In reaction to my column last week on the class of September 1973 of Government College, Ughelli, some readers wanted me to give them a sense of the accomplishments of my classmates and name some of them. That would give validity to some of my claims, they argued. Well, I said we had doctors and quite a few of them. At our reunion, I met Baldwin Maduagwu, who is a medical director in Port Harcourt, at his own Kez Clinics. Also in Abuja, is Joe Agidee, a surgeon.
We have a professor of medicine in Gabriel Egberue Ofovwe at the University of Benin. Ese Bright Atiyota, alias Ti-le, is a medical doctor in North America. Also in North America, Matthew Uponi is a senior contracts manager with Shell Energy, Canada. We also have a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in Omoruyi Omonuwa. He is also an OFR. We used to call each other “hello Baas,” mimicking a character in Peter Abraham’s novel “Tell Freedom.” Austine Emielu is a professor of music at Kwara State University.
We also have entrepreneurs but I will just mention Ehi Braimah who is one of the top public relations and marketing men of this era. Clement Agege, an engineer, is the director of environmental services at DESOPADEC. I can go on and on. We also have the blessing of the holy spirit with a high-profile cleric, Bishop Chris Kwakpowve, who authors the international best seller, Our Daily Manna.He started when we were in school, making tracts with his little pocket money. Of course, Sam Omatseye belongs in that class. He has won multiple awards on three continents as a journalist and
He started when we were in school, making tracts with his little pocket money. Of course, Sam Omatseye belongs in that class. He has won multiple awards on three continents as a journalist and columnist, and is an honorary fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Need we say more about that distinguished school and class!