Dean Akpan1
Professor Idorenyin Udoesen Akpan
  • 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.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 10th January 2018

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iPIi7sunEU"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 9th January 2018

"You live in the light of the risen lamb, and there will be no more nights, pain or tears for you. Abide in bliss with Christ beloved. You are home."

This tribute was added by Evelyne Motaze on 21st December 2017

"Remembering you Idy on this special day."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 20th December 2017

"I remember you lived, beautifully and well. Happy birthday with the King."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 12th December 2017

"Remembering you and when you were laid to abide in peace."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 4th December 2017

"Remembering this date when we said "I do", 18 years on. It was special then. It still is now. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 24th November 2017

"http://www.aun.edu.ng/news/the-weekender/2368-aun-remembers-late-dean-akpan"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 12th November 2017

"Thank you for the good you sowed."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 11th November 2017

"My angel, what a privilege it was to have you walk the earth with me;
I miss you, but I'm comforted that you are at home and in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Odera Okakpu on 31st October 2017

"Professor Akpan! Your spirit is still very much alive I am sure of it! You passed through my mind on the 3 anniversary of your passing. I went out and was not dressed well and I remembered your mantra. I felt lonely and I remembered how you always used to call me even after I graduated to check on me and encourage me. To this day I can never forget you set me on this communication path and I am enjoying it greatly. You are a wonderful man prof, I can’t help feeling it’s so unfair that such a good man left early but I know you have found peace with the Lord. I miss you so much! Thank you for being a daddy in every sense of the word."

This tribute was added by Surajudeen Alabi on 30th October 2017

"Continue to rest in the bosom of the lord till we meet to part no more.
good night."

This tribute was added by Abigail Dauda on 30th October 2017

"You are home . Your memories are still speaking. For a believers, when we remember people  like you, we are comforted  that we will meet again. We can't denial the fact that you are truly miss. Keep resting..."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 30th October 2017

"When someone dies, people say its a loss. To me, it is not. It is a transition into another realm of existence beyond human comprehension.

Dean Akpan, though I have not met him, the little I heard about him gives credence as to how a great man he was. He was focused, intelligent and had a great sense of humor. Not to forget, he was a dandy - always dressed smartly.

Dean, your modus operandi has left indelible marks in our memories. Continue to rest in peace and tranquility.

I would like us to make a toast to an unprecedented legend:"

This tribute was added by Evelyne Motaze on 29th October 2017

"Remembering you, not only today, but especially today, as it is 3 years today, that your soul departed this earth. Gone to soon but your legacy lives on and we cherish every memory, laughter and joy, you blessed our lives with. Continue to be at Peace dearest Idy. You will always be in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Nsikan Esen on 29th October 2017

"Continue to Rest In Peace. You’ll always be remembered and eternally missed:)"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 28th October 2017

"We can never forget you. We will never forget you. Rest in peace my darling. You are home."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 28th October 2017

"http://inkwellwords.net/remembering-dean-akpan-three-years-after/"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 24th August 2017

"How We Survive

If we are fortunate,
we are given a warning.

If not,
there is only the sudden horror,
the wrench of being torn apart;
of being reminded
that nothing is permanent,
not even the ones we love,
the ones our lives revolve around.

Life is a fragile affair.
We are all dancing
on the edge of a precipice,
a dizzying cliff so high
we can't see the bottom.

One by one,
we lose those we love most
into the dark ravine.

So we must cherish them
without reservation.
Now.
Today.
This minute.
We will lose them
or they will lose us
someday.
This is certain.
There is no time for bickering.
And their loss
will leave a great pit in our hearts;
a pit we struggle to avoid
during the day
and fall into at night.

Some,
unable to accept this loss,
unable to determine
the worth of life without them,
jump into that black pit
spiritually or physically,
hoping to find them there.

And some survive
the shock,
the denial,
the horror,
the bargaining,
the barren, empty aching,
the unanswered prayers,
the sleepless nights
when their breath is crushed
under the weight of silence
and all that it means.

Somehow, some survive all that and,
like a flower opening after a storm,
they slowly begin to remember
the one they lost
in a different way...

The laughter,
the irrepressible spirit,
the generous heart,
the way their smile made them feel,
the encouragement they gave
even as their own dreams were dying.

And in time, they fill the pit
with other memories
the only memories that really matter.

We will still cry.
We will always cry.
But with loving reflection
more than hopeless longing.

And that is how we survive.
That is how the story should end.
That is how they would want it to be.

Copyright © 2009 by Mark Rickerby"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 30th July 2017

"Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep - Poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

     ~    Mary Elizabeth Frye"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 23rd July 2017

"When you feel like your heart is broken beyond repair, remember that nothing about this place is ordinary. You are uniquely poised, at this very moment, to share an intimate part of God's character. It's the place of the broken heart, and it's sacred ground.
         ~ Today's Christian Woman, March 2009"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 7th July 2017

"I miss you."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 13th June 2017

"My hero."

This tribute was added by Evelyne Motaze on 23rd May 2017

"You are truly missed.
Continue to rest in peace Idy dear."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 23rd May 2017

"People still come to me to talk about you and how you helped them.
They still call your name and remember how you blessed them.
May the peace of God always abide upon your loving soul and memory,
May the light of God never dim on all you left as legacies.
                                                  ~ Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 22nd May 2017

"In And Out Of Time
by Maya Angelou


The sun has come
The mists have gone
We see in the distance our long way home
I was always yours to have
You were always mine
We have loved each other in and out of time
When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
And the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I have always loved you more
You freed your braids, gave your hair to the breeze
It hung like a hive of honey bees
I reached in the mass for the sweet honeycomb there
God, how I loved your hair
You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance
Lost, injured, hurt by chance
I screamed to the heavens
Loudly screamed
Trying to change our nightmares into dreams
The sun has come
The mists have gone
We see in the distance our long home
I was always yours to have
You were always mine
We loved each other in and out,
in and out, in and out of time"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 19th April 2017

"You are missed."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 11th April 2017

"I know you're happy where you are
And finally at peace
I thank you for the life we had
The prayers on our knees

We have you in our memories
You're fondly in our hearts
You left a trail of legacies
To us, you'll never die.
                    ~ Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"

This tribute was added by Evelyne Motaze on 5th April 2017

"Thinking about you these days, wishing you were here for some solid advice on some challenges I am facing, with that sense of humour that comes so naturally to you. Miss you, brother mi. We all do.
Continue to Rest in Perfect Peace.
Evostick."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 5th April 2017

"RIGHT HERE

“Look to the sky” you smiled at me,
and brushed away my tears
“you will be fine” you said to me
“don’t give in to your fears.”

I’ve held your hand so many times
And called your name as often
Through better days and darkest nights
I’ve learnt what I can handle

I think of you with warmth and love
And miss you everyday
But deep inside you're never gone -
By grace, we'll meet again.
      ~ Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 29th March 2017

"Edi mmi! It's another 29th today and I thank God for his abiding love and amazing grace. We are in El-Shaddai. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 11th March 2017

"God's peace abides with you, and us."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 2nd March 2017

""It is in the quiet crucible of your personal private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God's greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you've been through. It is well." ~ Wintley Snipps"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 22nd February 2017

"YOU ARE

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"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 18th February 2017

"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."

This tribute was added by El-Miracle Akpan on 13th February 2017

"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.
Muamuamua,
Adiaha"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 12th February 2017

"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"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 11th February 2017

"The world misses you, and I know heaven is blessed for having you home."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 29th January 2017

"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."

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 11th January 2017

"https://youtu.be/yJa9nuYorxc"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 28th December 2016

"Hello Angel. Heaven is truly blessed."

This tribute was added by Johnson Anazoba Joseph on 21st December 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Dhamani Kanz on 21st December 2016

"Words still fail me... but know that you are forever in our hearts.

Enobong Nkanga"

This tribute was added by Evelyne Motaze on 21st December 2016

"Thinking of you today, your birthday.
Continue to Rest in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Chi Onyeocha on 21st December 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 12th December 2016

"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"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 4th December 2016

"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."

This tribute was added by El-Miracle Akpan on 22nd November 2016

"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!"

This tribute was added by Evelyne Motaze on 21st November 2016

"Thinking of you Idy dear.
Continue to rest in perfect peace.
Forever missed...x"

This tribute was added by Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan on 19th November 2016

"Your angels are simply amazing. Eagles in every way - just like you were. Rest in peace, joy and pride."

This tribute was added by El-Miracle Akpan on 19th November 2016

"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."


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