On this day in 1959, a Nigerian politician who represented Calabar Municipal/Odukpani constituency of Cross River State, in the National Assembly’s House of representatives from 2003 – 2011, Prince Bassey Edet Otu, commonly known as Bassey Out, was born in Calabar, Cross River State, South-South Nigeria.
He was elected Senator for Cross River South in the April 2011 elections, running on the People’s Democratic Party platform.
He grew up in his home city of Calabar and in Jos, Plateau State, where his father had been assigned to the mission of the Church of Scotland.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Calabar.
Before entering politics, he was engaged in banking and then in the petroleum sector.
He also dabbled in farming.
Otu beat the serving senator, Bassey Ewa Henshaw to become the party’s candidate in 2011.
Bassey Out turns 58 today.