UBON AKPAN, VETERAN MARITIME JOURNALIST DIES AT 56 - Paul Ukpabio's Blog

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Saturday, 22 June 2019

UBON AKPAN, VETERAN MARITIME JOURNALIST DIES AT 56


Veteran Journalist Chief Ubon Jimmy Akpan has gone to the world beyond. He died in the early hours of Thursday June 20, 2019. He was aged 56.

He had a distinguished career as a practicing journalist with over 33 years experience in major media organisations, including The Punch and Champion newspapers. Although he covered many beats and served as state correspondent in a number of states, it was in the maritime industry that he excelled and found fulfillment as he transcended the reportage of the maritime beat to become an entrepreneur in the shipping industry.



In 1999, he teamed up with some close friends – Asu Beks, Emeka Okoroanyanwu, Alban Opara and Pius Mordi – to co-found Maritime Publications Limited which pioneered the publication of specialised journal through Maritime Quarterly magazine.

Reputed for his boundless energy, candour and commitment, Ubon Akpan was also a former president of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) and a founding member of the League of Maritime Editors.

He carved a niche for himself as an outspoken and forthright commentator, analyst and stakeholder in the maritime industry. In his commentaries and interventions, Akpan never wavered in pushing his conviction that the potential in the maritime industry can drive Nigeria’s economy with the right policy mix.
Akpan was also devoted to his community and worked assiduously for the uplifting of his people. He was a one-time president of the Ibiono Ibom Welfare and Development Association (IWADA) in Lagos among various capacities. He also served in the executive council of the Akwa Ibom  State Community (AKISCOM), Lagos branch.

His early education began at the famous Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar from where he proceeded to The Polytechnic, Calabar where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication. He went to University of Ibadan where he completed a program in Masters in Communication Arts (MCA).

He is survived by his wife Esther, children and siblings. Burial arrangements as announced by his family.



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