Ufot Robert SMITH

14 July 1935–19 December 2009 (Age 74)
Onna, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

The Life of Ufot Robert

When Ufot Robert SMITH was born on 14 July 1935, in Onna, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, his father, Robert Smith AKPABIO, was 43 and his mother, Enang Etukudoh AKPAN, was 43. He died on 19 December 2009, in his hometown, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Robert Smith AKPABIO
1892–1972
Enang Etukudoh AKPAN
1891–1972
Adiaha Robert SMITH
1931–1986
Udo Robert SMITH
1933–1989
Ufot Robert SMITH
1935–2009

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World Events (5)

1965

Age 30

Charges of voting irregularities and riots followed elections.
1967

Age 32

Three eastern states secede as the Republic of Biafra, sparking bloody civil war.
1979

Age 44

Nigeria briefly returns to civilian government rule. The military takes over again in 1983.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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