Prof. Ekpo Ossom
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 8, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Ikot Nkebek, Ikot Ubo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Sep 29, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
A dependable brother, an inspiring mentor, father and leader. Prof. Ekpo Mmah Ossom's memory will be with us, forever pleasant.

This memorial website is created in the memory of my beloved brother, Prof. Ekpo Ossom, until recently, Professor of Agronomy at the University of South Pacific, Samoa Island. Prof. Ossom, 64 years old, was born on April 8, 1949 and passed on to eternal glory on September 29th, 2013.

He left to his credit a total of 105 journal articles outside Proceedings and Conference papers and not less than 16 published professional textbooks. His autobiography My Father’s Son is a classic. He was in his lifetime ‘decorated with three university degrees, and several international professional awards.

 

Profile of Prof. Ekpo Mmah Ossom, CPAg

1.                 Date of Birth:                                 8 April 1949

 2.                 Education

                                 i.            Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) – 1997; Certifying Board of the American Society of Agronomy

                              ii.            Ph.D. (Agronomy) – Purdue University, 1981; specializing in Crop Physiology and Crop Ecology;

                              iii.            Phil. (Plant Science) – University of Ife, Ile-Ife,   Nigeria, 1976;

                             iv.            B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture – University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1973.

                               v.            Ph.D. Thesis Title:  Effects of management on the yield, composition and persistence of Medicago sativa L.; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A., 1981.

                             vi.            M.Phil Thesis title:  Evaluation of yield and general performance of maize, melon, and cassava in mixed cropping; University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (1976).

                           vii.            B.Sc Thesis title: Yield potential through double cropping of short-season rice varieties in Ile-Ife; University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (1973).

  3.                 Responsibilities Held

                                 i.            Academic leadership of the SAFT and Campus Director;

                               ii.            Administrative leadership of the SAFT as Professor of Agriculture;

                             iii.            Membership of more than 10 University committees;

                            iv.            Chairperson of Postgraduate and Research Committee, SAFT;

                              v.            Chairperson of Board of Studies, SAFT; and

                            vi.            Providing cropping systems advice to local farmers.

 4.                 Responsibilities Held and Achievements

                                 i.            Dean of Science, coordinating the administration of the five departments in the Faculty of Science

                               ii.            Chairman, Goroka Campus Higher Degrees Committee (Senate Committee)

                              iii.            Representative of Goroka Campus on the University Higher Degrees Committee (Senate Committee)

                             iv.            Chairman, Faculty of Science Planning Committee (Senate Committee)

                               v.            Member, Faculty of Science Research and Publications Committee (Senate Committee)

                             vi.            Co-ordinator and Course writer for Agriculture in the Department of Science, Agriculture, and Health at The University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea.

                          vii.            Research and teaching of undergraduate courses in the areas of Crop Physiology, Weed Science, Crop Protection and Animal Science.

  5.                  His published textbooks include among others

                                             i.            Crop Science Handbook published in 2009

                                           ii.            Agriculture in Melanesia: Grade 10 Student’s book published in 2009

                                         iii.            Agriculture in Melanesia: Grade 10 Teacher’s Resource published in 2009

                                         iv.            Agriculture in Melanesia: Grade 9 Student’s book published in 2009

                                           v.            Agriculture in Melanesia: Grade 9 Teacher’s Resource published in 2009

                                         vi.            Technology for Melanesia, Book 1 published in 1998

                                       vii.            Agriculture for the Pacific: A-Z of essential terms published in 1997

                                     viii.            Agriculture of Melanesia, Book 2 published in 1996

                                          ix.            Agriculture for Melanesia published in 1993

                                            x.            Agricultural Science for Today, Book Two published in 1991

                                          xi.            Agricultural Science for Today, Book One published in 1990

                                        xii.            Christianity in Ikot Ubo, Ubiom published in 2004

                                      xiii.            How to improve your life – a self-help book published 2001

                                      xiv.            The land of Nokondi.  Reading for Pleasure, published in 1997

                                        xv.            My Father’s son – An autobiography, published in 1994.

                                      xvi.            Agricultural Science for Senior Secondary Schools, Book One, published in 1989.

6.                 Other professional engagements

                                 i.            Editor of UNISWA Research Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology: From March 2007 till Dec. 2010

                                ii.            Appointed Member and Africa Regional Representative of the Board of the International Digital Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI), Pakistan

                              iii.            Appointed Editor-in-Chief, American-Eurasian Journal of Agronomy

                             iv.            Appointed Review Board Member of Agriculture and Biology Journal of North America (ABJNA) in November 2009

                               v.            Appointed Associate Editor on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education in December 2009.

7.                 International Honour Awards

                                  i.            Member, Review Board of Agriculture and Biology Journal of North America (ABJNA) Awarded by Journal of North America (ABJNA) in 2009.

                                ii.            Fellow, Indiana Academy of Science (IAS) awarded by Indiana Academy of Science, U.S.A, 2006

                             iii.            Cited as the Person of the Year 2004 by the American Biographical Institute, Inc Biographical Institute Inc,  2004

                              iv.            Granted the 21st Century Award for Achievement in recognition of my “outstanding contribution”International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England, 2004.

                                v.            Honoured to receive the World Medal of Honour The American Biographical Institute Inc, 2004.

                             vi.            Invited membership of the distinguished Research Board of Advisors Biographical Institute Inc, 2003.

                            vii.            Cited in the 2003 Edition of the Contemporary Who’s Who      The American Biographical Institute, 2003

                          viii.            Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg)            American Society of Agronomy 200 Life member, Indiana Academy of Science, Indiana Academy of Science, U.S.A.,    1995.

                              ix.            Ph.D. (Agronomy) Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A., 1981

                                x.            M.Phil (Plant Science) University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1976

                              xi.            B.Sc. (Hons.) Agric.   University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1973

The remains of late Prof. Ekpo Ossom were interred in the precinct of his family house at Ikot Nkebek -Ikot Ubo, Akwa Ibom State -Nigeria, after a funeral service conducted by the Qua Iboe Church on Friday, November 29, 2013. The funeral rites were preceded by a Service of Songs/Night of Readings in his honour at the Qua Iboe Church Ewet Offot, Uyo Akwa Ibom State -Nigeria, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. 


Fondly remembered by:

Wife: -Mrs. Mfon Ekpo Mmah Ossom

Children/inlaws: -Idorenyin, Mfoniso, Gugu, Eka and Wills.


Siblings:-
                    

-Nnamdie U. Uboh

-Iquo & Charlie Ukpong

-Ikopoetang & Enefiok Ndem

-Enoidem & Burma Usoro

-Mfon & Emmanuel A. Ossom

-Ossom & Grace Ossom

-Ebukmfon & Eshiet Eshiet

-Ndueso & Catherine Ossom

-Uduak & Udeme Afia

-Nsikak-Abasi & Itoro Ossom

-Asangausung & Udo Mma Akpan

-Owoedimo & Christiana Ossom

-Emimikpong & Tonia Ossom

And a host of relatives, friends, colleagues and well-wishers.

 

I and the entire Etim Akpan Enang (a.k.a. Mmah Ossom Udoekaita Ossom) family hold fond memories of his unique and amiable personality and will remember him always.

Appreciation

 

A note of gratitude to family members, colleagues, friends, churches, organizations and well-wishers who contributed in one way or the other to the success of the events that culminated in the final interment of late Prof. Ekpo M. Ossom, CPAg.

 

Your tributes, prayers and support eased our pain and provided the much needed comfort in our time of grief. For these we are profoundly grateful.

We pray that the good Lord will bless you richly and reward you with His limitless favours.

 

May the soul of the very distinguished Prof. Ossom rest in peace.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Eka Ossom on 29th September 2014

"Dear Daddy, no day passes by that I don't think of you. Having you as my dad is one of the greatest gifts heaven could have blessed me with.  You always had a smile on your face and was never too busy to indulge me and my questions. You lived a good life and I know your work was done and Heaven couldn't wait to have its angel return home. I'm eternally grateful that I had the chance to call such a beautiful soul, my dad, my best friend."

This tribute was added by Iddie Ossom on 29th September 2014

"I can't believe it's been a year already and yet I still miss you so. I wish heaven had visiting hours- I'd curl up next to you, swap stories and discuss the latest best sellers. I know you're happier and at peace but down here- it's not the same without you. Continue your rest in our Father's peace and see you later...."

This tribute was added by Ossom Ossom on 29th September 2014

"I choose to believe that Prof. is smiling, even in the great beyond.
I still maintain that He lived a good life, and given another opportunity, he would still be an enduring testimony of excellence and selflessness.
Live on 'brother'!
Smile on Prof.!"

This tribute was added by Bassey Ndon on 29th September 2014

"Professor Ekpo Mma Ossom <Da Ekpe Owo> I con't still imagine that YOU left your dear friend so soon. Where ever you are now, I believe that you will rest peacefully with the Lord Jesus Christ. Prof Bassey A. Ndon"

This tribute was added by Bassey Ndon on 29th September 2014

"Professor Ekpo Mma Ossom <Da Ekpe Owo> I con't still imagine that YOU left your dear friend so soon. Where ever you are now, I believe that you will rest peacefully with the Lord Jesus Christ. Prof Bassey A. Ndon"

This tribute was added by Bishop Calvin Antonza 11 on 29th September 2014

"One year in the bossom of The Lord....oh the bliss, the joy, the fulfillment. The work done on earth here, the toil, cannot be compared with the glory of his presence. We that are alive in Christ, also look forward to this eternal glory. Rest in the bossom of The Lord."

This tribute was added by Ossom Ossom on 8th April 2014

"A good man,ever smiling in God's presence. God's peace continues to warm the memory of his amiable personality."

This tribute was added by Ossom Ossom on 9th December 2013

"A note of gratitude to family members, colleagues, friends, churches, organizations and well-wishers who contributed in one way or the other to the success of the events that culminated in the final interment of late Prof. Ekpo M. Ossom, CPAg.

Your tributes, prayers and support eased our pain and provided the much needed comfort in our time of grief. For these we are profoundly grateful. We pray that the good Lord will bless you richly and reward you with His limitless favours.

May the soul of the very distinguished Prof. Ossom rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Jerry Uwem on 5th December 2013

"The measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. "Goodbye Dr. Ossom! You were a beacon of light and hope to all of us, and you were a wonderful  cousin! May your soul rest in peace! Amen. We all miss him and mourn his passing but we celebrate his life; a life well lived. Adieu to my cousin.""

This tribute was added by k d on 21st November 2013

"May the soul of prof Ossom rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our hearts go out to the family and pray that you receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit."

This tribute was added by Eduek Burma on 20th November 2013

"never tot i'd be dis affected bt anybody's death until i heard snr uncle was dead.he was one very unique person,one i admired so much,he was a role model and i loved him....i'll miss u n ur funny letters to my mum.
Rest in peace snr.uncle.thank u for being my uncle."

This tribute was added by josephine obafemi on 19th November 2013

"This is sending my condolence to the Ossom,s family over the home going of  Prof. Epko Ossom. May his gentle soul rest eternally and may The Lord grant you all the fortitude to bear the vacuum his exit has created. Please be comforted in The Lord and encouraged because he has found a more comfortable place with his maker. Adieu Prof Epko Ossom"

This tribute was added by David Nwedu on 19th November 2013

"Prof my In-law I encountered your book "My father's son" before meeting you. We thought you had more 36 years to live little wonder we were gradual in cultivating our relationship. I learned so much from your book that till date there is someone somewhere that I always call "my father's son". May God grant your eternal rest. And for the rest of us family members, it is good to rest in the assurance that all that the LORD does is for our good. From Pastor David Nwedu, wife and Children"

This tribute was added by Iddie Ossom on 19th November 2013

"Although it is very painful to say goodbye to my father, I am comforted that this is not a final farewell because I will see him again. He lived a life I can only hope to emulate- my family stands strong due to the personal sacifices he made.

-He was a Christian, and not in the nominal sense. He lived a Christ-like life. The virtues of grace, forgiveness, mercy, love, patience,and  faithfulness were present in his life. He served the Lord, not just on Sundays, but at work, and when no one was looking.

-He was a teacher in every sense of the word, and sought every opportunity to not just teach but to also learn. He taught me to be comfortable with who I am and to be content with what I have, balancing this with the motivation to become better, and to only measure myself and successes against the person I was yesterday.

-We shared literary minds- my voracious reading appetite was fueled by his constant supply of books and magazines he bought me from the world over. What African man reads his daughter bedtime stories? My dad did- I had hoped that my children would one day enjoy his bedtime stories and African stories.

-He was a romantic man- a balance of gentleness and strength. He truly loved our mother, and would do anything within his power to provide, protect and care for her. He planned her birthdays months in advance, bought her cards and flowers, and served his legendary french toast breakfasts on saturdays.

Like a dedicated teacher and scientist, he looked for every opportunity to learn and also to teach. He taught me how to forgive even when the offender has not apologized, afterall I hear him saying " Christ died for even them- no exceptions."

My challenge now is to celebrate his life and not let his sacrifices go to waste. Being the professor's daughter, I can't resist the opportunity to give pointers so I would like to convey the high lights of what I culled from my life experience with my father:  

-Be honest and without guile
- Be hardworking and reliable
- Give without expectations
- Appreciate who and what you have
- Be comfortable with who you are
- Hone your talents
- Let your daily existence be in service to God

I like the New English Translation of Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely."

See you later, Daddy.  We will meet again. I love you.

-Idorenyin"

This tribute was added by Otoabasi Ansa on 16th November 2013

"May the soul of Prof. Ossom rest in the bosom of The Lord .Amen.  For Pastor Ossom and family, we pray that God gives you the strength to bear this loss."

This tribute was added by Reuben Okala on 16th November 2013

"We pray that you rest in peace. We believe d deceased is as loving and kind like Ossom and Grace. May God comfort the family on this occasion. Amen"

This tribute was added by international Praise Church Abuja on 13th November 2013

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. -Psalms 116:15

Sad to see you go, but glad to know that you have run and finished your race. May we all follow your example to run and finish our race - Bishop Edwin Jarumai and the entire IPC Abuja Church."

This tribute was added by Eno Samuel on 11th November 2013

"Uncle, sorry, though is very painful to miss a loving and caring brother like Prof., be console that he fought the good fight and has finished the race, he is going to receive the crown of righteouness which the righteous judge has prepared for him.  Rest in Peace Prof.      From: Victor & Emmnauel Edimoh"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Bell on 9th November 2013

"II Corinthians 5:8       " To be absent from the body, is to be present with the LORD" ....  Iddie, you and your your family are in my prayers. .Stay blessed and know that GOD IS..."

This tribute was added by Rachael Aminu on 9th November 2013

"My sincere condolence to the Ossom family. May Prof. Ossom's soul rest in the perfect peace of God! Take heart Eka and Will. We love you both and are praying for you - that God will wrap you in his arms. May God comfort your family and all loved ones during this sensitive moment. ~The Aminu family~"

This tribute was added by Ubon Udombat on 8th November 2013

"I'm glad to have met this great man in his lifetime. I always admired him from afar. We all miss him and mourn his passing but we celebrate his life; a life well lived. Adieu to my brothers Father."

This tribute was added by Adams Akintola on 7th November 2013

"Iddie sorry take heart. The Lord Almighty mercies Will never depart you and family"

This tribute was added by Adams Akintola on 7th November 2013

"May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace .Mr. Ekpo though you gone 2soon but you live  to touch people's mind .you live a fulfilled life.
Rest  in the Lord"

This tribute was added by Mary Udoudom on 6th November 2013

"My teacher, friend & father...what would I not give/do to see you smile again! You taught me my first Sunday School songs with beautiful tunes from your harmonica. There was wisdom in every word you spoke. You counseled me with the patience of a father who wanted to see nothing but the best from his daughter. I do miss you beyond words but I am comforted that you are at peace!!!"

This tribute was added by Bongani Langa on 6th November 2013

"Babe (father in siSwati) Ossom was a blessing to everyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with him. His wisdom and humility are legendary in Swaziland where he worked and lived. Mfoniso & Eka, thanks for sharing your dad with us. He was a special kind of special :-) When your kids are grown and can understand, tell them they had a GREAT granddad. Give all our love to mom. Blessings"

This tribute was added by Bassey Ndon on 6th November 2013

"Prof. Osom was my best friend and more than a brother to me. We were roommates at University of Ife (OAU) and he paid part of my school fees. He was my Bestman on my wedding in 1975. He was an outstanding Professor of Agronomy and was first to donate text books to the Proposed West Afri Univ of Sci & Tech,Ita Uruan. Pls acept our condolences. We miss him dearly. Prof. Bassey Ndon & Family"

This tribute was added by Arit Essien on 4th November 2013

"My dearest Uncle-in-law, you will be forever missed. A devoted, faithful, kind and loving husband and father. In my down times, you took me under your wings even though we were thousands of miles apart and mentored me. I will never forget your kind advice, encouragement and support through it all. Rest in perfect peace, 'Sanga sung'......,,"

This tribute was added by Raphael Edem on 4th November 2013

"'To live in the hearts of those who love you is not to die'. Rest in peace, Prof!"

This tribute was added by Nyakwesi Keregero on 4th November 2013

"So sorry Eka to hear about the passing of your dad. He was a great man & raised beautiful kids like you. May you find comfort in God & know that He is watching over you. May you always remember the principles your father taught you so you can keep his memory alive always. My prayers are with you and your family. God be with you."

This tribute was added by Ime Udoabasi on 4th November 2013

"You have been all things to us. You have been a friend, a counselor, a mentor, a guide, an educator. You have shown us by example the way to lead our lives as we continue to tread the roads of our lives. You have given us your love, and we could not ask for more."

This tribute was added by Ime Udoabasi on 4th November 2013

"You have been all things to us. You have been a friend, a counselor, a mentor, a guide, an educator. You have shown us by example the way to lead our lives as we continue to tread the roads of our lives. You have given us your love, and we could not ask for more. His soul rest with the Lord in perfect peace.....It is well...."

This tribute was added by Emem Aquaisua on 4th November 2013

"May God comfort your family."

This tribute was added by Umo Eko on 4th November 2013

"Goodbye Dr. Ossom! You were a beacon of light and hope to all of us, and you were a wonderful father! May your soul rest in peace! Amen."

This tribute was added by Aniema Jude on 4th November 2013

"Iddie so sorry about the passing on of your father.I remember back then in secondary school,you were always talking about him.I know he has gone to a better place to meet with his father,do take heart and be comforted by He alone who can heal your heart from this pain.....R.I.P Prof."

This tribute was added by Ifeoma Adegun on 3rd November 2013

"Iddie and Eka, I didn't know until today when I saw your link on Facebook. Your dad was indeed a gentle soul. May God grant you and your family peace and comfort in Jesus' name."

This tribute was added by Benedict Effiok on 3rd November 2013

"He lead the Sunday School as our teacher, and set the example every Child wanted to be. He never was without a smile for us. His presence was a gift to always belong in for the scriptures to plant in the heart of the youths. What a great privilege to have known and be taught by Dr Ossom, E M.
His Soul rest with the Lord in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by johnson akangbou on 2nd November 2013

"Ossom was a great friend, neighbor and a very kind man.
A great academician that did not have enough time here to accomplish his goals.but who knows best than the Almighty that have better jobs for him far beyond .
Ossom ,
rest in peace, we miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Uche Okoli on 31st October 2013

"The passing of a brother is a very sad event indeed... But we choose to remember the joys shared, the blessings ministered and the hope that we have in Christ. For the 64 years that we were privileged to have called him our own, we bless the name of the Lord forever... It is well..."


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