My Life Ambition Is To Serve God And Humanity -Enwongo-Abasi
By Charles Etimette
February 18, 2021
In a brief WhatApps interview with our deputy editor
Weekend Pioneer, CHARLES ETIMETTE. EnwongoAbasi said his life ambition is to serve God and
Who is Enwongo-Abasi
Amb. Enwongo-Abasi Francis
is my name and I am a native of
Ikot Inyang Itak in Ikono Local
Government Area of Akwa Ibom
What do you do presently?
At present, I am a Library and
Information Science professional, social entrepreneur and
education development practitioner with interest on Children literacy, Community Librarianship,
and SDGs development.
What is your life and future
My life and future ambition is
to serve God and humanity.
Going by my passion for sustainable literacy development in
the World and as a professional
Librarian and literacy development practitioner, I hope to lead
advocacy towards the advancement of literacy in Sub Saharan
My attention would be towards the eradication of illiteracy in Sub
Saharan Africa which accounts
for a large percentage of the
World's most illiterate populace.
What motivated you into literacy issues as a young man?
It all started the very day my
late mum shared a story of my
birth and the issues surrounding
my birth and early childhood development.
She told me that having got
pregnant for my father, he recommended abortion which she
declined and refused.
Thereafter, my father rejected
and denied responsibility of impregnating my mother. By this
time I was just few months in
I then asked my mother how
she went through the pains of rejection and having had to keep
the pregnancy without aborting
it as recommended by my father.
She told me that books kept her
going. That she derived joy, encouragements, motivations and inspirations from reading autobiographies, and other biographical books written by young
women who had faced such predicament and how they survived
As a child having heard from
her, I was made to believe that
knowledge through reading contributed greatly to her strength
and capacity to keep the pregnancy without aborting it.
Again, during my early childhood education, I was not very
bright in class. I could recall performing poorly and my mum
flogged me mercilessly telling
me that if I have been reading, I
wouldn't be failing in some subjects.
The following day, she got me
a book written by Ben Carson. I
read the book and immediately
determined to change the narratives of my learning responses
and to become a global figure
who would stand out in my chosen career, just like Ben Carson.
Having had productive experiences and derivatives from reading, I wanted to inspire other children to read and take literacy
development consequential. At
the behest of my mum, at age
14, my sojourn into literacy development and advocacy commenced.
Got invitations to primary
schools and churches where I
address children sessions and
admonished them to read their
books and become great in life.
I started writing on basic literacy
rudiments as well. I had a column, in a local tabloid, "THINK
TWICE where I encouraged
the love of reading for personal
and societal development.
Since then, I have been passionately involved in literacy development in Nigeria. I have had
opportunities of serving reputable
bodies as Ambassador, where I
champion literacy advocacy and
As days unfold, the passion for
literacy development keeps going higher. Honestly speaking, I
can't stay in a day without advocating for literacy. My day is
not complete if I don't take an
action to advance the cause of
sustainable literacy development
in the society. It has been a journey full with impacts and purposeful legacies.
From literacy development
projects to advocacies, I have had the opportunities of changing the narratives of consistent
inconsistencies, academic underachievement, poor basic literacy skills, and associated responses of sustainable educational development even in the
I see literacy as a global currency upon which every meaningful development and successes are attained because the
rate of development of a nation
is directly proportional to its literacy level.
I am passionate because we
have been and I am a living testimony of functional literacy development. I see it as a path to
greatness of all nations of the
world without which no nation
is creatively and innovatively developed.
How did you feel when you
got information about your
I was thrilled, excited,
honoured and humbled, being
abreast that my contributions to
the advancement of sustainable
literacy in the World do not go
unnoticed. Not just a nice experience it was, but such an amazing one.