- 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.
Are there words, which can describe you?
Are there songs that men can say
Clearly show the amazing and faithful
God you are from night to day?
Morning wakes us to your blessings
Noon can’t hurt us- you’re the shade,
Evening leads us into caring
Balms that heal, renew, rename
In our thoughts, the gentle whisper:
“Don’t go far, my child I’m here”;
Through our frailties, you deliver
Us – you see Christ’s righteousness
Everyday is such a wonder
Every face we see is you
Nature flaunts you as the Master
Architect, perfect and true
In your words we have the power
That we need to stand in faith
In the blood of our redeemer
There’s no room to be afraid
Your embrace is filled with mercies
Divine guidance lined with grace -
In your name there’s no confusing
Answer – you’re the beginning and the end
When situations shatter meanings
Everything we’ve known as peace,
Your tenderness restores our grieving
Frames in you with comforting ease
There is nothing you can’t handle
For our sakes and for our good
As the Almighty you keep us stable
Help us remember who we are in you
How can we explain you truly?
Words will never be enough
In your holiness and beauty
Is abiding love that conquers all
You’re the music in our spirits
The dancing steps that lift our souls;
The totality of our praises -
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Lord, for me, there is no other
You suffice in every way;
It’s a privilege to call you Abba
My God, I am, Yea and Amen.
~ Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"One of your past students from a different institution found me yesterday; and that was an extraordinary encounter. You would have been proud of him as he's a youth corper now. You live forever in our hearts. Rest in peace."
"Hello Daddy. Were now in 2017. Wonderful times await us, and though you're not here with us in the flesh, every day I know that your spirit keeps watch over us. Thank you so much for bringing me up right, thank you so much for loving me and Faith. I wrote the second round of Olympiad some weeks ago. I am also going to participate in competitions. I want to get many scholarships abroad. Mummy will never pay complete school fess for our university fees. Thanks for the 'pocket money' too. We all miss you. Enjoy the dancing and singing in heaven.
"I miss you my darling
But I’m going to smile
To the music that’s playing
In my soul, where you are
~Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"The world misses you, and I know heaven is blessed for having you home."
"We talk about you and remember the beautiful memories we were privileged to create together. Thank you for loving us so truly and so well. Rest in peace."
"Hello Angel. Heaven is truly blessed."
"Dear Professor Idorenyin Akpan; you are included in my prayers for the departed faithfuls. Our hope is; may God continue to live with you and all the departed faithfuls including my late mum Mrs Afoma Joseph in His kingdom of heaven. Amen"
"Words still fail me... but know that you are forever in our hearts.
"Thinking of you today, your birthday.
Continue to Rest in Perfect Peace."
"Happy birthday Prof... Your imprints upon the sands of time remains indelible. You remained a light till you departed and on this day, I just wanted to remind you that you remain special... You taught me for just a semester but it looks like forever... You had this unique way of making even a stonehead receive knowledge. I count it all joy to have known you... Happy birthday Prof I D Akpan"
"We laid you to rest exactly two years today
It still feels like a dream from which I don't want to wake
Your memory is blessed, and will forever stay that way
Be at peace, for you are in your Father's place.
Rest, rest, in peace.
~Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"
"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."
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