The former Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Mr Donald Duke, during his visit to the National Museum for the inspection of the ongoing exhibition, commended the efforts of Prince Bassey Edet Otu, the Governor of Cross River State, for preserving the cultural heritage of the people of Cross River State and Nigeria at large through his support for an exhibition at the National Museum in Calabar.
The ongoing exhibition which is tagged “Traces of Time”, explores the artistic expression dating back from the 16th century to the contemporary era.
The exhibition mounted by France based Art Historian Bose Fagbemi has been the cynosure of attention by the Young and the Old.
The exhibition is in the Old Residency a historical Icon on its own . The First Lady of Cross River also built a Christmas Holiday Camp for Children which drew a huge crowd of families to the Musuem.
The highlight of the visit by knowledge icon of Tourism, Mr Donald Duke was his talk on the relationship between the Binis and the Efiks, dating back to when the Royal Oba Ovanrenwen of Benin was relocated to Calabar in the 19th century by the British.
Governor Duke urged Arts enthusiasts to take advantage of the season in visiting the museum and the Artistes to stage an all year round exhibition of this nature.
The exhibition has received lots of VIPs including the Governor, the First Lady and a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Jane Esienawan Inyang, JCA whose Grandfather Barr. Asuquo Etim Inyang was the First Lawyer from the entire Old Eastern Nigeria, who was admitted to the inner Temple, London and called to the English Bar and Nigerian Bar both in 1924.
There is a section of the installations dedicated to Barrister Inyang who was previously listed as one of the Cross River State Hundred Men of the last millennium. While she was visiting a young student of University of Calabar who showed a lot of interest in the photographs of Grand Pa Inyang was spotted by Justice Jane Inyang who promised to support and mentor the student.
The Artistic Consellor Bose Fagbemi thanked Mr. Duke for his visit and the pledge to support future exhibitions.
She thanked the Government of Cross River State for making the 30 day exhibition a success through the collaboration with the Cross River State commission.