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CAA President Commiserates With Gov. Okowa Ahead Of Father’s Funeral

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President of the African Athletics Confederation (CAA) Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, has officially sent a condolence letter; commiserating with the Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his family over the demise of their father, Chief Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa.



Malboum on behalf of the continent’s athletics family conveyed the deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to Gov.Okowa, his family, and the people of the Delta State.

“It is with a great sense of sorrow that I learned about the passing of your esteemed father, Chief Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa, the Okpara-Uku of Owa Alero.” The letter from the CAA President read in part.

It continued: “At this most challenging time, I send in my name and that of the entire African Athletics family, our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to you, your family, and the people of the Delta State.

“It is indeed a great loss, but Chief Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa will never be forgotten because the ones we love are never gone; they live within our hearts.

“I pray God the Almighty to give you, your family, and all those directly affected, the patience, the courage, and the strength to pull through this difficult period. I remain by your side as a great friend to you, your family, the people of the Delta State, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Gov. Okowa is well-respected in the Africa Athletics family after he successfully mid-wived one of the best ever hosted editions of the Senior Athletics Championship (Asaba 2018).


Already, the Governor has said due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family had resolved to hold a private funeral for their late patriarch sometime this month, adding that a ‘celebration of life’ event would be held in his honour in August subject to the decline of the pandemic.

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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