The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, has given the title, Adaidaha of Efik Eburutu, to Prince Michael Franklin, a paternal first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Obong, who is a Treaty King and Grand Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom, also conferred the President of Brazzaville Foundation, Mr. Johnnie Olivier, with the same title in recognition of his global peace initiatives.
The duo was led to the palace of the Obong by a former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, alongside a former presidential adviser, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa and the Chief Executive Officer, Henshaw Capital Partners, Chief Barbara Etim-James.
At a grand ceremony, which attracted well meaning sons and daughters of the Efik Kingdom, including a former Managing Director of Tinapa Business and Resorts, Chief Bassey Ndem, and Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, the Obong said the conferment was as a reminder of the relationship between the Efik people and the British Colony.
The Obong gave certificates and scepters to the recipients with specific charge on Prince Franklin to show it to the English monarch.
Introducing the recipients earlier, Duke said Olivier and Franklin had been involved in ensuring global peace in troubled areas.
In his response, Prince Franklin promised to visit the palace regularly, adding that they would extend their humanitarian roles to other parts of the world.