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Okpekpe Race Dedicated To Late Benin Oba

Posted: May 4, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Organisers of the annual Okpekpe 10-km Road Race holding on May 7 have dedicated the fourth edition of the race to the memory of the revered Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Oba Erediauwa (CFR), who was a passionate follower of sports in the country. This was epitomised in his hosting of sports men and women who won laurels for the country.
In a message released on Tuesday, the organisers noted that: “The late monarch was not just a great unifier of all Edo people; he was also a keen lover of sports.
“We drew a lot of inspiration from the noble values Omo N’Oba espoused in conceiving the Okpepke race few years ago not just as a platform to discover, nurture and celebrate talents, but also bring global spotlights to Edo’s rich culture and tradition which Oba Erediauwa aptly embodied.”
While exalting the Oba, organisers stressed that: “Though saddened, we are consoled that the sterling legacy bequeathed by the great monarch already secured for him a front-roll seat in the pantheons of sages of all time. We are further comforted that we have a worthy successor in the Crown Prince, His Excellency, Ambassador Eheneden Erediauwa.
“It is with mixed feelings that the organisers of the Annual Okpekpe race received the news of the passing on to glory of the Oba.
“As our own modest way of celebrating this icon, the board met and resolved that this year’s edition of the Okpekpe race be dedicated to the great king as he joins his ancestors.
“Our heart-felt condolences to the Crown Prince, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the people of Edo State,” the statement read.