Hon. (Chief) Orok Otu Duke (J.P.)
Cross River State Representative
Hon. (Chief) Orok Otu Duke (J.P.): A Beacon of Versatility in Leadership, Artistry and Community Service
Hon. Orok Otu Duke embarking on a journey marked by educational rigour, legislative prowess, and unwavering commitment to societal enrichment. Born on July 24, 1961, in Calabar South, Cross River State, this stalwart has woven an intricate tapestry of service, leadership, and cultural advocacy. Married and blessed with four children, his life narrative is one of continuous ascent, driven by passion, intellect, and a profound sense of duty.
His academic odyssey was shaped within the prestigious halls of the University of Calabar, where he earned a BA (Hons) in 1986, followed by an MFA in Media in 1991. With a relentless thirst for knowledge, he pursued doctoral studies, his PhD is in view. This academic journey was anchored by foundational education at Saint Patrick's College, Calabar, and Hope Waddell Training Institute.
He carved a niche as a formidable force in the legislative arena, commencing a path of distinction as a member of the Cross River State House of Assembly (CRHA), representing the Calabar 1 State Constituency from 1992 to 1993. Demonstrating an innate leadership aptitude, he swiftly rose to the position of Deputy Speaker. His legislative acumen was further recognised in subsequent terms, marked by key roles as an adviser and representative of the Calabar South 1 State Constituency. His influential footprint was etched into the national consciousness as a member of the National Conference in Abuja in 2014, representing the Niger Delta Zone.
Beyond legislative contributions, he shone in various executive roles, infusing dynamism and visionary thinking into positions such as the Special Assistant on Information and Culture for Cross River State and the conceptual architect behind the state's modern radio and television stations between 1994 and 1996. His strategic leadership was instrumental in successfully hosting the National Festival of Arts and Culture in 1994. Further, his dedication to communal growth was evident during his tenure as Commissioner/Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission from 2015 to 2019 and his short but impactful stint as the Commissioner for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from December 2022 to June 2023.
His entrepreneurial and creative spirit thrived through Duke and Duke Media Limited, offering media consultancy since 1987, alongside a flourishing career in sports consultancy. A literary enthusiast, he penned numerous works that resonate with cultural identity, human experiences, and societal reflections, including noteworthy titles such as "Sentinels (Farewell Bakassi)" and "Treasures."
Membership in esteemed organizations such as the London Poetry Society and the Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes (SONTA) underscores his commitment to the arts. His contributions have garnered international accolades, including honors from the cities of Detroit, Indianapolis, and Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
In the realm of sports, his legacy is unmatched. Serving as Cross River State's Sports Ambassador since 2007 and contributing significantly to table tennis at national and regional levels, his work extends to pro bono services, reflecting a genuine love for sports development.
His influence transcends professional and public life, touching traditional and communal spheres. As Adaidaha of Efik Eburutu and Otuekong of Atakpa Ikot Effiom, he holds esteemed traditional titles, further anchoring his leadership and advisory roles within the community.
From shaping legislative policies to nurturing artistic expression and sports excellence, his journey is a testament to a life dedicated to multifaceted excellence, a beacon for current and future generations on the path of service, leadership, and societal development.