A scholar who was born into a clergyman’s family with a mother who served as a school teacher would best be described as one with a good foundation.
Dr Udeme Nana, a native of Mbiabong lkot Atim, lni Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, is the first child of his family. Fortune smiled at him as he found himself in a relatively convenient environment, another source of a stabilized foundation.
While growing up, this paragon of knowledge was shielded from the world and this in turn affected his social skills. Dr Nana became a “lonely person”, having no list of friends, apart from his academic and professional colleagues.
Despites the relative convenience he had in his childhood, he chose to be focused and disciplined in achieving his academic pursuit which made him outstanding among his peers.
With the prospect of one who could be described as being born into a very stable family, this Barack Obama of Ibibio Land believes that life is in stages. He holds the view that anyone who chooses to be carried away by comfort, is open to falling prey to retardation.
Of course, his studious and calm disposition retain his mark as one grounded in discipline as a secure template for success. His educational background also portrays him as a hardworking personality.
Through his intellectual capacity, he served both Governor Victor Attah and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State as their Media Adviser between 1999-2008. He remained sensitive in order not to tarnish the credibility of his background as well as his moral chastity.
At the age of 37, Dr Udeme Nana contested for House of Representatives in Ikono/ Ini Federal Constituency but did not scale through. He made a second attempt but still had no chance. As a Mass Communication Scholar who headed the Mass Comm Department of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, he vied for the Rectorship post but was denied opportunity to serve. As a deep thinking person, he took all these circumstances as a stepping stone to something better.
A renowned public speaker, Dr Nana is an author of several publications. He is also a convener of Uyo Book Club, a group he established to inculcate a reading habit among young persons. Provoked by the poor reading culture among his people and the absence of high culture in the state, he believes that changing the low culture of Akwa Ibomites requires a high reading habit.
He is seen as a role model, an intelligent media guru and a Public Affairs expert whose knowledge has helped in enhancing development in the state. Dr Udeme Nana is an inspiration whose desire is to instill greatness in the younger generation. Dr Nana is one individual that is respected in AKS and in Nigeria at large. He has impacted thousands of lives with one of his Mentees being Mr Michael Bush, who is also a very well respected communicator.
In recognition of his pragmatism and his selfless contributions to the betterment of humanity, our team in Voice Your Stories is pleased to honour Dr Udeme Nana with this space as our PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK.