PROFESSOR SYLVIA GEORGE AKPAN
First female medical doctor
Sylvia George (Essien) Akpan is a retired Professor of Anaesthesiology of the University of Calabar, Cross River State is a woman of many firsts. This native of Ikot Obong Ediong, Ikot Ekpene, is the first female medical doctor from present Akwa Ibom State and the first female professor of anaesthesiology from the region.
Prof. Akpan is a proud Holy Child Alumni having attended the St. Joseph Infant and Primary School- Ifuho, Cornelia Cornelly College (CCC) – Uyo, Layton Hill Convent- Blackpool, England; schools run by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
Sylvia G. Akpan graduated MD (Hons)from the University of Modena – Italy in 1968 and was appointed Professor in 2003. She has held several academic positions including Head of Department, Chairman of Faculty, Chief Examiner, and Internal Assessor for Fellowship Examinations.
Professor Sylvia Akpan over the years has been recognised for her discreet and special attraction to people in need. This attraction is traced back to her visits to the Pacelli School for the Blind in the ‘70s, from which grew a relationship that endeared her to Rev. Sr. Assumpta Okereke HHCJ for life. She, though deliberate in her efforts to avoid any publicity has been known to voluntarily sponsor surgeries including cases of victims of acid attacks, corrective limbs and prosthesis (artificial limb) for indigent individuals.
As the President of St. Vincent Society, the Good Samaritan Home in Calabar was her most regular charity. Other known charities include the Mapro Football Children (St. Patrick’s Society) – Turkana, Kenya, St. Louise Special School, and the St. Vincent Community – Ikot Ekpene. She has been discovered to have a special maternal and supporting relationship with a promising and determined personality who has been bedridden since 1997.
Professor S.G. Akpan was recognised by the Catholic Women Organisation of Calabar Arcdiocese in 2010 and given the “Eti Eka” Award.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates Prof Sylvia Akpan who’s motto, ‘Give L.I.F.E. (Love, Inspiration, Faith, And Encouragement)’ resonates with the essential Akwa Ibom spirit.

34 Comments

  • Odiong Akpan
    Posted October 7, 2020 7:51 pm 0Likes

    Mama!!!

  • Ukpeme Akpan Okon
    Posted October 8, 2020 11:31 am 0Likes

    A great woman! A wonderful mother! We celebrate you.

    • Stephen C. Uche
      Posted October 8, 2020 3:08 pm 0Likes

      A great lady of character, very highly affectionate, deeply devoted to her faith as a Catholic, unusually caring and committed to less fortunate in society, and yet has no place for indiscipline. She took me to and enrolled me in St. Vincent de Paul society in St Paul, Unical. I am very indebted to her.

    • Rauf Olawale
      Posted October 9, 2020 12:57 am 0Likes

      I sincerely celebrate you ma. More blessings on your endeavours prof. I will find my way to come and see you once day my prof.

    • Benedicta Omoko
      Posted October 11, 2020 11:34 pm 0Likes

      A great woman indeed, a mother to many, a blessing to humanity. We celebrate you.

  • Ekpo Nta, Esq.
    Posted October 8, 2020 3:01 pm 0Likes

    Prof. Sylvia Akpan has a heart of gold, is a quintessential world citizen and God’s gift to the field of medicine, the Catholic Church, Nigeria, Akwa Ibom Star, family and friends.
    God bless this icon and protect her and her wonderful family….Ekpo Nta & family, Abuja

  • Professor Folasade Akinsola
    Posted October 8, 2020 3:07 pm 0Likes

    A Gift of God to Akwa Ibom State! A Power Pack Woman of God With Soooo Much Milk of Kindness and Loving Aunty! You deserve this Award and More.

  • Otoabasi Uwatt
    Posted October 8, 2020 3:41 pm 0Likes

    She is indeed more than it’s written of her.

  • Victoria usoro
    Posted October 8, 2020 3:41 pm 0Likes

    Mummy u have been the best mother anyone would have,non can be compared to you. You always have a listening ear to anyone that come to you for anything.surely you are the best. congratulations once again,we your children and grandchildren love you a great deal.

  • Mrs Rita Enu
    Posted October 8, 2020 5:28 pm 0Likes

    Indeed you’re a wonderful mother, humble and compassionate! You always give a listing ear even when approached on the road or in church! We celebrated you, a true daughter of Mother Mary. God bless and keep you Ma!

  • Idorenyin
    Posted October 8, 2020 7:57 pm 0Likes

    Super special lady. .. We celebrate you.

  • Nkechi Claudiah Etim
    Posted October 8, 2020 9:07 pm 0Likes

    My Darling Auntie. You are a beacon of light for the entire world to see. We all are truly blessed to have you shine your light and your love in our lives most especially me. God bless you for us all… Amen.

  • Mrs Janet Effiong and family
    Posted October 8, 2020 9:20 pm 0Likes

    A great woman she is, who loves God and family!
    Compassionate!
    Humble!
    Always willing to help.
    May mother Mary bless you Amen🙏

  • Patrick
    Posted October 8, 2020 9:35 pm 0Likes

    Celebrating an icon.

  • Peter Oyin AFFEN
    Posted October 8, 2020 10:08 pm 0Likes

    Professor S. G. Akpan is the quintessence of womanhood. Every encounter with her leaves a lasting impression: her humility and warmth are infectious, even as she is accommodating but firm; a lover of God, man and country; kind in words and deeds; a complex blend of affection and discipline; a phenomenal woman. She amply deserves the honour bestowed on her and much more. To God alone be all the glory. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Mrs A Ideh
    Posted October 8, 2020 10:13 pm 0Likes

    I join the great people of Akwaibom state in celebrating you. Congratulations and may the Lord continue to bless you more for blessing others.

  • Peter Oyin AFFEN
    Posted October 8, 2020 11:47 pm 0Likes

    Professor S. G. Akpan is the quintessence of womanhood. Every encounter with her leaves a lasting impression: her humility and warmth are infectious, even as she is accommodating but firm; a lover of God, man and country; kind in words and deeds; a complex blend of affection and discipline; simply a phenomenal woman. She amply deserves the honour bestowed on her and much more. To God alone be all the glory. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Fr. Charles Etim
    Posted October 9, 2020 1:27 am 0Likes

    Sweet Mother, Gentle Heroine, Staunch and Faithful Catholic Christian. You deserve all the Accolades and MORE. Remain BLESSED.

  • Ukana Bassey
    Posted October 9, 2020 1:45 am 0Likes

    My teacher and my auntie. Great woman indeed……… Happy birthday and Many happy returns.

  • Alphonsus Udoh
    Posted October 9, 2020 2:16 am 0Likes

    A Catholic that has made her religion her way of life. She is is charitable, honest and down to earth in her dealings with others, and despite her many achievements, has stayed close to roots. May God bless her.

  • Alphonsus Udoh
    Posted October 9, 2020 2:20 am 0Likes

    A Catholic that has made her religion her way of life. She is ischaritable, honest and down to earth in her dealings with others, and despite her many achievements, has stayed close to roots. May God bless her.

  • Alphonsus Udoh
    Posted October 9, 2020 2:38 am 0Likes

    A Catholic that embraces her religion as a way of life. She is discerning kind, and charitable. Despite her numerous achievements, she has remained simple and close to her roots. A great lady.

  • Aniema Ekong
    Posted October 9, 2020 5:14 am 0Likes

    She

  • Aniefiok Akpan
    Posted October 9, 2020 5:26 am 0Likes

    Worthy Mother and Aunty….You are one in a trillion. May you live long to enjoy the good fruits of your labour of love. Amen.

  • Prof Sola Kushimo
    Posted October 9, 2020 6:49 am 0Likes

    No words yet can absolutely describe her. MY true friend “1st leg of the tripod” , wonderful sister, great teacher, co woman of faith, unassuming colleague, Great star of Akwa Ibom State, Congratulations!! So so proud of you.God bless you.

  • Rev Fr Stephen Apebende
    Posted October 9, 2020 6:50 am 0Likes

    Mummy, you’re one in a million! You deserve to be celebrated a million times over, both here and hereafter. Your maternal care, love for the less privileged, the downtrodden, and those at the lowest rung of the societal ladder is second to non that I know.
    For you the field of medicine is a vocation and not just a profession. Your passion and zest for a wholesome adherence to global best practices is legendary. Mummy we (your spiritual and biological children) are all grateful to God for you are a special gift to humanity. Keep soaring higher! Tantissimi auguri à te!

  • Idorenyin Itoje
    Posted October 9, 2020 8:06 am 0Likes

    A lady that is worth her weight in gold. We celebrate and love you.

  • Simon St. Peter
    Posted October 9, 2020 10:37 am 0Likes

    Wishing a very great woman a happy birthday

  • Idara Assam
    Posted October 9, 2020 1:58 pm 0Likes

    An amazing woman. She definitely deserves to be celebrated, and I celebrate with her. Congratulations Ma’am. More accolades to come.

  • Eno Ebong
    Posted October 9, 2020 2:34 pm 0Likes

    Truly a great woman, God bless you.

  • Dr. Etiobong Etukumana
    Posted October 9, 2020 6:20 pm 0Likes

    A great woman and a model for generations to emulate. Prof, we appreciate you.

  • Alice Aniemeke
    Posted October 9, 2020 8:11 pm 0Likes

    Congratulations mma Prof.! I am proud to identify with you as a fellow Cornelian! Action Not Words!

  • Aniema Ekong
    Posted October 9, 2020 9:56 pm 0Likes

    She’s definitely all of these and more. Love you much Auntie.

  • Barr. Uduak Ukpeh
    Posted October 12, 2020 4:00 am 0Likes

    She is a great woman full of love and passion

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