of your demise was a big shock to me but God knows best. I will never forget the way you always embrace us and pray for us and that is one of the reasons why I miss you so much grandpa and I will continue to miss you till we meet again in eternity. Adieu Papa, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. 
Daniel Ubong (Grand child) 

TRIBUTE TO THE BEST GRAND PA IN THE WORLD  
Grandpa it is quite unfortunate that I didn’t get to see you  before you left this world, but from all what I have heard about you, you were a good grandfather and that is why I call you the best grandfather in the world. Goodbye grandpa till we meet again. Rest in peace grandpa  
Miracle Ubong (Grand Child) 

TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR GRANDPA  
Grandpa, it seems like a dream when I heard about your departure. When I think about the lovely times you shared with me as your granddaughter I am always happy. Grandpa you were a rare gem. You are a grandpa like no other. I will never forget those funny words that always keep smiles on my face. It is so hard to stop thinking about how death stoles you away from us. Since it is the will of God let it be so. I love you grandpa. May your soul rest in perfect peace.  
Blessing Ubong (Granddaughter) 

TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDFATHER  
Grandpa I am short of words because I still don’t believe that you are no more, whenever I remember those good times we share and spent together and how you always make me laugh. Papa, now that you are gone, I know for sure that we will meet again to part no more. good bye and rest well Grandpa. 
Michael Ubong (Grandchild) 

TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDPA  
Grandpa when I heard about your death, I was really short of words. Though I didn’t have the opportunity of meeting, from all I heard about you, I know you were a good man. I love you grandpa. Rest in peace.  
Purity Godwin Solomon (Grandchild) 

TRIBUTE TO OUR GRANDPA  
Grandpa your death has brought us much sadness and grief. For the little time we spent together, we enjoyed so much of you. Your jokes and stories will remain evergreen in our memories. Rest in peace grandpa.  
Your grandchildren  
Saviour Ime Bassey 
Imaobong Ime Bassey  
Idorenyin Ime Bassey  
Sussan Ime Bassey  
Emem Ime Bassey  

THIS SPACE IS FOR CONDOLENCE MESSAGE 




APPRECIATION  
We the entire families of Late Deacon Solomon Joseph Ekanem wish to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the Almighty God for his divine assistance and mercy during this period of mourning.  
We are also grateful to the officiating ministers, choristers and members of Christ Apostolic Freedom Church of Nigeria (CAFCON), Ikot Umiang Ede District, City without Walls Worship Centre Port Harcourt, Trinity Power Flow Ministry (I.P.M) Port Harcourt and other Churches for their support and prayers.  
We acknowledge and appreciate the support of staff of Benz Affairs Port Harcourt, Private Golf Estate Port Harcourt and other Organizations.  
We also acknowledge various forms of assistance rendered by inlaws, friends, relatives, well wishers and sympathizers who stood by us during this period of grief.  
Finally, we express our unreserved appreciation to the entire Nnung Ekanem’s family and Ikot Umiang Ede Village for their support towards the success of this burial. 
May the Almighty God bless and grant you all journey mercies back to your various destinations in Jesus name, Amen. 
Elder Ubong Solomon Joseph  
(Chief Mourner) 
Mr. David Joseph Ekanem  
(For the Family).

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