Countdown to the centenary anniversary
Our organization has taken a significant initiative to organize a countdown to the centenary anniversary. First of all, on behalf of the members and volunteers of our organization, I wish to express my profound gratitude to all well-wishers as well as organizations that contributed to the success of the Centenary kick–off event.
As Mma Mary Slessor used to tell “Nothing can be hidden in Africa” the occasion was perceive from far and near, it was a big success, The event was kick-off in Mary Slessor Gen. Hospital Itu, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, on 13 September 2013 by Consul Jeroen Dubois, Belgium embassy Nigeria.
It was very encouraging with the attendance of so many twin mothers, women organizations as well as all members of “the twin voices Association”
Also in attendance were pupils of Mary Slessor School, led by its founder, Dr Mma Akwa. The State governor was represented by the commissioner for Health Dr.Emem-Abasi Bassey and the Commissioner for Information Mr Aniekan Umana as well as the Special Adviser to the governor on Diaspora Mr Clement Ikpa. The entourage also includes the Permanent Secretary and directors in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Chairman of Itu Local Government Hon. Michael James Etim and the PDP Chapter Chairman of Itu, Hon. Okon Etim Okon.
In attendance also was the prelate of Presbyterian church of Nigeria Most Reverend Prof. Mbele Ukah, Paramount Rulers, Clan Councils, Pastors and Clergy’s led by Rev. J. Cleopas and Rev. Betram lkeliani, Dr.Calixtus Idio, the Supt. of Mary Slessor Hospital and his staffs and members of Another Way Foundation, Led by ItaEyibio.
Our Centenary team was led by Em. Prof.Dr. Eng. Donald Gabriels, Chairman of the UNESCO Chair on Eremology, Prof.Dr. Davy Van den Broeck of the International Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Ghent, Mr Jan Beddeleem, Consultant and
Mr.Effanga Peter Essien, President and Coördinator of Ette Ibibio ngo.
Info used from Mary Slessor, "Letter [to Partridge]," October 3, 1907, Dundee Central Library