She’s been First Lady, Minister and Senator of the Federal Republic. But what stands her out is her disarming humility, striking beauty, reputation for always doing good and the dignity with which she carries herself. Born November 23, 1949, to parents from Ifa Ikot Okpon, Etoi, Uyo Local Government Area, Distinguished Senator Helen Esuene is associated more with Eket, her home by marriage to the Late Brigadier Udoakagha Jacob Esuene, Military Governor of the former South Eastern State.
She represented the Akwa Ibom South(Eket) Senatorial District 2011 – 2015 and served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs. Mma Esuene as she is popularly called, served as Minister of State for Health under former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 and was subsequently appointed Minister of Environment in January 2006 and Minister of Environment and Housing a year later. She is a successful business woman and Proprietor of the popular Villa Marina Hotel in Eket. Her social investments include scholarship awards and financial assistance to fellow women and the needy in the society.
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When McDonald’s, the American quick service restaurant, wanted to set up in South Africa in 1995 following the end of apartheid, it was an Akwa Ibom son, Efiong T. Akpan, from Nsit Ubium, that it turned to. Efiong who joined McDonald’s Corporation in 1972 in the United States, quickly mobilized, recruited and trained many South Africans and made history within the corporation for setting up the fastest operations in any territory. Efiong opened the first McDonald’s in Johannesburg in November 1995 and built more than 100 restaurants employing about 6000 five years later in 2000. Efiong grew the McDonald’s brand in South African so aggressively that by the time he retired from the company in 2016, McDonald’s had more than 300 restaurants across South Africa. Today, Efiong is a patron of Akwa Ibom Indigenes in South Africa encouraging our people to be great ambassadors in South Africa.
Akwa Ibom celebrates another worthy son.