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Published On: Tue, Aug 6th, 2013

Urhobo Philantropist Immortalizes Ewherido on Pages of School Books

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LAGOS AUGST 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-As part of efforts to immortalize the ideals of the departed Senator Pius Ewherido, a prominent Urhobo son and philanthropist, Mr. Solomon Udele, has donated over 10,000 notebooks to public and private primary and secondary schools in the Delta Central Senatorial district.
During the formal presentation of the books with Ewherido’s picture on the cover at Government College, Ughelli, Udele said: “A few weeks back, our son, Senator Pius Ewherido, answered his creator’s call, the world mourned. Urhobo cried. We cried because we lost one whose primary focus was the positioning of the Urhobo nation. He had his ideas.
“Awaken a consciousness of the people. He set out to bring his ideas for a true Urhobo nation. But like King David of the Bible, he could only lay the plan of the new temple of the Lord. He could not build it. But shall we allow his ideas to end with him? I say no.”
Udele, who also visited the Ovie of Ewu, Onesa Ogaga, on the book donation said, “We stand here today to continue from where our son stopped. We stand here to challenge the Urhobo sons and daughters to rise up and ensure the light which our son has lit is not put out. He stood for a great Urhobo nation. He laid out his plans to educate our people. It is not enough to pour tributes after tributes on our late son. We must wipe our tears now and start to act. Let us not drown his memory in speeches. Let us as a tribe rise up and take some concrete actions to immortalize his name.
“We must not wait for government or to be in position of authority before we take action. Whatever your current status in the society, you can contribute your own quota to bring about the new Urhobo nation where we proudly showcase our cultural heritage; where we take our rightful place in society. To do this, we must start a conscious awakening process. We must start to educate ourselves. Are you an Urhobo son who cannot speak the language? It is not too late. You can start learning the language now. Pius had a plan that would have assisted every one whether old or young, to learn the language.
Source: Daily Independent

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