The paternal cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Micheal Franklin has been given the Adaida of Efik Eburutu title by the Obong and King of the Efik/ Calabar Kingdom.
Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, who is the Obong of Calabar has stretched the reach of his Chieftaincy title holders as he conferred Prince Micheal Franklin, paternal cousin to Queen Elizabeth II the Adaida of Efik Eburutu title.
The treaty King and Grand Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom (The Obong), also honoured Johnnie Oliver, the President of the Brazzaville Foundation, with the same title recognising his universal peace initiative.
Before the titles were presented, the current title holders were led by a former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, the Chief Executive Officer, Henshaw Capital Partner Chief Barbara Etim-James, and a fomer presidential adviser, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa.
The grand event which hosted the sons and daughters of the Efik Kingdom, saw the presence of fomer Managing Director of Tinapa Business and Resorts, Chief Bassey Ndem, and Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong.
The Obong reminded them that the conferment of the title was to strengthen the bond between the Efik people and the British Colony.
He also gave honorary certificates and sceptres with specific statement that the Prince shows it to the English leaders.
Prior to the coronation, Duke honoured Oliver as he said “There is hardly any peace move in the continent of Africa that Olivier does not work behind the scene.
“He finds alternative solutions to conflict resolution. Played crucial role in South Africa during the apartheid era and was involved. Prince Franklin is his ally.”
The Chairman of the Obong of Calabar Executive Forum, Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, also said that the conferment was a clone of the relationship between Efik and Britain.
“The event is significant. It is not too common to confer an Efik title on foreigners. It is a re-enactment of the relationship between the Efik, Britain and peace. What we have seen is going to bring to the Efik and its people a positive relationship. We have by this shown that we still recall the past,” he said.
Asuquo also told the title holders to visit the palace at least once every year.
Prince Franklin then promised to visit the palace frequently, and added that they would extend their humanitarian roles to other parts of the world.