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Meet Iso

Hi there, my name is Iso Bassey. I'm a husband, father, social entrepreneur and avid golfer.

I'm passionate about social issues especially as they affect my country - Nigeria and my state - Cross River.

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Iso's Timeline

Born on 7th April, 1971 in Calabar to Justice Peter Odo Effiong Bassey and Mrs. Claire Lorina Bassey
Completed primary education at Port Harcourt Primary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Completed secondary education at Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State

Graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a B.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering
Completed National Youth Service in Kaduna State

Graduated from the University of Leeds with an MSc. in Information Systems.

Served as MSc. Information Systems student representative

Served as Assistant Student Adviser, James Baillie flats

Married Ansa Kadana on 14th April, 2001 in the United Kingdom
Founded nigeria-friends.com (first Nigerian social networking website with over 10,000 schools and 100,000 users)
Appointed Project Manager, Garden City Literary Festival - An annual festival of arts and literature organised by the Rainbow Book Club with the support of the Rivers State Government

Appointed Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State (Senator Liyel Imoke), ICT

Served on the following committees:

Chairman, Nigeria National Software Conference local organising committee

Member, Calabar Festival planning committee

Member, National Sports Festival local organising committee

Elected Chapter President of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International
Founded Cornerstone Leadership Inspiration and Transformation Foundation also known as Lead Inspire Transform (LIT), a not for profit organisation with a mission to raise and inspire leaders to influence and build better communities
Deputy Leader, Nigeria e-Government delegation to South Korea

Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital

Founded www.academix.ng, Africa focused research repository

First featured in the Contemporary Who is Who for Cross River State
Elected Vice President (Intergovernmental Affairs), Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.


Appointed member of the Cross River State Growth and Development Strategy committee

Appointed to Board of Trustees, Rainbow Book Club

Appointed Member of External Advisory Board, SORMAS (Surveillance Outbreak Response Management & Analysis System https://sormas.org/) , Braunschweig Germany

Founded Quick School Manager (www.qschoolmanager.com) - A SaaS school management solution for nursery, primary and secondary schools


Founded the Cross River Movement - A non-partisan, non-governmental, not for profit reformative movement seeking to bring together Cross Riverians and lovers of Cross River State worldwide and provide a platform for them to engage, collaborate and take action towards creating a brighter future for Cross River State

Recent News

OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR BASSEY OTU - Request To Reconsider The Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise In CRS
10 June 2024 His Excellency, Senator Prince Bassey Otu  Governor of Cross River State  Governor’s Office, Calabar,  Cross River State, Nigeria   Your Excellency, Request to Reconsider the Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise in Cross River…

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Speech Delivered By Iso Bassey At Black History Month Celebration At UK House Of Parliament
The speech below was delivered by Iso Bassey on 28th, October, 2022 at an event to mark Black History Month at the UK House of Parliament Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen. I’m delighted to be here today to…

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Why I Am Against Zoning In Cross River State
The political season has come around full swing in Cross River State, and no other subject is dominating the headlines more than the subject of zoning. Arguments around zoning have been so predominant that very…

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Recurrent Expenditure – Is Cross River Spending Its Way To Death?
In my earlier article Labouring under a deadly burden, I wrote about one of Cross River State’s biggest challenges – It’s debt burden. I reflected on the fact that the State’s debt grew by 78%…

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