Tears as Akeredolu’s Aide, Elizabeth Akpan, laid to rest

..she was a dependable personal aide- Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

Tears flowed freely at the Funeral Mass held at Saint Richard’s Catholic Church, Jericho GRA, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday March 22, 2024 in honor of late Mrs Elizabeth Mfon Akpan who died recently after a protracted illness, at the age of 64.

Mrs Akpan until her death was a Senior Special Assistant in Ondo State government and a dedicated personal aide to Her Excellency, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, former First Lady of Ondo State.

She also served as Chief Matron of BEMORE Empowered Girls Foundation,
National Welfare Secretary, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN,
Financial Secretary, Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials, FOWOSO all founded by Her Excellency, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, (Ada Owere I).

In her emotional tribute captioned ” Tribute to Lizzy; My PA, My BEMORE Commander, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu described her as a dependable personal aide, whose demise compounded her state of sorrow, as it occurred shortly after her husband’s death.

Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, however, took solace in the fact that she had a close relationship which remains evergreen in her heart.

In her words” I’m speechless and heartbroken because your death compounded my state of sorrow. After my husband’s passing, while still on your sick bed, you were concerned that you were not around to look after me. You were terrified about how I would cope. But I assured you that I would be fine. That you needed to focus on getting well first. Alas, that was not meant to be. You were gone. My dependable PA gone too soon. My BEMORE Commander gone too soon. Visiting Emeabiam my small London without you is unthinkable.

During the planning of BEMORE 2023 program, while I was in Germany, you assured me that my absence would make no difference. Truely, you had a hitch-free and colourful summer bootcamp… How can the BEMORE Family do without you? Oh death, where is thy sting? Too many deaths around me this season. Too much for one person, totally helpless. However, I’m consoled by the close relationship and fun we had. You remain evergreen in my heart. Rest on Lizzy! “

Mrs Elizabeth Akpan who hails from Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom State is survived by her two children and five grandchildren.

The funeral mass was attended by family members, friends and colleagues of the deceased alongside members of BEMORE Empowered Girls Foundation, BRECAN and FOWOSO.

Credit: Rowland Onyekwu

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