Born in 1957, Dr. Princewill Ekanim had his primary education in St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Ikot Ibiok in Eket, and his Secondary education in the prestigious Etinan Institute between 1969 and 1973.
He was the best all-round student in 1971. He had a brief stop over at Calabar Polytechnic between 1974 and 1976 for his Higher School Certificate, before proceeding to University of Ibadan in 1978. He obtained MB;BS degrees from the said university in 1984. After the compulsory internship and NYSC at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua, Uyo in 1985 and Ogun State University Medical centre in 1986 respectively, he was involved briefly in a private medical practice in Lagos, before returning to Akwa Ibom in 1988, where he was deployed to Union Cottage Hospital, Asong by the State Health Management Board.
After only 20 months in Public practice, Dr. Ekanim decided to go back to his first love – Private medical practice. He pitched his practice tent in Ikot Abasi where he held sway for almost one decade. Between 1990 and 1998, in his practice in Ikot Abasi, he built around himself a reputation of a philanthropist, a devout Christian and a fine Surgeon.
In December 1998, he re-located to Eket, his home town where he merged into home politics, and finally emerged as a community worker,commentator on public affairs and an investor. An investor of time and money in humanity. Hear him: “everyone should contribute to the growth of humanity, however small”. Indeed, Dr. Princewill (as he is fondly called) has done just that’ through his annual free surgical program at Fortunes Medical Centre. More than 650 people benefited from the programme between 1999 – 2003 while the program lasted. This is not a small contribution from an individual. In 2000, Dr. Princewill Ekanim was appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Director (Project) in NDDC, a position he held till 2003 when he was made Deputy Director in the Special Projects Directorate of the Commission. In June 2004, he was re-deployed to the Directorate of CID, and his schedule was: Capacity Building, Peace Building, Conflict Resolution, Job Creation, Poverty Reduction – in short, comfortable living within the human population in the Niger Delta Region – and beyond.
A winner of several awards of excellence, Dr. Ekanim has attended several conferences on nation building, capacity building, environment ICT etc within and outside the country. Environment, which he describes as the common “heritage of mankind” is his new passion. He concluded a PGD program in Petroleum and Environmental Law in 2005 at the University of Science Technology (UST) Port Harcourt in flying colours; and promptly enrolled in the same university for an M-Phil program in Environmental Management. He also concluded that in flying colours. He is currently working on his PhD thesis in Environmental Management.
Dr. Princewill Ekanim was re-deployed to PRS/MIS from CID in May 2007. With the exit of the substantive Director, He became the Ag. Director, PRS/MIS, a position He held for 18 months before he was moved to head the newly created Information Technology Department in June, 2009. As a new Dept; Dr. Ekanim was concerned with making the Dept a first class service Dept in the Commission. He barely settled down after developing the necessary IT processes and procedures to guide the activities of the Dept, and in fact, the Commission, when he was posted to the Directorate of Youths, Sports, Culture and Womea Affairs after his promotion as a Director in April 2010. Dr. Ekanim is a man of very many parts, a multi discipline individual, he is a certified Environmental Practitioner by NREP (National Registry for Environmental Practitioners), certified Project Manager, and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a member of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) , a member of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). Dr. Ekanim is also an alumnus of the prestigious Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, England and the famous Lagos Business School, Pan African University. Dr. Ekanim is married to Mary and they are blessed with 3 children. He celebrates his birthday every 28th of May.