The final rites of passage for the late Obong of Calabar and Grand Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom , His Eminence, Edidem (Professor) Nta Elijah Henshaw has begun and will end Saturday October 11.
The late Obong who died February 16, 2008, according to a statement released in Abuja and signed by chairman of the Central Working Committee of the burial, Etubom Ekpo Eyo Bassey, the late Obong’s burial rites, would be conducted in line with the Efik tradition and culture.
All the major traditional rites would take place at the Cross River State capital, Calabar.
Edidem Nta Henshaw VI mounted the throne of his ancestors in August 1999.
The late Obong of Calabar, a world renowned dentist was a member of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Nigerian Dental Council, a fellow of Dental Surgery of National Postgraduate College of Nigeria among other professional bodies.
Born on 5th November 1928, he attended the famous Duke Town School and Hope Waddell Training Institute both in Calabar for his primary and secondary education. After his secondary education, he traveled to the United Kingdom and attended the Medical School of Kings College, University of Durham and the Sutherland Dental School, from 1951-1957.
He also attended the Institute of Dental Surgery, University of London, Royal College of Surgeons of England and Training at the Mount Vernon Hospital, Plastic Burns and Maxillo facial Centre, London where he specialized in maxillo facial plastic surgery as well as paediatric oral and dental surgery. He was an accomplished Professor of Dentistry, renowned for high intellectual contributions and dexterity in the practice of his profession.
The late Obong was a Fellow of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow), Fellow in Dental Surgery of the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria, Fellow of the West Africa College of Surgeons.