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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Tributes-To-Maj-Gen-Ekpo A. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Chimobi Oche on April 17, 2021
Truly an lroko tree has fallen, a great inlaw, a fine gentleman in uniform full of humility, honesty and wisdom. The state of Cross River and Nigeria as a whole has truly lost a rare General in name of Major General Ekpo Archibong.
Still like a dream about your demise but dawn on me now that you are truly gone after repeated several visits without seeing who to call Daddy whenever I come, could remember vividly ALL your pieces of advice to me, stories about your days in the army and even up to the current situation in Nigeria.
A General with a difference, a General that never fell to the bullets of wars, a General that never failed or forsaken the wife and children and even up to relations, a General with a golden heart, a General whose shoe no one can ever wear, a General who even after retirement still rendered services to the country, a General whom serving Generals still consult for advice.
Sequel to the book of 2 Tim 4:6-8, l strongly believe you came, saw and conquered and left for us the living to carry on the good fight of faith. Our solace is on the fact that God giveth and He also taketh.
Daddy as l used to call you, keep resting in God's bosom until that resurrection day. Adieu, General Ekpo Archibong because according to George Bernard in His hit song titled ' *The Old Rugged Cross* ', you have truly clung the cross and exchanged it for a crown.
For and On behalf of Chimobi & family.
Posted by Idris Bello on April 16, 2021
My name is Brig Gen ID Bello(Rtd) & I am just learning about the passing of my former Boss & Mentor, Maj Gen Ekpo Achibong(Rtd). I was a Cadet of the 15th Regular Course in the Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA) from Jan 1974 to June 1976. During this period, Gen Ekpo Achibong, then a Captain, was one of our military training instructors. Apart from ensuring that we were very well trained, Capt Achibong also additionally played the role of a father to all of us. He ensured we were always well guided such that we were never found wanting. For me personally, I had the privilege of serving with him when he was GOC 2 Mechanized Division Ibadan. I was his Colonel General Staff(Col GS) at the Division Headquarters from 1999 to 2001. Throughout that period he guided me through a very successful tenure until he retired from Service & I left for the War College in 2001. That has been the best part of my military career & I owe it to this great man. Therefore on behalf of myself & all my Coursemates, I hereby send my sincere condolences to his esteemed family. May his good soul Rest In Perfect Peace, AMEN.
Posted by Okokon Ufi on April 15, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY SUPER BROTHER-IN-LAW: LATE MAJOR GENERAL EKPO ARCHIBONG, CFR OON DSS mni psc(+)

Indeed, my dear General Archibong, as we face the reality of your permanent absence from this firmament, we are consoled with the classical words of Lord John McCray that:
“There is no death! The stars simply go down
To rise upon your heavenly shores
And bright in heaven’s jewel crown
To shine for evermore”.

It has been most daunting and heart wrenching to put this tribute in your honour. My super General, you were a SPECIAL GIFT to me and my entire family. What elegy would I adequately voice in my grief? What dirge can I sing to qualify the immense loss of a great model like our sleeping General?

Gone is a purpose driven Father and Brother.
Gone is a diligent and humble man of great faith and compassion.
Today, I celebrate a man who touched and saved many lives.
I celebrate a man who loved unconditionally.
I celebrate a man who stood by his family through thick and thin.
I celebrate a man who was always there to help in times of need.

General Ekpo Archibong, thank you for your unconditional love to me, my wife and children while you were here on earth with us. Your death is an irreplaceable loss to me and my family. We love you but God loves you best.

We will always remember you.

Etekpo, my fine Soldier, Good night and rest in peace.

OKOKON UFI (you fondly called Ebariba-Njoku)
Brother-in-Law

Posted by Victor Asuquo Archibong on April 13, 2021
Tribute to a great leader and family head - Major General Ekpo Ekpo Archibong (Rtd)

Thank you for being a dependable elder brother who also played the role of a father to me at the times I needed one. You put yourself on the line to ensure that the family as a whole fulfilled its dreams.

Indeed you were a great man, a visionary leader and an astute family head. Your demise has left a huge gap but has also left a legacy which we will uphold.

I am therefore very grateful to God for the time you spent on mother earth and for all your achievements.

Adieu and a salute to the General.


Victor A.Akiba Archibong.NYC
Posted by CHIMOBI Divine on April 12, 2021
My big daddy is still hard to believe that you have gone. I can remember anytime I come to the house unannounced, you always say a word I can never forget "Mabasi" in suprise. May your humble and gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace Maj Gen BIG Daddy Ekpo Archibong.
Posted by James N on April 11, 2021
This is surely a painful loss not only to you but the entire military family. Your dad will definitely be remembered for his meritorious and distinguished service to the nation. His contributions in projecting and protecting the interests of Nigeria especially during our horrible days in Liberia and Sierra Leone will never be forgotten. I had the privilege of interacting with very senior officers who knew/worked with your dad and the story was always the same; your dad was indeed a force to be reckoned with. I pray for the repose of his beautiful soul and for God to grant you and your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
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A soldier has fallen on earth but will rise again among the legions of warriors in heaven. He was a father, husband, brother, friend and a dependable warrior who stood shoulder to shoulder with his brothers in arms. Rest well sir ️️
Posted by Helen Edem on April 8, 2021
GOOD BYE TO THE PEOPLE'S GENERAL

As mortals, our journey on earth begins at birth and ends when we take our last breath. For our dearly beloved and highly respected General Ekpo Ekpo Archibong, aka Ete Ekpo that journey spanned a period of 76 glorious and splendid years.

Meeting and getting to know "The People's General" as he was fondly called - a visionary and patriotic persona, with such engaging and sparkling personality - was an honour and a rare privilege for me and my family, one we will ever cherish.

Our beloved Ete Ekpo’s Life & Times were quintessentially one spent in the service of mankind and to the glory of Almighty God, as all who knew him could readily testify. As a soldier that he professionally was, he had a successful military career accentuated with brilliant and glittering records of excellent service which ensured his phenomenal rise to the top as an Army General.

Throughout his remarkable bids as well as his chequered trajectories and strides in life, General Ekpo Ekpo Archibong consistently evinced abiding faith in the possibility of a Renaissant Nigeria to which he gave his all.

Judging by his unparalleled patriotism, we can now understand and fully appreciate why our highly respected General Archibong gave selflessly in his service to his country ,family and friends,to humanity at large, and to God Almighty.

Heroes' Hero, Man For All Time, The People's General, Best Of Them All, Pride Of Our Nation, while having no fitting tribute to bring, I commend you to the "Master of all good workmen" for due recompense. And, besides our countless thanks and endless gratitude, we jointly and solemnly intone, that soul never dies and therefore lives in eternity in our hearts and the inner worlds where you continue to give Service to life. Thanks for the times and love we shared and may the blessings be .


Mrs. Helen Edem &family
Posted by Roselyn John on April 8, 2021
Adieu Ete Ekpo!!!
The sad news of your demise came to us as a shock few days after you departed this world.
We spoke last while I was abroad, as in your character, you scolded me as to why you wouldn't hear from me for a while. Your loving wife bailed me out and echoed; She says she will see you when she returns. I never knew I will never get to see you again.
You were a father to the fatherless, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a confidant, a mentor and finally a boss to me. It is difficult to have all these in only one man except in Major General Ekpo Archibong.
You were a quintessential gentleman to the Corp, an Honest and Excellent man, full of Humility, Peace, Wisdom and epitome of 'Beauty' and Brains.
Your death is a great loss to your esteemed family, friends and the Nation at large,but then what can we do?
I pray that, the Almighty God will grant you eternal rest and give your darling wife and children the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Sanga sung oo Ete Ekpo.
Brigadier General Roselyn John, mni (Rtd)
Posted by James Bassey on April 3, 2021
It was Okon, your son, birthday mate and my son-in-law, who brought our families together. The bond thereafter has been very strong.
When the twins came, their Sunday Sunday encounter with you strenghtened the bond even better. When they could speak, their stories of what Grandpa did for them on their visits and the ways they said them was a source of joy for both families.
I had looked forward that we would continue to grow our families much stronger. It was therefore a great shock when your passing on hit us like a bolt from the blues.
May the good Lord receive your marvelous soul into His Kingdom and grant you eternal rest and the families you left behind the fortitude to bear your sudden departure. Amen.
Posted by James Bassey on April 1, 2021
It was Okon, your son, birthday mate
and my son-in-law that brought our families together. The bond thereafter has been so strong. When the twins came, the Sunday encounter between you and them developed and when they could speak, reports of what the other grand father did for them could not be missed.
The lion heart of the General we have observed had been moderated by his humanity and care for his colleagues, friends and relatives who recently passed on. His grief was great and he could not contend much more.
May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. May the good Lord give the family the fortitude to contend this great loss.
Posted by Oluchi Echerenwa on March 28, 2021
We all waited for you to wake up from your sleep but all to no avail . Now it has finally dawned on me that you have gone to be with our heavenly father to occupy the special and beautiful space He has prepared and kept for you because of all your good deeds in the lives of so many . You were always a shoulder for us all to lean on but now ...

Honestly , this whole story of your demise is still like a dream to me . Daddy , you were not only a General of the Nigerian Army but also a father , friend , inlaw , grandpa and everything to us all . How I wish I could turn back the hands of time by bringing you back to stay with us all again because we are already missing you. Your demise is really a heartbreaking to me because right now , there is no one to call me " Miss " again like you used to and neither is there anyone for me to call " Daddy Daddy " again . We cannot question God on this but rather we have to thank Him just as it is written in the Bible that in everything , we should give thanks to Him.

Daddy , your memory will still continue to linger in all our hearts as there will not be a day that will go by without us thinking of you . Please keep resting in the bossom of our Lord until the resurrection day when we shall all meet again and to part no more .
Posted by Olaitan Asuquo on March 23, 2021
You came into the lives of the Olawoyin's in the late 80s. As soon as you found out that my mum was from Cross River, you embraced my family as yours... My dad, Major(rtd) A.B.O. Olawoyin became your best Soldier, friend and in-law.

I remember your simplicity, humility and smiles... Always taking evening strolls around the Officers quarters in Akure.. You would always stop by our house to visit. You didn't hesitate to introduce your late wife to my mum. Anytime she comes visiting from Kaduna, she would also visit us...

As the Commanding Officer, your residence was open to us all. There was no difference between your home and ours.. We were free to visit and spend time with Ekpo, Archibong and Okon whenever they were around...

You were a true Soldier and a gentleman.. I saw you last when you lost your brother; Prof Ekpo.. You couldn't recognize me but as soon as I told you who I was, you were super excited...

Rest on great General!!!
You came, you saw and you conquered..
May you find eternal rest at Abraham's bosom.

Olaitan Asuquo (PhD) on behalf of Otunba Major (rtd) A.B.O.Olawoyin
Posted by Akom Ukpanyang on March 22, 2021
I am still in a dream and haven't woken up yet. Part of me says it is and the other says it is true you are gone! Remember dear Ete Ekpo, the name my parents taught me to call you, the last time we spoke, two weeks to your demise. We agreed in prayers that you would stay a little bit longer. How come that you slipped away so suddenly? The pain of your departure is deep!

More than a first cousin to me! My father, my brother, my friend, my mentor.The bond between us was so strong, right from my childhood. You were a builder! Your mother and my biological father passed it to us.

You are unforgettable! You raised and supported us even when our parents were alive and after they had left. You taught me much; to be a strong, resilient and independent woman! These virtues have successfully helped me navigate through the murky waters of life. Thank you, Ete-Ekpo. No more aches and pains, no more !
My husband, your namesake, Ayi and Effiom,our sons and our grandchildren mourn. Sleep on our Beloved. You are irreplaceable!

Posted by Ikang Archibong-ekpo on March 17, 2021
You gave me the greatest gifts a man could ever ask for! Your time, experiences in life and your listening ears! You will forever be my mentor, the man I look up to. You were my father first, then you became my teacher and finally you departed as my best friend. I thank you for the wonderful memories you helped me build for they will be a guide for me to build my future! Your lessons will never be forgotten and no one will ever call me Ufanette the way you used to! Indeed you were a true friend to me. Until we meet again, keep resting Ette!
Posted by Dora Wilson on March 16, 2021
A great man with a heart of gold. The godfather of every one ,a good man, you touch my life Sir. Rest on Sir, we shall meet again and never to part again.
Posted by Archibong Ayi on March 16, 2021
Farewell Dad! Dad I really miss you, we spoke and you were excited that I was returning home. I was shocked to hear about your demise and I never knew you would leave us so suddenly. You were a good Dad, my mentor and did your best to provide for my siblings and I. You tried your best in helping people, I am saddened that death took you away, but God said in all things we should give him thanks.
Posted by Moses Effiong on March 15, 2021
Major General Ekpo Ekpo Archibong's demise shocked me beyond words. This is not because I don't know that death is a sure appointment with all mortals but that there were no visible signs of its stealthy visit and many of us were ill-prepared. Ete Ekpo, as I oftentimes called him, was a very loving brother who always had good pieces of advice for those who approached him. He was gentle and kind and of cool temperament. His heart and abode were always open to receive all who knocked.
When I went through the "valley of the shadow of death", he always reminded me that sunny days would still come my way, that I should remain patient and hopeful. When he too was afflicted he displayed great fortitude which must have come only from God. Truly, "many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivereth him from them all" Ps 34:19.
As the ADC of Gen Obasanjo, and they were on an official visit to Benin, where I was the Commanding Officer of 3 Infantry Battalion, he invited me over to meet with the Head of State. At first I felt shy but with some encouragement to come " visit your Commander-in- Chief," I summoned up courage and went. It turned out to be beautiful and a thing of honour for me, courtesy Ete Ekpo. Ete Ekpo was to chairman my wedding reception some years later in Lagos.
Major General Archibong was a fine, disciplined and loyal military officer. He was a detribalised Nigerian and a man of few words. We love you dear General but God loves you more. Sanga sung o.

Lt. Col Moses Effiong rtd
Posted by OLASUNBO KEHINDE on March 15, 2021
AND THE GENERAL BOWS OUT.
General Achibong was a complete gentleman officer. Knew him from his days as GOC 2 Div Ibadan, he was the kind of commander any officer ould wish for. He operated an open door policy that carried every officers and men along. Thank you for giving us Tiger golf club, it's a legacy you bequeath to the Div and its so dear to our hearts. I pray that your soul rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord almighty. The Lord shall give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Sleep on my General.
Posted by Gaboy Gaboy on March 14, 2021
A BIG TREE HAS FALLEN.

General Ekpo Achibong, the Man, the Myth, the Legend, the Icon, the Rainbow, the Sunshine, the Captain and the Rallying point in Greenland Estate .

The Man that added colours to the pale sky of Greenland Estate over 15yrs ago has joined the saint above.

We will never forget your investment in the development and growth of greenland estate till eternity ends and start all over again.

Adieu a great champion, an epitome of humility in leadership. Never knew the challenges of Leadership and what you went through until I took over the baton of Central Chairmanship of Greenland Estate Community Development Association (CDA) from you 8 years ago.

You gave your time , your space , your money for the estate to come this far.

I salute your unconquerable spirit and persistent determination to be revelant to our community in Greenland Estate.

I admire your internal strength and I treasure your uniqueness in handling matters.

A social environmentalist and interventionist.

A gallanded amazon, every one on the street of the estate, poor or rich, old or young will miss your humble greetings
and relational affection whenever you pass by. Without hurry you would come down from your Jeep or stop your driver to great everyone. A rare pedigree of army general.

Your exit to departure hall was so shocking and still painful.

Adieu, Gen.Ekpo Achibong, sleep on - the friend of all, Good nite Father General till resurrection morning when we meet to part no more.

Dr. Gabriel Oyediji (Chairman Emeritus, Greenland Estate CDA) and all of us in Compassionate Orphanage
Posted by Bayo Aderinto on March 14, 2021
Maj Gen Ekpo Archibong was a quintessential gentleman full of humility & professionalism.
May God Almighty grant his amiable soul eternal repose and give the family fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
A si ere o - Good night.
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 14, 2021
Goodnight Maj.Gen Archibong.May perpetual light continue to lighten your way
Posted by Oladokun Olayinka on March 13, 2021
May his Soul continue to rest in Peace
May God comfort his Family

Col MO Olayinka rtd

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Posted by Chimobi Oche on April 17, 2021
Truly an lroko tree has fallen, a great inlaw, a fine gentleman in uniform full of humility, honesty and wisdom. The state of Cross River and Nigeria as a whole has truly lost a rare General in name of Major General Ekpo Archibong.
Still like a dream about your demise but dawn on me now that you are truly gone after repeated several visits without seeing who to call Daddy whenever I come, could remember vividly ALL your pieces of advice to me, stories about your days in the army and even up to the current situation in Nigeria.
A General with a difference, a General that never fell to the bullets of wars, a General that never failed or forsaken the wife and children and even up to relations, a General with a golden heart, a General whose shoe no one can ever wear, a General who even after retirement still rendered services to the country, a General whom serving Generals still consult for advice.
Sequel to the book of 2 Tim 4:6-8, l strongly believe you came, saw and conquered and left for us the living to carry on the good fight of faith. Our solace is on the fact that God giveth and He also taketh.
Daddy as l used to call you, keep resting in God's bosom until that resurrection day. Adieu, General Ekpo Archibong because according to George Bernard in His hit song titled ' *The Old Rugged Cross* ', you have truly clung the cross and exchanged it for a crown.
For and On behalf of Chimobi & family.
Posted by Idris Bello on April 16, 2021
My name is Brig Gen ID Bello(Rtd) & I am just learning about the passing of my former Boss & Mentor, Maj Gen Ekpo Achibong(Rtd). I was a Cadet of the 15th Regular Course in the Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA) from Jan 1974 to June 1976. During this period, Gen Ekpo Achibong, then a Captain, was one of our military training instructors. Apart from ensuring that we were very well trained, Capt Achibong also additionally played the role of a father to all of us. He ensured we were always well guided such that we were never found wanting. For me personally, I had the privilege of serving with him when he was GOC 2 Mechanized Division Ibadan. I was his Colonel General Staff(Col GS) at the Division Headquarters from 1999 to 2001. Throughout that period he guided me through a very successful tenure until he retired from Service & I left for the War College in 2001. That has been the best part of my military career & I owe it to this great man. Therefore on behalf of myself & all my Coursemates, I hereby send my sincere condolences to his esteemed family. May his good soul Rest In Perfect Peace, AMEN.
Posted by Okokon Ufi on April 15, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY SUPER BROTHER-IN-LAW: LATE MAJOR GENERAL EKPO ARCHIBONG, CFR OON DSS mni psc(+)

Indeed, my dear General Archibong, as we face the reality of your permanent absence from this firmament, we are consoled with the classical words of Lord John McCray that:
“There is no death! The stars simply go down
To rise upon your heavenly shores
And bright in heaven’s jewel crown
To shine for evermore”.

It has been most daunting and heart wrenching to put this tribute in your honour. My super General, you were a SPECIAL GIFT to me and my entire family. What elegy would I adequately voice in my grief? What dirge can I sing to qualify the immense loss of a great model like our sleeping General?

Gone is a purpose driven Father and Brother.
Gone is a diligent and humble man of great faith and compassion.
Today, I celebrate a man who touched and saved many lives.
I celebrate a man who loved unconditionally.
I celebrate a man who stood by his family through thick and thin.
I celebrate a man who was always there to help in times of need.

General Ekpo Archibong, thank you for your unconditional love to me, my wife and children while you were here on earth with us. Your death is an irreplaceable loss to me and my family. We love you but God loves you best.

We will always remember you.

Etekpo, my fine Soldier, Good night and rest in peace.

OKOKON UFI (you fondly called Ebariba-Njoku)
Brother-in-Law

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We will miss you very dearly Ete Ekpo as we all fondly you. Through all your distinguished journey in the military, every new level amplified your heart of kindness. Our consolation is in your rest with the Lord Jesus Christ. Till we meet again no more to depart...take your rest!