Akon Etim Eyakenyi
Akwa Ibom South
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Eyakenyi was born in 1960 into the family of Chief Uweh Isangedihi in Urue-Offong/Oruko local government area in Akwa Ibom State. In 1968 she attended Government Primary School, Uko-Uyukim where she finished with her First School Leaving Certificate in 1974. In 1974 she enrolled in the Methodist Teacher’s Training College in Oron and graduated with Teachers Grade II Certificate in 1979.
In 1983 Akon enrolled in the University of Calabar and was given Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1986. In 1990, she obtained a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree from the University of Calabar. She also obtained a Master of Education (M.Ed) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum Education in 2010 and 2014 respectively.
Akon Eyakenyi began her career as a teacher when she was appointed Mistress I & II by the Cross River State Education board where she served from 1986 to 1993. In 1991, while serving as a teacher she was appointed Supervisor for Education, Youths, Sports and Culture in Oron. Subsequently she served in the Akwa Ibom State ministry of education 1993 to 1999 as an Education officer. In 1999, she was appointed to serve in the Akwa Ibom State Education board.
In 2000, she was appointed Commissioner for Industry, Commerce and Tourism in Akwa Ibom State during the regime of Victor Attah. In 2013, she was appointed by Godswill Akpabio as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Technical Schools Board. She served as Chairman of the board until her appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan as Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in 2014.