Born into a Christian family of Elder Okon Udo Nkanga and Late Deaconess Tity Okon Nkanga of Ikot Nya in Nsit Ibom LGA, of Akwa Ibom State on the 27 day of January, 1952, Idongesit Nkanga was privileged to have a good religious background where he devoted his life to the service of God and was baptized at the tender age of fifteen, precisely on the 3 day of December 1967 into the Qua Iboe Church faith. The baptism was conducted by the Late
Rev. Pastor John Udofia, a one time Chairman of Conference of Qua Iboe Church, Nigeria.
Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga had his Primary Education at Qua Iboe Mission Primary School, Ikot Nya, Nsit Ibom local government area (1957-1963), Secondary Education at Wilcox Memorial Grammar School, Aba (1964-1967) and later moved to the prestigious Etinan Institute, Etinan LGA (1968-1969) where he earned his West African School Certificate. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science (Strategic Studies) from the University of Ibadan.
Idongesit started his Military Career in 1970 when he was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna and was commissioned into the Nigerian Airforce in 1973 as a 2 Lieutenant. He commenced flight training in PIAGIO -149D aircraft at Nigerian Airforce Training Command, Kaduna in 1974, proceeded to the United States of America to undergo the Defence Language Course at Lackland Airforce Base, San Antonio, Texas, undergraduate pilot training on CESSNA T-41, T-37JET and TALON T-38 SUPERSONIC JET at Vance Airforce Base, Oklahoma.
In a summary report of his performance in the pilot training program, Colonel James R. Spurger, a Commander, Randolph Airforce Base, USA said: “Lieutenant Nkanga is an outstanding Officer and continues to represent his Country in a most favourable manner. He was an excellent student with outstanding abilities as a Pilot who ranked very well with his American counterparts.
Nkanga is the best flyer from Nigeria I have had the pleasure to fly with. His conduct and motivation are exemplary and should prove to be an asset to his Airforce. He should be given additional responsibilities as soon as possible. It was a genuine pleasure working with him”.
POSTINGS, APPOINTMENTS, COURSES, TRAININGS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:On his return to Nigeria in 1974, Nkanga was posted to the Nigerian Airforce Station, Kano and appointed flying instructor on the Czechoslovakion built Delphin L-29JET aircraft. Later in the same year, he went to the USSR for pilot conversion training on MIG 21 fighter aircraft and on return to Nigeria, he continued as an instructor pilot in Kano until 1977 when he left for conversion course on C-130 HERCULES aircraft in USA.
Idongesit Nkanga also flew MIG 15 and 17 aircrafts briefly. On completion of the C-130 conversion course, he was posted to the Nigerian Airforce Transport Group, Lagos as a Squadron Pilot. He later converted on The Gulfstream II and Boing 727 Executive Aircraft of the Presidency. Idongesist remained as Captain in these two aircrafts and Wing Staff Officer to operations in the Executive Air Transport Group until June, 1985.
Following his successful completion of the Junior Staff Course in Jaji in 1981, he was selected to attend the Air Command and Staff Course at reputable Air University, Maxwell Airforce Base Montgomery, USA in 1985 and he finished that course as a distinguished graduate.
Nkanga later returned to the Command and Staff College as a Directing Staff in the Air Faculty. In 1987, he was selected for exchange duty at the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College, Accra, a position he served until September, 1990, when he was appointed the Military Governor of Akwa Ibonm State.
After his assignment as a Military Governor in Akwa Ibom State, Idongesit was on 2 January, 1992 appointed Director of Inspection, Headquarters, Nigerian Airforce and Director Research and Development (R&D) from March to May, 1992. He was the Director of Training, Nigerian Airforce headquarters before his nomination for the National War College Program in 1993. Idongesit completed the National War College Course quite highly and bagged the symbol “fwc” (Fellow of the War College).
In 1994, he was posted back to the Executive Airlift Group, but this time as the Commander. In 1996, he was appointed the Commander, Presidential Air Fleet and Principal Staff Officer (Aviation Matters) to the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. On June 6, 1999, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga retired from the Nigerian Armed Forces. He has been decorated with the following military awards: Forces Service Star (FSS), Mertorious Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS), Passed Staff College Psc (+) and a Fellow of War College (fwc).
Presently, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga is the National Chairman, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Vice Chairman, South South Peoples Assembly, Chairman, Ibom International Airport and has served as Director General of Divine Mandate Campaign Organization for governor Udom Emmanuel election.
Idongesit Nkanga is married to his lovely wife Mosunsola Olufunmilola Idongesit Nkanga (FIPAN) and the marriage is blessed with Children.