SERVICE TO GOD AND HUMANITY: A BRIEF PROFILE OF HONOURABLE (EVANG.) UDUAK DANIEL UDOENANG JP, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF URUAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL.
It was Brian Tracy, a renowned Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development expert, who once said, “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do”. Interestingly, the above is an inspiring quote that has found practical expression in the life of Hon. ( Evang.) Uduak Daniel Udoenang, Uruan Local Government Council’s Vice Chairman.
Today marked the birthday of the princess, born on April 28, 1979 to Chief Ini Akpan of Ibiaku Itam II, and married over fifteen years ago to Architect Daniel Udoenang of Ibiaku Uruan, Uruan Local Government Area, Hon. Uduak Udoenang, whose philosophy is Service, and Service Alone, had her early education at Primary School, Ikot Ebom Itam, Itu L.G.A from 1984 to 1989 and JIMBO Secondary Commercial School, Afaha Obong Itam, Itu L.G.A and Otop Christian High School, Ikot Ukpong Eren, Abak Local Government Area, between 1996 and 2002.
Uduak’s approach to life has been humanistic from childhood. So after obtaining her Senior Secondary School Certificate in 2002, that inherent passion for service and her unhidden disdain for idleness propelled her into taking up a job offer as an Auxiliary Nurse in Alma Clinic, Uyo; a job she did diligently until she gained admission in 2004 to further her studies in fulfillment of her unyielding desire for University education.
Conscious of the fact that Nigeria’s University education is often fraught with intermittent strikes with debilitating consequences – including prolonged academic year – Uduak, having been found worthy in character and learning, was awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Microbiology in 2010.
She did her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Akwa Ibom State, where she was deployed to the State’s Ministry of Health for her Primary assignment between 2011 and 2012.
On completion of her National Youth Service year in 2012, Uduak, determined not to join the unending cue of university graduates waiting for job openings in government, started her own business as the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of UD LIVINGPRAISE VENTURES, UYO – dealing in all forms of music industry transactions such as artiste management, music production (audio and video), promotion and marketing. As an entrepreneur and a business developer, she has other ventures that deals with livestock/ crop production, livestock feed, as well as boutique. This endowment has enhanced her philanthropic attributes especially in empowerment of women and youths in the society.
Hon. Uduak Udoenang is determined and strong willed – not one to give up on her dreams, vision or a cause that aligns with her conviction. Having had an upbringing hinged on sound moral and godly living, her guiding principle, SERVICE TO GOD AND HUMANITY is predicated on an unimpeachable base of integrity, responsiveness and commitment to whatever changes the narrative for good.
Hon. (Evang.) Uduak Udoenang is a talented singer and a multiple award winning songster with an indubitable stage presence who started her music career in the late 90s. Her inspiring lyrics, sonorous voice and scintillating rendition, apart from raising the bar in Gospel music industry has stirred up faith in despondent hearts, created the atmosphere for supernatural interventions and won many souls for God’s kingdom.
Today, with 22 Gospel Music Albums and a record bestselling Akwa Ibom Gospel Music album, “Asian Akpan Abasi Vol.1” with hit track, “Mkpó Akenam Mi”, in the early 2000, of which over 10 million copies were sold, Uduak Udoenang, also address with her stage name as Princess Uduak Akpan, a prolific songster and ace musical producer, promoter and marketer – has carved for herself an enviable niche and earned the bragging right as a force to be reckoned with in the Gospel music industry.
In the quest to align her calling with God’s purpose and use her gift for the advancement of the work of His Kingdom, Uduak enrolled in Umai Ukpai Evangelistic Association Incorporated where she obtained a Certificate in Ministry in 2005.
It is noteworthy that this singing Evangelist’s selection as one of the few artistes found worthy of performing and ministering at the 2018 edition of Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival – a Guinness World Record Award holding event – sharing the stage with prominent foreign and Nigerian artistes such as Angella Christie, Nicole Mullen, Hope David, Aity Dennis, Elsie Otoo, Ifueko Charmien, Preye, Eben, Bongos Igwe, etc., still stands as an irrefutable attestation of her outstanding artistic prowess. As a shining light, several awards of excellent from churches and the society has been awarded to her.
Although secular politics was initially for her an unfamiliar terrain, this Amazon appeared to have doused her fears with a strong inward conviction that unfamiliar paths sometimes lead to the best destinations. Her political journey began in earnest in 2013 when she officially enrolled as a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and it suffices to say that her positive contributions towards the growth of the Party in Northern Uruan Ward II, Uruan Local Government Area and Akwa Ibom State at large has remained characteristically that of a shining emblem of service, loyalty, commitment, hard-work, diligence and discipline.
Hon. (Evang.)Uduak Udoenang, a Member of Corporate Institute of Leadership and Mentorship (ICLM), is an amazing leader and a dependable team player with membership in reputable social and professional organizations and has served in sensitive capacities in most of them as follows:
• Akwa Ibom State Coordinator, Women Awake International (2012 – 2015);
• Vice Chairman, Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria – FOGMMON (2016 – 2017);
•Uruan Local Government Chapter Coordinator, DAKKADA Women Initiative (2017 till date);
• Chairman Board of Trustees, Christian Musicians Association, Akwa Ibom State from 2011 till date;
• National President of Christian Musicians Association, Akwa Ibom State from 2016 to 2020
• Northern Uruan Ward II Coordinator of Committed Women for Martha Udom Emmanuel (2018 till date); and
• Treasurer, Music Movies Marketers Association, Akwa Ibom State (2016 till date).
Uduak is blessed with four lovely children. She is a devout Christian, Jerusalem Pilgrim, an Evangelist by calling, an ordained Deaconess in the body of Christ and a Politician in the service of humanity.
A peek into the rising political profile of Uruan Local Government Council’s Vice Chairman introduces a lady whose burning fervour, deep commitment and intense preparedness to serve in the overriding interest of the masses flood the minds of the people with new waves of hope in the political system, even as the euphoric expression that heralded her emergence continue in unrestrained exhilaration, unabated.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER.