A renowned journalist and Fellow of Nigerian Guild of Editors, Prince Edun Akenzua, Enogie of Obazuwa-Iko, has joined his ancestors. His passage was announced earlier today, August 22, 2022, by the Royal Family.
Late Edun Akenzua was a seasoned journalist and pioneer Editor of the Nigerian Observer Newspaper when it was established in 1967 by the then military administrator, late Brigadier Samuel Ogbemudia.
He will also be remembered as an author of several books and for his prolific public commentary writings on diverse cultural and political issues.
Until his death, he was an undeniable elder statesman and a member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).
Born on September 15, 1934, into the Royal Family of the Great Benin Kingdom, the eloquently bold, audacious traditional ruler was a dependable voice at critical period when the Benins needed to speak with one voice.
He was a reservoir of Benin history and a reflection of unadulterated cultural values. Calm in speaking, but was resounding with his independent objective reasoning.
Exactly one year ago, the late Enogie, driven by his forward-looking interest, urged Edo State Government to honour those who fought for the creation of Edo State – 36 years ago.
He recalled how his brother, the late Oba Erediauwa of Benin, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Gabriel Igbinedion and the then Senate President, Dr. Joseph Wayas and others lead the push for creation of Edo State.
He explained that Oba Erediauwa inaugurated the Edo State movement following the agitations for creation of states by ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and that, in Bendel State, Aniocha, Anioma and Delta, each demanded for their respective states.
Akenzua said the demand for various states didn’t bother Oba Erediauwa but the desires of those clamouring for new states to annex parts of Edo State.
Akenzua said with the view of finding a lasting solution and preventing other states from annexing the state, Erediauwa invited 11 traditional rulers and 35 prominent Edo sons and constituted them into steering committee with the Oba acting as the chairman while Odion Ugbesia acted as secretary.
Akenzua said it was imperative for people to know those who fought tirelessly to achieving the present Edo State.
He narrated the role played by Gabriel Igbinedion, saying he singlehandedly paid the sum of N50,000 for the launch of the Edo State Movement which later led to the creation of the State.
He added that “…it is necessary to tell this story in full because most Edo people and Nigerians do not know the genesis of the formation of Edo State.
And on that occasion, as he did most times, Prince Akenzua also advised Edo youths not to allow themselves to be used to destroy the state, noting that the future belongs to them and added that peace is needed to move the state forward.
His Royal Highness, Prince Edun Akenzua, the Enogie of Obazuwa-Iko died at the age of 87 years old.
Journey well my Prince!!!
Senate Presidency: I’m Committed To Consensus Candidacy – Adams Oshiomhole
FORMER National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said he is working and looking towards...Read more
Imo Guber Elections: Action Alliance Reacts To Jack Ogunewe As Rumoured Guber Candidate
THE Action Alliance (AA) has declared that Major-General Lincoln Jack Ogunewe (retd) is not its candidate for the governorship elections...Read more
May 29: Tinubu Didn’t Win Highest Lawful Votes – Prophet Samuel Uzochukwu
A cleric in Ebonyi, Prophet Samuel Uzochukwu, Saturday insisted that the All Progressives Congress, APC President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, did...Read more
Inauguration Lecture: Kenyatta, Kukah, Sultan, Others Urge Tinubu To Unite Nigerians
FORMER President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar...Read more
May 29: Governor Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat Declare Assets Ahead Of Inauguration
LAGOS State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Saturday submitted their Asset Declaration Forms. Sanwo-Olu and...Read more
Supreme Court Sends Strong Message To PDP
THE Supreme Court has claimed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) used social media to bully and terrorise its justices. A...Read more
Governor Umahi Sacks 17 Permanent Secretaries, Retains 15
GOVERNOR of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Saturday, sacked seventeen (17) permanent secretaries. The sack of the affected permanent secretaries...Read more
President Buhari To Address Nigerians On Sunday
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will make a farewell broadcast as President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on Sunday, May 28, at...Read more
Labour Party: Appeal Court Suspends Federal High Court Judgement Sacking Alex Otti
THE Court of Appeal in Kano has suspended the judgment of a Federal High Court that invalidated the primaries that...Read more
Shettima Reveals Two Decisions Tinubu Will Make When He Becomes President
THE vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima, has said removing petrol subsidy and removing multiple exchange rate systems are two challenges that...Read more
State High Court Perpetually Restrains Apapa And Cohorts From Holding Themselves Out As Acting National Chairman
EDO State High judge, Justice Emmanuel Okey Aihamoje has dismissed the notice of suspension issued against Comrade Barrister Julius Abure...Read more
Seyi Makinde Defeats Obaseki To Secure The Deputy Chairman Of Nigerian Governors Forum
THE Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday night picked Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, governor of Kwara state, as its next chairman to...Read more
Speaker Gbajabiamila Steps Down As CoSAP Head, Ghana’s Alban Bagbin Takes Over
Mr Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament of Ghana on Thursday took over as the Head, of the Conference of Speakers...Read more
10th Senate: Don’t Betray North West, Arewa Youths Tells Bola Tinubu
AHEAD of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, a group under the aegis of Arewa Youths of Nigeria (AYON)...Read more
VIDEONEWS: Police Officer Caught On Camera Collecting Money From Commercial Drivers
VIDEONEWS: Peter Obi Interviewed At Bello Mosque In Kaduna
VIDEONEWS: Young Nigerian Lady Reveals Her Tough Experience With Nigerian Police Officer, Gambo Isah