A BRIEF HISTORY
ESOP in the
Efik language literally means “Court” but when associated with a group of people coming together for a purpose,
is could be interpreted as an “Organization or Association” NDITO in the Efik language literally means “Children”.
But when seen along side ethnic groups it is interpreted as the “People” EFIK, EFUT and QUA are some of the ethnic
groups that makeup CALABAR a city, in Cross
River State of Nigeria.
If ESOP NDITO
EFIK EFUT YE QUA, were to be translated as spoken, it would have meant the Court of the Children the of Efik, Efut and Qua.
But when interpreted as explain above, it means the Organization or Association the People of Efik, Efut and Qua.
The ESOP NDITO
EFIK EFUT YE QUA is a controversial offshoot of ESOP Mkparawa. Mkparawa in Efik language means “Young Men”. Therefore
the ESOP Mkparawa is the Organization of the Young Men of Efik. Therefore the organization of the Efik people in the various
towns in the country was called ESOP Mkparawa with Central body in Lagos.
With this name,
it was seen most of the time by the elderly Efik people (Ma and Ete) living outside Calabar as an organization of the young
men, as the name implies. The young women too even though they attended meetings of the ESOP Mkparawa, they did not see themselves
as belonging, since they were not Mkparawa but Nkaiferi meaning young ladies. Therefore ESOP Mkparawa was not all embracing
as the Efik Nation is concern.
In Warri, the
Oil City in Delta
State, Nigeria, there was a situation where the women became
very agitated as they felt, there were not being taken into the main stream of the ESOP Mkparawa in Warri. This agitation,
led to a brainstorming session in one of the meetings. Out of the names suggested, ESOP NDITO EFIK EFUT YE QUA a suggestion
made by Mma Grace Bassey, now known as Mrs Grace Adowei, a Nursing Sister with the NNPC Medical Department, Warri, but now
on transfer to Por-Harcourt, was accepted as all embracing as both the young and old, men and women do not feel left out.
With this name, the fellowship will now embrace the Efik Nation as a whole living Warri and not just the Mkparawas.
The ESOP which
is based in Delta State, Nigeria, has
its head quarter in Warri. Till date the ESOP has been waxing stronger with all members putting their best in promoting the
Social and Cultural Image of our Fatherland, Calabar, popularly known as CANAAN
In 1983 Mr. E. E. Eyo who is a retiree
of the Inland Waterways Department, Warri, now residing in Calabar, was the 1st President of the ESOP. He is now
a Patron of the ESOP.
Some of his executive
Chief L. A. Edet -
1st Vice President
Mr. J. A. K. Marshall - 2nd Vice President
Mr. R. E. I. Kadana - 3rd Vice President
Mr. Otu A. Otu -
Miss Grace Bassey - Financial Secretary
Mr. C. P. E. Archibong - Assit. General Secretary
Chief L. A. Edet who was the 1st
vice President and an immigration Officer then, took over as President in 1987.
Mr. J. A. K. Marshall took over as
President from Chief L. A. Edet, in 1999
Chief C. P. E. Archibong who presently
is the President of the ESOP took over from Mr. J. A. K. Marshall.
are the current Executives:
Mr. Silvanus Efiom -
1st Vice President
Barrister Inyang N. Inyang - 2nd Vice President
Mr. Archibong Archibong - General Secrtary
Mrs. Sylvia Inyahg - Financial Secretary
Princess Patience Asoquo - Treasurer
Engr. Isac A. Aikoroje - Public Relation Officer
Mr. Inyang Willie - Welfare
Mrs Rebecca Eboh - Women Leader
of the ESOP are:
Miss. Rose Pius
Mrs. Christy Keyes -
Mary Ishie -
Pastor E. Edet
Madam Beneedict Ishie
Miss. Afiong Etim
Miss. Ayimoh Essien
Mr. George Offiong
Miss. Essienawan Edet