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10/27/2018

SPECIAL TRIBUTE: PROF (REV.) RANSOM W.DOUGLAS


  PROFESSOR (REV.) RANSOM WEST DOUGLAS
A COLOSSUS KALABARI AND IJAW TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADER
             SUNRISE: 1947              SUNSET: 2018

Minapu,

I was overwhelmed with grief when the shocking news of the sudden demise of Professor Ransom West Douglas, the Kalabari and Ijaw transformational and quintessential leader, and man of integrity was revealed.

We always engaged in didactic socio-political discourse on disquisition of government and about the future plight of the Kalabari in particular, Ijaws and Nigerians in general, as it relates to the problem of 'identity crisis' and the culture of narcissism in the Diaspora, and the doctrine of 'tyrannical recidivism' and rebarbative politics in Nigeria.

ADVOCACY
Prof. Ransom Douglas fought against the concept of 'Piratical Imperialism'  by the polyglot hegemony in Nigeria, a despicably oppressive situation where majority of the oil wells in the Niger Delta are owned and managed by a self-perpetuating oligarchy and the post-war capitalist marauders from the North while the owners wallow in destitution.

EARLY LIFE
Born October 17, 1947 in Buguma City, ASALGA, Rivers State, Nigeria, Prof. Douglas entered primary school at St. Michael's, Buguma and later started his secondary education at the Niger Grammar School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

As a future professional, he pursued an undergraduate education in Petroleum Engineering in University of Texas, followed by a graduate degree MBA program at the Golden Gate University, and capped this with a Ph.D in Higher Educational Leadership at George Washington University.

He was a professor and for over two decades served as Program Director of Industrial Technology Management, Norfolk State University in Virginia. A prolific writer, he published several books designed to advance humanity, including a book on Kalabari.

RELIGION
A committed and dedicated Christian, Prof (Rev.) Ransom Douglas was an Ordained Baptist Minister and a linguist. As a devout Christian he volunteered and conducted several missionary trips to Nigeria, Africa and many parts of the United States dedicating his resources to the down trodden in society, while also spreading the gospel through prison ministry. He also engaged in extending missionary projects to economically emasculated people in the 'Shell-Shocked' Niger Delta region who daily face environmental pollution, acid rain and  gas flaring.

As a Baptist Minister he constantly reminded youths of the Biblical dictum found in:

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13:11 which states thus: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.'' KJV

Prof. Douglas saw the need for children to grow to become useful, productive and responsible men and women and contribute positively to society and effect social change. This to him had the potential to curtail the proliferation of "Adult Children" in the household who are unprepared to venture forth into the 'voyage of exploration' to become self-reliant. As an academic, he counseled against the concept of  'Conspicuous Consumption' and  overly flagrant  demonstration of wealth - - - that seemingly reflects the superficiality  of a decadent society.

FAMILY
As a family man, Professor Douglas was a devoted and loving father with many loving children. His children are all professionally placed  in their various endeavors . In addition to his children, Prof. Douglas is survived  by his sisters, brothers, numerous friends, students  and well wishers.

CAREER
Dr. Ransom Douglas had an amiable career path. He was one of  the finest officers of the Nigerian Navy in  the antebellum period. Soon after joining the Navy,   the young Ransom Douglas attended the famous Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala, India and graduated as valedictorian  of his class.  It was thereafter that he  proceeded to the United States.  He was a  firm believer in the emancipatory ideology  of former United States President  Thomas Jefferson, who reiterated  that, "when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes a duty."  The result is Mutually Assured Destruction! An adherent of the Zikish philosophy of liberation, he imbued with the concept of "spiritual balance, mental emancipation, political proclivity and economic propensity" to actualize our goals in capitalist dogma.

A very principled professional, Prof. Douglas was always seeking excellence through team work, and comradeship through cooperation, coordination and collaboration in attaining societal goals and milestones.  He was a man who pursued his vision of establishing a foot path in the sands of posterity. He was never one to engage in ad hominem attacks against those who might disagree with him.

He pioneered and supervised the over $300 million construction of the petrochemical plant and refinery at Kaduna, Nigeria, while working for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Through academics, Prof. Douglas elevated himself above the limitations of mediocrity and experienced  the vicissitudes of an urbane and uppity professional disposition.  His professional career took him further to consult for many Fortune 500 companies, including Union Carbide Corporation in the United States.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Prof. Douglas belonged to many professional organizations and Fortune 500 Companies, and cultural associations, including the Society for Colleges and University  Planning; American Institute of Research; American Production and Inventory Control Society; American Society for Quality Control; National Association of Industrial Technology and Higher Education Administration; American Professional Alliance; Project Management Institute;  Kalabari National Association, USA; Buguma Community, USA; and KASA, USA.

Prof. Douglas demonstrated a proclivity for leadership and accommodated even iconoclasts with gaseous  ideas, nihilist ideology and grandiose sense of entitlement. He exhibited in his demeanor  the importance of dignity of labor and discipline His  modus vivendi in solving intricate problems was intertwined with actionable intelligence.

Our 'Original ED' as he was fondly called by founding members of the Kalabari  National Association-USA when Prof. Douglas ascended to the position of Executive Director before a strategic retreat.  Prof. Douglas was later chairman of the Kalabari National Association-USA and contributed significantly to the inauguration of the Kalabari National University {KANU} in Houston, Texas in 2012.  He later became Board member of the Ijaw Foundation in the United States during the tumultuous years and demonstrated functional capacity. Without resorting to reductio ad-absurdum or ad-baculum  Prof. Douglas displayed the ingenuity to carry along all stakeholders.    

The transformation of KNA-USA under his leadership demonstrated that Prof. Douglas had FORTITUDE! As Peter, the hero of Hugh Walpole's novel entitled "Fortitude" said:


"It isn't life that matters but the Courage you bring to it." "Blessed be all sorrow, hardships, and endurance that demand Courage. Blessed be these things; for of these things cometh the making of a man."


Professor Ransom West Douglas was a very courageous, self-confident and resourceful man!!

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN THE BOSOM OF THE LORD ALMIGHTY!!!      

OPUYETOLUMABO-OPU IKIA KUROBO RANSOM WEST DOUGLAS

SPECIAL TRIBUTE

THE PASSING OF THE PROVOST OF THE NIGER DELTA PEOPLE'S WORLD CONGRESS-A CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND AND
   NIGER DELTA FREEDOM FIGHTER: CHIEF SAM NELSON UDOFIA

                                                                                       CHIEF SAM NELSON UDOFIA
With very deep sorrow, we join the Ibibio Community, family and well-wishers in the United States and Nigeria to announce the unfortunate passing of our amiable, dynamic and transformational Provost of the Niger Delta People's World Congress, Elder, Mkpisong, Chief Sam Nelson Udofia, after a brief illness at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Chief Udofia was aged 73-Years but survived by his wife, numerous children, sisters, brothers, and well-wishers.
      MAY HIS SOUL REST IN THE BOSSOM OF THE LORD!!!
Born to the royal family of Chief Nelson Udofia Ekpene Etuk in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Chief Sam Udofia was a man of academic excellence. He earned a Bachelor's degree,  in International Business Management from Howard University, 1973 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), 1976 from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
The professional career of Chief Udofia spans two continents. He was a lecturer at College of Technology, Cross River State, and Chairman of the Department of Banking and Finance, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. He became chief executive of Anchor Insurance Ltd (formerly Manila Insurance Nigeria Ltd), CEO of Cross River Co-operative Wholesale Association, Ltd and later, Consultant to the World Bank in Washington, DC. Chief Udofia established several companies in the Washington metropolitan axis in the United States.
An advocate and astute Civil Rights icon, Chief Udofia was an active facilitator in the campaign for the creation of Akwa Ibom State. He was a founding member and Provost of the Niger Delta People's World Congress, a global socio-cultural umbrella organization that advocates for the Rights of Indigenous People of the Niger Delta who own the largest Petroleum Dome in Africa but are exploited, oppressed, marginalized, and grossly undeserved. Chief Udofia was a legendary freedom fighter and helped found the Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio USA, first chairman of the Ibom People's Congress USA, and a founding member of Ibibio Community USA.
It is noteworthy that Chief Udofia promoted a pacifist approach to the collapse of governance at the centre or the falsehood of the Nigerian re-engineering project by advocating for passive resistance to socio-economic injustice and denial of self-determination through out the South-South Zone.
We pay tribute to a man who will be remembered as a tireless advocate and a role model and inspiration to new generations of Niger Delta activists. We cherish Chief Udofia and all of the tireless and effective work he has done on behalf of Niger Delta throughout his life, and now is the time for us to stand with him and his family during their time of need. May the many memories and legacy of Chief Udofia help to sustain you all at this most difficult time. We knew him also as a courageous, strategic, freedom fighter who valiantly helped to shape and lead campaigns for freedom, justice and human dignity for all persons, in Nigeria and his adopted country of United States.
                                                Peace be to the entire family!
Signed: Chief Mpaka Princewil - CHAIR
              Olorogun Aruegodore Oyiborhoro - VICE CHAIR
              Dr. John Tebepah - GENERAL SECRETARY
              Prof. Macleans Geo-Jaja - WORLDWIDE COORDINATOR
              Mr. Omasan Ofuya - PUBLICITY SECRETARY/DIRECTOR. OF COMMUNICATION
                  NIGER DELTA PEOPLE'S WORLD CONGRESS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FUNERAL PROGRAM FOR CHIEF SAM NELSON UDOFIA

PROVOST & BoT - NIGER DELTA PEOPLES WORLD CONGRESS
 SUNRISE: 1945                                        SUNSET: 2018   
       MAY  HIS  SOUL REST IN  PERFECT  PEACE!                 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018: SERVICE OF SONGS  / VENUE: St. Stephen's African Church #25 Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State / TIME: 6:00pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018: FUNERAL  SERVICE / VENUE: St. Stephen's African Church / #25 Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State /TIME: 11:00am
FOR SUPPORT CONTRACT HIS SON: MR. ANIEKEME SAM UDOFIA / PHONE (S): +234-817-589-5185 [NIGERIA]  (703)-587-9827 - ARIZONA, US
SIGNED:  MR. OMASAN  OFUYA 
              PUBLICITY SECRETARY & DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION