- 45 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 21, 1968
- Place of birth:
Obotme, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
- Date of passing: Oct 29, 2014
- Place of passing:
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
|Let the memory of Professor Akpan be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Professor Akpan Idorenyin Udoesen, 45, born on December 21, 1968 and passed away on October 29, 2014.
Dr. Akpan was the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Nigeria and Chair of its Communications and Multimedia Department until his untimely death on Wednesday October 29th 2014 in a hospital in Abuja after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife (Emilienne Akpan) and two daughters (El-Miracle and Faith-Emmanuela).
We will remember him forever.
Please join us on this site, by leaving a tribute, to remember him and share your memories, thoughts and prayers.
"17 years ago, on 5 December 1999, we said "I do." As memories unfold, I know how much we miss you, but I know you are in a good place now and will forever remain grateful for having you in our lives. God is faithfully watching over us; rest my dearest Ediye, in peace."
"Hey Dddy, I'm going to write exams now. Its very surprising that I am in SS1 now. The term is almost finished. I won a scrabble competition!"
"Thinking of you Idy dear.
Continue to rest in perfect peace.
"Your angels are simply amazing. Eagles in every way - just like you were. Rest in peace, joy and pride."
"Lots of love, Dad
Enjoy your time with the Awesome and Wonderful Lord. Mummmy says hi. She's in the front row with the lecturers."
"Founder's Day today. It would have really Ben noe to see your face. Love, Mimz"
"Thinking of you."
"Hey Dad. I'm done now, but I don't think I may have done that well. I got some of the formulas too late! I wish you were here to comfort me. Whatever my score will be, I hope you will be still proud of me. writing this wasn't easy.
Love you Daddy"
""Look to the light and the shadows fall behind"
It's been a long time since I came here. A really long time. I' in SS1 now. I wish you were here, though. it has not been easy-juggling new responsibilities, working harder, growing gradually as a teenager, taking care of a little sister-but I know that in Heaven, you and so many other angels are cheering for me. Rest in peace, Daddy, rest in the lord's bosom.
Mua mua mua,
Have fun in heaven."
"it's two years today since you left this sinful world, continue to rest in the bosom of your lord till we meet to part no more. Your role as a dean in the school of Arts and sciences at the AUN is still remarkable. Rest in Peace."
"'May your gentle soul rest in peace, Amen '"
"It's two years now, but it feels like only yesterday. Forever in our hearts Prof."
"I cannot beleive it has been two years already since that fateful day when you answered God's calling. Gone much too soon but never forgotten. Forever missed and forever loved. Continue to rest in perfect peace with the Lord, Idy dearest."
"My Prof, though you have returned to meet your creator, you will always be remembered for kindness and service to humanity. May the good continue to grant your soul eternal rest in the bosom of Abraham. AMEN!"
"There's no day that rises
When I don't think of you
There's no night that closes
Without thoughts filled with you
I miss you, that's forever
But I know where you'll always be:
With the spirit, son and father
Who called you home - Rest in peace
~ Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"I close my eyes
And see you smile
I hear you whisper
It will be alright
~Emilienne I. Akpan"
Everyday I meet someone
Whose life you changed for good
The stories which they share with me
Remind me so of you.
The tears you wiped
The hearts you calmed
The fears you took as yours
The hopes whose lights
Kept shining bright
The hands you never dropped…
They come to me
And sit with me
Remembering who you were
They smile with me
Or hurt with me
As memories are shared.
You're sorely missed
But God knows best
You'll never be forgotten,
The lives enriched
Before your rest
Will keep your story spoken.
~Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"In the music, I hear you singing
Through the preaching, I hear you talk
Hold me Lord through each day I'm grieving
Help me please to carry on.
~ Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"You will never be forgotten and you will be forever missed."
When the heart hangs from breaking in so many places
And hope can only hover with nowhere safe to stay
The breath of God opens, gently blowing and releasing
The strength to lean on Him and stand firm through the tears
No one can understand the agony of losing
A trusted soul mate, amazing partner and accessible friend
Unless they’ve been upon this dreadful journey
Of doubts, confusions, pure rage and threatened faith
I’ve reached the depths of raw despair and anguish
Been battered by fierce wilderness called pain
But grace, oh grace, has always brought such mercies
To get me through and pull me out again
Each day brings on revitalized challenges
Nature remains an awesome beauty to behold
And through the frenzy of what some refer to as living
The majesty of God seeps through as peace unfolds
Sometimes I smile; God’s love is overwhelming
I even share a true laugh here and there
I am surrounded by his incredible blessings
The gift of life is first – yea and amen
I hear you deep in worship, movingly singing
And since I cannot climb the stairs to your abode
Down here I’ll open a divine floodgate of music
And dance with God, the keeper of my soul
The will of God is perfect and I know it
I just don’t understand the way it works sometimes
But that’s okay; He’s got me and won’t forsake me
We believed him together, and I still do, especially now.
~Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"it has been long since i saw you but i know your always by my side
REST IN PERFECT ETERNAL PEACE DADDY"
"Words will never be enough to express a lot of things. We miss you, but also remember you with so much fondness, joy and love."
"The day that angels welcomed you
My lfie was torn to pieces
There's no day that I don't miss you
And send you love and kisses
~ Emilienne I. Akpan"
"'I miss him Lord', I say each day
But I know that he's with you -
And so tonight as I call your name,
I thank you for seeing me through.
-Emilienne I. Akpan"
"Music was an integral part of your beautiful soul, and as I listen to Yanni, I hear your voice in every subtle instrument and feel your passion in each distinctive note. You were so happy, and really made the world a better place, because no matter how one looks at it, and irrespective of the prevailing circumstances, your life was truly music in every single way.
I light a candle in my heart for you tonight ; and the flames do not burn, but dance to life, to love, to peace, to rest, to you."
"Someone you held very dearly spoke about you yesterday and to his comforting words, I had these to say:
'Your kind words this morning reminded me of the daily railings of hope which I hold, as I walk gently forward through the brokenness path I have been called onto and the purpose that slowly unfolds as I move on. I rest my back on these railings when all I can do is sit down on the floor and breathe, and occasionally, I have to hold them firmly for support when my feet seem quite heavy and my heart is too weary. But best of all, as a barrier , they keep me inside guiding light preventing me from falling onto the other darker side.
God bless you and goodnight mon frère.'"
"I spent some time with our girls today and a parent at the school walked up to us and started talking about when last she had met them - which was during your memorial service. She said she had flown in from Abuja that day and immediately came to the campus where she joined the candle lit procession to the library. She recounted how kind and accessible you were and how hospitable you were to her and her child. She then wished eternal peace unto your beautiful soul. I thanked her for adding another treasure to our memories of you as we held our hands remembering, feeling and missing you."
"I greeted and he enthusiastically said, "How's Prof?" I paused and and very gently informed him that you were now at peace in your father's home. That was hard for all of us. It always is. You are sorely missed and will forever be. Shalom."
"Remembering you today as always and looking to the light where you are. Nothing will ever be the same again."
"Resurrection Sunday. The power is now yours. Rest in peace."
""Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality."
~ Emily Dickinson"
"It is still so unreal. But you are at peace, and that is all that matters now."
"Thinking of you as deeply today as I do everyday. Rest in peace Sweetie for you are in a good place now."
"The first Distinguished Journalists lecture held yesterday in the multimedia lab named after you and as I sat in there, I felt even prouder of you and the legacies you had left behind. We miss you and talk about you daily but I know you are truly in the best place. Rest in peace sweetie. Ediye."
Abrasive stillness in the space around me
grips my heart
Once more reminded of how frail I am, I take a stand
And smile through silent hurtful tears while music soothes my life
For hope is very much alive in me, I will not die.
I open really wide my arms and blow myself to steps
My eyes are closed, I softly move to rhythms in my head
I feel the pain explode in me and rip my peace in shreds
But still I breathe, teeth in my lips, I bleed; but it will end
I will not run, and though I ache; I’ll be just fine you’ll see
I’m not afraid of anything on friendly terms with grief
I wrap my arms around myself to keep the cold away
And move into the promise of a blessed and brand new day
Does it get easier? I don’t know; infernal weakness grows
But wings of blessings lift my toes, and fly me straight to hope
Where I will be renewed again with strength that only grace
Can give whenever there’s a need – unrivaled and untamed.
- Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"I don't know how this gets any easier. Yesterday someone asked me about you because he had not seen you in a long time. I was with the girls and the question jolted the three of us. I don't know why... I can't say why...You are fondly remembered and profoundly missed."
"I look at the ocean and try to understand its depth, power, blessings and reach.
The waves remind me of the things you did and the seeds you planted,
The ripples unite into the enabling force of kindness, compassion, meaning, friendship and love which you left in peoples' lives.
My scope is limited but I know that just as the expanse opens up far beyond what I know, so does the amazing impact you left behind seep into more lives than you would ever have imagined.
The cold air from the Pacific blows against my face but I live your warm reassurance that everything is going to be alright.
Up in the sky, the sun stretches out in amazing rays of red and orange; and I smile
Remembering how beautiful you left every space you were a part of and how passionately you gave of yourself to every experience.
Your heart was angelic and every moment with you was insightful, educative, motivating, funny and truly magical.
I look around me and as I behold the mosaic breath of nature, the pain I feel intensifies but I surrender to a higher power and connect to a perfect will;
Which breaks within endurance, chips away for purpose, heats into shape, straightens through focus, equips by mission and directs with destiny.
I hurt deeply from missing you but I will remain blessed for knowing you, beloved son of the most faithful and loving God.
Happy birthday with the King.
- Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"Professor Idorenyin AKPAN, you have left a leadership style of professionalism, full of warmth and saturated with humaneness such that we shall never forget. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord."
"16 years ago today, we joyfully proclaimed "I do". You will never be forgotten and you will always be remembered with gratitude, pride and love. Rest my darling, in Elohim's bosom, in peace."
"I did not get the chance to meet you, but from every single corner I've looked all I've seen is the love your family, friends and people who did not get to meet you have for you. You were really loved by all, and still loved. I'm certain that you were a kind man, and God knows why He called you to dwell in His place so soon. Your legacy and kindness remain in our hearts. Rest in the bossom of our Lord, and may God continue to keep your loved ones strong. Amen"
"I hear your name everyday as people remember different things about you. You are truly missed. Rest in peace and thank you for the paths you created, the people you lifted, the passion you shared and the legacies which will speak through eternity."
"May this month which heralds the celebration of the birth of Christ clothe you in even more divine refreshing peace."
"How is it possible, I ask myself, that you are no longer here
The dullness in my heart reminds me of that with daily tears
The only way I find comfort is knowing that you're finally home
And at peace with the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
- Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"Your light shines and guides us through each maze, every day
Your light warms and keeps us here together through the pain
Your light blazes and opens up paths for us to safely tread
Your light glows keeping you in our lives, keeping us forever blessed
-Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"Flowers for you my darling, you who made everything beautiful."
"I hear you in my heart
I feel you in my mind
And everywhere I look, I see you shining bright
You'll always be with me and
I am going to walk this path until we meet
Rest in peace"
"I will remember you forever. Forever."
"Your glow makes each day beautiful and each night spectacular. Always in our hearts...and on our lips."
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