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December 4, 2015

Urhobo to honour Okagbare, Keffy, others

Urhobo to honour Okagbare, Keffy, others

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare celebrates winning the women’s 100m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO

By Godwin Oghre

Sapele—The Urhobo nation will on Saturday honour ace sprinter, Blessing Okagbare, with the Member of Council of Representatives of Urhoboland, MCRU, at its 2015 annual Urhobo National Day/Carnival, holding at the ultra-modern Urhobo  Cultural Centre, Uvwiamuge, Agbarho, in Delta State.

In a statement, President General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU,  the umbrella body of the Urhobo people at home and in Diaspora, Chief Joe Omene, said that the sprinter will  be honoured for making her home proud in the area of sports, where she has greatly excelled in recent times, adding, “She could, from the moment of the honour, add the acronym of “UP,,” which means, Urhobo Patriot, to her name.”

The statement said other Urhobos to be so honoured include (posthumously) the late singer, Keffy, also known as “Branama,” for her exceptional performance in making Urobo proud, while alive, in the field of music, immediate past deputy governor of the state, Prof Amos Utuama, SAN, as well as Prof. D. G. Dara, for respecting the wish of the Urhobo at the 2015 governorship and for representing the Urhobos at the past national conference respectively.