Her Life

Career/Working Experience

Late Deaconess Ekaete Lugard Etuk taught in many schools and grew through the ranks to retire as a principal from Community Secondary School, Mbak Etoi in January, 1988. To mention a few we have:
  • Hillside International Nursery and Primary School, Calabar
  • Community Secondary School, Four Towns, Uyo
  • Offot Ukwa Secondary and Grammar School, Uyo
Her priority was the care of her children and their educational stability, as such she moved with her husband and took up appointments accordingly.

Early Days

Mrs Ekaete Lugard Etuk was born on 17th of June 1938 into the family of late Wilson Obo Ekanem and late Elizabeth Isong Udo Ema of Etinan in Etinan Local Government Area. Ekaete was the fourth born and the second daughter out of five children (two boys and three girls). She is survived by her sister, the youngest Mrs. Jane A.B. Essien. The family was a close knit one, guided by the core values of love, unity and fear of God.


Late Deaconess Ekaete Lugard Etuk started primary school in Kumba, Cameroon as her father was a teacher there. She got her First School Leaving Certificate in December 1951 at the age of 13. She had her secondary education at Lutheran High School, Obot Idim where her best subject was geography closely followed by mathematics and history. She later attended Teachers Training College, Ika Annang and obtained her Teachers Grade III Certificate in January 1957. Ekaete then proceeded to St. John's College Diobu, Port Harcourt (then Teachers Training College) and obtained her Teachers Grade II Certificate in January 1963. In 1967, just after the war, she left for United States of America with her three children (Ini, Ekpes and Uko) to join her husband. While being a mother and dutiful wife, Ekaete a guru at multitasking pursued her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Prairie View A&M University, Texas. She was awarded the degree on 21st of December, 1974.