Blessing Emah, an undergraduate student of Library and Information Science at the University of Uyo is the budding entrepreneur behind Ekpang Nkukwo flour. Growing up with aunties following the death of her parents, she fell in love with cooking an assortment of Akwa Ibom meals. But she always wondered why preparing her favourite delicacy, Ekpang Nkukwo has to be so labourious. Indeed, there should be a way to prepare and enjoy the food with less hassles, she thought.
Armed with just N700.00, she headed to the market to buy the coco yam and other ingredients, to try out her ideas. It was during the school’s students week which offered her enough lecture-free. Her experiment turned out right. There before her was the mix that cut preparation time from three to four hours to just minutes! Her product was one of those on display at an exhibition by the Directorate of Branding and Marketing to mark the state’s 30th anniversary in 2017. Blessing has received seed funding from the state government to take her Ekpang Nkukwo to the mainstream.
Beyond the Ekpang Nkukwo flour, Mma Ekpang as she Blessing is affectionately called has eight cereal products in the market.
This passionate entrepreneur has one vision, to use her creativity to change the economy of Akwa Ibom State. She is definitely not there yet but her drive and passion and the many awards she has garbed so far are evidence she is on course.
Mma Ekpang, Akwa Ibom Celebrates you and your passion for innovation.