The Twins Alive Foundation (TAF) has celebrated the 171st posthumous birthday of missionary Mary Slessor who died in Africa in 1815.
The Twins Alive Foundation kicked off her annual national convention for Twins and people of Multiple births which is in its 10th year with a conference which held for 4 days from 28th Nov. – 2nd December.
The 4 days program kicked off with a free medical outreach and free distribution of eye glasses on Friday while in the evening a road show carnival was organized in Mary Slessor’s honour across Uyo Central District to create awareness for the 10th Anniversary celebration of TAF & to sensitize people of her glowing indelible works through the foundation.
The street carnival turned out to be one of the most glamorous party ever held in the Uyo central district which left people not only spell bound but created an electrifying effect that kept people on their toes.
At the end of the streets carnival they retired to the field of their lodge at the Catholic Pastoral Centre along Dominic Utuk Avenue for the night program which comprised the camp fire night and the official welcoming of all the state chapters across the nation.
A powerful Acapella group stole the show for the night as their rendition made people go gaga up to a state of utopia.
The Day 2 event was on Saturday which was mainly the visitation to Mary Slessor’s epitaph in Calabar. The trip had to be aborted due to the horrible state of the roads especially between Uyo to Duke town (Southern Calabar). The journey of 2 hours from Uyo to Calabar turned over 6-8hours depending on the volume of traffic. It was the lowest moment of the program in which the only alternative route would have been via the sea through Oron axis.
The dilapidated road which is now a death trap prevented twins who came from far and near across the nation the opportunity of paying homage to the woman who tirelessly fought to standstill the obnoxious, wicked, and barbaric tradition of killing of Twins that pervaded the old eastern region of Nigeria (now South- East and South- South region).
However, the day’s event was substituted with games to give room for bonding and the visit to Obong Usungurua of Use Ikot Oku community to felicitate with him over the 171st posthumous celebration.
In the evening a second camp fire night with numerous song presentations made the event lively. The capping was the official documentary of Twins Alive Foundation which was presented by the Founders Twin Jude and Lady Best Idiongesit.
The documentary showed the origin, vision and mission of the group which came to be as a result of the death of the founder’s twin brother that occurred over 20 years ago was mind blowing. Quest Extra authoritatively gathered at the event that the foundation was formed to mark the 10th Anniversary of his twin brother’s demise which is now 20 years this year.
Day 3, was the thanksgiving service at the Presbyterian Church along Dominic Utuk avenue. It was a colourful occasion that had in attendance the creme de la cream of the society. Afterwards, the 10th Anniversary party moved to the Catholic Pastoral Centre where they had enough to dine and wine.
Day 4 (Monday 2nd Dec.) event was a visit to her final resting place in Use Ekot area of Ibiono local government Area in AkwaIbom state where she died on the 13th January 1915.
The entire area was agog with pump and pageantry as all twins across the nation were there to celebrate her 171st posthumous Birthday.
Questextra reliably gathered that a Chapel will soon be erected at the now dilapidated site of her last place of abode by the Presbyterian Church in conjunction with the Twins Alive Foundation.