@91 – EFP pays glowing tribute on the Iyase of Benin.

A Tribute To The Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Odighi Udinyiwe Igbe @ 91

By The IMC and Members of Edo Forum of Patriots

The greatest civilizations of years past and present were built on the foundations of cultural and traditional values of such societies, held in trust by men of remarkable characters and deeds. Arguably, very few can stand in the same class as the distinguished Chief Sam Odighi Udinyiwe Igbe, the Iyase of Benin.

At 91; Chief Sam Igbe, is undoubtedly a stellar representation of the consciously dignified Benin man and custodian of our customs and traditions.

As a man honoured with the privilege to serve the Palace of our great Kings and his people, Chief Sam Igbe’s loyalty to the revered Crown and the humility with which he served his community became quickly recognized from the moment he was inducted into the services of the Palace in 1979 which culminated into his promotion as the “Iyase of Benin Kingdom” – the Traditional Prime Minister and Commander of Benin Kingdom Army, a position that makes him head of the Oba’s Chiefs and second only to the revered Oba of Benin.

As one of the Ikadele N’ Ene (The Four Cardinal Chiefs) of the Oba; Chief Sam Igbe has distinguished himself in service to the throne and the Kingdom without bringing any disrepute to the throne or his position.

In addition to his devotion to his office as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom; the Iyase has always found time for colleagues, friends and family. We in the Edo Forum of Patriots Inc. recall with jouissance, the Iyase’s reception of our platform’s meeting in his residence in April 2016, and his humane request to be enlisted as an ordinary or honorary member of Edo Forum of Patriots Inc., and his wholehearted acceptance to chair the forum’s maiden edition of Edo Heroes and Heroines Lecture Series. His delivery as Chairman of the July 8th 2016 occasion, will continually illuminate the illustrious paths of EFP.

Chief Igbe’s contributions to the wellbeing of all humanity are well documented in the areas of Youths and Sports development; community service, educational endowment, writing amongst others.
His books, Nigeria of Our Dream and The Realities of Nigerian Education, are inspiring reflection of the inner yearnings of a Patriot and a gifted writer.

Due to his immense service to the community, the Federal Government of Nigeria awarded him the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) in 2003.

As Chief Sam Odighi Udinyiwe Igbe takes a further step into the honoured Nonagerian class at 91; all of us at Edo Forum of Patriots and indeed the Benin Kingdom and beyond stand in deference to a quintessential leader, First Class Chief, sports enthusiast and supporter, writer, friend, father, grandfather and distinguished son of the soil. May your years be crowned with more laurels. Amen. Oba gha t’okpere, Iseee.

Signed,

Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo fcdm, Chairman, IMC.



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