Entertainers drawn from the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State have passed a vote of confidence on the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for his legacies in the industry under his two-term tenure.
The vote of confidence was passed on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Ibom Tropicana, following a well attended road show and concert to kick start the 2nd edition of the annual weeklong Ibom Entertainment Week.
As the curtains draw on the Completion Agenda, light beams on the impact of the Mr Emmanuel led administration on different sectors of the state. The record of achievement during his tenure would not be complete without the strides in the entertainment industry.
The most notable and commendable of them all being the appointment of the first ever special assistant to Governor on Entertainment Industry, in the history of Akwa Ibom State, in person of David Sergeant (Utang Akwa Ibom).
Mr Sergeant, in company of the chairman of the planning committee, Godfada Uko, led members of Ibom Entertainers Forum, the biggest umbrella body of the entertainment sector in the state, to embark on a solidarity march from Ibom Plaza to Tropicana.
The Governor in his remark, as delivered by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Honourable Orman Esin, presented Pastor Umo Eno (the People’s Democratic Party Gubernatorial candidate) to the entertainers, describing him as an entertainer, owing to his years of experiences in hospitality and tourism, which entertainment falls under.
Mr Esin said that if Governor Udom Emmanuel could do this much, entertainers can be rest assured that by this endorsement and their support, Pastor Umo Eno will do more, because he is one of them. The CEO of indigenous construction company, HENSEK Integrated, Engr Uwem Okoko announced a surprise 2 Million naira support to pad the 2 Million Naira donated by Pastor Umo Eno.
The elated Pastor Eno confessed his wish to have a tet-a-tet with talents in the state, which will give him more time to enable him be abreast of the industry. Also present were the senator representing Eket Senatorial District and Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Dr. Akon Eyakenyi, Engr. Wisdom Enang (the youngest fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers) the Special Assistant to Governor on Talent Hunt, Mr Emmanuel Owuala, Dr. Itoro Etim and popular Lagos based comedian and content creator, M C Mbakara.
In 2018, when over 10,000 entertainers stormed the streets of Uyo, to endorse Mr Udom Emmanuel to serve a second term as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, naysayers would have thought it to be mere praise singing, but looking back at the years gone by, it’s been all smiles for a handful of entertainers who have enjoyed the patronage and benevolence of the number one citizen, one of which is the sponsorship of Ibom Entertainment Week, which galvanises the talent and creativity of players in the sector.