Obong Rita Akpan
Administrator and politician
As Minister of Women Affairs between 2004 and 2005, Obong Rita Akpan ensured Nigeria became the first West African county to enact an Anti-Human Trafficking edict. It was a no mean feat but for someone whose life had revolved around children and young adults, it was a normal task that needed to be accomplished.
Born on September 28, 1944, Obong Rita Akpan spent close to two decades ( between 1968 and 1986) as a teacher and educational administrator. She was a Teacher at American International School, Victoria Island, a Federal Inspector of French Language at the Federal Ministry of Education, Head of French Department and later, Vice Principal at the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar.
In 1992, she was appointed by Obong Akpan Isemin, then Governor of Akwa Ibom State as Special Adviser on Information and Culture and moved a year later to the Ministry of Education as Commissioner. In 1999, Obong Victor Attah, then Governor of Akwa Ibom State appointed her as Secretary to the State Government.
Obong Rita schooled in the United States of America, bagging a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages and a Masters of Arts degree in Education at the University of Oregon.
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