By Daniel Gumm
KOKO—FORMER governor of defunct Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, weekend, commended the Itsekiri people of Delta State for their resilience and giant strides, in spite of their tiny population.
He spoke when he visited the Nana Living History Museum at Koko, stressing that the development of the town, which produced the likes of Nanna Olomu and other prominent Itsekiri indigenes, would become a tourist haven with the presence of Nana Museum.
Late Nana Olomu, who was the governor of Benin River in 1884, signed a treaty on behalf of Itsekiri granting the British colonialists rights in Itsekiriland but parted ways during the scramble for Africa.
Dr. Ogbemudia was in Koko and, particularly Nana Museum and Iwere College, founded by his administration when he was the governor of old Bendel State at the instance of Midwest Consultative Forum, comprising Itsekiri Leaders of Thought and other ethnic groups of Ijaw, Urhobo and Isoko in the state.