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Dr. Ita Ekanem

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 13, 2015 @ 3:36 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 16 Comments

DURHAM- Dr. Ita Ekanem went to be with the Lord peacefully on the morning of July 11, 2015 with his family by his side.

He was born on February 12, 1939 in Ntan Mbat, Nigeria to Inyang and Nkoyo Ekanem. He completed his high school at Hope Waddell, his bachelor’s at University of Ife, his master’s and doctorate at Brown University and finally a post doctorate fellowship at Princeton University, completing his training as a statistical demographer.

Returning to Nigeria he joined the faculty at the University of Ife for a few years before joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in Ethiopia from which he retired in 1999.

He was a highly regarded authority in the field of demography, an academic and author. His family will always remember his generous heart and fierce devotion to them, as well as his love of all things cheesecake. He always had a hearty chuckle rumbling in his belly.

His memory, legacy, accomplishments and love will live on in his wife, Nkoyo, his children, Kokoete, Idorenyin (passed), Enoabasi, Akaninyene, Effiong, his grandchildren, Aiden, Ansa and Emmaleigh.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00AM, Monday , July 20, 2015 at Triangle Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Casey Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 3:00 – 5:00pm Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Please direct any honoraria to educational charities of your choosing.

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Condolences for the family of “Dr. Ita Ekanem”

Condolence from Christin Smith on July 13th, 2015 6:41 pm

I can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. I have thought of Dr. Ekanem all week since I took care of him last Wednesday, as well as the entire family. I cared for him while he was at UNC. He was such a kind, gentle man and really touched my heart while he was here. He was such a wonderful man and I can tell how much he was loved by his family, and how much his family loved him. May he rest in peace.

-Christin Smith, nurse on the MPCU at UNC.

Condolence from Emah Linus on July 14th, 2015 9:42 am

I hearthly sympathize with the family and the University of Uyo,Uyo community on such a great lost. Dr. Ita you were an academia par excellence, the entire Sociology folks will forever miss your kind gesture. My best ever Lecturer….Adieu Enyen Ntan Mbak. Rest In Peace Daddy!!!


Dr. ita ekanem was my academic mentor….father and close friend.i will dearly miss him…..my heart goes to his family members as i pray God almighty to console them in this moments of grieve.

Condolence from Sandy Stallings on July 14th, 2015 2:50 pm

You may not remember me, Nkoyo, but I worked for Dr. Robert Mason, your orthodontist. I remember you well, your grace and charm are not easily forgotten. I am saddened to read of your husband’s passing. Please know that I am thinking of you, Eno & Effi. You all made my life enriched. Much love to you all, Sandy

Condolence from Alex Emmanuel on July 15th, 2015 4:02 am

Rest in peace Dr. Ita Ekanem may your soul rest in the bossom of our lord Jesus christ. Amen. Missing a real gem your memories will continue to be refresh in our hearts. We love you, but God loves you most.

Condolence from Christine smith on July 15th, 2015 9:37 pm

Akan and family . I am Akan’s wife’s aunt Christine Smith. I send my deepest love to you in your sorrow at this time .I wish with all my heart I had met this beautiful man . my heartfet prayers will be said for you all and Dr. Eta Ekanem in my spiritual reflections each morning . Know I thinking of you all .

Condolence from Tanisha Crosson on July 16th, 2015 9:39 am

Mrs. E,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Just know that I am here for anything you need and that I am keeping you an your family in my prayers.
Ms. Crosson

Condolence from Elizabeth Sawyerr on July 17th, 2015 11:58 am

Dear Eno;
This is Elizabeth (I met you through Christiana at Good Shepherd Church)

I offer my sincerest sympathy to you and your family at this time. No one can feel the pain you are going through, but remember that God’s comforting hands will embrace you, and loving thoughts of the good times you all had will now be your family’s treasured rememberance of your Dad.

Remember that through it all, God is with you and will be always. May God’s Grace comfort you all, and may HIs Peace dwell within your hearts as you all go through the pain of letting go of your DAD.


Condolence from Campbell Family of Maryland on July 17th, 2015 1:17 pm

Our deepest sympathy on your loss. God’s grace enfolds you all at this very difficult time. Please know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in loving memories created and wonderful times shared with Dad. We will miss his welcoming smile.

Julius, Christiana, Valerie, and Joyce

Condolence from Andrew Yarbrough on July 19th, 2015 11:10 pm

Ekanem Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I did not personally know Dr. Ekanem but do have the privilege of knowing his son, Effi, and can only imagine how loving and carrying he was as a husband, father, and friend. I pray that Dr. Ekanem’s spirit shines within you and the memories created last an eternity. May the Lord comfort you all during these times.

Condolence from Sylvia McBeth and Ellie Mazack on July 20th, 2015 12:27 pm

Dear Nkoyo, Effi and family, we were so sad to learn of your loss. Dr. Ekanem sounded like a wonderful, accomplished man who helped make the world a better place. You, his family, are extraordinary and reflect the man he must have been. Thinking of you at this time. Love, Ellie (Mazack) and Sylvia McBeth

Condolence from Kahiga Tiagha on July 24th, 2015 10:13 pm

To the Ekanem family,

Our sincerest condolences about your sudden and distressing loss. You must reply on each other and your faith to get you through this difficult period.

I know Uncle Ita mostly through the loving and respectful stories our parents told of him and Auntie Nkoyo. A kind, funny and generous man, colleague and friend who helped my parents and by extension their children, us, in times of dire need. Not knowing my parents to be careless with their words, you made a lasting impression on them and through them, on us. And for that I will ever be grateful. RIP Uncle Ita.

Warmly and lovingly,

Kahiga Tiagha (The Tiagha family)

Condolence from Dr Aniefiok Ukommi on July 27th, 2015 3:12 pm

It was great working with and learning from you here in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, Nigeria. Adieu, a great teacher of people.

Condolence from Victor Eyo Assi on August 5th, 2015 2:49 am

The news of death came as a shock to me. i still not belief that you are gone. I can still remember the day before you left Nigeria and you said to me ” Victor i will you when i return, try and do your best”. It hurts be so much to see and hear that My mentor and father is no more. I remember when you call me to ask how am coping with statistics. You taught me the rudiment of statistics, you are a rare gem. The best Lecturer and tutor that i have ever met. I will forever miss you and your fatherly advice.
Rest in bossom of the Lord.

Victor E Assi
For the M.Sc Uniuyo Students (Sociology)

Condolence from Udensi Lawrence on August 5th, 2015 3:03 am

A loss that is great to bear though with submission to the will of the Almighty God. Our statistical expert, usually described as the man that plays with figures and data. I am forced to exaggerate that he will continue with the statistics department in heaven. You have gone to be with the Lord, we will meet to part no more, some day in the resurrection morning. Sleep on our teacher, the great statistician and measurement expert. The department of Sociology & Anthropology and the university of Uyo community will miss You greatly. Bye!!!!!!!

Condolence from joseph ekpo. a student of sociology and anthropology. university of uyo on August 16th, 2015 7:35 am

apart from being my lecturer, he was my my father and a friend.
he made me to know that proper preparation prevent poor performance.
is difficult to say bye, but since it is functionally necessary, i will do that within me..
this is really and will remain my greatest fear
to miss someone who is no more
stay well sweet dad..i love you

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