A painful ode to an exceptional Nigerian: Albert Okumagba (1964-2020)

By Dr. Godknows Igali  More poignantly, day-to-day, the crimson truth sinks deep, that “no man knows the day or the hour”. None! So the date 19th November, 2020, may not elapse nippily in the memory of many Nigerians of present day. If for nothing, for the fact that one of the nation’s most fanatical patriots, Albert Egbaroghene Okumagba, suddenly checked out of this realm. Born on the last year of baby-boomers (4th April, 1964), he was merely 56 years old at death; way too short from even the Biblical nethermost…

My fond memories of Chico Ejiro – Lancelot Imasuen

Celebrated Nollywood movie producer, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, share some very pleasant memories of Chico Ejiro, one of his prominent colleagues in the movie world who passed on on Christmas Day 2020. Excerpts: On the death of Chico Ejiro and the memories he has about himIndeed, this is the saddest Christmas in my entire life. On Christmas Day I planned to have fun with friends and family members but that morning somebody called me all the way from London and broke the news(of Chico Ejiro’s death) to me. I passed out.…

Growing up with Sam Nda-Isaiah

On the left is Sam with Dr. Sunday Imasuen Not much to say about Isaiah Samuel as he was known then in the primary school. Though in the same set but never in the same arm.  We finished our primary education in 1974 in Christ Church School, Katsina Road, Kaduna. The school was owned by a Anglican Church which is still adjacent to the school. The name of the school was later changed to L.E.A. (Local Education Authority) School, Katsina Road, when government took over the running of the school. …

Sam Ndah-Isaiah (1962-2020) and the unfinished pledge of nation-building

By Amb. Godknows Igali The news filtered stealthily nationwide, in the wee hours of Friday, 11th December, 2020, that Samuel Ndanusa Isaiah, better known as SAM, the extraordinarily good-humored pharmacist, writer, politician and publisher of award winning national newspaper – “Leadership” was gone. Completely credulous, bewildering and incomprehensible. The institutive query in the hearts and on the lips of many was again, after all he was just 58 years? Just a day earlier, he was full of his usual effervescent and bouncy manners at a public event marking the introduction…

Nigeria’s last rebel-hero takes a final salute:The story of Captain Sam Owonaro (1944-2020)

By Amb Godknows Igali For an Armed Forces ranked as 42nd in global military strength and considered the largest standing army in Black Africa, the passing of a “mere” Captain,  in the midst of so many decorated Generals in Nigeria would normally be titling. However, the death of Captain Samuel Timinipre Owonaro at the age of 76 on 16th June 2020, and his final laying to rest on Saturday 28th November, 2020 following the relaxion of Covid-19 protocols, has attracted attention in different quarters for some curious reasons.  The riddle…

Why Nigeria will forever not forget Governor Balarabe Musa (1936-2020)

By Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali  No doubt, the year 2020 has sneakingly earned for itself, with little dispute, the appellation “annus horribillis,” for quite depressing reasons.  As the sound of the death bells for both great and small, and funeral rites gets recited unendingly, one of Nigeria’s shinning political figures, Mallam Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, one-time Governor of Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria’s powerhouse, caved-in to its unsympathetic hands on 11th November, 2020. He was aged 84 years. Although, he found himself serving at a time national politics was kicked out by…

Philip Shaibu is our Northern Star – Senator Yisa Braimoh celebrates Edo Deputy Governor at 51

Every 1st of December is special to Honourable Philip Shaibu. He spares little or nothing to celebrate the day, considering his spectacular profile as one of the best politically-exposed persons in Edo State today . Even if he chooses not to mark it, his coterie of associates, friends and well wishers would prefer to roll out the drums to celebrate the life of a young political turk and generalissimo whose stature bestrides Edo North in particular and Edo State in general , like that of a colossus. This year’s birthday…

A ‘word’ for Chief DSP Alamieyeisigha, today on his 68th posthumous birthday

By  Ambassador Boladei Igali Today, November 16, 2020, is the anniversary of your 68th birthday and the day, we your beloved people of Bayelsa State are choked with emotions as we remember you not just as a Governor but a father and patriarchal figure. How sacred, how nolstagic, how foreboding. Alas, you are neither here to celebrate, as usual with us or lead us as we meander the paths for survival and group self actualization in the complex maze called Nigeria. Like the proverbial candle in the wind, four years…

Obaseki, others pay tribute to late Ghanaian President, Rawlings

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu and other guests at the 2020 Alaghodaro Investment Summit, on Friday, observed a minute silence in honour of former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings, who died yesterday from suspected COVID-19 complications. The governor eulogised the late leader, noting that Rawlings will be greatly missed for his exemplary leadership across Africa. The Investment Summit tagged, ‘Making Edo Great Again,’ is being held at the New Festival Hall in Government House, Benin City. Present at the event are Chairman, Edo…

You will live forever in my heart, Obaseki’s aide mourns late mum

Ms Efosa Uyigue, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Gender Issues, is in a mourning mood at the moment.  Just days back the vivacious lady lost her mum. Despite all her efforts to ensure that she regained good health after a sickness her lovely mother, Mrs. Alice Oghomwensemwen Uyigue, died. The demise of her mum has caused the well endowed woman to reflect on life and on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, afternoon Ms Uyigue, who is also the President of Baptist High School, Benin Old Students Association…