Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Godswill Akpabio was born on the 9th of June 1971 to late Godwin and Beatrice Nkemdilim Ejike both of Ozom Aguobu-¬Owa, Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
She attended Zik Avenue Primary School, Enugu before proceeding to City Girls Secondary School, Enugu for her West African School Certificate Examination, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio obtained a degree in Education Accounting from the Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State. She is a devout Catholic and very devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She has a mission to empower women, alleviate poverty, encourage youths who are disillusioned and give the disabled a sense of belonging.
Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, is regarded as the engine room behind the soaring political profile of her husband. She is elegant, flashy and stylish in the way she appears at public functions.
During the campaign for the 2011 governorship election, Mrs. Akpabio was the chief campaigner for her husband’s second term aspiration. She inspired the formation of women formation, which she used as a platform for the mobilization and sensitization of the women folk in the state.
Through this platform, she mobilized and sensitized them on the need for political participation of women. She carried this campaign to every nook and cranny of the 31 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State.
While she was First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Mrs. Akpabio she gave her time, energy and resources to the poorest and otherwise excluded groups in the State.
She established the Family Life Enhancement Initiative, as a not-for-profit organization to promote the well being of the families which tried hard to sensitize & reposition them for the moral good of the society.
Apart from women, children and young people who constitute the stated targets of Mrs. Akpabio’s work, she has also created a big social impact on the lives of the physically challenged, the motherless, the hospitalized, the homeless, the elderly and the prison inmates in the State.
For the physically challenged children in the State, Mrs. Akpabio, the loving and kind mother of Akwa Ibom State has come to their support in very reasonable and characteristic ways. On one occasion, she presented 40 wheel chairs, 15 tricycles, 40 pairs of crutches, 20 Braille machines and cane sticks to handicapped children, selected from special schools and communities in the 31 Local Government Areas of the State. Mrs. Akpabio continued to offer the hand of support to other disadvantaged people by donating computer sets as well as the mobility and visual aids.
The former First Lady was open-handed to many needy persons and groups but her kindness towards a blind, Mr. Noah Jonah of Inem Ikot Ibiom in Oruk Anam Local Government Area and Mr. Cosmas Okon Edem, a homeless father of six children in Ifa Ikot Okpon, Uyo Local Government area, has been quite profound.
Mrs. Akpabio, through the Family Life Enhancement Initiative built a four bedroom flat for Mr. Edem and a four-room apartment to house the blind man and his family of four. Three more of such buildings are currently under construction for some other families without accommodation in other Local Government Areas as part of the Governor’s benevolence which is expected to spread to the entire 31 councils in the State.